Science Exchange Announces New VP of Engineering, Ron Fischer

Science Exchange, the leading marketplace for outsourced R&D, announced today that Ron Fischer has joined the companys management team as VP of Engineering.

Ron has extensive experience in managing highly effective engineering teams in Silicon Valley. He has deep familiarity with software development processes, particularly in variations of Agile practices. In his new role, he will be leading Science Exchanges engineering teams based in Palo Alto and Belgrade as they develop the leading platform for scientific research.

Prior to joining Science Exchange Ron was head of engineering at AppDirect, where his leadership skills helped increase the global developer and quality assurance teams from 60 to 250 engineers in San Francisco, Montreal, Buenos Aires, Munich, and Pune. Previously, Ron directed the Content Division at Salesforce, where his teams developed the content management systems integral to the Salesforce product.

His management experience is backed up with significant technical expertise gained at both startups and more established technology companies. For more than a decade he has held Architect and Management roles in leading SAAS and PAAS organizations, on the cutting edge of Cloud Computing. He holds more than 10 software patents, and frequently blogs about software engineering, management, and leadership on his blog site.

Im thrilled to join the motivated Science Exchange team, and I look forward to developing great solutions to make the R&D process efficient for our global clients, said Ron. Science Exchange has a unique and meaningful mission where the products we create enable scientific breakthroughs. Our technology can make a difference!

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We are thrilled to welcome Ron to our management team. His track record of successfully leading engineering teams at fast-growing companies speaks for itself, said Elizabeth Iorns, Ph.D., co-founder and CEO of Science Exchange. We are in a period of rapid expansion, and Ron will play a key role to further strengthen our engineering expertise, enhance our user experience, and expand our technology platform.

About Science Exchange

Science Exchange is the world’s leading marketplace for outsourced R&D„¢, providing large R&D organizations with the fastest path from discovery through development and commercialization. Science Exchange includes an efficient source-to-secure platform for ordering 6,000+ services from a network of more than 2,500 qualified outsourced research providers, all with pre-established contracts in place that protect client intellectual property and confidentiality. The platform increases access to innovation and improves productivity, freeing scientists from administrative tasks and delays associated with sourcing, establishing and managing service provider contracts. Additionally, the Science Exchange enterprise program enables large R&D organizations to consolidate research outsourcing spend into a single strategic relationship, driving efficiency, improving transparency and oversight, and delivering cost savings. Since being founded in 2011, Science Exchange has raised more than $58 million from Norwest Venture Partners, Maverick Capital Ventures, Union Square Ventures, Collaborative Fund, Index Ventures, OATV, the YC Continuity Fund, and others. For more information, visit www.ScienceExchange.com. Follow the company on Twitter @ScienceExchange, Facebook, and LinkedIn.