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Toft Group Completes Executive Search for Genalyte, Inc., in San Diego, CA

Executive search firm Toft Group has placed Ms. Kristin Blitsch as Director Product Marketing, Cloud at Genalyte, Inc., in San Diego, CA. She brings 15 years of experience to her new role in global product lifecycle management for capital equipment, software and various products. Kristin previously managed Critical Care at Edwards Life Sciences including development of hemodynamic monitoring system connectivity products that interfaces via HL7 with hospital information technology, a cloud server, and integration engines. She earned her MBA from UCSD.

About Genalyte, Inc.

Genalyte’s vision is to transform the doctor-patient relationship by bringing the doctor, the patient, and the lab together to provide results when they matter: Now. Genalyte’s platform is being designed with the goal of providing test results from a whole blood sample within fifteen minutes in the physician’s office. Providing diagnostic results at the time and place they are needed – when the patient is sitting in front of the doctor – has the potential to empower physicians, improve quality of care for patients, and reduce resource utilization across the healthcare system. Genalyte’s technology is based on a proprietary silicon biosensor design that is currently in use by pharmaceutical companies, contract research organizations and academic researchers.

Toft Group Completes Senior Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development Search for Agilent Technologies Inc. in Santa Clara, CA

Agilent Technologies Inc., (NYSE: A) today announced that Samraat “Sam” Raha has been named Senior Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development, reporting to Agilent President and CEO Mike McMullen.

Raha will serve as strategic lead and advisor to the CEO and executive team in developing Agilent’s overall growth strategy, including leading its mergers and acquisitions plans globally.

“Sam shares our vision of the marketplace and knows what it takes to drive new growth,” McMullen said. “He joins us with an impressive portfolio of relevant experience in general and operational management, marketing and strategy that builds on a foundation of life sciences knowledge. He will be an excellent addition to our executive team.”

Raha joins Agilent from Illumina Inc. where he most recently served as Vice President of Global Marketing. He was responsible for product management, clinical and corporate marketing, marketing operations and strategy. He also led the successful go-to-market strategy and launch of many impactful products, including multiple sequencing systems and consumables.

Robin Toft, President and CEO of Toft Group said: “Agilent Technologies is an exciting company with an incredibly strong leadership team. Sam will add great value to the organization, and will be a strong contributor to the future growth of the company.”

Prior to his years at Illumina, Raha was Vice President and General Manager of the genomic assays business unit at Life Technologies, responsible for the TaqMan™ franchise and next-generation qPCR instruments and solutions.

Before that Raha was CEO of Joby Inc., a startup that has since become a leading seller of camera accessories.

“I am delighted to be returning to Agilent, where I spent several years in my early career,” Raha said. “Agilent clearly has fantastic growth potential. The opportunity to lead its overall growth strategy and build new partnerships to further its success in high-growth markets is truly exciting, and I am eager to begin leading these efforts.”

About Toft Group Executive Search

Toft Group Executive Search is “Changing the Future of Medicine, One Relationship at a Time” and we take pride in the fact that our work helps our clients accelerate getting novel products to market. We are a global retained executive search firm that is 100% dedicated to life sciences & healthcare industries. Our customers include biotech, pharmaceutical, medical device, digital health, and diagnostic companies. With offices in San Francisco, San Diego, and Boston, we assist a wide range of local, national and international companies – from venture backed start-ups to Fortune 500 corporations.

About Agilent Technologies Inc.

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A), a global leader in life sciences, diagnostics and applied chemical markets, is the premier laboratory partner for a better world. Agilent works with customers in more than 100 countries, providing instruments, software, services and consumables for the entire laboratory workflow. The company generated revenues of $4.20 billion in fiscal 2016 and employs about 12,500 people worldwide.

Toft Group Completes Executive Search for Northway Biotech in San Francisco, CA

Executive search firm Toft Group has placed Ms. Tamara Smith as Vice President, Sales and Business Development at Northway Biotech in San Francisco, CA. She offers 20 years of strategic planning, complex negotiations, and extensive knowledge of bioprocessing operations in business development and sales, project management roles within the biotechnology space. She joined Northway from CMC Biologics where she held the role of Sr. Director of Business Development.

About Northway Biotech

Northway Biotech is a startup affiliate of Biotechpharma, a contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO), supporting clients world-wide. Biotechpharma performs different projects at any stage, starting from cell line construction and process development up to cGMP production of biopharmaceutical products.