Leadership

About Us

Robert Spignesi

President and CEO

Rob has more than 20 years of leadership experience. Before joining Rapid Micro Biosystems, he was Vice President and General Manager, Americas, for the Microbiology Division of Thermo Fisher Scientific.

Previously, Rob was the VP of Global Strategy, Marketing, and Business Development for Fisher Scientific. He’s also held senior positions at McKesson Corporation and its affiliates, including EVP Operations and Development and National Vice President of Sales and Business Development.

Earlier in his career, Rob was a senior consultant within the Life Sciences and Healthcare practice of Deloitte Consulting and an aviation officer with the U.S. Army.

Rob holds a BS in Economics from the United States Military Academy at West Point and an MBA from Columbia University, where he was the Dr. Donald Bibeault Scholar. 

Richard Kollender

Chief Business Officer and Chief Financial Officer

Richard has more than 25 years of financial and operational experience in the healthcare industry. Most recently, as Managing Partner of Quaker Partners, a healthcare-focused venture capital and growth equity firm with $700 million under management, he led investments and served as an active Chairman or board member of more than a dozen private and publicly traded companies, including Rapid Micro Biosystems.

Previously, he held positions in sales, marketing, global business development, and venture capital at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and its corporate venture arm, S.R. One. 

Richard began his career as a Certified Public Accountant initially with KPMG, and subsequently with Rudolph, Palitz (now RSM). Richard’s practice had a significant emphasis on the healthcare and emerging businesses sectors. 

Richard is an adjunct faculty member at Lehigh University and a Director of Strongbridge Biopharma (NASDAQ: SBBP). He holds a BA in Business Administration and Accounting from Franklin and Marshall College and an MBA with honors in Health Administration and Policy from the University of Chicago.

Wendy Hinchey

Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing

Wendy has more than 20 years of sales and marketing leadership experience across the pharmaceutical, healthcare, and chemical markets. She joined Rapid Micro Biosystems most recently from Freudenberg Medical (formerly Helix Medical), where she was Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Previously, Wendy was Vice President of Sales at GE Healthcare where she focused on a portfolio of high-end capital equipment across the Imaging, Monitoring, and Diagnostic Cardiology Business units. Earlier in her career, Wendy held progressive leadership roles with Nalco Company in their Process Chemicals Division.

Wendy brings a consistent history of growing business units by expanding strategic customer partnerships and increasing customer satisfaction. She holds a BSE in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana State University and an MBA and Masters of Finance from Tulane University.

Steven Raters

Vice President of Global Customer Service

Steven brings more than 25 years of customer service experience in the medical device and diagnostics industry. Most recently, he held the position of Senior Director of Service Transformation in Latin America at bioMérieux, where he focused on standardization and optimization of service delivery in a high sales growth region.

Steven held multiple service and operations leadership roles at bioMérieux, including managing a team of almost 200 customer support, field application, and field service employees. Steven's prior roles included positions at Organon Teknika Corp and with the United States Navy.

Steven holds a BS in Business Management and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

Jim Lafferty

Vice President of Quality

Jim brings more than 30 years of quality control and quality operations experience in the engineering and medical device industry. Most recently, he held the position of Vice President of Operations and Quality at American Science & Engineering, where he successfully developed and managed the quality management system, implemented Lean tools and methodologies, and significantly improved quality, manufacturing, and supply chain operations.

Previously, Jim held multiple quality positions at American Science & Engineering, including VP, Sustaining Engineering and Quality; VP, Quality; and, Director, Quality. Jim’s prior experience includes positions at Progressive Technologies, Neslab Instruments, and Lawrence Pumps Inc. 

Jim holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Ed Ognibene

Vice President of Product Development

Ed has more than 20 years of technology and product development experience, most recently as Director of Engineering/Systems Development at Waters Corporation in the Separation Systems division. 

Ed managed the R&D and Engineering teams from the acquisition of Thar Instruments, Inc., as well as the integration of these groups into the broader corporate development organization. Concurrently, he oversaw a major development program to replace a product line with innovative new systems. Prior to this, he was responsible for driving the development of novel industry-leading chromatographic platforms such as ACQUITY UPLC H-Class, I-Class, and H-Class Bio Systems. 

Before Waters Corporation, Ed worked at SatCon Technologies, an MIT startup, where he managed the Mechanical Engineering Group and was also responsible for Program Management and technology/business development.

Ed holds a PhD and MS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and a BSME. from SUNY Stony Brook. Ed is a member of ASME, Tau Beta Pi, and Sigma Xi honor societies.

Andrew Khouri

Director of Business Development and Strategy

Andrew brings more than 10 years of industry experience across venture capital and strategy consulting. He joined Rapid Micro Biosystems most recently from Quaker Partners, a venture capital firm investing in life science companies, where he was Vice President. As part of the investment team, he evaluated and completed investments in pharmaceutical, biotech, diagnostics, and healthcare IT companies, and served as a board observer for several portfolio companies. 

Previously, Andrew was a consultant with Leerink Swann, a life sciences consulting firm providing strategic advisory services to global pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device companies. 

Andrew holds a BA in biology from Harvard College.

Steven Raters

Vice President of Global Customer Service