Leadership

Doug Doerfler

Doug Doerfler

President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Doerfler has more than 35 years of experience in the discovery, development, commercialization and international financing of biotechnology products and companies. He was a founder of MaxCyte in July 1998. Previously, Mr. Doerfler was President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of Immunicon Corporation, a cell-based therapy and diagnostics company. He  also held various executive positions with Life Technologies, Inc. that included leading its global businesses, mergers and acquisitions and its IPO. Mr. Doerfler plays an active role as a life sciences industry advocate, serving as Chair Emeritus of the Maryland Tech Council and on the Executive Committees of the Alliance for Regenerative Medicine and the Biotechnology Innovation Organization. Mr. Doerfler received his BS in finance from the University of Baltimore School of Business, and holds a certificate in Industrial Relations.

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Ron Holtz

Ron Holtz

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Holtz serves as MaxCyte’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO), having joined the Company in 2005. Previously, he has been CFO of both public and private companies and has raised more than $100 million in debt and equity capital. He also had previous experience with Ernst & Young LLP’s Financial Advisory Services Group. He earned an MBA in finance from the University of Maryland, a BS in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin and is a Certified Public Accountant.

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Madhusudan V. Peshwa, PhD

Madhusudan V. Peshwa, PhD

Chief Scientific Officer, Executive Vice President, Cellular Therapies

Dr. Peshwa currently serves as Chief Scientific Officer at MaxCyte. Before joining the Company in 2005, he was Limited Partner and Executive Vice President for Research and Development at NewNeural, LLC, a start-up company focused on small molecule drugs and ex vivo stem cell therapies for CNS diseases. Prior to that, Dr. Peshwa served as Vice President of Manufacturing and as Vice President of Process Sciences at Dendreon Corporation (NASDAQ: DNDN), where he was responsible for: development, characterization and manufacture of an autologous dendritic cell vaccine product, from concept to late Phase III pivotal studies and design of commercial manufacturing infrastructure; scale-up and production of recombinant protein using baculovirus transient transfection system at 2000L bioreactor scale; and CE mark, 510(k), IDE and PMA for a cell separation technology platform. His expertise is in the areas of ideation, design, development, characterization, scale-up and commercial development of recombinant proteins; engineered cell and tissue products; and medical devices. Dr. Peshwa obtained his PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota and his BTech in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India. He is a co-author of more than 30 scientific publications and is a co-inventor on over 10 patent applications.

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Debra K. Bowes

Debra K. Bowes

Executive Vice President, Business and Strategic Development

Ms. Bowes has more than 25 years of experience in corporate strategy, licensing and in the creation of partnerships to advance the development and commercialization of biopharmaceutical products, with a main emphasis in oncology. Before joining MaxCyte in 2016, Ms. Bowes was Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of CapGenesis Pharma, in Bethesda, MD. Previously, she served as President and Founder of Chevy Chase BioPartners, LLC, a strategic planning consultancy, as well as in leadership positions at CBLI Pharmaceuticals, MedImmune, Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Pfizer, Ligand Pharmaceuticals, Centocor and Hybritech. She has also served as national president of Women In Bio. Ms. Bowes holds a Master’s Degree from Johns Hopkins University, and has a BS in cell biology from the University of Cincinnati.

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Brad Calvin

Executive Vice President, Global Marketing

Mr. Calvin is a 25-year veteran within the diagnostics, drug development and biotechnology industries. In his role as MaxCyte’s EVP of Global Marketing, he is responsible for leading the Company’s marketing function to define product strategy and drive growth of its drug discovery and cell therapy business. Mr. Calvin was most recently Co-founder and President of AsedaSciences, a company with an integrated technology platform to predict in vivo toxicity risk in early-stage drug discovery. Previously, he has held various leadership positions at companies ranging from large corporations to start-ups, such as Accuvein, Beckman Coulter, Qiagen, Digene, AGENIX, and Abbott Laboratories. He has a Bachelor’s degree from Curtin Institute of Technology in Perth, Western Australia

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Thomas M. Ross

Thomas M. Ross

Executive Vice President, Global Sales

Mr. Ross serves as MaxCyte’s Executive Vice President of Global Sales, having joined the Company in 2014. Mr. Ross has extensive experience in all elements of commercial operations and has more than 25 years of successful sales and marketing leadership in the Life Science and Clinical Diagnostics markets. Most recently, Mr. Ross was Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations at OpGen®. Mr. Ross also served as Chief Commercial Officer at Predictive BioScience and Vice President of North America Medical Diagnostics Sales at Qiagen/Digene Corporation. Prior to working at Digene Corporation, he held several senior leadership roles in Manufacturing Operations at Life Technologies, Inc. and Cambrex. Mr. Ross has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from The Citadel.

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James Brady

James Brady

Vice President, Technical Applications and Customer Support

 

Dr. Brady is Vice President of Technical Applications and Customer Support at MaxCyte, Inc. Prior to joining MaxCyte in 2004, Dr. Brady was a Senior Scientist at Genetic Therapy, Inc., a Novartis subsidiary, where he worked on lentiviral-based gene therapy treatments for ocular disorders. Previously, he worked at MetaMorphix, Inc. as a Group Leader in the Company’s Transgenic Livestock program, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Brady received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the College of William and Mary, a Ph.D. in genetics from Indiana University and an MBA from Johns Hopkins University.

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Markus J. Hunkeler

Markus J. Hunkeler

Vice President, Marketing

Mr. Hunkeler joined MaxCyte in 2016 as Vice President of Marketing. With more than 25 years in life science company leadership positions, Mr. Hunkeler brings a wide variety of product and marketing experiences to MaxCyte. Most recently Mr. Hunkeler managed international sales for ATCC. Prior to that, he was Director of Product Development at Life Technologies Corporation, Senior Director of Marketing at BioReliance and Director of Marketing at Lonza. Mr. Hunkeler has Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in biochemistry and an MBA from the University of Maryland.

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Michael Kuo

Michael Kuo

Vice President, Quality and Technical Operations

Mr. Kuo currently serves as MaxCyte’s Vice President of Quality and Technical Operations, having joined the Company in 2017. He has more than 20 years of biopharmaceutical and academic experience in developing cell, gene and regenerative medicine therapies. Mr. Kuo has established and directed numerous GMP manufacturing, quality assurance and analytical testing operations as well as provided oversight of global contract manufacturing and development organizations (CDMOs) and contract testing laboratories (CTLs). Prior to joining MaxCyte, Mr. Kuo served as Senior Director of Quality Assurance at Mesoblast, where he supported multiple global Phase III clinical studies. Previously, he held various leadership positions at BloodWorks Northwest, Cryo-Cell International, Aesculap Implant Systems and Amgen, providing oversight of process development, translational scale up, technology transfer and analytical testing. Mr. Kuo received his BS degrees in Medical Technology and Microbiology as well as his Biomedical Regulatory Affairs Certificate from the University of Washington.

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Maher Masoud

Vice President, Legal

Mr. Masoud brings to MaxCyte 12 years of experience as an attorney and general counsel in the biotech industry. He has served as Assistant General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Wellstat Management Company; co-founding partner of Rossi/Masoud LLC, a specialized law firm for the biotech, pharmaceutical and IT sectors; and Corporate Attorney at Human Genome Sciences, Inc. Mr. Masoud managed the legal team on the launch of two FDA-approved drugs while at Wellstat. At Human Genome Sciences, he assisted with FDA compliance for the product launch of Benlysta®, negotiated and executed more than 1,000 clinical trial agreements, negotiated licensing deals valued at over $300 million, and assisted the company with raising financing through bond and secondary stock offerings in excess of $800 million. A member of the Maryland State Bar, Mr. Masoud holds a JD from Michigan State University College of Law, and a BS in Cell & Molecular Biology Genetics from the University of Maryland.

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