Since founding Carterra (formerly Wasatch Microfluidics) in 2005, Mr. Eckman has been instrumental in securing funding, attracting key employees and advisors, developing strategic partnerships, designing Carterra’s proprietary flexible manufacturing process, securing international distributorships, and building out the sales channels for current products. Mr. Eckman previously worked with the Lassonde New Venture Development Center, moving university technologies into the marketplace. Mr. Eckman graduated summa cum laude in Business Administration and Asian Studies from the University of Utah. At graduation, he was awarded the Outstanding Scholar in Business Administration and the Honors Baccalaureate Award. Mr. Eckman also received a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering (microfluidics focus) from the University of Utah.
Dr Abdiche is Chief Scientific Officer at Carterra, where she has helped to develop and commercialize a high throughput Array SPR instrument for antibody screening. Prior to joining Carterra, she had a twelve-year career at Pfizer-Rinat leading a bioanalytical team that applied label-free biosensors to the discovery of therapeutic antibodies. As a Research Fellow she served on Rinat’s leadership team and the governing committee for Pfizer’s Postdoctoral Program. Dr Abdiche graduated from Oxford University with a PhD in Biological Chemistry and a Master’s degree in Chemistry and completed postdoctoral research at the University of Utah where she focused on optimizing biosensor methods for characterizing small molecule interactions. She helped to establish carbonic anhydrase as a model system within the biosensor community and has co-authored over 35 peer-reviewed papers on the application of biosensors in drug discovery. She has over 12 issued patents in the antibody space and is co-inventor of several drugs that entered the clinic, including PF-06801591, a PD-1 inhibitor that completed PhI clinical trials for cancer immunotherapy. Notably, she is co-inventor of Ajoyv (fremanezumab) a humanized monoclonal antibody that is the first and only anti-CGRP treatment for the prevention of migraine with quarterly and monthly dosing options, approved for market use in September 2018.
Tim Germann is responsible for the customer experience at Carterra. He leads our global strategy and execution efforts in marketing, sales, service, and support. Tim has built or rebuilt operational teams and revenue streams in the life sciences and healthcare for more than 25 years. His successful tenures include Molecular Devices (now Danaher), Affymetrix (now Thermo Fisher), Metabolon, and Hill-Rom. At Hill-Rom, Tim led the global commercial operation for the healthcare IT division which drove more than $300 million of increased valuation in the business during a five-year turnaround. Most recently, Mr. Germann was COO and Chief Commercial Officer at RF Technologies where he led successful revitalization and growth initiatives across sales, marketing, service, finance, and manufacturing. Tim graduated from the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University and established a successful management consulting practice prior to joining Carterra.
Chris brings to Carterra a strong track record of product and business growth in the life sciences industry. Prior to joining Carterra, he was Vice President of Marketing at Advanced Cell Diagnostics leading the company’s worldwide marketing program during the scale up and eventual acquisition by Biotechne. Prior to that he was Vice President of Commercial Operations at BioScale, assisting in resetting the company’s strategy toward pharma assay services and diagnostics. Prior to that Chris was Vice President of Marketing at ForteBio, leading the company’s strategic planning process, multiple product launches and internal sales and applications team, culminating in the successful acquisition of ForteBio by Pall Corp (now part of Danaher). Previously, he was Director of Strategic and Worldwide Product Marketing at Molecular Devices. At Molecular Devices, he led three product lines (including the SpectraMax microplate reader line, SoftMax Pro software and GxP validation solutions, the company's largest product family), and doubled revenues to greater than $70 million in five years. Chris began his career in the lab as a founding member of Kairos Scientific Inc. He holds a BS in molecular biology from San Jose State University and an MBA from Santa Clara University. Chris holds four patents and is co-author of multiple peer-reviewed journal articles.
Janel is responsible for the overall financial strategy and direction at Carterra. Janel is passionate about building teams and company culture, while identifying and implementing process improvement initiatives and driving growth through change management. She has been leading financial teams for over twenty years. Her diverse experience includes the role of Chief Financial Officer of Clinical Innovations as well as holding numerous positions of increasing responsibility at both US and international divisions of C.R. Bard (now Beckton Dickinson). Janel started her career as an auditor at Ernst & Young. Janel earned a BS in Accountancy from Kansas State University, an MBA from the University of Phoenix, and is a licensed CPA.
Steve has been successfully leading global Supply Chain and Manufacturing operations for over 20 years supporting highly technical and complex products across multiple industries. Most recently he was Director of Operations for the High Purity Group for Swagelok Company responsible for producing all the products that served the Semiconductor market. Prior to that he was COO for Accuri Cytometers, helping to bring the power of Personal Flow Cytometry from the core labs directly to the researcher's bench. This led to a successful exit to Becton Dickinson where he stayed on helping guide the integration and continue the momentum of Personal Flow. Steve also spent 10 years at Keithley Instruments as Vice President of Operations leading their Supply Chain and Manufacturing areas into an industry leading position. Steve has a BA in Business Management from Malone College and an MBA from Case Western University with a concentration in international business.