Pacific Biosciences Appoints Kathy Ordonez as Chief Commercial Officer
Ms. Ordoñez brings more than thirty years of experience in the life sciences and diagnostics industries, with senior roles at Hoffmann-La Roche, Celera, Quest Diagnostics and RainDance Technologies. At Roche, Kathy was responsible for the formation of Roche Molecular Systems, where she served as President and Chief Executive Officer for nine years and led the wide-scale commercial application of the polymerization chain reaction (PCR) technology to the research, diagnostic and forensic fields. At Celera, she oversaw the establishment of the company’s diagnostic sequencing business, which achieved a leadership position in Sanger sequencing for clinical diagnostic applications.
“I have worked with Kathy since the early days of PCR commercialization, and I am pleased that she has agreed to bring her substantial experience to our commercial endeavors,” said Michael Hunkapiller, Pacific Biosciences Chairman and CEO.” I am excited to continue to work with her to enhance our commercial capability as we expand our research market presence and begin development of our programs in the clinical market.”
As Chief Commercial Officer, Ms. Ordoñez will have senior responsibility for the Company’s sales, support, and marketing operations and remain a member of its Board of Directors. She will report to Chairman and CEO Michael Hunkapiller.
Kathy holds a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry/physics and a Doctorate of Science (Honorary) from Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY.
About Pacific Biosciences
Pacific Biosciences of California, Inc. (NASDAQ:PACB) offers sequencing systems to help scientists resolve genetically complex problems. Based on its novel Single Molecule, Real-Time (SMRT®) technology, Pacific Biosciences’ products enable: de novo genome assembly to finish genomes in order to more fully identify, annotate and decipher genomic structures; full-length transcript analysis to improve annotations in reference genomes, characterize alternatively spliced isoforms in important gene families, and find novel genes; targeted sequencing to more comprehensively characterize genetic variations; and real-time kinetic information for epigenome characterization. Pacific Biosciences’ technology provides high accuracy, ultra-long reads, uniform coverage, and is the only DNA sequencing technology that provides the ability to simultaneously detect epigenetic changes. PacBio® sequencing systems, including consumables and software, provide a simple, fast, end-to-end workflow for SMRT Sequencing. More information is available at www.pacb.com.
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