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Oct 19, 2021

Unchained Labs blasts Big Kahuna and Junior into the future, launches LEA 10! Read more.

Unchained Labs blasts Big Kahuna and Junior into the future, launches LEA 10!

October 19, 2021 – Pleasanton, CA – Unchained Labs, the life sciences company that’s all about getting biologics and gene therapy researchers the right tools for the job, released its LEA 10 automation software today – making Big Kahuna and Junior even more ready to plow through scientific challenges and workflow bottlenecks.

Big Kahuna and Junior are workhorses that labs rely on to explore a huge range of variables, process and measure tons of conditions, and massively scale down complex reactions. LEA 10 makes setting up experiments on these platforms easy peasy and gets them done faster too. It also adds an Application Programming Interface (API), making Big Kahuna and Junior plug and play for researchers diving into the world of machine learning and closed-loop lab automation.

“LEA 10 is a major overhaul of our automation software that adds future-proof capabilities to all Big Kahuna and Junior platforms going forward,” said Taegen Clary, VP of Marketing at Unchained Labs. “This next-generation of LEA makes these platforms a delight to use and a cinch to hook up with larger automation ecosystems.”

About Unchained Labs

Here’s the deal. We’re all about helping biologics and gene therapy researchers break free from tools that just don’t cut it. Unleashing problem-tackling products that make a huge difference in the real science they do every day. That’s our mantra, our promise and we own it. We’re located in Pleasanton, CA and can be found online at www.unchainedlabs.com.

Contact:

Taegen Clary
VP of Marketing, Unchained Labs
taegen.clary@unchainedlabs.com
925.587.9806

Download PDF of the press release.

Aug 23, 2021

Unchained Labs adds a Chief that’s all about the Tribe Read more.

Unchained Labs adds a Chief that’s all about the Tribe

August 23, 2021 – Pleasanton, CA – Unchained Labs, the life sciences company that’s all about getting biologics and gene therapy researchers the right tools for the job, announced today that Shelly Morales has joined the Company as Chief People Officer.

Shelly has been building effective people teams for over 20 years at organizations like webMethods, Juniper Networks, LinkedIn, Cadence Design Systems and Quantenna Communications. Most recently she was Chief People Officer for Balbix.

“The Unchained tribe is our most important asset, and we need someone fully focused on our people strategy to help us scale,” said Tim Harkness, Founder and CEO of Unchained Labs. “Shelly has exactly the right mix of experience and grit and I am totally fired up to welcome her to the team.”

“This is a great team with a huge opportunity, and I can’t wait to dig in and help build the Unchained tribe,” said Shelly.

About Unchained Labs

Here’s the deal. We’re all about helping biologics and gene therapy researchers break free from tools that just don’t cut it. Unleashing problem-tackling products that make a huge difference in the real science they do every day. That’s our mantra, our promise and we own it. We’re located in Pleasanton, CA and can be found online at www.unchainedlabs.com.

Contact:

Taegen Clary
VP of Marketing, Unchained Labs
taegen.clary@unchainedlabs.com
925.587.9806

Download PDF of the press release.

Aug 10, 2021

Unchained Labs stocks up on dry powder with $155M debt facility Read more.

Unchained Labs stocks up on dry powder with $155M debt facility

August 10, 2021 – Pleasanton, CA – Unchained Labs, the life sciences company that’s all about getting biologics and gene therapy researchers the right tools for the job, today announced that it has closed a $155M debt facility with Midcap Financial and Golub Capital to support future acquisitions.

The debt facilities include a revolver, a term loan and a delayed draw term loan that allow the company to quickly access capital. Unchained now has access to well over $300M of debt and equity capital to expand the platform.

“Acquisitions have always been an important part of our growth strategy and we now stand ready to get aggressive and get big fast” said Tim Harkness, Founder and CEO of Unchained Labs.

About Unchained Labs

Here’s the deal. We’re all about helping biologics and gene therapy researchers break free from tools that just don’t cut it. Unleashing problem-tackling products that make a huge difference in the real science they do every day. That’s our mantra, our promise and we own it. We’re located in Pleasanton, CA and can be found online at www.unchainedlabs.com.

Contact:

Taegen Clary
VP of Marketing, Unchained Labs
taegen.clary@unchainedlabs.com
925.587.9806

Download PDF of the press release.

Jul 1, 2021

Unchained Labs does it again for gene therapy and vaccine researchers, adds nanoparticle suite to Stunner Read more.

Unchained Labs does it again for gene therapy and vaccine researchers, adds nanoparticle suite to Stunner

July 1, 2021 – Pleasanton, CA – Unchained Labs, the life sciences company that’s all about getting biologics and gene therapy researchers the right tools for the job, launched a new application suite for the characterization of nanoparticles on Stunner today. Stunner is already the go-to solution for AAV titer and empty/full ratio measurements, and now it takes on payload quant and sizing of custom nanoparticles used in gene therapies and vaccines.

Until now, life’s been hard for researchers stuck using complicated, destructive and inaccurate workflows to quantify the RNA, DNA or protein components of their nanoparticles. To make things worse, they would have to use up even more sample on another instrument just to measure their size. Stunner is the only platform that can simultaneously quantify nanoparticle payloads and measure their size distribution – two critical qualities that make for an effective nanoparticle vaccine or gene therapy. It only uses 2 µL of each sample and gets it done completely label-free.

“Stunner’s unique combination of UV/Vis and DLS makes it the perfect tool for characterizing the wide variety of nanoparticles being developed for vaccines and gene therapies,” said Taegen Clary, VP of Marketing at Unchained Labs. “Researchers simply input some basic info about their nanoparticle and in just minutes Stunner provides them with their payload amounts and size distribution. Gone are the days of busting up their carefully crafted particles and the hassle of prepping dyes and standard curves.”

About Unchained Labs

Here’s the deal. We’re all about helping biologics and gene therapy researchers break free from tools that just don’t cut it. Unleashing problem-tackling products that make a huge difference in the real science they do every day. That’s our mantra, our promise and we own it. We’re located in Pleasanton, CA and can be found online at www.unchainedlabs.com.

Contact:

Taegen Clary
VP of Marketing, Unchained Labs
Taegen.clary@unchainedlabs.com
925.587.9800

Download PDF of the press release.

Jun 3, 2021

Unchained Labs adds industry vets to get big fast! Read more.

Unchained Labs adds industry vets to get big fast!

June 3, 2021 – Pleasanton, CA – Unchained Labs, the life science tools company that’s all about getting biologics and gene therapy researchers the right tools for the job, today announced the additions of Tom O’Lenic as Chief Commercial Officer and Don Phelps as VP Finance.

Tom has been building successful life science tools companies since the 1990’s. He built and led sales teams at Molecular Devices before becoming General Manager of the entire business after it was acquired. He then led the sequencing unit and commercial operations for IntegenX. From there he became the Chief Commercial Officer of Advanced Cell Diagnostics and again became the General Manager of the business after it was acquired.

Don was Director of Finance for ProteinSimple before it was acquired. He stayed with the business after acquisition and helped scale the finance and accounting team of the division to support over $200M in revenue. He then led the Finance and Operations team at Intabio from initial scale up through the sale of the business.

“We are completely focused on getting big fast, and we need people in our tribe who know how to do that,” said Tim Harkness, Founder and CEO of Unchained. “Tom and Don are those people. I have known them both for over a decade and I am thrilled to have them join the Unchained tribe for the next phase of our journey. I know they will help us scale and navigate the challenges of the hyper growth to come.”

Tom and Don said in unison, “We are totally stoked to join the Unchained tribe!”

About Unchained Labs

Here’s the deal. We’re all about helping biologics and gene therapy researchers break free from tools that just don’t cut it. Unleashing problem-tackling products that make a huge difference in the real science they do every day. That’s our mantra, our promise and we own it. We’re located in Pleasanton, CA and can be found online at www.unchainedlabs.com.

Contact:

Taegen Clary
VP of Marketing, Unchained Labs
Taegen.clary@unchainedlabs.com
925.587.9800

Download PDF of the press release.

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Tim Harkness

Founder and CEO
Tim Harkness, Founder and CEO

Building great teams and great life sciences companies is just in Tim’s DNA. He brings 25+ years of life science leadership experience to the Unchained Labs table and has 3 successful exits under his belt. He founded Unchained Labs to solve problems for biologics and gene therapy researchers and partnered with Carlyle in a $435M deal to take the company to the next level. At ProteinSimple, Tim and team built a unique protein analysis pure-play from scratch and sold it for $300M. Prior to that he helped build Molecular Devices into a diversified life science tools provider and sold it for over $600M. He has raised nearly $200M of venture capital, helped raise over $1B in the public equity markets and has been a part of 4 successful exits as an independent board member. He is an enthusiastic supporter of other entrepreneurial teams and he is currently on the Board at LabVoice and Chairperson of the Board at Fluent Biosciences. He has an M.B.A. from Stanford and a B.B.A from the University of Wisconsin. Tim is married with 3 children and you can find him out hacking around on the links or riding his bike whenever he can.

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Tom O’Lenic

Chief Commercial Officer
Tom O’Lenic, Chief Commercial Officer

Scaling commercial teams to nail growth targets is what gets Tom going. He has over 30 years of experience developing and commercializing disruptive technologies in the life sciences tools, diagnostic and forensic tools markets. Most recently, he was Founder and CEO of Buzzkill Labs and now serves on the Board of Directors. Before that as CCO and General Manager of Advanced Cell Diagnostics, he helped orchestrate explosive revenue growth which led to acquisition by Bio-Techne. Tom has held leadership roles at Molecular Devices, MDS, IntegenX and BioTechne. As a C-level executive, he has helped create over $1B of exit value. Tom is presently Executive Director at GenTegra, LLC and a member of S2 Genomics Commercial Advisory Board. Tom holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of South Florida. When Tom’s not helping his teams crush their goals, he’s likely mentoring future entrepreneurs or can be found outdoors enjoying running, hiking, soccer, tennis or golf.

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Shelly Morales

Chief People Officer
Shelly Morales, Chief People Officer

Shelly is all about creating spaces where people love to work and ensuring everyone has a voice. She has been building great teams for more than twenty years. Prior to Unchained Labs, Shelly was Chief People Officer at Balbix, a world-leading cybersecurity company. Before that, she was VP, Global Head of HR for Quantenna Communications, a pioneer in Wi-Fi chip and software solutions where she led a multinational HR group. She is on the Board of Advisors for Censia, the creators of a data-driven platform that enables companies to find, develop, and retain the best talent in the world. Shelly believes in giving back, sitting on the Board of the non-profit NextGen Cyber Talent, whose mission is to provide learning opportunities to underserved, underrepresented communities. When Shelly’s not building amazing teams, she enjoys being her kids’ biggest fan at their sporting events, traveling to sunny places, and exploring California wineries.

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Taegen Clary

VP Marketing
Taegen Clary, VP Marketing

Taegen loves marketing life science tools. He has over 15 years of experience using and marketing enabling life science instrumentation and consumables. As the Director of Pharmaceutical Segment Marketing at Agilent Technologies, he led the marketing organization focused on the company’s largest customer segment, which has experienced consistent, above-market growth rates and 2014 sales revenues of $1B. Over his 7 years at Agilent, Taegen was the Product Manager for Proteomics and Protein Chemistries and also led the Life Science group’s efforts in the area of protein therapeutics. He began his career at Berlex Biosciences, now a part of Bayer Healthcare, running mass spectrometers and developing assays to measure drug passage across the blood brain barrier. Taegen has an M.B.A. in Marketing from St. Mary’s College of California and a B.S. in Biotechnology from the University of California, Davis. Taegen is married with two children, loves mountain biking, camping, fishing, golfing and is huge fan of the San Francisco Giants and 49ers.

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Krista Witte

VP Product Dev
Krista Witte, VP Product Dev

Krista loves building assays and analytical tools to do great science. She has over 15 years of experience in life sciences instrumentation and application development. Prior to joining Unchained Labs, Krista was a founding team member of ForteBio, now Pall ForteBio. In her decade at the company, she held many roles including heading up Applications, Assay Development, System Integration, QC and R&D. She saw the company from angel-funded start-up to a leading provider of label-free instrumentation. Prior to ForteBio, Krista headed up the Applications team at Zyomyx, taking a lead role in developing their protein microarray technology. Krista holds a Ph.D. in Carbohydrate Chemistry from The Scripps Research Institute and a B.S. in Chemistry from Texas A&M (Gig ‘em Aggies!). When not doing science, Krista is obsessed with being around the water and can be found swimming, diving or sailing.

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Will Lachnit

VP Corporate Dev
Will Lachnit, VP Corporate Dev

Will’s been around the Life Sciences block a time or two, and can’t get enough when it comes to making companies thrive. He has over 25 years of experience in the life sciences industry across multiple functions. Prior to joining Unchained Labs, Will was the Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Solutions Development at Freeslate. Prior to Freeslate, he was the Vice President of Sales and Service for ProteinSimple. While there, his other roles included leadership of the marketing and applications functions and he played a key role in integrating 4 acquisitions. Previously, at Molecular Devices Corporation, Will had leadership roles for the North American Drug Discovery sales organization, an entrepreneurial product development organization in Switzerland, and Corporate Development. Dr. Lachnit started his career in Pharmaceutical R&D in scientific and research management positions at Roche and Syntex, including running a best-in-class HTS organization. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Pharmacology and his B.S. in Physiology from the University of California, Davis. Will has a passion for cooking for his family and loves tinkering around in his woodshop.

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Dustin Giberson

VP Operations
Dustin Giberson, VP Operations

Dustin lives to build great products, solve tough problems and help make customers successful. He started his career applying automation to advance life science research and then never looked back. He leads the Operations and Global Service & Support organizations including Manufacturing, Tech Support, Field Service, and Contract Testing teams that delivers products to customers and helps them get the most out of their automation and analytics tools. Prior to Unchained Labs, Dustin was head of Operations at Freeslate providing workflow automation tools to biologics, chemicals, and energy researchers. Before that he held leadership positions at Affymetrix and Beckman Coulter developing commercial, high throughput automation systems and assays. Dustin has a B.S. in Biology from the University of Vermont, a Master of Software Engineering from Brandeis University, and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Apart from work, Dustin enjoys traveling, cooking, and being outdoors with his wife and 3 kids and when he’s not doing that you can probably find him at the gym pumping iron while listening to heavy metal.

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Don Phelps

VP Finance
Don Phelps, VP Finance

Don loves digging into the details that makes a company tick, managing worldwide finance, accounting, human resources, IT and facilities. Don has over 25 years in senior finance and accounting leadership roles across a broad range of companies and industries. Prior to Unchained Labs, he was Vice President of Finance and Operations at Intabio, a life science tools startup sold to Sciex. Before that, Don was Director of Finance for Bio-Techne’s Analytical Solutions Division, a $200M instrumentation and consumables business. The core of that division was created from the acquisition of ProteinSimple, where Don led the worldwide finance team. Prior to ProteinSimple, Don worked as a consultant for RoseRyan providing interim controller and finance director leadership to a broad variety of startups and emerging growth companies. He has a BA in International Relations from Claremont McKenna College, and an MBA from Santa Clara University. When Don’s not crunching the numbers, he can be found eating up pavement on his bike or out in the boonies on a long backpacking trip.

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Tim Harkness

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Tim Harkness, Founder and CEO, Unchained Labs

Building great teams and great life sciences companies is just in Tim’s DNA. He brings 25+ years of life science leadership experience to the Unchained Labs table and has 3 successful exits under his belt. He founded Unchained Labs to solve problems for biologics and gene therapy researchers and partnered with Carlyle in a $435M deal to take the company to the next level. At ProteinSimple, Tim and team built a unique protein analysis pure-play from scratch and sold it for $300M. Prior to that he helped build Molecular Devices into a diversified life science tools provider and sold it for over $600M. He has raised nearly $200M of venture capital, helped raise over $1B in the public equity markets and has been a part of 4 successful exits as an independent board member. He is an enthusiastic supporter of other entrepreneurial teams and he is currently on the Board at LabVoice and Chairperson of the Board at Fluent Biosciences. He has an M.B.A. from Stanford and a B.B.A from the University of Wisconsin. Tim is married with 3 children and you can find him out hacking around on the links or riding his bike whenever he can.

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Steve Wise

Managing Director and Global Head of Healthcare, The Carlyle Group
Steve Wise, Managing Director and Global Head of Healthcare, The Carlyle Group

Stephen H. Wise is a Managing Director and Global Head of Healthcare at The Carlyle Group. He is based in New York. Since joining Carlyle in 2006, Carlyle’s Healthcare team has invested approximately $15 billion of equity in health care companies around the world. He serves as a member of the board of directors of Albany Molecular Research, Inc., a contract research and drug manufacturing organization, CorroHealth, a business service provider for healthcare companies, MedRisk, a physical therapy-focused workers’ compensation solutions company, Millicent Pharma Limited, a pharmaceutical company, Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, a global provider of in vitro diagnostic solutions for screening, diagnosing, monitoring and confirming diseases, PPD, Inc., a global contract research organization, Rede D’Or São Luiz S.A., a hospital provider in Brazil, Sedgwick Inc., a global multiline claims management firm, TriNetX, LLC, a global health research network optimizing clinical research, Unchained Labs, LLC, a global life science tools company, and WellDyneRx, LLC, an independent pharmacy benefit manager. Mr. Wise also serves on the Leadership Council of the Harvard School of Public Health. Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Wise worked with JLL Partners, a New York-based private equity firm, where he focused on health care-related investments. Previously, he worked with J.W. Childs Associates, a Boston-based private equity firm, and prior to that, in the leveraged finance group of Credit Suisse. Mr. Wise earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and finance from Bucknell University and received his master’s in business administration from Harvard Business School.

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Operating Executive, The Carlyle Group
Dr. Martin Madaus, Operating Executive, The Carlyle Group

Dr. Martin D. Madaus is a serial global healthcare CEO, board member, investor and strategy consultant with 30 years of experience in biotech, medical devices, in vitro diagnostics and life sciences tools. He has a track record for delivering outstanding results by transforming large and complex businesses. He currently works for The Carlyle Group as an Operating Executive and serves as Chairman of Ultivue, Inc., Emulate Bio, Lead Director at Quanterix Corporation (QTRX) and Director at Candela Medical.

He was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, Inc. (NASDAQ:OCDX) from June 2015 until February of 2019 leading the carve-out from J&J and the business turnaround. Prior to joining Ortho, Dr. Madaus served as Executive Chairman of Quanterix Corporation, and as Senior Healthcare Advisor to The Carlyle Group. He was Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Millipore Corporation (NYSE: MIL) from January 2005 to July 2010. In addition, Dr. Madaus was President and Chief Executive Officer of Roche Diagnostics Corporation North America from 2000 to 2004. Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Business Development for Roche Molecular Diagnostics, and served as the President of Roche Diagnostics Canada. Dr. Madaus started his career in 1989 at Boehringer Mannheim, Germany and served in various product management, marketing and general management roles in Germany, the United States and Canada. Dr. Madaus has extensive public and private company board experience and has served on the board of Mettler-Toledo International Inc. (NYSE: MTD), Covidien PLC (NYSE: COV), Millipore (NYSE:MIL), PPD Inc. (NASDAQ:PPD), Quanterix (NASDAQ: QTRX), Candela Medical, Ultivue Inc. and Emulate Bio.

Dr. Madaus received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Munich in Germany and a PhD in Veterinary Medicine from the Veterinary School of Hanover in Germany.

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Managing Director, The Carlyle Group
Robert Schmidt, Managing Director, The Carlyle Group

Robert R. Schmidt is a Managing Director on the U.S. Buyout team at The Carlyle Group, focused on private equity investments in the healthcare sector. He is based in New York. Since joining Carlyle in 2011, Mr. Schmidt has been involved in a number of the firm’s investments globally, including Beats Electronics, Grand Rounds, MedRisk, One Medical, Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, Sedgwick and Unchained Labs. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Grand Rounds, MedRisk, One Medical, Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, and Unchained Labs. Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Schmidt worked at Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, a private equity firm focused on healthcare and technology investments, and Merrill Lynch Global Private Equity, focused on buyouts in North America. Mr. Schmidt received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is currently a member of the External Advisory Board at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics.

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