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Our mission is to be the premier global supplier of custom, integrated process solutions for manufacturing in the life sciences industry. We will provide the highest quality value-added products and services to enable our customers' success, while operating in accordance with our corporate values.

Chairman of the Board

Jack Wilson, Founder

Jack Wilson, founder of ABEC, started his career in the Life Science industry as President of Fermentation Design. He founded ABEC in 1974 to produce commercial scale fermentation and bioprocess equipment. In the early 1970s, he designed the first commercial computer controlled fermenter in the world which is still in operation today at the Institute for Protein Synthesis in Moscow. Jack later designed and built a production facility for TPA, a surgical anticlotting factor that became the world's first commercially successful mammalian cell produced product.

Jack holds three patents in the control and instrumentation field and has authored several papers and textbook chapters. He often states, "In this industry, staying ahead is what creates and maintains your value as a company. It's also what keeps it interesting."

Management Team

Scott Pickering, President & CEO

Scott joined ABEC as President and COO in 2001 following almost a decade with General Electric and Danaher Corp. His GE career included increasing responsibility in operations management, six sigma quality and general business leadership. Scott was responsible for focusing GE Lighting on process changes and business improvements that would most impact both internal and external customers. This background fits particularly well in leading initiatives designed to increase the value of products and services delivered to our customers. Scott believes, "what will enable ABEC to grow is the creation of partnerships with our customers that provide value to their operations through quality, innovation, and service."

Martin Pleyer, COO

Martin joined ABEC in 2018 bringing a proven track record of global leadership success in Manufacturing, Engineering, Automation and Services. Prior to joining ABEC, Martin was the COO/VP Operations for Grenzebach Corporation, a global leader in automation systems. Martin has a B.S degree in Mechatronics from the University of Applied Science in Germany and an Executive MBA from Corvinus University, School of Management in Hungary.

Jim Lynch, CFO

Jim joined ABEC in 2013. He has over 25 years of finance and operations experience leading organizations through periods of significant growth and change. Jim's prior roles include CFO positions with national manufacturing and construction companies, Director of Operations for a global healthcare manufacturer and Director of Finance with a multibillion dollar consumer products company. Jim is founder and co-chair of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the Financial Executives Networking Group, an international network of senior financial executives and is a board member of the Business Executives Networking Group.

Brady Cole, Vice President, Products & Applications

Brady has over 20 years of technical and commercial experience in high technology industries. He began his career developing plasma deposition and etch processes for advanced microelectronics. He later moved on to product management roles in the semiconductor capital equipment industry at Mattson Technology and MKS Instruments. Since joining ABEC in 2002, Brady has held leadership positions in sales and product management. In 2012 he established ABEC's China business unit, and he currently oversees global sales, marketing, and applications.

Scott Brady, Vice President, Technical Operations

Scott joined ABEC in 2005 with 19 years of project management and engineering experience in the pharmaceutical industry previously working for Merck & Co., Bayer USA/Miles Laboratories and G. D. Searle & Co. Increasing roles of responsibility at ABEC have included managing projects as well as leading the Project Management, Engineering, Automation and Design departments. Scott's customer focus, technical leadership and project execution experience guides the ABEC team to design and provide proven world-class custom process solutions to the biopharmaceutical industry.

Eric Rudolph, Vice President, Custom Single Run (CSR®)

Eric has over 30 years of experience in the development, design, installation, operation and commercialization of chemical and biopharmaceutical processes. Eric joined ABEC in February of 2012. Prior to that, Eric was responsible for the commercial and technological development of FMC's innovative Oral Dose and Biomedical Solutions and spent 21 years with Millipore Corporation in capacities of Director of Corporate Strategy, Program Director of Purification Solutions, and varied field position working with customers in the design, installation and operation of bioprocess technologies. Eric has a B.S Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware and a Masters in Administrative Sciences from Johns Hopkins University.

Matthew Fetherman, Global Director of Quality

Matt joined ABEC in 2013. He has over 20 years of Quality Management experience setting up Quality Management systems and achieving QMS certifications in ISO9000, ISO13485, TS16949, and AS9100. Prior to coming to ABEC, Matt served as Quality & Technical Director in the metal forming & finishing industry supplying components to high technology customers in the medical device, aerospace, electronics and automotive markets. Matt is a graduate of Wilkes University where he achieved his Bachelor's degree in Biology & Chemistry.

Bruce Manthey, Vice President, Global Business Development

Bruce joined ABEC in December 2017. Bruce holds an Electrical Engineering degree from Rochester Institute of Technology. He has held a variety of leadership roles in sales, marketing, and commercial operations. Bruce comes to us with experience in aligning marketing and sales organizations to generate demand, capture and grow profitable accounts, and gain competitive advantage. Most recently, he was managing his own company in Gulfport, Florida.