Management Team

Chief Executive Officer

Gregor Kent

As the principal founder of the company, Gregor has led the company since its inception in 1989. Before starting the Research Instruments Group of Companies, Gregor had studied chemistry at the University of Massachusetts after which he began his career with Waters Inc. in the USA, eventually holding various management positions in service and sales during his career with Waters and Millipore in both Europe and Asia. Since 1989, Gregor has been leading and building the RI Group of Companies including Research Instruments Pte Ltd (Singapore), Research Instruments Sdn Bhd (Malaysia), RI Technologies Ltd (Thailand), and most recently Research Instruments Co. Vietnam Ltd.

Chief Financial Officer

Eric Tay

Eric Tay joined the company as the Chief Financial Officer in 2004. Prior to this, he was the Regional Financial Controller for Mobile 365 (now acquired by SAP), leader in the global delivery and settlement of mobile messaging interoperability, and the management and distribution of mobile content. He was a senior manager in Lo Hock Ling & Co, a public accounting and business consulting firm, a member of LEA Global. His experience then included audit, tax, accounting services, financial, management and IT consultancy. Eric is a fellow member of Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants and Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (UK).

General Manager - Life Sciences

Thien Quoc Tran

Thien joined RI ground in 2019 bringing a wealth of experience in the Vietnam Life Science Research markets, from NGS to microbiology, from research to Dx, and applications and commercial.   Prior to joining RI, Thien started his career in the research labs of Khoa Thuong Biotechnology working on developing specialty diagnostics, and later with various commercial instrument suppliers providing application support and commercial support for instrumentation (such as Ion Torrent and Illumina NGS, Sanger seq., qPCR, etc.) in areas of MDx, cancer and NIPT screening.  Thien obtained his BSc in Genetics and Molecular Biology from University of Science, Vietnam National University - HCM City, and has developed a strong technical and commercial knowledge of our leading range of research and screening solutions.

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