Kirtland Poss, President & CEO
Mr. Poss is co-founder, President and CEO of BioAnalytix. Previously, Mr. Poss founded and ran the molecular imaging company VisEn Medical as President and CEO from its early technology platform formation in 2000 through product development, worldwide commercialization, pharmaceutical partnerships, and M&A with PerkinElmer in 2010. In his role with VisEn, Mr. Poss led the development, launch and commercialization of multiple molecular imaging systems and agent product lines, and also ran several of VisEn’s strategic partnerships with leading pharmaceutical companies and clinical research centers in applying VisEn’s molecular imaging agents in pharmaceutical development pipelines and clinical trials. Before VisEn, Mr. Poss worked in healthcare business strategy consulting for Kendall Strategies in Cambridge, MA, and prior to that he worked in scientific research at the Center for Molecular Imaging Research at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He is a co-author on several scientific publications and multiple patents in the fields of biomarker imaging and pharmaceutical development.
Shiaw-Lin (Billy) Wu, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer
Dr. Wu is Chief Scientific Officer of BioAnalytix. Dr. Wu developed his expertise in advanced analytics and biologic drug development with Genentech, where he spent nine years in areas of protein chemistry and advanced analytical methods for complex characterizations of biologic pharmaceuticals. After that, he further developed his analytic expertise with ThermoFisher Scientific where he worked in developing methods and applications of hybrid mass spectrometry in proteomics. During his time at the Barnett Institute, Dr. Wu focused on various advanced analytical techniques and methods for complex protein analysis and biologic drug characterization, including ETD for complicated disulfide characterization, LC-MS for biosimilar comparison mapping, and protein PK/PD characterization analyses using unique sample preparation techniques combined with hybrid mass spectrometry. Dr. Wu’s primary focus has been in applying these advanced analytical approaches in biologic drug development and regulatory strategies with multiple pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in the US and abroad. He has published more than 70 scientific papers in these areas.
Jennifer S. (Laurence) Chadwick, PhD, Director of Biologic Development
Dr. Chadwick is the Director of Biologic Development at BioAnalytix. Prior to joining BioAnalytix, Dr. Chadwick was a tenured Professor and Louise Byrd Graduate Educator in the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the University of Kansas. She is an expert in the analysis of proteins, and her academic research focused particularly on understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying instability of proteins and their stabilization by exogenous compounds. During her twelve years at KU, Prof. Chadwick also engaged in biologic drug development and collaborated and consulted with numerous pharma/biotech companies to investigate stability problems and related formulations in therapeutic proteins, including monoclonal antibodies and antibody drug conjugates (ADCs). Her academic work spanned a diverse set of research problems, including biomaterials, and has resulted in over 50 peer-reviewed publications, 13 patents and 4 book chapters. Dr. Chadwick is an Associate Director of CASSS and Visiting Scholar in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Northeastern University as well as an Editorial Advisory Board member for Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Scientific Reports. She received her PhD from Purdue University, Department of Chemistry for her quantitative analysis of interactions between immunoregulatory cytokines and a diverse set of partner molecules
Lily Li, PhD, Senior Director of Lab Process and Platform Development
Dr. Li is the Senior Director of Process and Platform Development of BioAnalytix. Previously, Dr. Li was Laboratory Director at Tandem Labs, New England, where she oversaw operations and built quality systems to support pharmaceutical DMPK and biomarker R&D from early discovery through clinical development. Before joining Tandem Labs, Dr. Li was the Director of Analytics, Mass Spectrometry and the Founding Scientist at Cantata Pharmaceuticals, where she launched a biomarker-based CLIA certified laboratory. As High Throughput Analytics Lead at Monsanto, she led teams and built biochemical profiling platforms which were used to support Monsanto company-wide Genomics pipeline and Biotech research projects. Dr. Li is a co-author on several patents in methods and processes of small and large molecules analysis. Dr. Li was an NIH post-doctoral fellow in Drug Testing and Toxicology and received her Ph.D. in Food Chemistry at Cornell University. She earned her M.S. in Nutritional Biochemistry at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Wael Yared, PhD, Chief Technology Officer & VP Corporate Development
As Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Corporate Development at BioAnalytix, Dr. Yared leads the development of the company’s bioinformatics solutions, informatics-driven workflows and advanced data analysis platforms. Previously, Dr. Yared was head of Research and Development for PerkinElmer’s Life Sciences & Technology division and founding director of the company’s Center for Personalized Health Innovation. In this position, he oversaw multi-disciplinary R&D teams in the fields of imaging, microfluidics and automation for all hardware, software and reagent development activities (over 160 team members across multiple sites in the US and Europe). He managed several strategic relationships with clinical, research and business partners and collaborators in the US, Europe and Asia, and advised the Company on key M&A and integration initiatives. Prior to this role, Dr. Yared was Chief Technology Officer for VisEn Medical, acquired by Perkin Elmer in August 2010, where he led the development of fluorescence molecular tomography systems and molecular agent portfolios for pre-clinical and clinical biomarker imaging. Dr. Yared received his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for his work on command language algorithms in robotics, and is a named inventor and author on a number of patents and publications.
John Ziolkowski, Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Ziolkowski is Chief Financial Officer at BioAnalytix. He brings more than 20 years of financial and operational management experience to BioAnalytix. Most recently, he served as CFO of SiOnyx, a CMOS image sensor company. Prior to SiOnyx, John was CFO at VisEn Medical, a leading biomarker imaging company acquired by PerkinElmer in 2010. In these roles, John oversaw all aspects of finance, operations, IT, legal compliance and human resource management. Previously, Mr. Ziolkowski served as CFO at Axsun Technologies, a market-leading optoelectronic instrumentation manufacturer. Mr. Ziolkowski joined Axsun from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where he advised a cross section of public and private technology companies as a manager in the Technology Practice of the Audit and Business Advisory Services Group. Mr. Ziolkowski holds a B.A. in Economics/Accounting from the College of the Holy Cross and is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Mary Bowen, Director of Strategic and Digital Marketing
As the Director of Strategic and Digital Marketing, Mary Bowen drives the marketing strategy to create growth, awareness, and demand for BioAnalytix. She brings 12 years of digital marketing, web development, and branding experience to the company. Before joining BioAnalytix, Mary served as the Head of Digital Marketing and Creative at RainDance Technologies, which was acquired by Bio-Rad Laboratories. She spearheaded the company's global marketing campaigns to promote the cancer detection instruments to hospitals, academic institutions, and worldwide cancer centers. Prior to RainDance Technologies, Mary oversaw the marketing programs for an eCommerce recruiting platform and SaaS provider for career centers, Experience.com, now owned by Symplicity. The audience consisted of 1.2 million college students, Fortune 500 Companies, and 3,500 prestigious Colleges and Universities nationwide. Over the past decade, Mary has also served as an advisor to young innovative startups and non-profits to help them get started with their branding, digital marketing strategies, and their web and mobile app development. Mary holds a BSBA in Entrepreneurship at Suffolk University and a User Experience Certificate at Bentley University.