Twist Bioscience Corporation (NASDAQ: TWST), a company enabling customers to succeed through its offering of high-quality synthetic DNA using its silicon platform, today announced the appointment of Robert Werner as chief accounting officer.
“Rob has a proven track record of leading corporate and technical accounting, including for global companies as they grow in revenue,” said Emily M. Leproust, Ph.D., CEO and co-founder of Twist Bioscience. “He will be an invaluable addition as Twist continues to gain market share and execute against our plan to achieve adjusted EBITDA breakeven for the core and biopharma businesses at the close of the fiscal fourth quarter of 2024.”
“I have spent the entirety of my career in finance and accounting, with over a decade in biotech, and am proud to join a company with a technology that has so many real world applications,” said Mr. Werner. “Twist’s unique DNA synthesis platform and ability to write DNA at scale can enable customers across industries to complete groundbreaking research in health and sustainability. I’m looking forward to applying my experience at Twist at this pivotal moment in the company’s evolution, as it transitions toward profitability.”
Mr. Werner was most recently chief accounting officer at Invitae, Inc., where his responsibilities included revenue accounting, corporate accounting, payroll, equity administration, treasury, cost accounting, external reporting, technical accounting and internal audit. He also built out the accounting function to support the growth of the company. During his time at Invitae, the company grew from $68 million in revenue to $516 million in revenue. Prior to Invitae, Mr. Werner served as vice president of finance and corporate controller at Proteus Digital Health. He previously served as corporate controller and principal accounting officer at CardioDx and as Corporate Controller at Bloom Energy. He held a series of roles of increasing responsibility at Spansion, Inc. (a spinoff of Advanced Micro Devices). Mr. Werner is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Master’s of accountancy in professional accounting and a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management.
About Twist Bioscience Corporation
Twist Bioscience is a leading and rapidly growing synthetic biology and genomics company that has developed a disruptive DNA synthesis platform to industrialize the engineering of biology. The core of the platform is a proprietary technology that pioneers a new method of manufacturing synthetic DNA by “writing” DNA on a silicon chip. Twist is leveraging its unique technology to manufacture a broad range of synthetic DNA-based products, including synthetic genes, tools for next-generation sequencing (NGS) preparation, and antibody libraries for drug discovery and development. Twist is also pursuing longer-term opportunities in digital data storage in DNA and biologics drug discovery. Twist makes products for use across many industries including healthcare, industrial chemicals, agriculture and academic research.
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