SAN FRANCISCO – December 5, 2018 – Slone Partners, North America’s leading executive search firm for life sciences and diagnostics companies, announces the placement of Eric Blair at Argonaut Manufacturing Services as Chief Commercial Officer. Now responsible for the development and execution of the company’s commercial activities, alliances, and growth opportunities, Mr. Blair will be based at Argonaut’s headquarters in Carlsbad, California and report to CEO Wayne Woodard.
Argonaut Manufacturing Services is a contract manufacturing organization (CMO) dedicated to serving highly innovative companies in the biopharmaceutical and molecular diagnostics industries. Argonaut is a full service, cost effective partner, providing complete solutions in the areas of formulation, filling and finishing, and final kitting. With cGMP and ISO 13485:2016 certification, Argonaut builds quality into each step, every time. Mr. Blair’s hiring follows Argonaut Manufacturing Services’ recent acquisition of LyoGen, a provider of lyophilized products in unique, proprietary formats, including unit dose LyoDose™ beads, microbeads, deposition, and bulk products delivered in vials and powder formats. With the acquisition of LyoGen, Argonaut expands its reagent lyophilization capabilities from process development through production scale deployment. Argonaut is backed by Telegraph Hill Partners.
Prior to joining Argonaut, Eric Blair created a proven track record of leadership and success at Thermo Fisher Scientific, the world’s leading science services company with $20 billion in annual revenues and 70,000 employees. During his 15-year tenure, Mr. Blair held the titles of Associate Director of Marketing, Global Strategic Corporate Accounts Leader, North American Sales Manager, Team Leader of Corporate Operations Management, and Gene Expression/Genotyping Business Development. Most recently, Mr. Blair worked at Metabolon Inc., the world’s leading health technology company advancing metabolomics for precision medicine clients, as Vice President of Global Academic Sales. Mr. Blair achieved his MBA at Regis University, Denver CO, and his BA in Biology at University of California, Santa Barbara CA.
Says Slone Partners President Tara Kochis-Stach, “Argonaut is poised to do great things in biotech, and world-class leadership will prove vitally important to drive global growth. Eric is an exceptional commercial marketer and business developer with an award-winning track record, great energy, and an entrepreneurial spirit. Together, there is great upside and potential.”
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ABOUT ARGONAUT MANUFACTURING SERVICES
Argonaut is an independent contract development and manufacturing organization dedicated to providing manufacturing and supply chain solutions for life science, medical technology, drug development, and molecular diagnostic companies. With 11 state-of-the-art manufacturing cleanroom suites located within their 31,000 square foot facility, Argonaut provides flexible solutions for diverse outsourcing needs. For more information, visit www.argonautms.com.