Leadership

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 Research and Development
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Lin Pham, MD

Vice President of Research and Development

 

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 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.