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Meet the Team

Leadership

Our management team has extensive experience in the life science and technology sectors, including scientific, technical and operational expertise. We are focused on meeting the significant unmet needs of the research and clinical markets through technological innovation and superior customer service.

Board of Directors

Wenbin Jiang Ph.D.
Cytek Biosciences, CEO
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Wenbin Jiang, Ph.D. has served as Cytek’s Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board since December 2014. Dr. Jiang is also a co-founder of the company. In 1998, Dr. Jiang co-founded E2O Communications, Inc., a fiber optic subsystems manufacturing company, which was acquired by JDS Uniphase Corporation in 2004. Dr. Jiang is an inventor of 100 U.S. patents and an author of five book chapters and over 50 peer-reviewed technical papers.

Dr. Jiang holds a B.S. in Physics and M.S. in Optics & Laser Physics from Fudan University and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of California, Santa Barbara.

Jack Ball
Independent Advisor
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Jack Ball has served as a member of the Cytek Board since September 2018. Mr. Ball also serves as the President of Tyball Associates LLC and serves on the board of directors of Carterra, Inc., a biotechnology company, KromaTiD, Inc., a biotechnology company and NanoCellect Biomedical, Inc., a biotechnology company.

From October 2010 to March 2021, Mr. Ball served on the board of directors of Swift Biosciences Inc., a biotechnology company. From September 2013 to December 2019, Mr. Ball served as Chief Executive Officer and a board member at Solulink Inc., a biotechnology company. From February 2006 to July 2011, Mr. Ball was Chief Commercial Officer at Accuri Cytometers, Inc., a medical instruments company, which was sold to Becton Dickinson & Co in March 2011. Prior to that, Mr. Ball was Chief Executive Officer at Amnis Corporation, a biotechnology company, Chief Commercial Officer at Molecular Probes, Inc., a biotechnology company, Senior Vice President and General Manager at Orchid Biosciences, a DNA testing services biotechnology company and President for North America at Amersham Biosciences Corp., a healthcare company.

Mr. Ball holds a B.S. in Agriculture from the University of Georgia.

Don Hardison
Independent Advisor
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From 2017 to February 2021, Don Hardison has served as the President, Chief Executive Officer and board member of Biotheranostics, Inc., a privately-held molecular oncology diagnostics company acquired by Hologic, Inc. in February 2021. From 2010 to 2016, Mr. Hardison served as President, Chief Executive Officer and board member of Good Start Genetics, Inc., a privately-held molecular diagnostics/information company. From 2007 to 2009, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp), a publicly-traded healthcare diagnostics company, and served as President, Chief Executive Officer and board member of Exact Sciences Corporation, a publicly-traded biotechnology company, from 2000 to 2007. Mr. Hardison also serves on the board of directors of HTG Molecular Diagnostics, a publicly-traded biotechnology company, since 2016, and BioPorto Diagnostics A/S, a publicly-traded medical technology company, and MDX Health SA, a publicly-traded molecular oncology company, since 2021. He also serves on the board of directors of and as an advisor to privately-held healthcare companies from time to time. Mr. Hardison holds an A.B. degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Michael Holder
Independent Advisor
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Michael Holder joined our board of directors in June 2024. Since 2023, Mr. Holder has served as the Principal of Gloria Consulting Partners LLC, an executive management, business strategy, and financial consulting company. Prior to that, Mr. Holder served as Chief Financial Officer of AVITA Medical Inc., a publicly-traded regenerative medicine company, from 2021 to 2023; as Chief Financial Officer of ImmuneCyte Inc., a privately-held biopharmaceutical company, from 2020 to 2021; as Chief Executive Officer and Portfolio Manager of Carolina Longevity Institute, LLC, a biotech and medtech private investment company, from 2017 to 2019; as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Organ Transport Systems Inc, a privately-held medical device company, from 2010-2017 and 2005-2010, respectively; as Vice President of Sales, Operations and Finance and Chief Financial Officer for Premier Sourcing Partners Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Premier Inc., a privately-held medical and information technology product and services company, from 2002 to 2004 and 2000 to 2022, respectively; as Chief Financial Officer of Clarkston-Potomac Group, a privately-held ERP implementation and integration services company, from 1998 to 2000; and as Chief Financial Officer of Beacon Eye Institute, a publicly-traded provider of Laser Vision Correction equipment and services from 1996 to 1998. Mr. Holder currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Keyron Ltd, a privately-held medical device company based in the U.K. Mr. Holder served as a member of the board of directors of Carolina Longevity Institute, LLC from 2017 to 2019 and Limitless LLC, a privately-held nutraceutical research and development company, from 2018 to 2019. Mr. Holder also served on the board of directors of Organ Transport Systems, Inc. from 2005-2017, and Cyphre Inc., a privately-held cybersecurity company, from 2016-2017.

Mr. Holder holds a B.S. in Business Administration from The Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an M.B.A. with a major in Corporate Strategy and Finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Holder previously obtained his certified public accountant license (currently inactive).

Vera Imper Ph.D.
Independent Advisor
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Vera Imper, Ph.D. has served as a member the Cytek Board since December 2021. Dr. Imper served as Vice President and Head, Business Development of Roche Molecular Solutions from January 2018 to November 2021. Dr. Imper previously served as Vice President, Worldwide Business Development of Becton Dickinson Biosciences from May 2009 to October 2017. Dr. Imper holds a Ph.D. in Bioinorganic Chemistry, an M.S. in Physical and Organic Chemistry and a B.S. in Pharmacy and Biochemistry from University of Zagreb. Dr. Imper holds a Ph.D. in Bioinorganic Chemistry, an M.S. in Physical and Organic Chemistry and a B.S. in Pharmacy and Biochemistry from University of Zagreb.

Deborah Neff
Independent Advisor
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Since 2020, Ms. Neff has served as the Principal of DJN Consulting, LLC, an executive management, business strategy and operations consulting company. Prior to that, from 2017 to 2020, she served as Chief Executive Officer of Evanostics LLC, an early-stage, private biotechnology company. From 2014 to 2016, she served as the Chief Operating Officer of Complete Genomics Inc., a business unit of BGI-Shenzhen, a publicly-traded genomic sequencing and proteomic services company. From 2006 to 2013, she served as the Chief Executive Officer at Pathwork Diagnostics Inc., a privately-held molecular diagnostics company, and from 2003 to 2006, she served as the Chief Executive Officer at Predicant Biosciences, formerly a private biotechnology company. Ms. Neff also served as President of BD Biosciences, Inc., a global business segment of Becton Dickinson, from 1995 to 2003. Since October 2021, Ms. Neff has served as a director on the board of Atomo Diagnostics Limited, an Australian publicly-listed rapid diagnostics company, and served on the board of directors of Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. from 2011 to 2017. She serves on the board of directors of Guide Dogs for the Blind and also serves on the advisory boards of privately funded start-up companies Wainamics, Inc. and Partillion Bioscience Inc. Ms. Neff holds a B.S. degree in Physiology from the University of California, Davis and completed graduate training and licensure in clinical laboratory science. She has attended executive business programs in finance, marketing and general management at Wharton, Stanford and Harvard Business Schools.

Ming Yan Ph.D.
Cytek Biosciences, CTO
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Ming Yan, Ph.D. has served as the Chief Technology Officer and a member of the Cytek Board since 2015. Dr. Yan is also a co-founder of the company. Dr. Yan has over 20 years of experience in research and development. Prior to joining our company, Dr. Yan held research and development positions at AT&T Bell Laboratories, a research and development division of AT&T Communications, a telecommunications company, Lawrence Livermore National Labs, a federal research facility, and BD Biosciences, a biotechnology company. Dr. Yan has published several research papers relating to laser spectroscopy and cell analysis in top peer-reviewed journals. He has over a dozen patents and pending patent applications for his innovations. Dr. Yan holds a B.S. in Physics from Fudan University and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the City University of New York.

Scientific Advisory Board

Diether J. Recktenwald Ph.D.
Principal at Desatoya LLC
Bob Hoffman
Consultant in Flow Cytometry and Biophotonics
Holden Maecker Ph.D.
Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Stanford University
Dr. rer. nat. Andreas Radbruch
Professor at Deutsches Rheuma-Forschungszentrum – Berlin, Germany
Frederic I. Preffer, Ph.D.
Professor of Pathology/ Harvard Medical School
Editor-in-Chief, Clinical Cytometry
Director, Immunopathology /Warren 5
Department of Pathology /Massachusetts General Hospital