Pacific Biosciences Announces Retirement of Michael Phillips, SVP of Research and Development
Friday, February 7, 2020
Mr. Phillips has directed the development of PacBio’s technology since joining the company in 2005. During his tenure, he oversaw the development of the company’s first system, the PacBio RS, which was launched in 2011, and each of the company’s follow-on systems, including the PacBio RS II in 2013, the Sequel System in 2015, and most recently the Sequel II System in 2019.
“It has truly been an honor to lead Research and Development at Pacific Biosciences for the last 15 years. I have had the privilege of working with an exceptional team of scientists and engineers who have taken our technologies from the lab and transformed them into highly successful commercial products that are playing a principal role in the emerging genomics revolution. Even though I am concluding my career at PacBio, I look forward to following its progress and continued success, as Denis and the Research and Development team continue to push forward the technology’s potential,” said Mr. Phillips.
“Michael has been a key contributor for PacBio since its early days, and he has been at the helm of the company’s R&D efforts throughout most of its history,” said
Denis Zaccarin, PhD will succeed Mr. Phillips as the company’s head of research and development. Dr. Zaccarin joined PacBio in 2004 and has been an integral part of the company’s R&D team, most recently serving as Vice President of Semiconductor Integrated Devices, the team that is responsible for designing and developing the company’s SMRT Cells.
“I am humbled and excited by this opportunity to lead PacBio’s Research and Development team,” said Dr. Zaccarin. “Michael leaves a strong legacy of outstanding leadership at PacBio that I am committed to uphold. I believe the potential benefits of
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