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June 23, 2021

Founder, longtime CEO of Fluid Imaging Technologies both retire

Courtesy / Fluid Imaging Technologies From left, Kent Peterson, Ross Bryant and Chris Sieracki, at a recent Fluid Imaging Technologies event.

Both the founder and the longtime leader of Yokogawa Fluid Imaging Technologies Inc. have retired from the Scarborough-based company.

Fluid Imaging recently announced the departure of Chris Sieracki, who launched the business in 1999, and President and CEO Kent Peterson, who began in that role three years later.

Peterson, a 2008 Mainebiz Business Leader of the Year, has been succeeded as president and CEO by Ross Bryant. Bryant previously worked for Wyatt Technology Corp., a laboratory instrument maker in Santa Barbara, Calif., as vice president of global sales, marketing and customer service.

Fluid Imaging is a developer of automated imaging systems that help analyze cells and microscopic particles that are suspended in liquids. The company's products are used in a wide variety of industries and scientific research.

The first product, the FlowCam, was developed in 1996 at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, in the Boothbay area, by Charlie Yensch and Mike Sieracki — Chris Sieracki's cousin. Chris Sieracki began Fluid Imaging Technologies Inc. three years later as a spinoff from the lab.

In 2002, Peterson joined as CEO to lead sales efforts and market expansion with the full-blown commercialization of the FlowCam, according to a Fluid Imaging blog post. The product was originally used in oceanographic research. FlowCam became the world’s first imaging flow cytometer, combining features of traditional microscopes and flow cytometers, which analyze the movement of cells in the body’s blood and lymph streams.

The product and its later refinements are now used at nearly 1,000 sites in 50 counties, according to the company.

In April 2020, Fluid Imaging was sold to Yokogawa Electric Corp. of Japan for an undisclosed price. Peterson stayed on for over a year to smooth the transition.

“The combination of Fluid Imaging Technologies’ flow imaging instrumentation with Yokogawa’s optical engineering, artificial intelligence software, marketing, and distribution capabilities will accelerate FlowCam’s positioning as the global brand leader in flow imaging technology,” Peterson said at the time.

Bryant will oversee the continued integration of the FlowCam into the Yokogawa family of products, according to the Fluid Imaging blog.

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