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.
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 30 years. His successful tenures include Molecular Devices (now Danaher), Affymetrix (now Thermo Fisher), Metabolon, and Hill-Rom (now Baxter). 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.
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.
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.
Doug has been leading engineering and product commercialization teams for over 20 years. Previously, he served in senior level positions within engineering and program management with Fortune 500 companies in the in vitro diagnostics market. Doug was the Vice President of Engineering at Rheonix, which launched a successful EUA-approved PCR test for COVID-19 on their fully automated workstation early in the pandemic. Prior to that, he was a Senior Project Manager at Hologic, where he managed cross-functional project teams working on the development and deployment of new products and features. Previous to that, Doug was at Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, Life Technologies, Applied Biosystems, and Fluidigm Corporation as a program manager, leading multiple cross-functional product development teams globally and managing both assay and system product development. He also served as Director of Engineering at Life Technologies, where he managed a department in the Advanced Technologies and Systems division. He has a proven record of driving the development and commercialization of market-leading biotechnology and medical device instrumentation, software, and assay products. Doug studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of New Haven and holds a B.S. degree in Engineering Management from DeVry University.