Michael S. Poirier
President, CEO and Chairman
Michael S. Poirier founded Qualigen in 1996 and is its Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to founding Qualigen, Mr. Poirier was Vice President of Marketing for Ashirus Technologies, Inc., a Minneapolis-based manufacturer of innovative high-precision dispensing pumps and related equipment for the medical industry. From 1993 to 1995, Mr. Poirier was Director of US Area Operations for EnSys, Inc., located in Research Triangle, North Carolina. EnSys developed and manufactured field-portable immunoassay test kits for the environmental remediation industry. From 1991 to 1993, Mr. Poirier was employed by Sanofi Pasteur in Chaska, Minnesota, as a Marketing Manager responsible for launching the ACCESS® Immunoassay System. This novel diagnostic system was later acquired by Beckman-Coulter and is now one of the leading immunoassay test systems worldwide. From 1985 to 1991, Mr. Poirier was employed by Abbott Diagnostics, a division of Abbott Laboratories, Inc. in various marketing and sales positions, including Worldwide Immunoassay Product Manager for the IMx® and AxSym® immunoassay diagnostic systems. Both IMx and later, AxSym, became the leaders in their respective markets. Prior to working at Abbott, Mr. Poirier served as an officer in the United States Navy, assigned to the US Atlantic Fleet. Mr. Poirier holds a B.A. from Providence College and attended the University of Zürich, Switzerland, School of Law.
Christopher L. Lotz
Chief Financial Officer
Christopher L. Lotz joined Qualigen as Director of Finance in 2002 and was appointed Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 2003. Prior to joining Qualigen, Mr. Lotz was Director of Finance for the United States subsidiaries of Bexcom, a procurement management software company based in Singapore from 1999 to 2001. From 1998 to 1999 Mr. Lotz served as Controller of California Furniture Collections, Inc. a custom furniture manufacturer, and from 1987 to 1998 Mr. Lotz was Controller and then Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Group Publishing, Inc. a book and magazine publisher. Mr. Lotz holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Colorado State University.
Shishir K. Sinha
Vice President, Operations, Corporate Secretary
Shishir K. Sinha joined Qualigen as Vice President, Operations & QA/QC in 2006 and was appointed Corporate Secretary in 2017. Prior to joining Qualigen, Mr. Sinha held leadership roles in the molecular diagnostics industry including Director of Manufacturing for Nanogen, and Senior Manager of Oligonucleotide Manufacturing for Celera Diagnostics from 2004-2006. From 2001-2004, Mr. Sinha served as Director of Manufacturing for Sequenom, a developer of industry leading methods and equipment to analyze DNA. Mr. Sinha was Packaging Manager for Sandoz Pharmaceutics (Novartis) from 2000-2001, and from 1989 to 2000 held various management positions in QC, manufacturing, planning and production control with Microgenics Corp, a manufacturer of immunoassay diagnostic kits. Mr. Sinha holds an MBEE in Biotechnology Enterprise from John Hopkins University and B.A. in Genetics from the University of California, Berkeley.
Wajdi Abdul-Ahad, PhD
Vice President, R&D, Chief Scientific Officer
Dr. Abdul-Ahad is Qualigen’s Vice President of Research and Development and Chief Scientific Officer. Since joining the Company in 2006, he has successfully developed and commercialized numerous complex immunoassays on both the FastPack and FastPack IP Systems. In addition, Dr. Abdul-Ahad is responsible for all surface coating, nanotechnology and reagent manufacturing, as well as integration of new drug manufacturing systems and processes. Prior to joining Qualigen, Dr. Abdul-Ahad led multifunctional design teams at Beckman Coulter that developed and commercialized over 15 assays on their industry leading Access and Synchron automated systems. From 1988 to 1990, Dr. Abdul-Ahad held various management positions with the National Diagnostics Center and Noctech, Inc., both located in Galway, Ireland. Dr. Abdul-Ahad holds a PhD in Biochemistry from National University of Ireland, Galway; an MS in Clinical Chemistry from the University of Surrey, England; an MBA from the University of La Verne, California and a BS in Pharmacy from the University of Baghdad, Iraq. He also holds certifications and licenses from the American Board of Clinical Chemistry, State of California (Registered Pharmacist), National Registry of Clinical Chemistry and the National Academy for Clinical Biochemistry. Dr. Abdul-Ahad’s professional affiliations include the Association of Clinical Biochemistry (ACB-UK), the American Association for Clinical Chemistry and the American Pharmaceutical Association. Dr. Abdul-Ahad is also the author or co-author of numerous scientific publications.