Dr. Efcavitch has held the positions of Senior Vice President of R&D at Affymetrix, and Senior Vice President of R&D and later Chief Technology Officer at Helicos BioSciences. At Helicos, he led the development of the Helicos® Genetic Analysis System, the world’s first commercially available single molecule DNA sequencer. Dr. Efcavitch has also served as an independent consultant to several venture capital firms and biotechnology start-up companies. He is co-inventor of a flowable polymer for capillary electrophoresis DNA sequencing used in all Applied Biosystems’ capillary sequencers as well as virtual terminator nucleotides for single molecule DNA sequencing.
Dr. Efcavitch received his PhD in 1981 at Ohio University, where he studied with Dr. Thomas E. Wagner. He was also a post-doctoral fellow with Dr. Marvin H. Caruthers at the University of Colorado in Boulder.