Leadership

Chief Executive Officer
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Nitin Sood

Chief Executive Officer

With extensive experience in technology development and commercilaization of market leading life-science products, Nitin is leading NuGEN’s next phase of growth and development.  Prior to NuGEN, Nitin served as Vice President and General Manager for PerkinElmer’s broadly diverse life science instruments business, where he successfully commercialized products for imaging, detection, tissue pathology, automation and NGS sample prep. Nitin also held the position of Chief Executive Officer at Boreal Genomics, transforming the startup into a viable liquid biopsy company. Earlier in his career, Nitin was General Manager of the Automation and Electrophoresis business units at Agilent Technologies and also held positions at Applied Biosystems. Nitin holds MS degrees in both computer science and molecular biology and enjoys playing soccer, mountain biking and exploring national parks around the world.

Chief Financial Officer
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Naresh Nemali

Chief Financial Officer

 

With years of diverse business experience as a senior finance executive, Naresh oversees all financial aspects of the company and provides guidance to senior leadership.  Naresh’s background spans the software, mobile, SaaS, and networking industries and includes hands-on management of finance, legal, human resources, analytics, sales operations and information technology.  Prior to NuGEN, Naresh held key roles at Console, Vuclip and Kanexa. Naresh is a chartered accountant who earned his MS in accounting information systems at Arizona State University, W. P. Carey School of Business. He enjoys traveling the world and is also a baseball and tennis enthusiast.

Chief Scientific Officer
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Doug Amorese, PhD

Chief Scientific Officer

 

Doug serves as Chief Scientific Officer for NuGEN and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the role as an accomplished leader in the development and commercialization of complex systems for nucleic acid analysis. He has extensive experience with microarray and DNA sequencing technologies, and has successfully directed a robust expansion of NuGEN’s product portfolio, including the introduction of novel sample preparation technologies for next-gen sequencing applications.  Prior to NuGEN, Doug led the research and development organization for Agilent Genomics. He has also held positions with DuPont and Life Technologies. Doug earned a PhD in biochemistry at Colorado State University, and served post-doctoral fellowships at the Salk Institute and at the University of Texas Health Science Center.  He is an avid bicyclist, and has used his bicycle as his primary mode of commuting for over 30 years.  Doug also volunteers at the local high school and enjoys woodworking in his spare time.

Vice President of Products
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Lin Pham, MD

Vice President of Products

 

Lin provides strategic and operational leadership for all product marketing, research and development efforts at NuGEN. With a long career history in genome technology development and commercialization, Lin’s diverse work experience has encompassed positions in research, product development, product marketing and market development. At NuGEN, Lin has built high performing organizations and directed development and marketing of novel Next Generation Sequencing technologies and products. Prior to NuGEN, Lin held a variety of leadership positions during her more than 15 years at Applied Biosystems as well as scientific and/or management roles at several genome startup companies including RainDance, Shanghai Genecore Biotechnologies, and Sequana Therapeutics. Lin holds an MD degree from Beijing Medical University and did post-doctoral fellowships at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute and Genentech. She enjoys reading and hiking, and is a fixture at the local gym. Lin also serves as a scientific advisor for a high school biotechnology program and mentors college students from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Vice President of Scientific Affairs and Business Development
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Richard Fekete, PhD

Vice President of Scientific Affairs and Business Development

 

Richard is leading the marketing and technical support efforts at NuGEN, drawing on his considerable experience in identifying new product opportunities, developing business cases and building relationships with technical thought leaders. Prior to NuGEN, Richard led the reagents development group at Fluidigm. Richard has successfully developed and executed on strategy and business plans for the sample preparation portfolio and corporate single cell analysis initiatives at Life Technologies. During this time, he also led the launch of many successful products, in addition to championing the development of products for NGS and qPCR. Early in his career, Richard held technical roles at Applied Biosystems, Ambion and the National Cancer Institute. Richard holds a PhD in molecular biology and genetics from the University of Alberta and enjoys car racing and scuba diving as hobbies.

Vice President of Market Development, Tech Support and Automation
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Joe Don (JD) Heath, PhD

Vice President of Market Development, Tech Support and Automation

Joe Don has been a scientific leader and customer advocate at NuGEN since 2003, in which time he has worn a number of hats, including leadership roles in technical service, training, collaborations, and marketing, to name a few. He presently is responsible for market development in diagnostics and emerging markets and still enjoys a hands-on role in developing and deploying assays on customer robotics systems.  Prior to joining NuGEN, JD worked at Incyte Genomics in Palo Alto where he was scientific lead for the PathoSeq microbial database and LifeTools analysis platforms as well as head of the Field Application Science team. JD earned his PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in plant-microbe interactions at the University of Washington in Seattle.  JD’s calling outside of work is to bring joy to the lives of his friends, family, church community and friends he has yet to meet through the creation of good music and the brewing of good beer.

Vice President of International Sales
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Lutz Kirchrath, PhD

Vice President of International Sales

Lutz leads the international sales efforts at NuGEN focusing on growing business in Europe and Asia Pacific. Lutz played a key role in setting a direct sales and support team in 2009. He also spearheaded the successful transition of a mainly microarray focused business to one where NuGEN is a leading supplier of NGS sample preparation solutions in Europe. He is currently working on deploying a similar strategy in major markets such as Japan, China, Korea, Australia and Singapore. Prior to NuGEN, Lutz served in various sales and sales management positions at Affymetrix, Pharmacia Biotech and Amersham. Lutz holds a PhD in molecular biology and genetics from the University of Dusseldorf in Germany. He spends his free time running, hiking in the mountains and exploring cultures and countries around the world.