Michael J. Piette

712 E. Court St.
Janesville, WI 53545-4015


Michael is an excellent public speaker, enjoys people and has a strong technical background. His core capability is laboratory automation.  Work experiences have drawn out various facets of the core capability, including:

Ø      Capital equipment & consumable sales

Ø      Entrepreneurship

Ø      Product development

Ø      Customer support


Career History:

University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School, Dept. of Endocrinology

Associate Research Specialist

July 2001 to Present

§         Earned his MBA in marketing while working here.  GPA 3.9/4.0.

§         High-throughput genotyping of mice using laboratory automation of PCR.

§         Trains technicians on laboratory automation techniques

§         Leaving to capitalize on people skills


Quinogen LLC (Madison, WI)

Manager, Nucleic Acid Products

1996 to August 2001

Product manager for high-throughput automation.  The premiere application was automated bacterial plasmid purification.


§         Sold capital equipment and consumables to pharmaceutical and academic research organizations.  Sales calls included cold calls and visits to qualified customers.  Closed sales with laboratory managent

§         During the product development phase, managed a multifunctional team including two engineers, a scientist and a graphic artist


Gilson, Inc. (Middleton, WI)

Automation Specialist

October 1997

Technical representative for the Gilson line of liquid handlers and chromatography equipment. Responsibilities included:


§         Inside sales: qualified, educated, and followed up with potential customers

§         Trained sales staff, distributors and service personnel

§         Wrote copy for marketing brochures

§         Quickly troubleshot technical issues regarding product mechanics, electronics, software, and chemistry

§         Installed products at key accounts

§         Created applications for instruments


Presentations and Posters:

“Optimization of Automated Solid Phase Extraction Methods.”  Urban-Piette, Michael and Paul Bouis.  Podium presentation at Pittsburgh Conference 1999, Orlando, Florida


“Automated SPE of Tricyclic Antidepressants”.  Urban-Piette, Michael, Gary Lensmeyer and Lynn Stroede.  From poster session 200 “Sample Handling/Automation/Polymers and Plastics”.  Pittsburgh Conference 1999, Orlando, Florida


Northwestern University Medical School, Lurie Cancer Center (Chicago, IL)

Laboratory Technician: Lurie Cancer Center, Dr. V. C. Jordan

September 1995 to September 1997

§        Co-authored several papers and a book, a list of which is available upon request

§        Analyzed clinical samples for the breast cancer drug Tamoxifen, using High Pressure Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)


Abbott Laboratories (Abbott Park, IL)

Validation Technician: ADD, D-9B2

 September 1994

§         Tested communication between blood diagnostic instruments

§         Methods of designing products were ISO 9000-certified and the final product was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)




§         MBA, Marketing emphasis.  University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, completed August 2002.  GPA 3.9/4.0

§         Molecular biology and genetics coursework at Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois.  GPA, 3.5/4.0

§         Bachelor of Science, Chemistry.  Biochemistry emphasis.  Wheaton College, Wheaton Illinois.  August 1994.  GPA, 3.2/4.0

§          “Installing, networking and troubleshooting Microsoft NT” course, May 2000

§         Entrepreneurial Certificate, UW-Madison School of Business, 2000


Professional Memberships and Other Personal Information:


§         Member of the Instrumentation, Systems and Automation Society (ISA)

§         Member of American Chemical Society

§         Plays classical and jazz piano

§         Reads and speaks German