THOROFARE, NJ--(Marketwired - Feb 29, 2016) - Akers Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKER) (AIM: AKR.L), ("Akers Bio" or the "Company"), a developer of health information technologies, has further strengthened its commercial team with the appointments of Doug Carrara and Tony Saporito in senior sales and marketing roles.
Doug Carrara joins Akers Bio as Vice President, Global Marketing and Commercial Operations. He has over 25 years' experience in the clinical diagnostics arena, particularly within sales, marketing and global operations. Doug joins Akers Bio from Quest Diagnostics where he was the Senior Director of Strategic Accounts that led a team of directors responsible for developing and implementing strategic relationships within the acute care market. Prior to Quest Diagnostics, Doug worked for Becton Dickinson for 22 years in various leadership positions. In his last role there, as Director of Customer Solutions, Doug led a team that produced growth in revenues from a zero base to over $23 million in annual sales within a 3 year timeframe.
Tony Saporito joins the Company as Vice President, US Sales and Distribution. He has a track record of building and leading high-performance businesses in the medical device and clinical diagnostics arenas for two decades. Prior to joining Akers Bio, Tony held the role of Strategic Account Executive with The Midmark Corporation, where he was responsible for driving new business through group purchasing organizations, integrated health systems and distribution. Prior to this role, Tony spent 10 years at ConvaTec, a former division of Bristol-Myers Squibb. In his last role there, Tony was responsible for an organization of 63 employees, generating annual revenues in excess of $65 million and averaging annual sales growth of approximately 20%.
"I am delighted that we have been able to attract two executives of such high caliber to Akers Bio. Their skill sets are highly relevant to our commercial strategy for growing product sales over the coming years and we are very excited to have them on board," said Raymond F. Akers, Jr. PhD, Co-founder and Executive Chairman.
"Having worked with both Doug and Tony at Becton Dickinson, I have direct experience of their first class abilities to execute highly profitable sales strategies," said John Gormally, CEO. "Doug will be instrumental in building an evidence-based outcome value proposition marketing strategy, particularly to support the growth of Akers Bio's flagship test for heparin-induced thrombocytopenia. Tony will lead the channel management strategy for Akers Bio in the US as we develop highly engaged, integrated business plans with our customers and distribution partners that enhance mutual gains in efficiency, productivity and profitability," added John Gormally.
About Akers Biosciences, Inc.
Akers Biosciences develops, manufactures, and supplies rapid screening and testing products designed to deliver quicker and more cost-effective healthcare information to healthcare providers and consumers. The Company has advanced the science of diagnostics while responding to major shifts in healthcare through the development of several proprietary platform technologies. The Company's state-of-the-art rapid diagnostic assays can be performed virtually anywhere in minutes when time is of the essence. The Company has aligned with major healthcare companies and high volume medical product distributors to maximize product offerings, and to be a major worldwide competitor in diagnostics.
Additional information on the Company and its products can be found at www.akersbio.com. Follow us on Twitter @AkersBio.
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