Armonica Technologies, an Albuquerque, New Mexico-based firm developing long-read DNA sequencing technology, has appointed Victor Esch as president and CEO. Esch has more than twenty years of executive and technical experience in the medical device industry, including as CEO of DNA Electronics and CEO of nanoMR, which DNA Electronics acquired in 2015. Esch was a founder of Powervision, which was acquired by Alcon in 2019. He also previously served as chief technology officer for EndoVasix.
Abbott announced Miles White will be stepping down as CEO on March 31, 2020 after 21 years in the position, and will be replaced by Robert Ford. Ford has been the president and COO of Abbott since October 2018, and was appointed to the board. Before that, Ford was the executive VP of medical devices at the company, and has been at Abbott since 1996. Miles will remain executive chairman of BD's board.
Jay Flatley has become chairman of the board of directors at Illumina. Until the end of 2019, he was executive chairman, and from 1999 until mid-2016, he was Illumina's CEO. Previously, he was president and CEO of Molecular Dynamics, now part of GE Healthcare. Before that, he was VP of engineering and strategic planning at Plexus Computers, executive VP at Manning Technologies, and held various positions at Spectra Physics.