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 three Early Innovators – employees who are in the earlier stages of their careers, but who have shown initiative, a strong focus on our customers, and an ability to think strategically.
- Next, we awarded three Distinguished Innovators – outstanding researchers who have demonstrated a long history of invention, commercial success and thought leadership both inside and outside the company.
Ralph joined PerkinElmer in 1983 as a software engineer in Seer Green, UK and has pioneered numerous scientific advancements ever since. During his earlier years, he developed breakthrough graphics capabilities for a number of infrared (IR) spectrometers, wrote firmware for a number of spectroscopy instruments, and introduced automation to PerkinElmer’s IR microscope accessory.
Two decades later, Ralph coined the design of PerkinElmer’s Spotlight™ IR system, which brought unprecedented imaging capabilities to our customers. He later transitioned to more functional management roles, where his duties spanned the scope of concept development and quality management, affording him the opportunity to participate in prototype testing. One of his biggest career highlights involved the optical design management of PerkinElmer’s Spectrum Two™ platform. Ralph is grateful for what his years at PerkinElmer have taught him and excited to continue designing and refining techniques for IR imaging.
During his time at PerkinElmer, Mark led PerkinElmer’s Diagnostics R&D team in Waltham, MA. He joined the Company in 2000 and has since innovated numerous infectious disease solutions, with many resulting in the commercialization of FDA approved assays.
Over the course of his career, Mark has obtained 29 patents, most notably his invention of the Tyramide Signal Amplification (TSA), a method utilized for discovering cellular pathways and mechanisms of disease. This invention is so prominent that there are several thousand citations of it in scientific literature today.
Peet joined PerkinElmer in 1997, and has since lead the Discovery & Analytical Solutions R&D team in Tallinn, Estonia. Over the years, Peet has played an instrumental role in forging collaborations between the Hamburg, Germany and Waltham, MA R&D teams on image segmentation and analysis. One result of his efforts was the successful development of PerkinElmer’s Opera Phenix™ Screening system in 2015.
Peet produced a number of scientific publications with more than 1600 citations and regularly submits patent worthy applications. Today, he looks forward to growing the R&D team in Estonia to further develop market-leading solutions for PerkinElmer’s current and potential customers.
Since joining PerkinElmer in 2012, Koel Misra has progressed from being a senior tester to quality assurance supervisor for PerkinElmer’s Informatics team and is based in Waltham, MA. During her career, Koel has resolved a myriad of customer support issues, assisted in the development of various training courses, and helped spearhead PerkinElmer’s Women’s Network, which empowers, supports and educates women across many aspects of their personal and professional lives.
Koel has demonstrated the true characteristics of a leader by finding areas of opportunity in her field and proactively creating a solution. For example, in 2015, Koel introduced research areas new to the Informatics team, such as scalability and Cloud performance. Her efforts enabled the team to bring quality control outcomes to a new level, helping PerkinElmer continue to deliver superior value to customers across the globe.
Based in Austin, TX, Dylan Fox is a bioinformatician, which makes him a very talented biological researcher who can also write software code. His desire to collaborate with colleagues and produce next-generation ideas for PerkinElmer’s Applied Genomics business underscores why he was selected for this award. In 2016, when PerkinElmer acquired Bioo Scientific, Dylan took advantage of the opportunity to enhance his value by writing new algorithms and optimizing bioinformatics tools used in high-quality targeted sequencing products such as PerkinElmer’s JANUS® Automated Workstation.
Dylan enjoyed assisting in the development of PerkinElmer’s NEXTFlex® kit, which is designed to enable a broad range of applications, including whole genome sequencing and library preparation for target enrichment to meet customer sequencing needs. In the near future, Dylan looks forward to finishing his latest project – an end user sequence analysis pipeline, with the goal to have it as a deployable solution for PerkinElmer’s technical support team.
We are inspired by all of the winners and look forward to highlighting next year's recipients!