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Gustavo Salem

Group President

Gus joined IDEX in March 2015 as president, IDEX Health & Science, LLC. The following year he was promoted to the position of group president, Scientific Fluidics and Optics, when the IDEX Optics and Photonics, LLC (IOP) business was added to his responsibilities.

Combined, the newly formed group represents the industry’s broadest portfolio of fluidics, microfluidics, and optical components serving the life science research and in-vitro diagnostics markets. The company’s technologies provide high-value, engineered solutions that address key life science applications such as HPLC, mass spectrometry, clinical chemistry, and next-generation sequencing. The business unit consists of 12 manufacturing operations globally, with 1,200+ employees.

Gus brings nearly 30 years of industry experience and a strong record of executive leadership driving strategy, commercialization, and operational execution required to bring emerging technologies to the life sciences and diagnostics markets. He previously served as CEO at SISCAPA Assay Technologies, an early-stage company focused on development of mass spectrometry-based diagnostic testing. Gus remains on the board of directors, a position he has held since 2012.

From 2007 to 2013 he served as vice president and general manager of the Biological Systems Division at Agilent Technologies, where he managed the mass spectrometry, genomics and clinical diagnostics businesses. During his tenure, Agilent developed into a market-leading supplier of LC/MS systems and established market leadership in target enrichment sample prep for next-generation DNA sequencing. Gus arrived at Agilent from Assay Designs, Inc., where he served as president and CEO; the company focused on the development of immunoassay reagents for pharmaceutical discovery and research. Prior to Assay Designs, he led the Protein Separations Division of Bio-Rad Laboratories, including laboratory and process chromatography and electrophoresis.

Gus holds a bachelor’s degree in physiological psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and completed two years of graduate work in psychobiology at the University of California, Irvine. He has three adult sons and three granddaughters, and his interests include coaching youth sports, scuba diving, golfing and biking.