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Who We Are

Cytonome was founded in 2009 on the premise of providing advanced solutions for cell purification needs.

By developing cutting edge technologies in cell purification and platform design, Cytonome provides novel solutions for cell therapy, research and industry.

With deep engineering expertise in the cytometry field and an expansive intellectual property portfolio, Cytonome aims to develop products that simplify existing workflows and enable leading edge advances and research.

Intellectual Property

Cytonome possesses an expansive portfolio of intellectual property, with 97 issued patents in a variety of technical areas, with particular focus on microfluidics. A further 59 patent applications are pending.

The names Viva™, Hydris™ and GigaSort™ are trademarks of Cytonome/ST, LLC.


Issued Patents


Patents Pending


The Cytonome Team is made up of experienced professionals with a deep and diverse knowledge and expertise in engineering, biology, manufacturing, project management, quality and marketing.

John C. Sharpe, PhD

Chief Operating Officer

Dr. John C. Sharpe is the Chief Operating Officer of Cytonome. He has formerly held both CEO and CTO roles with the company since its formation in 2009. John has over two decades of experience in developing and commercializing advanced cellular analysis and sorting technologies and other biosensing platforms that utilize advanced biophysics principles. He is recognized in the flow cytometry industry as a key member of the (Cytomation, now Beckman Coulter) development team for the MoFlo high speed cell sorter, and as the program and technical lead on the CyAn high-performance analyzer system. John has led multiple product development and commercial initiatives in a range of companies and has been responsible for due diligence studies in a number of corporate acquisitions. He has and continues to serve on the Boards of several science and technology companies. John holds a Ph.D. from The University of Waikato, New Zealand.

Christopher Canniff

Sr. Director of Finance

Chris Canniff has thirty years of experience in organizations ranging from start-up companies to Fortune 100 corporations in the pharmaceutical, medical device, financial services, and commercial real estate industries.

Prior to joining Cytonome, Chris worked as a consultant, serving as an interim Chief Financial Officer or Controller for companies in transition. Some of Chris’ recent engagements include: Business Unit Controller for an international pharmaceutical company, CFO for a start-up medical device company, and Vice President of Finance for a national digital media firm.

Prior to consulting, Chris was the CFO of a private equity-backed service firm established to implement leveraged consolidation of companies that specialize in fundraising services for national and international non-profit organizations. Chris also held senior finance positions at Fleet Bank, First Data, and The Boston Company.  Chris began his career at Deloitte and Touché.

Etienne Dano, MS

Sr. Director of R&D and Manufacturing

Etienne Dano is the Sr. Director of R&D and Manufacturing at Cytonome. Over the past 16 years, Etienne has worked in a wide range of positions in the biotechnology industry both in R&D and production environments.  He has a broad theoretical and practical knowledge in system-level design and troubleshooting.  In his current role, he leads the R&D team in the development of new products at Cytonome.  Etienne holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Advanced Automation and Design from Cranfield University and a Diplôme d’Ingénieur from the Université de Technologie de Compiegne.

Michelle Kilimonis

Sr. Director of Human Resources

Michelle Kilimonis joined Cytonome 2017, bringing over 15 years of experience in human resources leadership in the Life Sciences and Biotechnology space, as well as the building of strong corporate cultures. Michelle leads all human resource functions including staffing and recruitment strategies, leadership development and learning, organizational design, and compensation and talent engagement approaches and practices. Previously, Michelle served as Manager, Human Resources at Pall Corporation (a Danaher Corporation Operating Company). Prior to that, Michelle led the Human Resources function at ConVerge Diagnostic Services (acquired by Quest Diagnostics) and worked for several years as an Human Resources Business Partner for various Medical and Engineering organizations. Michelle holds a BA in Sociology from Rivier University.

Katy McGirr, PhD

Sr. Director of Business Development

Katy McGirr joined Cytonome in 2014 and is the Sr. Director of Business Development. She is responsible for Cytonome’s marketing and business strategy as well as the biological applications and service groups. She brings over 10 years of experience in the life sciences and biotechnology space and has expertise in new product development, product launch and strategic planning. Prior to joining Cytonome, Katy held product management roles at Seahorse Bioscience (now Agilent Technologies) and Bio-Rad Laboratories. She holds a B.S. in Biology from University of California, Santa Barbara and a Ph.D. in Infections Diseases and Immunity from University of California, Berkeley.

Franklin Uyleman

Sr. Director of Quality & Regulatory

Franklin Uyleman joined Cytonome in 2013.  As the Director of Quality and Regulatory, he is responsible for the company’s quality, regulatory and safety strategy and execution both within and outside of the organization.  He has 20+ years of broad domestic and international quality, regulatory and safety experience with medical and commercial analytical products. Prior to Cytonome, Franklin was the Director of Quality and Regulatory Affairs with Dentsply IH, a subsidiary of Dentsply International.  Prior to this, he held various positions of increasing responsibility at Astra Tech, a subsidiary of Astra Zeneca; Mitsubishi Electronics Research Labs, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Electric; Vivid Technologies, a subsidiary of Hologic; and Thermedics Detection, a subsidiary of Thermo Electron. Franklin is also a US Army veteran.


We have moved to a beautiful, newly renovated facility at 9 Oak Park Drive, Bedford, MA 01730, USA!

  • 53,000 sq ft of office, R&D and manufacturing space
  • New 3,500 sq ft clean room
    • Complete with pre-gown room, changing room, staging area, wipe down room and cleanroom itself
    • Operating at ISO 8 specifications

Career Opportunities

At Cytonome, we seek those with a keen desire to develop the life science technologies of the future and to pursue excellence.

Cytonome excels in creating a workplace where imaginative thinkers can participate in a stimulating entrepreneurial environment and contribute to a highly motivated, success-driven team. Cytonome is an equal opportunity employer. The stated policy of the Company prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, citizenship, pregnancy, veteran status, or other characteristics protected by federal, state, and/or local law.

Note to Employment Agencies: Please do not forward any agency resumes. Cytonome is not responsible for any fees related to resumes that are unsolicited.


Open Positions:

Applications Scientist

Quality Inspector

Contact Cytonome

9 Oak Park Drive, Bedford, Massachusetts 01730, USA.

Cytonome can be reached by phone at (617) 330-5030 or FAX (617) 330-5031. Web inquiries may be directed through our website at

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