Gary Paul Magnant, M.S., CEO
Prior to Sage Science, Mr. Magnant served as Vice President of MJ Research, a leading manufacturer of thermal cycling instrumentation for DNA research. At MJ he also served as interim CEO of their Genesys Technologies division, a manufacturer of DNA sequencing instrumentation. He was also the founding Chairman and President of Owl Scientific a leading brand of electrophoresis apparatus now owned by Thermo Fisher. Magnant was a co-founding CEO and Chairman of ThermoCeramiX a contract development and manufacturing firm focused on disruptive new electric heating technology currently being deployed in automotive, appliance and other large industries. He is also a co-founder of ActivBiotics a heavily venture-backed pharmaceutical development company. Magnant holds life science degrees from UMASS - Dartmouth and Montana State University.
T. Chris Boles, Ph.D, CSO
Dr. Boles's expertise is in the development of molecular research instruments, consumables and reagents. Dr. Boles served in VP R&D of Matrix Technologies and CSO of Mosaic Technologies prior to joining Sage Science. He is an inventor of numerous patents, mostly chemistry related, in the bioscience tools area. Prior to his career in industry, he served as an Asst. Professor at Brandeis University and as a Post Doctoral Fellow at UC Berkeley. Dr. Boles received his PhD from Princeton University.
Todd Barbera, COO and CFO
Mr. Barbera is a founder and former CEO of Pronto Development Corporation, Inc., a design engineering firm. At Pronto, he led the development of several biotechnology instruments and consumer appliances. He has specialized in the design of semiconductor test equipment, and optoelectronic medical devices, and high-end audio equipment. In 2005, Mr. Barbera (an accomplished yachtsman) developed a new sail sensor array which he installed on the USA’s America’s cup yacht in Spain. Mr. Barbera holds a Bachelors Degree in electrical engineering from Northeastern University.
Heather Ketcham, Vice President for Corporate Operations
Ms. Ketcham is an operations specialist with extensive expertise with ERP implementation and business infrastructure. Most recently, she has held the position of Strategic Initiatives Manager at Bio-Rad Laboratories which included implementing and customizing a sales administration for a team of 100. Prior to that, she was a key manager at MJ Research Inc, first as the Customer Service Manager, and later as the Sales Operation Manager. Ms. Ketcham holds a Bachelor’s Degree in business management from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.
Ezra Abrams, Ph.D, Director of Research
Dr. Abrams has broad knowledge in molecular biology and protein science. He has been a Research Director or Principal Scientist at a number of firms, including First Light Biosciences, Mosaic Technologies and Praecis Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Abrams focus has been the discovery and development of novel technologies, and these efforts have resulted in the products in the areas of microarrays, immunoassays, and drug discovery. At Mosaic, Dr. Abrams was the lead developer of bridge amplification, the basis of Illumina sequencing technology. Dr. Abrams holds a Ph.D from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Alex Vira, Director of Marketing
Mr. Vira has over 15 years of marketing experience in the biotechnology field. As a senior product manager at MJ Research, Inc., he oversaw the highly successful line of MJ thermal cyclers, and he has led the development and introduction of several products for PCR and DNA sequencing applications. Prior to MJ, Mr. Vira was a researcher in the area of bioremediation – the art of treating environmental contamination with microbes. Mr. Vira holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Connecticut, Storrs.