President & CEO
Since founding Wasatch in 2005, Mr. Eckman has been instrumental in securing funding, attracting key employees and advisors, developing strategic partnerships, designing Wasatch’s proprietary flexible manufacturing process, securing international distributorships, and building out the sales channels for current products. Mr. Eckman previously worked with the Lassonde New Venture Development Center, moving university technologies into the marketplace. Mr. Eckman graduated summa cum laude in Business Administration and Asian Studies from the University of Utah. At graduation, he was awarded the Outstanding Scholar in Business Administration and the Honors Baccalaureate Award. Mr. Eckman also received a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering (microfluidics focus) from the University of Utah.
Bruce Gale, PhD
Chairman & CSO
In addition to his position at Wasatch, Dr. Gale is an Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah, with concurrent appointments in Bioengineering, Material Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering. He has conducted research in microarray spotter manufacturing, microscale biomolecule sample preparation, microneedle fabrication, micropumps, bioMEMS, particle separations, optical waveguides, and DNA amplification. Dr. Gale has extensive experience with the management of research projects, and has served as the principal investigator on a number of state and federally funded projects. Dr. Gale graduated summa cum laude in Mechanical Engineering from Brigham Young University and received his Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of Utah.
Benjamin Brooks, PhD
Vice President of Research & Development
Dr. Brooks has been involved in management of several tech start-up ventures developing bone void filler, ultrasensitive detection of prion proteins, and computer programming. He received his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and MBA from the University of Wyoming, with one year as a visiting researcher at The Scripps Research Institute where he studied ultrasensitive detection of proteins using microarrays and other ultrasensitive immunoassays. Dr. Brooks completed his postdoctoral fellowship from the University of Utah in Pharmaceutics where he managed projects including effects of nanoparticles on coagulation cascade, protein microarrays, and drug releasing polymers for orthopedic applications.
Jim Smith, PhD
Co-founder & Senior Scientist
Dr. Smith has worked as a founding engineer in three Utah technology start-up companies, and has sixteen years of entrepreneurial experience creating products as diverse as large aircraft testing equipment and small micro-electro-mechanical systems. Dr. Smith has significant expertise in materials science, PDMS, and surface analysis. Dr. Smith completed a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Utah and worked with the Lassonde New Venture Development Center to commercialize innovative technologies.
Julian A. Abery, MSc
Director of Sales & Marketing
With over 20 years of bio-industry experience, gained in both scientific and commercial roles, Julian brings a wealth of expertise in sales development and expansion for instrumentation and contract research services. Julian has strong international experience, having held senior scientific, commercial and management positions at leading biotech, instrumentation and service providers, including: Xenova Discovery Ltd (UK); Biacore AB (Sweden, now part of GE Healthcare); Amphora Discovery Corp. (USA); and multiple technology start-ups (USA & Europe) through his consultancy company. Julian earned a BSc in Clinical Biochemistry and his Master’s degree in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Greenwich, London, UK.
Brent Ainsworth is an experienced financial professional with over 15 years of finance and accounting experience. He started his career as an auditor with KPMG and has experience working in the private equity, manufacturing, and medical device industries. Brent is experienced in a wide range of disciplines including financial planning and analysis, strategic planning, cost accounting, SOX, accounting, auditing, and M&A. He received a B.S. degree in Accounting from Brigham Young University, an M.B.A. degree from Pepperdine University, and is a Certified Public Accountant. He is married to Luci Ainsworth and has four active children who keep him busy at athletic events and dance competitions.