Rapid Micro Biosystems announces new Chief Executive


Life sciences veteran joins the US company

Rapid Micro Biosystems, a US-headquartered provider of automated, non-destructive, rapid microbial detection, has named Robert Spignesi as Chief Executive officer. His priorities will be leading the company to support the business expansion and widespread adoption of the Growth Direct system.

The Growth Direct System consists of an automated imaging instrument that analyses user-prepared proprietary consumables called Growth Cassettes. The system and consumables were designed to optimise test performance and ease-of-use. In addition to rapid enumeration of microbes compared with the culture method, a major attribute of the Growth Direct System is the automated handling and analysis capability that reduces hands-on time required by technical staff.

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Spignesi has more than 20 years of leadership experience and joined the company from Thermo Fisher Scientific, where he was a Vice President and General Manager, Americas. Previously, he was VP of Global Strategy, Marketing and Business Development for Fisher Scientific and held senior roles at McKesson Corporation and its affiliates, including EVP Operations and Development and Vice President of Sales and Business Development within the pharmacy systems and automation group. Earlier in his career, he was a senior consultant within the Life Sciences and Healthcare practice of Deloitte Consulting and an aviation officer with the US Army.