About Us: Leadership Team

Robert E. Henry

Chief Executive Officer
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As Chief Executive Officer, Robert Henry is leading another healthcare turnaround success story; his experience in growing, building, and rejuvenating healthcare companies is being applied at Pierian Biosciences. He has excelled as a Business Development leader, President and CEO/board member with extensive qualifications in operational and financial management, management restructuring, contract negotiations, and international governance. Robert Henry joined DiaTech Oncology (now Pierian) in 2013 to take the company to the next level in regard to being a thought leader and the significant player in the personalized cancer care market. Robert joined DiaTech with more than 25 years of healthcare management experience and in developing, implementing and evaluating new opportunities in managed care. He served as SVP of Development at Symbion, Inc. and was the Chief Executive Officer at Dialog Health. Prior to that he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of American Endoscopy Services (AES) from 1997 to 2010. Prior to AES, he served as the Chief Operating Officer of Physician Alliances.  Mr. Henry holds an MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University and a B.S., Business Administration-Finance from the University of Tennessee.

Lyn W. Cates

Head Corp Operations

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With a broad range of experience from Fortune 50 to start-ups and turn-arounds, Ms. Lyn Cates arrives at DiaTech with more than 25 years of healthcare technology operations leadership and experience. Lyn has led almost every aspect of operational and technology teams including analysis, design, development, project management, and implementation with a singular goal of supporting the business through on time, on budget implementations. Lyn’s experience includes major healthcare organization such as Informatics Corporation of America (ICA), Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) and QualiFacts, as well as consulting experience in all facets of healthcare information technology.

J. Yvette Payne

Head Clinical & Platform Operations

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Ms. Yvette Payne is a recognized expert in the field of oncology with more than 30 years of experience in clinical operations and medical affairs. As a professional well-regarded in her field, Yvette has a proven track record for building highly successful and dynamic teams at various pharmaceutical companies such as Ortho-Biotech, a Johnson & Johnson company, Cephalon and Heron Therapeutics. In addition to earning leadership roles at some of the largest pharmaceutical giants, Yvette has also served as an independent consultant for a number of multi-national pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in the development of scientific and clinical strategy, clinical operations, training and education.

Yvette obtained both Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston where she graduated with honors. She then went on to earn a Master of Business Administration from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, TX. Yvette has also completed postgraduate work in Epidemiology at Walden University.

Norman B. Purvis

Executive Vice President of
Research and Development

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Dr. Norman Purvis is equal parts scientist and entrepreneur.

With ten patents and dozens and published articles, Norman is well-recognized as a thought leader in quantitative fluorescence techniques and standardization practices for high complexity flow cytometric assay design, validation and implementation. Leveraging his years of experience in academia and business, Norman is well-versed in bringing commercially viable products to market.

With significant experience in GLP and CLIA regulatory environments, Norman specializes in developing custom quantitative assays to support drug discovery and clinical trials – adhering to GLP requirements.

As an experienced leader managing cross-functional teams, Norman has played pivotal roles at many biopharma companies including Nodality and IncellDx, directing manufacturing personnel, research associates and scientists in support of R&D.