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.
Mark L. Lewis
Mark has participated in the life sciences industry for over 40 years. He has held research and development, commercial, and general management roles at leading organizations including Illumina, BD Biosciences, Molecular Dynamics, Nycomed-Amersham, and Beckman Instruments. Mark serves as a member of the Dean’s Leadership Council for Biological Sciences at University of California at San Diego. He is also a co-instructor for the Professional Pathways Course for PhDs and graduate students in life sciences at UCSD.
Most recently, Mark held Senior Vice President roles in Product Development, General Management, and Customer Support at Illumina, a leading supplier of systems for genetic analysis. During his time at Illumina, Mark directed the development of the HiSeq™ and MiSeq™ next-generation sequencing platforms and supporting reagents. Mark has also developed and commercialized platforms and technologies for genotyping, flow cytometry, molecular biology, PCR, high content screening, and confocal imaging. Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from University of California at San Diego.
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).
Vice President, Global Marketing
Candia joined Swift in January 2017 and brings over 25 years of biotechnology experience, including product development, product management, and market development, to the Swift Management Team. Prior to joining Swift, Candia served as Director of Single-cell Genomics at Fluidigm Corporation, a microfluidics and mass cytometry technology manufacturer, where she was responsible for market research, strategic planning, life cycle management, and market development. She also previously directed the strategic marketing for DNA applications within Affymetrix, Inc., including cytogenetics and genotyping product lines, and held various positions during her tenure at Applied Biosystems, including product development, customer support, and product marketing for DNA sequencing and PCR-based applications. Candia earned a Bachelor’s degree in Integrative Human Biology from the University of California, Berkeley.
James M. 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, enjoys spending time with his family and friends, and can often be found tending to his elaborate bonsai garden.