Meet the Team

Richard J. Wenstrup, MD Chief Medical Officer

Richard J. Wenstrup, MD joins Epic Sciences as Chief Medical Officer, bringing more than 25 years of clinical leadership experience managing life science companies before joining industry from academia.

Dr. Wenstrup was previously chief medical officer for Oxford Immunotec, Inc., where he oversaw research and development, product development, regulatory, medical and clinical affairs. From 2006-2017, he served as chief medical officer for Myriad Genetics, where he built and led the clinical and medical affairs team to support a multi-fold increase in revenue during his tenure. Dr. Wenstrup was actively involved in the company’s product development, M&A and in-licensing activities.‍

Prior to joining industry, Dr. Wenstrup served as a tenured professor of pediatrics in human genetics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and as a tenured professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Cincinnati, where he earned his medical degree. He was internationally recognized as a leader in inherited disorders of the musculoskeletal system and was principal investigator on multiple research grants from the National Institutes of Health and the FDA Orphan Products Grant Program. As an entrepreneur, Dr. Wenstrup was the founding director of the Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and co-founder of Assurex Health, Inc., now a subsidiary of Myriad Genetics, Inc.

Lloyd Sanders President and Chief Executive Officer

Lloyd Sanders joined Epic Sciences as President and Chief Executive Officer in 2019 with more than 20 years of diagnostics and pharmaceutical industry experience, most of it focused on oncology. Prior to joining Epic, he served as president of the oncology segment of Myriad Genetics, overseeing the oncology, urology and dermatology commercial organizations. While at Myriad, he was responsible for the sales, marketing, medical, customer service and laboratory operations for numerous market-leading commercial products, including molecular diagnostics for risk assessment, diagnosis/screening, prognosis and selection of therapies for breast, prostate, colorectal and other cancers.

Previously, Mr. Sanders served as chief operating officer at Dey Pharma, a division of Mylan, overseeing sales, marketing and medical affairs, including the EpiPen® flagship brand. Prior to Dey Pharma, he held several leadership positions including responsibility for the commercial growth of a number of oncology products at Sanofi-Synthelabo, subsequently Sanofi-Aventis, where he led the successful restructuring and integration of two companies’ sales forces after the merger. Mr. Sanders started his pharmaceutical career and participated in oncology product launches at Pharmacia (now Pfizer).

Mr. Sanders earned a Bachelor’s business degree with an emphasis in marketing from Memphis State University.

Chockalingam “Palani” Palaniappan, PhD Chief Technology Officer

Chockalingam “Palani” Palaniappan is the chief technology officer at Epic Sciences. An accomplished global life sciences innovation executive with more than 20 years of global leadership experience across three multinational corporations, GE Healthcare, Life Technologies, and Terumo BCT, delivering over $500M in career revenue. Palani’s proven track record in managing products, people and process spans diverse fields from life science tool companies to the MedTech Industry. He has helped architect many transformative products at the interface of science and technology for scientific and clinical applications including genomics, proteomics, cell biology tools to patient connected engineering devices in health.

Before joining Epic Sciences, Palani was the executive vice president of Innovation and Development and a board member of the Terumo Global Blood Management at Terumo BCT, a global leader in blood management, therapeutic apheresis, cell therapy and regenerative medicine. Prior to this role, he served as the vice president for Research and Development for Cellular Analysis at Life Technologies. Preceding that, he was the head of Molecular Diagnostics for the Amersham Life Sciences unit of GE Healthcare.  Palani has a PhD in the field of biological sciences from Northern Illinois University, followed on by a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Rochester in HIV biology.

Katherine Atkinson Chief Commercial Officer

Katherine Atkinson is the Chief Commercial Officer at Epic Sciences.  Ms. Atkinson has over two decades of life science and healthcare experience in a variety of sales leadership roles.  Prior to joining Epic, Ms. Atkinson was the vice president of business development at Edico Genome, where she established a global channel network and managed strategic partnerships.

Prior to Edico Genome, she worked for Illumina. During her tenure at Illumina, she oversaw numerous teams, including molecular biology/PCR sales, Inside Sales, Latin America, and most recently Global Channel Partners, where she developed a high performing Channel Partner program from the ground up, encompassing more than 70 partners covering 130 countries worldwide. Ms. Atkinson has also held positions at Fisher Scientific, Thermo Fisher, and Beckman Coulter. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Center for Community Solutions, an organization dedicated to end domestic and sexual violence by being a catalyst for caring communities.

Ms. Atkinson holds a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and Public Speaking from the University of Houston.