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Heartland Biotech leverages new technological advances to rapidly fill unmet needs in emerging markets.

The flagship Prepmaster 5100 Specimen Prep Robot System rapidly performs the electron microscopy bioimaging scientists' repetitive tasks accurately and precisely, ensuring confidence in results and freeing valuable time to engage in more productive and interesting activities.

President: Thomas E. Strader, MS-Biotech

Tom Strader has a decade of experience automating sample prep for electron microscopy. With over 20 years of experience engineering automated solutions for biotechnology companies serving Big Pharma, he brings unique skills essential to creating cutting-edge automation solutions for evolving applications. Active in the electron microscopy and lab robotics communities, Tom presents annually at the Microscopy & Microanalysis (M&M) conference, serves as treasurer of the Diagnostic and Biomedical Focused Interest Group (DBM-FIG), is webmaster of BioEMTalks, is a co-founder and current president of Midwest LRIG , and is a member of the Society for Ultrastructural Pathology. Tom began his career as a mass spectrometry R&D Scientist at LabOne (now LabCorp) and progressed to increasingly responsible management roles at Gilson, Promega, Roche NimbleGen, and as VP of Product Development at Microscopy Innovations from 2014 to 2020. He earned a Master of Science in Biotechnology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is an Honorary Associate Fellow of the School of Engineering.
Publications (20): ResearchGate
LinkedIn Profile: Thomas Strader on LinkedIn

Advisory Board Member: Thomas F. Kelly, PhD


Thomas F. Kelly, PhD, Founder, President and CEO


  • Founder of Imago Scientific Instruments Corporation (now part of CAMECA Instruments) and inventor of LEAP, an atomic-scale imaging mass spectrometer​

  • 30+ years of atom probe & mass spectrometer instrumentation development​

  • National Academy of Engineering

  • Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at University of Wisconsin-Madison (1983-2001)​

Advisory Board Member: Ru-ching Hsia, PhD

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