WALTHAM, Mass., May 6, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Repligen Corporation, a life sciences company focused on the manufacture and commercialization of bioprocessing products, today announced the appointment of Tony J. Hunt to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Hunt was most recently President, BioProduction at Life Technologies, a global life sciences company whose acquisition by Thermo Fisher Scientific was completed earlier this year. At Life Technologies, Mr. Hunt played a key role in the development and growth of the company's bioprocessing business, where he focused on expanding the upstream Gibco® cell culture franchise and building the downstream purification and analytics franchises. Mr. Hunt is an accomplished life sciences industry veteran who will oversee commercial and manufacturing operations for Repligen. "We welcome Tony to the Repligen management team, where his industry knowledge and understanding of bioproduction market drivers will help guide the expansion of our commercial operations," said Walter C. Herlihy, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Repligen. "The expertise that Tony brings is particularly well aligned to Repligen's needs as we pursue multiple opportunities to grow our bioprocessing business." Mr. Hunt joined Life Technologies in 2008, first as General Manager, BioProduction Chromatography and Pharma Analytics before being named President, BioProduction in 2011. In this most recent role, where he led an organization of approximately 200 employees, his responsibilities included commercial operations and research and development, as well as product management and marketing. Prior to this role, Mr. Hunt was with Applied Biosystems for eight years, most recently as Senior Director, Pharma Programs where he launched the pharma analytics business that in 2008 became a part of the bioproduction platform at Life Technologies. Mr. Hunt began his career with Repligen where he was involved in process development. He received a Bachelors of Science degree in microbiology from University College Galway, Ireland, a Masters of Science degree in biotechnology from University College Galway, Ireland, and a Masters of Business Administration from Boston University School of Management.