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NanoString: Don Kania

NanoString Technologies has appointed Don Kania to its board of directors, effective Oct. 30, 2019. Kania has more than 25 years of experience in scientific research and development, global operations, and manufacturing. Most recently, he served as CEO, president, and member of the board of directors of FEI Company until its 2016 acquisition by Thermo Fisher Scientific. He also held various positions at Veeco Instruments, ultimately as chief operating officer. Prior to that he held technical and general management positions at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Kania currently serves on the board of directors of robotic-assisted surgery firm Intuitive Surgical. He is also on the board of trustees of the Oregon Health & Science University Foundation and serves as an advisor to several privately held life sciences companies. He holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees in physics and engineering from the University of Michigan.

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