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Mesa Biotech Appoints CFO, SVP of Operations

San Diego-based Mesa Biotech Inc., a privately held, molecular diagnostic company, announced the appointment of Tom Willardson as chief financial officer and John Monroe as senior vice president of operations.

“Tom has a proven track record with both venture-backed and public companies and will provide the leadership, strategic vision and financing expertise required to maximize the company’s financial health,” said Hong Cai, co-founder and CEO of Mesa Biotech. “John has a wealth of experience establishing manufacturing processes from start-up through high volume manufacturing and will be instrumental in establishing our manufacturing scale-up strategy and ensuring we meet our quality, productivity and efficiency goals.”

Willardson is an experienced CFO with more than 30 years of industry experience in both large global companies and early stage start-ups. He has successfully raised over $300 million in public and private equity and debt. Willardson received his bachelor’s degree in finance from Brigham Young University and an MBA from the University of Southern California.

Monroe has more than 20 years of manufacturing experience at Quidel and Alere. Most recently in his role as director of operations and R&D at Alere, Monroe led the startup operations team and was responsible for oversight of the OEM manufacturing partners for bulk solutions, product fills and packaging. He received his bachelor’s degree in biology from San Diego State University.

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