Peter serves as Chief Executive Officer of Applied Proteomics. He brings more than 20 years of leadership in the life science industry building companies and creating markets for novel high-value products. Currently he also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Pathwork Diagnostics. Previously, Peter was the CEO of Predictive Biosciences a fully integrated developer of novel molecular diagnostic cancer assays. Prior to his tenure at Predictive Biosciences, Peter was the CEO of GeneOhm Sciences, a molecular diagnostics company, which he led starting in 2002 and successfully sold to Becton Dickinson in 2006 for $255 million. Prior to Peter’s tenure at GeneOhm Sciences, he was CEO of JOMED, Inc., a Swiss-based company that develops and manufactures products for interventional cardiology, radiology and minimally invasive vascular surgery. Following JOMED’s successful initial public offering and the acquisition of Endosonics, Inc., Peter moved to the United States to integrate the companies. In advance of his time at JOMED, Peter served as senior vice president of research and development at Gruenenthal GmbH, a European pharmaceutical company. Additionally, Peter held the position of senior scientist with Aventis in their cardiovascular drug discovery unit and served as a post-doctoral fellow at the William Harvey Research Institute in London with Sir John Vane.
John E. Blume, PhD joined Applied Proteomics, Inc. as Chief Science Officer in September, 2008. He is a molecular biologist by training and has published research in the area of genetics and gene expression variation. In addition, he has developed an expertise for moving technologies from product development to commercialization. Prior to joining Applied Proteomics, Dr. Blume was Senior Vice President, Product Development at Affymetrix, Inc., leading a group of over 200 for assay, software, and hardware development, bioinformatics, and product development process control. Before joining Affymetrix in 2002, Dr. Blume spent twelve years in diabetes drug discovery, first at Novartis and then at Metabolex, implementing novel molecular technologies for preclinical research and development.
Steve R. Martin joined Applied Proteomics, Inc. as Chief Financial Officer in December 2014. He brings over 30 years of progressive experience in senior financial roles including leadership positions in publicly-traded diagnostic and pharmaceutical companies. Prior to joining Applied Proteomics, Inc., Mr. Martin was the CFO of Apricus Biosciences, a publicly-traded pharmaceuticals company. Prior to Apricus, he was CFO and interim CEO of BakBone Software, where he led the sale of the Company to Quest Software. Before that, Mr. Martin was senior consultant to the CEO and Acting Chief Accounting Officer for Leap Communications. Mr. Martin’s experience includes leadership roles in two diagnostics and tools companies, including as CFO of Strategene Corporation, sold to Agilent Technologies in 2007 and as Controller for Gen-Probe, now a part of Hologic. Mr. Martin began his career at Deloitte and served as Senior Audit Manager and has a B.S. in Accounting from San Diego State University.
Erwin V. Estigarribia is Vice President of Commercial Operations at Applied Proteomics, Inc. He is an Operations executive specializing in the commercialization of products in the Life Sciences industry. Prior to API, Erwin was Vice President of Operations a CardioDx, a leading cardiovascular gene expression diagnostic company. He was responsible for leading many of the company’s Operational aspects including Commercial Testing Laboratory, Information Technology, Software Development, Facilities, Purchasing, Logistics, Customer Service and Reimbursement Operations. Previous to CardioDx, Erwin held several positions in Operations, Manufacturing and Quality at Nugen Technologies, Geron Corporation, Novartis and Chiron Corporation. Erwin received a Bachelors in Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering with honors from Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne Australia.
Premal S. Shah, Ph.D. is Vice President of Strategic Marketing & Corporate Development at Applied Proteomics, Inc. He is an experienced business development executive specializing in strategy, business and product development for healthcare companies. Prior to API, Dr. Shah was director of business development for Genomic Health, a leading personalized medicine company. He was responsible for leading many of the company’s strategic initiatives including partnerships and M&A activities. Previous to Genomic Health, Dr. Shah was a management consultant at Booz & Company, advising top healthcare companies in strategic matters ranging from go-to-market strategies and international expansion to M&A. Dr. Shah received his Ph.D. in molecular biophysics from the California Institute of Technology.
Robert Verfurth joined Applied Proteomics as Vice President, Sales in May 2015. He most recently was Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Innovus Pharmaceuticals starting in February 2013. Mr. Verfurth was previously part of the marketing and sales team at Apricus Biosciences, a specialty pharmaceutical company. Prior to Apricus, until mid-2012, Mr. Verfurth was Vice President, US Sales-West for Becton Dickinson Diagnostics. Before that, he served as Vice President, US Sales and Support for the molecular diagnostic start-up GeneOhm Sciences beginning in 2005. GeneOhm Sciences was purchased by Becton Dickinson, after which Mr. Verfurth continued his sales leadership responsibilities in the molecular and infectious disease product areas. Prior to GeneOhm, Mr. Verfurth held a number of commercial roles covering 15 years of diagnostic clinical lab experience, including Vice President of Sales at both Prometheus Laboratories and Dianon Systems. Mr Verfurth served in the United States Air Force for six years after college earning the rank of Captain before moving into the medical business field. Mr. Verfurth earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Science degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California..
Bruce E. Wilcox, Ph.D., is Vice President of Lab Operations and a Founding Scientist at Applied Proteomics, Inc. He is an analytical chemist by training with expertise in mass spectrometry. Prior to API, Dr. Wilcox designed ion optics for enhanced ion transmission, built a 12-channel time of flight mass spectrometer and worked on a wide range of application-based projects, including high throughput pharmaceutical analysis, protein characterization, biomarker discovery, petrochemical analysis, and space and military projects. He joined Applied Minds, Applied Proteomic’s parent company, in 2007, and built the successful biomarker discovery platform that is used by API today.