LabVantage is the recognized leader of enterprise laboratory software solutions with over 35 years of experience. We deliver an integrated laboratory informatics platform including laboratory information management systems (LIMS), electronic laboratory notebooks (ELN), and laboratory execution systems (LES). We support more than 1500 customer sites in the life science, pharmaceutical, medical device, biobank, food & beverage, consumer packaged goods, oil & gas, genetics/diagnostics, and healthcare industries.

Headquartered in Somerset, N.J., LabVantage offers a comprehensive portfolio of products and services that enable companies to innovate faster in the R&D cycle, improve manufactured product quality, achieve accurate record-keeping, and comply with regulatory requirements. The LabVantage integrated LIMS/ELN/LES platform is highly configurable, purpose-built, and 100% web browser-based to support hundreds of concurrent users and seamlessly interface with instruments and other enterprise systems. For more information, visit www.labvantage.com.

Leadership Team

Ram Velidi


Prakash Paharia

Prakash Paharia


Marjut Pokkinen

Marjut Pokkinen

Managing Director, Nordics

Jeff Vannest

Jeff Vannest

Senior Director, Product Management

Florence Penhouet Grosso

Florence Penhouet Grosso

EMEA Operational Manager

Don DiPalma

Director of Quality

Neelesh Mirajkar

Senior Director, Global Human Resources

2016-april-06Dr. Ram Velidi

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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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).

JeffJeff Vannest

Jeff joined LabVantage in 2009 and has worked in the LIMS industry since 1997 as a product manager, quality leader, and technical architect. Currently Jeff leads the Product Management department, which manages the product portfolio, prioritizes product features, and investigates new laboratory product and service opportunities. 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 pharmaceutical LIMS systems. Jeff is a Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence (CMQ/OE) and holds certifications for PMP (project management) and PMC-II (product management). He received his B.S degree from Roberts Wesleyan College.

Don DiPalma PictureDon DiPalma

Don has joined LabVantage recently as our Director of Quality. He brings-in more than 35+ years of experience in Quality and IT in the Life Sciences industry (Pharmaceutical, Consumer and Medical Device areas) with organizations including Glaxo-SmithKline, Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS), Organon Pharmaceuticals, Enzon, ImClone and Janssen (J&J).  Don’s expertise is in Quality Management System, Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC), computer system validation, and auditing. While Don started his career in the laboratory, he worked in IT (writing computer programs, validating and implementing computer systems) and in quality (managing and enhancing processes like investigation, CAPA, change control, and auditing).  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Alfred University in Alfred, NY.

Michel Gerlicher

General Manager, EMEA