President + Chief Operating Officer
Eric E. Esser. Mr. Esser has served as our Chief Operating Officer since May 2022 and became President in April 2023. Mr. Esser leads all aspects of commercial and manufacturing operations including global sales, global marketing, commercial services, manufacturing, quality, supply chain, and facilities, as well as instrument product development and new product introductions. He brings a unique combination of global leadership experience across operations and product development at fast-growing life-science companies. Mr. Esser spent the first 10 years of his career holding engineering and operations positions at KLA-Tencor designing and building large-scale UV semiconductor wafer inspection instruments. In 2001, he transitioned to the life science industry and joined Molecular Devices as Director of NPI, where he led New Product Introduction and launched many ELISA, cell imaging and analysis products to commercial production. After moving into Operations management, he had the opportunity to establish and run Molecular Devices Asia as General Manager, based in Shanghai. In total, he spent more than 9 years in Asia, including time living in both China and Singapore. In 2013, he returned to the US to lead Operations at ProteinSimple and Unchained Labs, and in both cases oversaw rapid growth and expansion to scale, leading to eventual successful acquisitions. He most recently was the VP of Manufacturing and Supply-Chain at Berkeley Lights where he oversaw Operations and New Product Introduction, including the establishment and expansion of operations. Mr. Esser holds an BS in Electronics Engineering Technology from DeVry.