Murali Prahalad, Ph. D. is the president and CEO of Epic Sciences. Dr. Prahalad has more than 14 years of experience in technology and life science companies. Prior to joining Epic, he was formerly vice president of Corporate Strategy at Life Technologies, where he helped shape the organic and inorganic investment priorities across Life Technologies' research tools, clinical diagnostic and applied market portfolios. Dr. Prahalad was with Life Technologies since 2005, where he held multiple positions of increasing responsibility. His experience at Life Technologies ranged from mergers and acquisitions to inlicensing and general management, where he led large businesses that spanned genomics to cell biology. As a general manager, he had to grow revenue and profit by building stronger teams, driving innovation and managing operations for both consumable and instrument portfolios. Portfolios of note and relevance to Epic included Molecular Probes®, transfection (Lipofectamine®), custom primers and research antibodies in addition to Life Technologies imaging instrumentation (FLoID®, TALI®, Countess®) and flow cytometry platforms (Attune®). Prior to Life Technologies, he was vice president of Business Development at Sequenom, Inc. He is also proficient and literate in several languages including Japanese, French and Kannada. Dr. Prahalad received a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular pharmacology and an M.S. in medical sciences from Harvard University, and he received his B.S. with honors in cellular and molecular biology and economics from the University of Michigan.
Mr. Michael Rodriguez is the chief financial officer of Epic Sciences and has served for more than 20 years as a demonstrated cross-functional executive leader in fast growth, complex and high energy environments, with a strong financial and operational acumen in both public and private companies. He has proven success in casting tactical vision, carrying out strategic initiatives, implementing productive change and cultivating high-performance teams that increase results and profits. Before joining Epic, Mr. Rodriguez served as chief operating officer of Clarient Diagnostic Services, a GE Healthcare molecular diagnostics and laboratory services business. During this time, Mr. Rodriguez led an organization of more than 350 people in lab operations, information technology, quality assurance, project and portfolio management, facilities, materials management and environmental health and safety. Prior to his promotion to COO, he served as chief financial officer, building a best-in-class organization and guiding Clarient to profitable operations during his first year of tenure, facilitating its $587 million sale to GE Healthcare. Prior to Clarient, Mr. Rodriguez served as senior vice president and chief financial officer of Endocare (NASDAQ: ENDO), executive vice president and chief financial officer of Directfit, and senior financial capacities for Tickets.com (NASDAQ: TIXX), and EDiX Corporation. Mr. Rodriguez began his career in public accounting with Arthur Andersen & Co., and is a certified public accountant (inactive). He received an MBA from Stanford University and a B.S. in accounting from the University of Southern California. He also serves as an adjunct professor of business in the Crowell School of Business at Biola University.
Chris Bernard is chief commercial officer at Epic Sciences. Prior to joining Epic Sciences, Mr. Bernard was senior vice president, Sales and Marketing and an officer of Metabolon Inc., where he rebuilt the Metabolytics business, a business-to-business biochemical profiling service responsible for a majority of the company's total sales at the time. Prior to Metabolon, he was vice president, Sales and Marketing and an officer of Abaxis, Inc., where he led the sales and marketing for the company's point-of-care diagnostic chemistry platform, Piccolo Xpress®. He began his career at Cytyc Corporation, ultimately becoming the regional business director. At Cytyc, Mr. Bernard was responsible for growth in sales and management of a portfolio of diagnostic products, including ThinPrep® Pap Test and Imager and NovaSure® endometrial ablation. He is a board certified cytologist and is a member of the American Society of Cytologists, American Society of Clinical Pathologists and the International Academy of Cytology. Mr. Bernard received a B.A. in psychobiology from Hiram College.
Dave Henderson is the chief information officer for Epic Sciences. Mr. Henderson has more than 20 years of experience in information technologies at companies including Sequenom, Inc., CBS Corporation, and Paramount Picture Corporation and is a recognized leader in implementing enterprise solutions for global companies in regulated environments. As CIO for Sequenom, Mr. Henderson was a key member of an executive team that developed a commercialization plan for the company, implementing systems to support its ISO certification, FDA submissions, and laboratory developed diagnostic tests, which enabled Sequenom’s rapid scale up to $162 million in annual revenues. As Vice President, TV Systems Support for Paramount Pictures Corporation, Mr. Henderson provided global operational support for enterprise systems responsible for $1 billion in revenue and was part of the executive team executing various mergers and acquisitions including the merger of Paramount Pictures with CBS Corporation. Mr. Henderson is on the Management Information Systems Advisory Board for San Diego State University, College of Business Administration and an active member of the Society for Information Management.
Pascal Bamford, Ph.D. is the vice president, product development at Epic Sciences. Dr. Bamford obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Queensland, Australia, and researched how cancer-associated changes in DNA structure, detectable in digital images, could be used to automate the process of distinguishing cervical cancer from normal cells. His early career was spent developing automated cytology imaging systems at CSSIP in Australia in collaboration with Accumed International of Chicago. He subsequently took on the role of director of Imaging at MonoGen, where he developed an all-digital, microscopy-based, cervical cancer screening product, which was recognized as the first “killer app” for the field of digital pathology. For the past five years at Ventana-Roche, Dr. Bamford has held various roles of increasing responsibility in research, digital pathology and assay development, working on fluorescence multiplexing imaging systems and driving several bright field IHC algorithm CE-IVD and 510(k) clearances. Most recently Dr. Bamford led the detection reagent development of Ventana’s next generation staining platform. He is the author of six patents and more than 18 scientific publications.
Mr. Ryan Dittamore is the vice president, translational research and clinical affairs at Epic Sciences. Mr. Dittamore is a recognized molecular diagnostics leader with a broad range of scientific, medical, and business experience in developing and commercializing cancer diagnostics. Mr. Dittamore is leading translational research and clinical affairs activities for Epic Sciences to develop clinical validity and utility for new products to address critical unmet medical needs in oncology. This effort includes initiation and execution of numerous oncology clinical trials with top academic and government institutes. Mr. Dittamore’s background includes a diverse set of roles spanning over 18 years in the diagnostic and life science industries inclusive of research, product development, marketing, business development, sales and global channel management. Previous to his tenure at Epic Sciences, he was director of medical innovation and disease lead for genitourinary (GU) cancers at Ventana Medical Systems (Roche Tissue Diagnostics). During his time there he lead translational research, product development and marketing efforts for GU medical value products. His work has led to numerous novel abstracts, publications and patents towards improving patient outcomes. He holds a B.S. in biology, from University of Oregon and an MBA from University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Toni Wayne is the vice president, human resources at Epic Sciences. Prior to joining Epic Sciences, Toni Wayne was vice president of Human Resources at Prometheus Laboratories, where she was a member of the executive team, leading human resources strategic planning and talent management. In 2010 she was honored as a San Diego Human Resources Professional of the Year for mid-sized companies. Prior to Prometheus, she held the position of vice president of Human Resources for Baxter Healthcare's BioScience division, where she directed Human Resources for the division's North American operations, and, ultimately, for the division's global Research and Development and Commercial Operations. Ms. Wayne also was vice president of Human Resources for Elan's Biopharmaceutical division. She started her career in biotech with Hybritech Incorporated, where she held varying positions of management responsibility in Human Resources, Manufacturing, Quality and Project Management. Ms. Wayne is also a board member of the San Diego Biotech Employment Development Coalition.