Management Team

Lou Guarracina


Lou has the overall responsibility for all of HighRes’ operations, research, and business strategies, with the objective of making HighRes the most innovative life sciences automation provider. Lou has more than 20 years of experience creating ground breaking automation in the pharmaceutical industry. He has held management positions in automation, informatics, high-throughput screening and sample management at OSI Pharmaceuticals, Infinity Pharmaceuticals, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University and Novartis.

Lou co-founded HighRes Biosolutions in 2004 with the aim of creating cutting-edge robotic systems, devices and consumables for life sciences research and drug discovery. He holds 11 patents in the areas of modular automation and consumables. Lou holds both a BS and MS in Chemical Engineering from Manhattan College.

Ira Hoffman

Managing Director

Ira leads project management, sales and support at HighRes. Ira personally ensures every customer and every project receives a high level of attention and support.

Prior to joining HighRes, Ira was Director of Research and Development at Freedom Sciences, where he developed innovative robotic hardware for people with limited mobility. Before that he was at Merck for six years, where he led many successful projects for various screening groups at Merck, including the integration of systems capable of screening 1 million samples in less than a week, the development of an enterprise data warehouse for capturing and reporting screening results, the development of analytical approaches for combining screening results with chemical structure, and the implementation of real-time, automated quality control monitoring of screening processes. Ira graduated with a BS in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Vermont, and an MS in Computer Science from Villanova University.

Vladimir Zhirnov


With HighRes since its founding, Vlad leads the development and support of the company’s industry-leading software products.

Prior to his position with HighRes, Vladimir was at Enabling Technologies where he led software development and commissioning of robotic systems for research. Vladimir has 20 years experience leading various automation and software efforts within the pharmaceutical industry. He holds a degree in Nuclear Engineering from Obninsk Institute of Atomic Energy in Russia.

Matt Kiley


Matt joined HighRes in 2010 as Director of Finance. Matt has 20 years of accounting and financial management experience serving in senior roles in high technology companies ranging from development stage to $2 billion in annual revenue.

Prior to joining HighRes, Matt was Director of Finance at Kalido Inc., a venture capital-backed provider of data governance software with operations in Burlington, MA, London, England and Bangalore, India. Matt also held positions at Andrew Corporation, Arbortext Inc and PictureTel Corporation. Matt holds a BS in Finance from Providence College in Providence, RI.

Ulysses Gilchrist


Ulysses joined HighRes in 2015. He has responsibility for leading engineering and product development. He has more than twenty years of experience in the development of precision robotics and automated systems for use in high throughput high reliability applications.

Prior to joining HighRes, Ulysses spent the last 19 years at Brooks Automation where he was Vice President of Robotics Engineering and was responsible for product and technology development for the companies leading robotics platforms. He also spent time as a research engineer at MIT’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory developing humanoid robots. He holds more than 25 patents in the areas of robotics and automation. Ulysses has both BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University.

Brian O'Sullivan


Brian joined HighRes in March 2014. Brian’s focus is to build a dynamic global Sales and Marketing organization for HighRes Biosolutions

Brian joined HighRes after six years at Agilent Technologies where he held global business development leadership roles within the company’s Research Products and Automation business divisions. Prior to Agilent, Brian played an instrumental role in developing the business and the global account management program at Velocity11. He graduated with a BS in Biochemistry from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Thomas Bauer


Tom joined HighRes in 2016 and oversees Human Resource operations. Over his 20+ year career, Tom has structured and managed strategic programs for both start-ups and mature organizations. Tom has a wealth of experience that includes work in areas such as total rewards, talent management, talent acquisition, inclusion, and employee engagement. He is focused on further developing and refining company policies and recruiting, as well as building an HR team commensurate with the growth of HighRes.

Tom comes to HighRes from QinetiQ North America where he was the Vice President of Human Resources and holds a BS in Engineering and Management from Clarkson University.

Jack Dawson


Jack joined HighRes in 2008. Jack has recently established a new Applications department with responsibility to provide company-wide technical support for pre- and post-sales deployment of HighRes' integrated robotic systems and lab instruments. Jack also holds the overall management responsibility for HighRes' European division as part of its continuing expansion into the UK and mainland Europe.

Jack joined HighRes after five years at AstraZeneca where he worked as a Research Scientist responsible for laboratory automation and assay development. Jack graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry and Genetics from The University of Nottingham.

Stuart Grabar


Stu joined HighRes as Operations Manager in 2015. With over 25 years experience in manufacturing operations, Stu leads the operations team to ensure product orders are manufactured and delivered on-time according to customer requirements.

Prior to joining HighRes, Stu was Director of Manufacturing at T2 Biosystems, a developer of in vitro diagnostic instrumentation. He has also held positions at other pharmaceutical and diagnostic instrumentation companies, with responsibilities ranging from building manufacturing facilities from the ground up to expanding operations to overseas entities. Stu holds a MS in Engineering Management from Western New England College and BS in Electrical Engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology.