About Cylex: Leadership
Brad L. Stewart, Chairman, CEO and President
His accomplishments include the establishment and leadership of a successful U.S. business for a European pharmaceutical company; growth and diversification of an orphan drug company; strategic restructuring of the North American business unit of a global pharmaceutical company; development and management of joint ventures, including a multi-million dollar global pharmaceutical venture; creating an operational improvement business within a major global diagnostics company; and extensive management consulting and corporate strategy assignments.
Mr. Stewart is a graduate of the University of Florida.
Marc Berman, Director, Operations
Mr. Berman brings more than 20 years experience in biotech and diagnostic kit manufacturing, including his work at cGMP- and USDA-licensed facilities, and experience working under ISO 9001 Quality Systems. As project manager in one of these facilities, Mr. Berman organized the design of modern, efficient corporate facilities and coordinated the transfer of operations to the new location. His experience includes production of ELISA and IFA diagnostic kits, as well as protein detection reagents for researchers.Mr. Berman has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Sharlene P. Blum, Director, Customer Care
Ms. Blum holds laboratory certifications in the fields of histocompatibility, immunogenetics and immunology. Her experience in the clinical reference laboratory industry includes director-level roles at Quest Diagnostics Inc., where she served as director of hospital and satellite laboratories; director of customer solutions and quality effectiveness; and director of patient services. In all capacities, Ms. Blum demonstrated her ability to implement integrated operations, sales and quality systems; cultivate client loyalty; and increase customer satisfaction.
Ms. Blum holds a dual bachelor's degree in biology and education from Oswego State University, and a master's degree in health science administration from Towson University. She is a trained Six Sigma Black Belt.
John Jurczak, Director, Accounting
John Jurczak, director of accounting, is responsible for all financial reporting, as well as maintenance and enhancement of financial controls. He brings more than 30 years of progressive accounting experience to Cylex.
Working primarily in the manufacturing sector, Mr. Jurczak’s professional experience includes management roles at Service America, GE Healthcare and Surface Technology. As a team leader, he oversaw significant reductions in product cost and inventory levels, while maintaining quality and availability.
Mr. Jurczak holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from West Virginia University.
Richard J. Kowalski, PhD, Director, Medical Affairs
As senior manager of preclinical development for Osiris Therapeutics, Dr. Kowalski assisted in the development of cell-based therapeutics for gene therapy and tissue regeneration using Mesenchymal stem cells. He spent several years as a research and development scientist at Cambridge Biotech, a subsidiary of BioMerieux-Vitek.
Dr. Kowalski earned a bachelor ’s degree in biochemistry/molecular biology from the University of Maryland, and a doctorate in molecular biology from Vanderbilt University. He completed postdoctoral training at the University of Florida and the National Cancer Institute.
Jianrong Lou, PhD, Director, Research and Product Development
Dr. Jianrong Lou, director of research and product development, brings to Cylex more than 15 years experience in biomarker research and the in vitro diagnostic industry. With three awarded U.S. patents and several patents pending, Dr. Lou is a sought-after guest speaker for international conferences and seminars.
Serving in various technical leadership and management positions, Dr. Lou focused on development of molecular diagnostics products and contributed to the launch of several FDA-approved in vitro diagnostic assays and instrument platforms. His accomplishments include the establishment of an independent biomarker research program for cancer prevention and companion diagnostics using genomics and proteomics technologies.Dr. Lou received his doctorate from the University of Kentucky and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in molecular biology and oncology from Johns Hopkins University.
Dena Meagher, Director, Human Resources
Ms. Meagher brings more than 15 years experience, primarily from the Life Sciences and Healthcare Industries, as a strategic business partner aligning business objectives with human talent to create positive and productive work environments.
Ms. Meagher has a bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts and has been certified as a Human Resources professional since early 2000.
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