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Management Team

The Swift Biosciences team combines excellence in science with superior business skills to deliver first-in-class library preparation for next-generation sequencing. The considerable experience, expertise, and commitment of our exceptional leaders and colleagues enable us to extend our impact and achieve success.


 

  • Nathan Wood

    President and Chief Executive Officer

    Nathan has nearly 30 years of proven experience in the life sciences industry. He has held leadership roles in sales, marketing, product development and management at several companies in the genomics and life sciences industries, including Life Technologies Corporation and Qiagen Inc. Nathan served on BIOCOM’s Renewables Advisory Board. He has also served on the Board of Directors of GeneArt, Blue Heron, SG Biofuels and the College of Science at Oregon State University.

    Most recently, Wood served as president of SGI-DNA, a Synthetic Genomics Company that specializes in proprietary DNA technologies. Under his leadership, SGI-DNA grew quickly by effectively leveraging new products, software and marketing strategies. Additionally, Wood’s experience—across European and American multinational companies—spans strategic planning, financial performance measurement and global business strategy. Nathan earned a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from Oregon State University.

  • Haley Fiske

    Chief Commercial Officer

    Haley joined Swift in January 2016. He has 25+ years of industry experience steering commercial teams at market-leading companies, and has developed reagent businesses in both Sanger sequencing and next-generation sequencing markets. For the past five years, Haley has managed marketing and sequencing application-specific sales teams for Illumina, helping to drive growth rates greater than 25% with sales over $1B/year. He has held business roles at Applied Biosystems, Molecular Dynamics, Amersham-Pharmacia Biotech, and PerkinElmer. Haley is a retired semi-pro big wave surfer and can often be found in the waves near his home in Pacifica, CA.

  • Vladimir Makarov, PhD

    Chief Scientific Officer

    Vladimir co-founded Swift Biosciences in 2010 with a strong track record of developing novel research and diagnostic methods and tools. His experience spans more than 30 years in cutting edge molecular biology and life science research, with broad expertise in different fields of science including physics, molecular biology, genomics, and molecular diagnostics. Vladimir has authored more than 30 issued and pending patents and 60 scientific publications. He has co-founded two biotech start-ups, leading to development and commercialization of more than 10 different products in the research tools and diagnostics space. Vladimir received his PhD in Physics and Mathematics from St. Petersburg University (Russia) and has held senior scientist positions at both the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) and the Institute of Molecular Biology (Moscow).

  • James Militello

    Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

    Jim joined Swift in June 2017, bringing nearly 30 years of experience in driving company growth. Previously he was CFO and Treasurer at Cayman Chemical, a global biochemical company, where he led all financial and strategic planning activities, as well as operations within multiple departments. He has held financial leadership positions at the National Archive Publishing Company, Thomson Gale, Voyager.net, PROQUEST, and Baxter Hyland Immuno Division. Jim earned a Bachelor of Arts in Accountancy from Michigan State University, going on to become a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant. He lives in Saline, MI and enjoys spending time with his family and friends.

  • Laurie Kurihara, PhD

    Vice President, Product Development

    Laurie joined Swift in 2010, and has focused on management of research, development and intellectual property. She has guided development of Swift's entire product portfolio, including the Adaptase™ module for Single-Cell Methylation Sequencing.  She has over 25 years’ experience in molecular genetics and genomics research. Laurie received her PhD from Princeton University and was a postdoctoral fellow in Shirley Tilghman's laboratory. Laurie joined the R&D group at ProNai Therapeutics and also did consulting for numerous startup opportunities and contract research organizations. Outside of the lab, Laurie is an avid 1970's collector and enjoys spending time with her family and pugs in Ann Arbor, MI.

  • Camille Cappello

    Director, Global Marketing

    Camille joined Swift in July 2018 as the Director of Marketing. She is responsible for the marketing, communications and business development of the organization. In addition to the strategic business development efforts, she directs media relations, branding, social, advertising, thought leadership, website development and product introductions. She oversees events, key conferences, business forums, speaking engagements, marketing training and more.

    With over 15 years’ experience in the marketing industry, Camille leverages strategic guidance to the organization that helps advance client and distributor engagement with the Swift product line globally.

    Camille attended the University of Michigan and has recently relocated to Ann Arbor with her family from San Diego, CA.