GUILFORD, CONNECTICUT, March 18, 2008 — RainDance Technologies, Inc., a developer of NanoReactor droplet-based microfluidic technology, today announced the appointment of Stephen E. Becker as Vice President, Commercial Operations, effective immediately.
“Mr. Becker will be responsible for continuing the growth of the company’s commercial operations as it prepares for the launch of its first life science offering,” said Chris McNary, President and Chief Executive Officer, RainDance Technologies. “These duties will include the continued development of the sales channels, leading customer service and support programs, and development of the strategic marketing plan.”
The RainDance platform combines emulsion-based droplets and microfluidics to enable a host of existing applications in the company’s nano-scale format, including genomic analysis, cell-based assays, and single molecule detection. Samples such as cells, nucleic acids, proteins, beads, and chemical compounds are encapsulated in individual micron-sized droplets on assay-specific microfludic chips. Since each droplet is the equivalent of a well in a microtiter plate, the RainDance platform can process and analyze up to 10,000 samples per second with unparalleled accuracy.
Becker joins RainDance from Agilent Technologies, where he served as Senior Sales Manager in the company’s Americas Field Operations. There, he led the commercial introduction of novel genetic and epigenetic microarray assays that achieved over 20% growth rates in 2006 and 2007 in the research and molecular diagnostics markets. At GE Healthcare (formerly Amersham Pharmacia Biotech), Becker held several senior management assignments, including Director, Gene and Protein Discovery, and Director, Business Support. He also held sales management positions at Spectrum Chemical Manufacturing Corporation and Curtin Matheson Scientific, Inc. Becker received a bachelor’s degree in biology from St. Mary’s College of California.
“The RainDance droplet technology is a new tool that will allow scientists to accelerate their research through the advantages provided by nano-scale reactions at unparalleled assay speeds in the life science, diagnostic, and industrial markets,” said McNary. “Mr. Becker’s broad experiences will help us develop best-in-class commercial processes that support the introduction of our exciting technology.”
About RainDance Technologies
RainDance Technologies is pioneering the use of high-throughput microdroplet-based analysis in human health and life science research. The company’s core RainStorm™ technology generates millions of discrete droplets that can encapsulate a single molecule, cell or reaction and be digitally analyzed and sorted one at a time. The power, precision and simplicity of microdroplets enable researchers to answer complex questions with unprecedented sensitivity and quantitation. The complete RainDance solution includes automated instrumentation, customizable bioinformatics and high-value consumables and reagents for applications including targeted next-generation DNA sequencing, methylation, digital PCR and single cell analysis. Based in Lexington, Massachusetts, the company supports scientists around the world through its international sales and support operations and a global network of distributors and service providers. For more information, please visit www.RainDanceTech.com.
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