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Demaris-Mills

Demaris Mills

President

Demaris has spent her career in the Life Sciences and Diagnostics space, including more than 12 years with Danaher.  She joined IDT as President in July 2021 from Phenomenex, where she also served as President.

Prior to Phenomenex, Demaris served in several senior leadership positions at Beckman Coulter Life Sciences, including Vice President, General Manager of the Liquid Handling Automation and Genomics businesses, Vice President of European Sales and Vice President of Global Marketing. Prior to Beckman Coulter, Demaris held positions of increasing responsibility at Leica Biosystems, including leading Product Management for the Leica Biosystems Consumables Business. Earlier in her career, she held several positions in Corporate Strategy and Development at Thermo Fisher Scientific, including an expat assignment based in China.

Demaris has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in Economics and French from Smith College in Massachusetts.

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Mark Behlke, MD, PhD

Chief Scientific Officer

Mark has been a part of IDT for more than two decades and was appointed Chief Scientific Officer in 2013.

Mark joined IDT as a Research & Development (R&D) consultant in 1995 and was named Vice President of R&D in 1996. In nearly 26 years at IDT, Mark has overseen research programs and new product development in the areas of DNA thermodynamics, gene synthesis, probe chemistry, qPCR, NGS, antisense, RNA interference, and CRISPR genome editing.

Mark is an internationally recognized expert in the field of nucleic acid technologies and an inventor on more than 60 issued US Patents and an author on over 140 scientific papers.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was awarded MD and PhD degrees from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, after doing his doctoral dissertation in the field of Immunogenetics. Mark completed an Internal Medicine residency at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and an Endocrinology Fellowship at the Longwood/Harvard program. Mark was a Howard Hughes Postdoctoral Fellow in Human Genetics at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research at MIT.

Christine Boge

Christine Boge

Sr. Vice President, Global Operations

Christine was appointed Sr. Vice President, Global Operations in May 2021. Her areas of oversight focus on IDT global operations, including direct oversite for US and European manufacturing, as well as IDT’s supply chain, and environmental health and safety (EHS) organizations.

Prior to her current role, Christine held positions at IDT as Sr. Vice President, Supply Chain & Logistics; Sr. Vice President, Strategic Operations; and Sr. Vice President, Finance & Supply Chain. During her 26 years at IDT, Christine professionalized the supply chain and logistics functions at IDT.

In 1995, Christine entered IDT as a production scientist, and subsequently held progressively responsible procurement and supply chain positions. Christine has diverse operational, business, and financial experience, including process and discrete manufacturing, business combination experience, as well as experience in international business, trade, and taxation.

Christine earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry, and her Master of Business Administration from the University of Iowa.

Liz Chen

Liz Chen

General Manager, IDT China

Liz joined IDT in July 2020 as General Manager, IDT China. In this position, Liz is building and leading the IDT China commercial team to develop and execute the Company’s strategy, including market development, channel management, and organization building to expand and accelerate IDT’s growth in the China market.

Liz joined Danaher in 2019 as a DBSL (Danaher Business Systems Leader), and was appointed Strategic Marketing Director, Life Sciences China Platform in June 2019. She successfully established the platform marketing infrastructure based on Biopharma and Precision Medicine strategies.

Liz holds a master’s degree in International Business from St. Andrews University. Before joining Danaher, Liz accumulated more than 15 years of experience in sales management, including the Custom Oligo business for Thermo Fisher China—as well as business development and M&A in Greater China and other regions with multinational companies and consulting firms such as KPMG and Accenture.

Hanna-Dust

Hanna Dust

Vice President, Human Resources

Hanna Dust joined IDT as Vice President, Human Resources in January 2021. She is responsible for leading the HR function, including the Global HR Strategy to support the IDT business in acquiring and developing talent, engaging and retaining our associates.

Hanna has more than 23 years of experience in Human Resources. Prior to IDT, she was the Vice President, Human Resources at Envista, the family of dental brands that spun off from Danaher and became an independent company in 2019. Hanna led strategic and critical decisions with executive management, including Talent Management, Culture and Engagement, Mergers & Acquisitions, Organizational Development/Effectiveness and Succession Planning. Previously, Hanna was Vice President, People and Organization with Sony Pictures Entertainment, where she served as the global HR business partner for Worldwide Networks and the regional HR Leader for Asia Pacific across all SPE lines of business and corporate functions. Hanna also spent over seven years with Johnson & Johnson, holding various progressive roles in HR.

Hanna earned a bachelor’s degree in Natural Science & Chemistry from Christian Brothers University and an MBA from Georgetown University.

Norm Fuller

Norm Fuller

Vice President, Platform Development

Norm has been part of IDT for more than a decade and was appointed Vice President, Platform development in 2014.

Norm joined IDT in 2007 as a Process Engineer and over the years has progressively increased his responsibilities and impact on the Company. He brought the rigor associated with statistical analysis, experimental design, and problem-solving methodologies to IDT. Project and portfolio management were established at IDT under Norm’s guidance.

Norm holds a Bachelor of Science and a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Brigham Young University.

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Raj Kapadia

Vice President, Global Sales, Marketing and Strategy

Raj joined IDT as Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing in March 2020. He brings five years of Danaher experience and nearly 15 years of experience in the broader Life Sciences and Diagnostics space. In his most recent role as the Vice President of Business Development and Strategy at Beckman Coulter Life Sciences, he successfully led three acquisitions, installed innovation processes, and enhanced the product management teams. He joined Danaher in 2016 as the Director of the Automation business unit at Beckman Coulter Life Sciences, where he revitalized the business helping it achieve double digit growth.

Prior to Danaher, Raj was the Head of Clinical Core Products group for Illumina, responsible for leading the company’s efforts to bring Next Generation Sequencing into the clinic. Raj began his Life Sciences and Diagnostics career at Abbott where he held sales, product management, and business development roles of increasing responsibility, ultimately running Abbott Molecular’s Oncology and Genetics franchise.

Raj holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Rick McConahay

Rick McConahay

General Manager, APAC

Rick has been part of IDT for more than two decades and was appointed General Manager, APAC in April 2020. Rick joined IDT in 2001 as a Software Developer and has held several progressive business positions since then, including General Manager Europe, Managing Director EMEA, and Vice President East Coast & International Operations.

During his 20 years at IDT, Rick has helped launch IDT’s West Coast operations, led the establishment and build-out of the Company’s European business, and led the establishment of IDT’s East Coast Operations. Rick has gained extensive international leadership experience, including living and working in Europe and Asia. Rick currently leads IDT Sales and Operations in the Asia-Pacific region.

Rick earned his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at the University of Iowa.

Jamey Robbins

Jamey Robbins

VP, DBS

Jamey joined IDT as Vice President, DBS (Danaher Business Systems) in August 2021. He is filling a newly created position dedicated solely to DBS, leading IDT’s efforts to accelerate further adoption and sustainment of DBS culture, tools, and capabilities.

Prior to IDT, Jamey was at Beckman Coulter Diagnostics, where he has had roles of increasing responsibility, including the Director of Miami Instrument Manufacturing, Vice President of East Coast Operations, Vice President of Real Estate, Facilities and PMO, to most recently the Vice President of Integrated Supply Chain.

Jamey holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University and a master’s in Business Administration from Wake Forrest University.

Erik-Swenson

Erik Swenson

Chief Financial Officer

Erik joined IDT in 2018 as Chief Financial Officer following the acquisition of IDT by Danaher. Before IDT, he held the role of Sr. Director of Global Financial Planning and Analysis at SCIEX, another Danaher operating company, for three and a half years.

Erik came to Danaher in 2007 as Financial Planning leader for Kollmorgen—Dover, part of the then Danaher Motion Platform. During Erik’s time at Danaher, he has built finance teams with an eye to financial compliance, process improvement, and professional development. Prior to Danaher, he held positions of increasing responsibilities at several science and technology companies for more than 13 years. Currently, he is responsible for the Finance, IT, and Coralville Facility teams.

Erik earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts and a Master of Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, New Hampshire.

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Roman Terrill

Senior Vice President, Products and Services

Roman has been part of IDT for more than two decades and was appointed Senior Vice President, Products and Services in April 2018, following the acquisition of IDT by Danaher.

Roman joined IDT in 1998 as Legal Counsel and held several progressive legal and business unit positions prior to serving as General Counsel from 2002 until 2016. In 2006, Roman was named Business Unit Leader for the GMP division, which designs and manufactures products that address the clinical diagnostic market.

Roman helped to found several of IDT’s business units and helped them to grow larger and stronger through the pandemic and other challenges.  He currently leads the Service and Support teams critical to IDT’s success.

Roman earned his bachelor’s degree in Russian Literature and his Juris Doctorate at the University of Iowa.

Steve Wowk

Steve Wowk

VP, Business Unit and General Management

Steve joined IDT as Vice President, Business Unit and General Management in July 2021. In this newly created role, Steve is leading IDT’s four business units (Custom Oligos & qPCR, Synthetic Biology, CRISPR & Functional Genomics, and Next Generation Sequencing) as the Company’s genomic technologies develop and expand from R&D tools to clinical solutions.

Steve has 25 years of experience in the life sciences industry. For the past five years, he was the Business Unit Director—Genomics at Beckman Coulter Life Sciences (BEC LS), with global responsibility for supporting strategic direction, innovation, new product development, strategic marketing, and in-market product management. Steve held management and sales positions at several leading companies, including MilliporeSigma, Bio-Rad Laboratories, and Pfizer, Inc.

Steve received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton, Ohio, and a Master of Science degree from John Carroll University, Cleveland, Ohio. He also completed an Executive MBA program provided by the University of Texas, Austin.