Codexis appoints Senior Director of Molecular Diagnostics

Codexis, a specialist protein engineering company, announced the appointment of Shawn Clairmont to the newly created position of Senior Director of Molecular Diagnostics.

Codexis is expanding into the molecular diagnostics industry by developing and commercialising high-performance enzymes for use in next generation sequencing (NGS) and polymerase chain reaction (PCR/qPCR).

Clairmont will be responsible for all commercial activities related to the molecular diagnostics enzyme product line, including product launches, market and pricing strategies.

“We welcome Shawn to Codexis as we prepare to commercially launch our first high-performance enzymes for the molecular diagnostics industry,” said Aldridge.

“Shawn brings us significant global experience in product launches and commercial account management as well as established relationships with key molecular diagnostic firms and industry opinion leaders. We look forward to calling upon her expertise in developing successful strategies as we bring new enzymes into this established market.”

“This is an exciting time in molecular diagnostics as new technologies, such as liquid biopsy, create the need for high-performance enzymes,” said Clairmont.

“Codexis is uniquely positioned to use its CodeEvolver protein engineering platform to develop enzymes aimed at improving the sensitivity and precision of these tests in identifying biomarkers of interest. I’m delighted to join the Codexis team.”

Clairmont has 13 years of molecular diagnostics industry experience. Most recently she served as COO of BRIDGenomics, a molecular diagnostics and medical device marketing consultancy providing business development and strategic marketing expertise.

She previously served for eight years at the molecular diagnostics company Qiagen in a variety of positions with increasing responsibility, most recently as Director of Sales, America, on the Global Advanced Molecular Pathology Team.

Prior to Qiagen, Clairmont was a technical marketing representative and account manager at bioArray Solutions. She holds an MBA from the College of Saint Scholastica in Duluth, Minn. and a BA in biology from Saint Olaf College in Northfield, Minn.

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