Joseph M. Beechem, Ph.D.

Joseph M. Beechem, Ph.D., has served as the chief scientific officer and senior vice president of Research and Development at NanoString since April 2012.

Before joining NanoString, Dr. Beechem held various positions at Life Technologies, a publicly traded biotechnology tools company. He most recently served as vice president, head of Advanced Sequencing, and head of Global Sequencing Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Biophysics. During his career at Life Technologies, he led the design and development of multiple genetic analysis technologies, the latest advanced SOLiD sequencing technology, and the single-molecule nano-DNA sequencing technology.

Prior to his industry experience, Dr. Beechem led a National Institute of Health (NIH)-funded research laboratory for 11 years as a tenured associate professor at Vanderbilt University. He has also authored more than 100 peer-reviewed papers in diverse fields such as biomathematics, physics, chemistry, physiology, spectroscopy, diagnostics, and biology. In addition, Dr. Beechem is named on nearly 40 US patents or patent applications and has served on several editorial and scientific advisory boards.

Dr. Beechem received a BS in Chemistry and Biology from Northern Kentucky University and a Ph.D. in Biophysics from Johns Hopkins University.