Congratulations to the Distinguished and Early Innovator Award Winners!
In our continuous efforts to recognize innovation across the Company, we recently awarded six employees for their work and commitment to invention and science:
- First, we awarded four Early Innovators – employees who are in the earlier stages of their careers, but who have shown tremendous initiative, a strong focus on our customers and an ability to think strategically.
- Next, we awarded two Distinguished Innovators – outstanding researchers who have demonstrated a long history of invention, commercial success and thought leadership both inside and outside the company.
Morey Kraus, Chief Scientific Officer of PerkinElmer’s Diagnostics business, has been an integral part of the PerkinElmer team since 2007. Prior to joining the Company, Morey served as the founder, chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of t. Breeders, a cellular therapy company. In 2000, t. Breeders acquired ViaCord and the combined entity was renamed ViaCell, Inc., a company focused on a ViaCord® family cord blood service, and stem cell expansion technologies for clinical transplantation. There, Morey served as the Chief Technology Officer until that company was acquired by PerkinElmer in 2007. Currently, Morey oversees scientific affairs for the ViaCord® and maternal fetal health businesses at PerkinElmer.
Morey holds a B.A. in comparative religion from American University in Washington D.C. Before starting t. Breeders, he was a Ph.D candidate at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in an interdisciplinary bioprocess engineering program combining chemical engineering and biotechnology. As the inventor and co-inventor of seven issued patents, Morey has published multiple articles in various peer-reviewed journals on topics ranging from the expansion of umbilical cord blood stem cells for clinical use to the in vivo homing of uncultured and selectively amplified cord blood stem cells.
In conjunction with his award, PerkinElmer granted Morey $5,000 to donate to a charity of his choice. Morey chose the Community Harvest Project, a non-profit organization that helps build healthy communities through hunger relief and nutrition education.
Peter Morrisroe has been innovating for PerkinElmer since 1976. In his 42-year tenure, Peter has made countless invaluable contributions to the field of Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP) and has played an integral role in the continued growth of our ICP business.
As the author of at least 25 patents related to the field of ICP, Peter’s technical innovations in plasma design have helped dramatically reduce the size and cost of plasma generators, while significantly improving their productivity. Beyond his vast knowledge of radio frequency design, he is a key contributor to the ICP R&D team in early development and fundamentals in a variety of areas such as optical design and introduction dynamics.
An inherent innovator and a perpetual learner, Peter is known by his colleagues as a selfless out-of-the-box thinker, whose contributions go far beyond his technical innovations. Passionate about his work and constantly seeking to expand his knowledge of the field, you can find him studying electrical engineering and physics or reading a book on quantum mechanics in his leisure time.
As part of receiving this award, Peter was also given $5,000 to donate to the charity of his choice. Peter selected the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, a nationally recognized non-profit organization, and the only hospital in Connecticut that is dedicated exclusively to the care of children.
Aki Ilmari “AI” Koivu
An expert in all areas of machine learning, artificial intelligence, data analytics, and biostatistics, Aki Koivu has been an instrumental member of the Diagnostics R&D team in Turku since March 2016. Currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Turku, Aki is researching machine learning implementations in clinical risk assessment and has demonstrated unparalleled expertise in this area through his work on the PerkinElmer team, including helping ideate a concept for AI-assisted image recognition software. This idea ultimately led to the whole isoelectric focusing (IEF) platform renewal.
In addition to his work with AI software, as part of his master’s thesis, Aki has developed sensory data analytics tools for the PerkinElmer GSP® instrument and formulated concepts for remote and preventative maintenance. Aki’s intrinsic drive to innovate has provided significant value for the Company, through internal collaborations with PerkinElmer colleagues at sites in Tallinn, Waterloo, and Stockholm, and external collaborations with Helsinki University Hospital and Turku University.
His invention disclosure, leading to his first publication, was written on an application of neural networks in prenatal risk assessment. Currently, Aki is also working on machine learning concepts for tandem mass spectrometry and multiparametric bio-fingerprinting.
Based in Taicang, China, Ping Zhang is an expert in molecular biotechnologies, IVD reagents development, and system integration. Ping is known for her entrepreneurial spirit and ability to tackle problems with a strategic, analytical focus. Since joining PerkinElmer in 2016, Ping has demonstrated an unparalleled capacity for overcoming challenges with a customer-oriented, systematic approach. This has led to innovations for our customers that provide increased efficiencies and reduced costs for Vanadis® NIPT extraction, without compromising fetal fractions. As an MDx R&D manager, Ping has developed a number of breakthrough solutions including the development of a ddPCR method to determine fetal fraction that allows in-house production of Vanadis NIPT controls, and an algorithm for a Fragile X program to predict CGG repeats more precisely.
Ping holds a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University College London and a master’s degree in biotechnology from the Technical University of Denmark.
Over the past six years, Pritesh Patel has proved himself to be an indispensable member of the ICP-MS R&D team, successfully adapting to a number of roles, including Senior Scientist, Program Manager, and most recently, Senior Systems Engineer in Woodbridge, Canada. A champion of new research and innovations, Pritesh has contributed to three patents thus far, including a software solution that works with an intelligent algorithm to optimize the “SmartTune Express” instrument through automated processes.
Pritesh received his Ph.D. from the University of Plymouth in the United Kingdom and subsequently completed his post-doctoral fellowship at Trent University in Canada. His ability to both contribute to and excel in highly diverse roles while identifying customer needs, have helped PerkinElmer deliver unique solutions and value to customers across the globe.
Since joining the PerkinElmer Informatics team in Hamburg, Germany just over two years ago, Florian Lauck has been a key contributor and a valuable leader, driving innovation through his entrepreneurial approach and strong collaborative efforts. Florian has been a critical team member for the recent development of Columbus™ software, a product that combines image analysis capabilities with a scalable backend. When a former manager stepped down, Florian demonstrated effective leadership skills and the ability to take on new roles seamlessly, assuming responsibility for the Columbus™ product and definition of a new product roadmap.
Florian was the driving force behind an Informatics Hackathon held in March 2018 with colleagues from multiple sites, during which the group laid the technical foundation for a new product proposal Florian has spearheaded this new project, managing collaborations with sites around the world. Florian’s inherent leadership abilities coupled with his commitment to successful collaboration have made him an invaluable member of the PerkinElmer team.