Chief Development Officer

Client Team Lead: John Spencer
CEO | 20220411

Client: Atonarp Inc.

Atonarp, a leader advancing clinical diagnostics, life science research, semiconductor and industrial process control through digital molecular profiling, announces key additions to its executive team. Six seasoned executives have joined Atonarp to build the Company’s commercial team and launch the ASTON™ mass spectrometry platform, lead product development, plus leaders for marketing, business development, and regulatory affairs/quality assurance for the ATON™ platform for in vitro diagnostics.

Shubneesh Batra, Ph.D., joined Atonarp as Chief Business Officer and will build and lead worldwide sales, marketing and service for the semiconductor and industrial metrology portfolio. Dr. Batra served as the Chief Scientific Officer and Chief Operating Officer for the Advanced Packaging division of Applied Materials. He served as General Manager of Kulicke & Soffa’s Advanced Packaging Business Unit for 3 years and led the Worldwide Channel Sales Group at Micron Technology for 7 years.

“Shubneesh understands the semiconductor business deeply from FAB operations and technical challenges to the customer’s business needs,” said Prakash Murthy, Founder and CEO. “He has built and developed complex sales and service organizations, which is exactly the skill set Atonarp needs to build and scale to make Atonarp a commercial success.”

Dr. Batra is supported by a commercial team led by Keitaro Okada, Vice President, Commercial Operations APAC, and a team of nine marketing and sales professionals.

Chris Valcke, Ph.D., joined as Chief Product Development Officer and will lead the global research and development organization. His expertise is in product lifecycle management in the medical device and diagnostic industry, with successes in commercializing novel products from concept through development and launch. These solutions are now helping patients in cancer diagnosis, genetics, blood donation screening, hospital acquired infections and emergency medicine. Prior to joining Atonarp, Dr. Valcke held leadership roles at Invetech and Roche/Ventana Medical Systems.

Shaun Chen, Ph.D., joined Atonarp at the same time as Dr. Valcke as Vice President of Engineering. Dr. Chen also has a distinguished record in medical device product development including Carl Zeiss and Optovue. He brings expertise in optics, electronics, mechanics, systems, software, algorithms and clinical applications.

“Chris and Shaun bring expertise in medical device design and development along with a deep understanding of the regulatory requirements of the IVD industry,” said Mr. Murthy. “They have made a significant impact already, bringing process and communication best practices to our worldwide development teams.”

Drs. Valcke and Chen are supported by a skilled team of 92 engineers, software developers and biochemists in JapanIndia and the United States.

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