SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Twist Bioscience Corporation (NASDAQ: TWST), a company enabling customers to succeed through its offering of high-quality synthetic DNA using its silicon platform, today announced the appointment of Adam Laponis as chief financial officer. Mr. Laponis brings experience across small cap and Fortune 50 companies along with a track record of collaborating across teams to drive profitable growth.
“Adam’s deep financial acumen and strategic planning expertise across diverse businesses make him an ideal fit for our next phase of growth,” said Emily M. Leproust, Ph.D., CEO and co-founder of Twist Bioscience. “His wide-ranging experience within large pharma and their business units, automobile manufacturers and start-up organizations will provide valuable insights as we scale the business, remaining laser focused on driving toward profitability and expanding gross margin while serving our customers and enabling them to conduct breakthrough research.”
“Throughout my career I have been drawn to mission-driven companies, and I’m particularly excited to join Twist at this pivotal time as the company is moving toward cash flow breakeven,” said Mr. Laponis. “Twist’s ability to manufacture DNA at an unprecedented scale and speed is truly enabling positive developments in health, food security and sustainability. I look forward to working with the talented and experienced team and I’m committed to using my expertise and skillset to drive value for all of our stakeholders.”
Mr. Laponis joins Twist from Eargo, Inc., where he served as chief financial officer, responsible for finance, accounting, investor relations, business operations, internal audit and information technology. During his tenure at Eargo, revenue increased more than 300% over the course of two years. Prior to Eargo, Mr. Laponis was vice president, worldwide financial planning and analysis and business operations at Tesla, Inc. where he was responsible for worldwide pricing, forecasting, capital planning, development of internal controls, and optimization of business operations. Previously, Mr. Laponis served as vice president, finance and chief financial officer, cardiovascular care at Cardinal Health as the finance leader for the worldwide Cordis Cardiovascular business. He held a series of roles of increasing responsibility at Johnson & Johnson, where he led the divestiture of Cordis to Cardinal Health. He held additional positions within Johnson & Johnson including controller of the diabetes franchise, manager of supply chain and quality finance and customer service finance. Mr. Laponis holds an MBA from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business and a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.
About Twist Bioscience Corporation
Twist Bioscience is a leading and rapidly growing synthetic biology and genomics company that has developed a disruptive DNA synthesis platform to industrialize the engineering of biology. The core of the platform is a proprietary technology that pioneers a new method of manufacturing synthetic DNA by “writing” DNA on a silicon chip. Twist is leveraging its unique technology to manufacture a broad range of synthetic DNA-based products, including synthetic genes, tools for next-generation sequencing (NGS) preparation, and antibody libraries for drug discovery and development. Twist is also pursuing longer-term opportunities in digital data storage in DNA and biologics drug discovery. Twist makes products for use across many industries including healthcare, industrial chemicals, agriculture and academic research.
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