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Achiko strengthens leadership team with new President and new SVP Commercialisation
- Appoints new President, biotechnology research scientist and entrepreneur Dr. Morris S. Berrie
- Appoints new SVP Commercialisation, business leader in life science Richard Lingard
- New senior leadership expected to drive production and commercialisation for Gumnuts, Achiko's test kit for Covid-19
Zurich, 11 January 2021 - Achiko AG (SWX:ACHI, ISIN CH0522213468) appoints biotechnology research scientist and entrepreneur Dr. Morris S. Berrie to the position of President, and business leader in the life science industry Richard Lingard to the position of SVP Commercialisation.
The company continues to reinforce their senior leadership team with these appointments. Dr. Berrie and Mr. Lingard will be responsible for the diagnostics and biotechnology part of the business, helping to drive the production and commercialisation of Gumnuts (patent pending DNA aptamer test kit for Covid-19) into global markets.
Dr. Berrie brings over 20 years of scientific, business and financial experience in the biotechnology and healthcare industries. He served as Co-Founder/Chairman of TTS Global Initiative which globally facilitates deal flow in the early stage/SME biotech sector and was a partner of several EU Horizon 2020 multimillion Euro projects aiding the European SME sector. He is also Director of Tech Investor Ltd which consults and advises government organisations, regions and companies throughout the biotech sector on the commercialisation of science, including business development and capital raising.
Prior, Dr. Berrie was the Chief Executive Officer and Editor-in-Chief of the Biotechnology Investment Today Group where he worked with numerous prestigious clients from both the healthcare and the financial industries, including the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), Pfizer, GSK, Needham & Co, Orbimed, TVM, JPMorgan and many more.
Previously, he was Head of Global Intelligence and Business Development for the Nature Publishing Group and before that he was the Director, Compound Registry, Patent Database for the Investigational Drug database (IDdb3) of Current Drugs, which was subsequently acquired by Thomson Reuters.
He has worked at Schering AG, is a Chartered Chemist (CChem), a Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC) and was the recipient of a European DG Post-Doctoral Fellowship upon completing his PhD in Organic Chemistry at Imperial College, London.
"I am delighted and excited to be joining Achiko at this pivotal moment," said Dr. Morris S. Berrie. "The opportunity to harness the talented team and drive forward the commercialisation of an exceptional and unique diagnostic product is inspiring. To do so with a product that can both do good and affect rapid change in the control and management of pathogenic disease, not least Covid-19, is truly a worthy endeavour."
Mr. Lingard is an accomplished business leader with over 25 years' experience in the life science industry. He has a chemistry background and has worked with a range of multinational corporations, contract research organisations (CROs) and start-up companies.
Previously, he was CEO of Adroit-DI, where he developed a software platform to unify research. Mr. Lingard was Head of Europe, Middle East, India and Russia for Taconic Biosciences, creating a partner ecosystem and structuring his division to assist with the sale of Taconic to H.I.G. Capital.
Mr. Lingard was SVP Global Commercial Operations for Dotmatics, a global software solution and service provider, where he doubled his international team of PhD scientists, sales and marketing to triple the business turnover in 3 years. Prior to that, he led business development, sales, commercialisation and partnership positions at Clarivate Analytics, Thermo Fisher, Charles River, Biovia, Exelixis and Merck & Co Inc.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Management and Chemical Sciences from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology.
"Achiko's team and technology are positioned to democratise rapid, accurate, non-invasive Covid-19 diagnostics. We defeat pandemics one test at a time," said Richard Lingard, SVP of Commercialisation. "I'm thrilled to join Achiko's senior leadership team."
"The pandemic represents a disruption in diagnostics and telehealth, especially in moving from point of care to point of need." said Achiko CEO Steven Goh. "The addition of new senior leadership further builds on our commitment to our transformation into a leading player in diagnostics."
The development of our patent pending diagnostic testing kit (Gumnuts) provides for an easy and effective way to help people get the information they need. This is complemented by our mobile check-in app (Teman Sehat), enabling users to manage their own diagnostic experiences on their own terms, safeguard their privacy, share experiences and find community.
We are headquartered in Zurich, with offices in Hong Kong, Jakarta, Singapore and Seoul.
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