Leadership

Sergey Vlasenko, President and CEO

Dr. Vlasenko has over 20 years of experience in the life sciences and clinical diagnostics industries. He is an accomplished senior executive with domestic and international skill sets in global marketing, strategic planning, research and development, and product commercialization. His organizational experience spans from co-founding and growing a start-up business to leading divisional marketing for a multi-billion dollar company. He has a track record of identifying market opportunities, driving innovative product development, launching highly differentiated products and enabling sustainable and profitable growth. Dr. Vlasenko received his M.S. degree in Chemistry and Ph.D. degree in Enzyme Kinetics from Moscow University. He completed the Executive Leadership Program at Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. Dr. Vlasenko has held a number of varied management positions, most notably as Director of Global Marketing at Bio-Rad Protein Function Division and as Vice President of Molecular Diagnostics and Life Sciences at BCM Diagnostics.


Ted Haxo, Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Haxo has 20 years of experience in the life sciences industry, starting as an Analytical Chemist with Carter Analytical Laboratories. He spent nine years at Applied Biosystems as Analytical Method Development Chemist, Process Development Scientist, and Senior Development Scientist; followed by five years with Quantum Dot Corporation as Manager of Quality and Associate Director of Product Development, and two years with Cortex Biochem, Inc. as Director of Operations and Manufacturing. In 2008, Mr. Haxo joined ProZyme as Director of Operations and Product Development and held the role of Vice President between 2009 and 2015. Mr. Haxo earned a B.A. in Chemistry and Art History from the University of California Santa Cruz.


Emily C. Dale, Director of Global Marketing

Dr. Dale has over 15 years of experience in qualitative and quantitative market research, strategic planning, integrated marketing communications, product development and commercialization.  Her strong technical skills deliver creditability with customers and effective collaborations with R&D, manufacturing and business partners. Dr. Dale's market experience spans from global Bio-Pharma discovery, development and manufacturing to Clinical and Academic Research segments such as molecular and cell biology and protein expression and characterization. Dr. Dale received her B.S. degree in Microbiology from Cornell University and Ph.D. degree in Molecular Biology from UC Berkeley. She completed the Executive Leadership Program at Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. Dr. Dale has held a number of varied management positions, most notably as Director of Global Marketing at Bio-Rad Laboratory Separations and Process Chromatography Divisions.


Justin Hyche, Director of Sales and Tactical Marketing

Mr. Hyche has more than 13 years of experience in the life science industry.  Since he joined ProZyme in 2008, he has held multiple responsibilities including technical support and product management roles.  He began his career at SouthernBiotech where he worked first in Research and Development developing protein purification techniques. Later as the Manager of Protein Chemistry he developed tandem conjugation methods for multicolor flow cytometry applications. He holds a B.S. in Microbiology from Auburn University.


Bruce Amsden, Director of Process Development

Dr. Amsden has spent over 35 years in the field of protein research and development. Prior to co-founding ProZyme in 1990, he worked as a Senior Research Scientist and consultant with InFerGene. Prior to InFerGene, Dr. Amsden was a graduate student and Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of California Berkeley, and performed undergraduate research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Department of Nutrition and Food Science. Dr. Amsden has numerous poster presentations, publications and awards in his area of expertise. He earned a B.S. in Applied Biology from MIT, and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from UC Berkeley.


Kim Granger, Director of Operations

Ms. Granger has over 15 years of experience in biochemistry and biotech manufacturing, beginning as a laboratory technician with Liquid Sugars, Inc. of Emeryville, California. She joined ProZyme in 1997 as Research Associate, rising to her current senior management position in operations. Ms. Granger holds a B.A. degree in International Relations from Middlebury College (Phi Beta Kappa), and studied biochemistry, genetics, physiology and pre-med at San Francisco State and Mills College.


Susan Fuller, Director of Quality

Ms. Fuller has over 25 years of experience in quality systems in the biotechnology industry. She held Research Associate and Quality Manager positions at InFerGene, a Quality Control Supervisor position with Cetus/Chiron, Quality Control Manager and Quality Project Manager positions with Roche Molecular Systems, Quality Manger positions with Roche Diagnostics, and Quality Manager and Quality Assurance Manager positions with Orasure Technologies. In 2009, Ms Fuller joined ProZyme as Director of Quality Systems. Ms. Fuller earned a B.S. in Bioresource Sciences and Masters of Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences/Toxicology from the University of California Berkeley.