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About IAS

IAS was founded in 2004 to support the growing demand for high quality contract analytical services in the San Francisco Bay Area. From the beginning, we set out to provide the highest level of service to our clients, grounded in a culture of scientific curiosity, open communication, and trusted relationships. This philosophy has helped us grow from a team of 2 scientists in an incubator lab to a current staff of 13. Through referrals and word-of-mouth, our clients have grown to include companies and academic labs around the world.

Though our company and client roster have grown, our approach remains the same. We are scientists serving a community we know and care about. We are proud to cultivate loyal customers because of how we do business. Beyond simply delivering excellent R&D services, IAS strives to build lasting relationships with its clients, fellow services providers and scientific consultants.

The Team

Eric Taylor

Eric Taylor

Cofounder, President, and Scientific Director

Eric brings over 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry and contract services to his role of President and Director at IAS. Prior to cofounding IAS in 2004, Eric served as a business unit head at Bay Bioanalytical Laboratory. In his 12+ years at Cetus/Chiron Corporation, Eric held various positions in the departments of Analytics, Pharmacokinetics and Protein Chemistry.

Based on his expertise across a range of drug molecules and intimate knowledge of mass spec Eric serves as a mentor to the analysts at IAS. With a strong aptitude for method development, he’s able to quickly assess project feasibility and design fit-for-purpose methods to serve client needs. Eric played a critical role in establishing the policies and procedures within the GxP division of IAS.

When He’s Not in the Lab

You’ll find Eric road biking and playing ultimate frisbee.

Education

BS Biology | San Diego State University

Jake Pritchett

Jake Pritchett

M.S., Cofounder, Vice-president, and Scientific Director

Jake brings over 18 years of experience in the fields of pharmaceuticals and contract services to his role at IAS. Before cofounding IAS in 2004, Jake served as the head of drug metabolism at Bay Bioanalytical Laboratory. During his time at Chiron Corporation, he leveraged his graduate experience in toxicology to establish an in vitro drug metabolism lab.

Jake’s specialized understanding of liver metabolism has contributed to client innovations in the areas of biomarker analysis and liver-modeling technologies. At IAS, he serves as a trusted resource and advisor to our team of bioanalysts.

When He’s Not in the Lab

You’ll find Jake surfing and mountain biking.

Education

BS Biology | Northern Arizona University
Masters in Science | University of Arizona

Jonah Michaelian

Jonah Michaelian

M.B.A., Chief Operating Officer

Make a call to IAS and you will likely speak with Jonah. As the head of business development and company operations, Jonah oversees client relationships from the first conversation to the day data is delivered, and beyond. Prior to earning his M.B.A, Jonah held positions at Chiron in the departments of Pharmacology and Process Development. In addition to over 10 years of business and project management experience, Jonah brings almost 10 years of formulation and preclinical screening experience to his current role at IAS.

Jonah was honored to be presented with the Outstanding Alumnus Award by the Department of Biology at CSU Fresno in 2014.

When he’s not at IAS

Jonah enjoys beach volleyball, cooking and coaching his kid’s soccer team.

Education

BS Biology | Fresno State University
MBA | UC Davis

Vicki Gruhn

Vicki Gruhn

Director of Analytical Chemistry

Vicki is an expert analytical chemist and project manager. Before joining IAS in 2012, she co-founded Bay Bioanalytical Laboratories, where she served as laboratory director for over 20 years. As Director of Analytical Chemistry at IAS, Vicki acts as senior management, subject matter expert and trainer for all analytical laboratory operations.

From basic technical procedures to advanced-level method development, Vicki insures that project deliverables are met and that clients are satisfied. She is unfailing in her commitment to provide our clients with cost-effective solutions and more often than not she becomes part of the client’s “project team”. Vicki also plays a major role in developing the systems to insure that IAS is compliant with current GMP and GLP requirements.

When She’s Not in the Lab

Vicki enjoys volleyball and is an accomplished seamstress.

Education

BS Biology | UC Berkeley

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