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Frederic Pla, PhD

Chief Operating Officer


Frederic Pla, PhD, is Chief Operating Officer at PICI. Over the last 25 years, Pla has built, launched and managed global businesses in medical diagnostics and devices, life sciences, and healthcare information technology, consistently delivering high growth through a blend of product innovation, strategic acquisitions, and successful turnarounds.

Most recently, Frederic was the Chief Operating Officer of Genomic Health, a global oncology diagnostics company until its acquisition by Exact Sciences in November 2020.  As COO, Frederic was in charge of Product Portfolio Management, Research and Development, Clinical Development, Medical Affairs, Information Technologies, Business Development, and Clinical Laboratory Operations.

Before joining Genomic Health in 2014, Frederic was Vice President, Corporate Business Development, for Life Technologies, a $4 billion, 11,000-employee, San Diego-based global life sciences business, until its acquisition by Thermo Fisher in 2014. Frederic led many of the company’s internal and external growth initiatives, adding nearly $2.5 billion in yearly revenue through 30 acquisitions across areas such as diagnostics, food safety, animal health, bioinformatics, and life sciences tools. Frederic joined Life Technologies in 2005 as Vice President and General Manager of the Diagnostics Business, responsible for product development and manufacturing facilities in the U.S., UK, and China.  Under Frederic’s leadership, this global business provided physicians with a complete set of tools to aid in solid organ and bone marrow transplant diagnostics, sold worldwide through a dedicated global sales force and distributor network.

Prior to joining Life Technologies, Frederic held global managerial positions at GE Healthcare, including General Manager for the Cardiology IT and Enterprise IT businesses, where he contributed to the formation and growth of GE’s $2.4 billion Healthcare IT business, and Digital X-Ray Marketing, where he led the introduction of GE’s revolutionary digital X-Ray detector technology. Frederic started his career in R&D at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, and then at GE’s Global Research Center in Schenectady, N.Y.

He is fluent in French, holds 23 U.S. patents, a Ph.D. in acoustics from the Pennsylvania State University, a Master’s degree from the University of Southampton, UK, and an engineering degree from the University of Technology of Compiegne, France.