logo-lvs-ulLabVantage, the most configurable, web-based LIMS in the market, is trusted by industry leaders worldwide. We help customers run their labs more efficiently and with fewer errors by automating tasks and integrating with instruments and systems. Our vast experience allows us to minimize risk of project delays or failures. Our system can adapt to changing business needs after initial implementation.

LabVantage comes standard with features essential to laboratory operations. Built on a platform that is widely recognized as the best in the industry, LabVantage can support hundreds of concurrent users as well as interface with most instruments.

With over 35 years of experience, LabVantage powers hundreds of laboratories, large and small, worldwide. LabVantage is the best choice for industries ranging from pharmaceuticals and consumer goods to molecular diagnostics and biobanking.

Leadership Team

Ram Velidi

President

Dr. Ram Velidi is a passionate product marketer and brings over two decades of executive management and private equity investing experience in technology and software-enabled services and has served in leadership roles as Chairman, President, Board Member and coach.

His past operating experience includes scaling and exiting two venture backed software companies – Net.Orange (acqd. by NASDAQ: NH and Xybridge (acqd. by NASDAQ: ZHNE).  He served as investment partner over two fund cycles at Sevin Rosen Funds and worked closely with entrepreneurs across a broad spectrum of industries, businesses and investment cycles.

He received a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University at College Station, MS from UW-Madison and BE from Bangalore University, India. He is a listed inventor of two US patents in mobile communication.

Marjut Pokkinen

Marjut Pokkinen

Managing Director, Nordics

 

Marjut joined LabVantage in 2011 with the acquisition of Software Point. She cofounded Software Point in 1992 with Andrea Holmberg and Raimo Oinas. Software Point has been a partner and exclusive representative in Nordic and Baltic countries for LabVantage since 2000.

Prior to her role as Managing Director, Marjut has worked with Software Point’s LIMS products and LabVantage products in various positions at Software Point including project and product management,  technical sales support, sales and  business management. She also worked as a research scientist at Finnish biotechnology companies Genesit, Provivo and at the Institute of Physical and Chemical Engineering (RIKEN) in Japan.

Marjut has a Master’s and Licentiate of Technology degrees in chemical engineering from the Helsinki University of Technology (today Aalto University).

Florence Penhouet Grosso

Florence Penhouet Grosso

EMEA Operational Manager

Florence joined LabVantage in 2014 with the acquisition of SPLIMS. SPLIMS has been an exclusive LabVantage distributor and partner since 2004 in French territories.

Florence has more than 20 years of experience in the LIMS industry and has worked for Beckman Coulter and Autoscribe LIMS  in France.

As part of the original management team, Florence has played an integral part in the growth and development of SPLIMS. She was instrumental in building the business, effectively managed both sales and operations and actively developed the French, Moroccan and Canadian divisions.

Florence has a double competence Master’s Degree in Génie Physiologique and Biotechnologique et Informatique from Poitiers University.

Stephen Saukaitis

Vice President, Global Professional Services

Steve’s experience includes leadership of transformational globalization programs, professional services operational excellence, and strategic program management.

Prior to joining LabVantage, Stephen was with Siemens Healthcare and held senior leadership positions in global operations, professional services, program management, and customer service.

Stephen earned a BA with Honors from Penn State University and has an MBA from Villanova University. He also serves on the Villanova University Graduate Programs Advisory Board for the Villanova Executive MBA Program.

Neelesh Mirajkar

Senior Director, Global Human Resources

Neelesh has more than 15 years of experience in the HR area. His primary areas of expertise include Change Management, Leadership Development & Succession Planning, Employee Engagement and Communication, Recruitment and Retention, Performance Management, Training & Development, Competency Mapping and Designing Policies.

Prior to joining LabVantage, Neelesh was the Head of HR for the RCTG vertical of Wipro Technologies as well as HR Head for the Pune, India location. He was also responsible for Wipro’s HR Center of Excellence. Prior to Wipro, Neelesh played several key HR roles at Accenture, i-flex solutions and Britannia.

Neelesh has a Master’s degree in Human Resources from TISS, Mumbai and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Delhi University, India.

 

Prakash Paharia

Prakash Paharia

Controller

Prakash brings 20 years of diverse experience in finance and accounting roles with Fortune 500 as well as mid size public and private companies.  In many of these roles, Prakash has done significant work supporting international operations. He has a strong background in ERP implementations, internal process improvements, financial audit and transitional financial management.

He has a Master’s Degree in Financial Management from University of Mumbai and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Prakash Paharia

Jeff Vannest

Senior Director, Global Quality

 

Jeff joined LabVantage in 2009 and has worked in the LIMS industry since 1997 as a Quality leader, technical architect, trainer, technical writer and developer. Prior to his current role, Jeff was the Director of Strategic Solutions at LabVantage. As Senior Director of Quality, Jeff is responsible for worldwide validation and quality activities, including computerized systems validation, software testing, corrective and preventive actions, and quality system implementation and maintenance. He hosts customer and internal audits, oversees supplier audits, and ensures compliance with engineering best practices, international standards and regulatory agencies.

Prior to joining LabVantage, Jeff served as Senior Consultant at J&R Consulting, where he was the primary architect and developer for many of the world’s largest LIMS implementations in the pharmaceutical industry.

Jeff is a Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence through ASQ and received his B.S degree from Roberts Wesleyan College.


Michel Gerlicher

General Manager, EMEA