Karen Gibson joined Quidel in April, 2015 as the VP of Information Services. Quidel creates rapid diagnostic tools for the clinical setting. In this role, she is focused on streamlining operations and using information and technology to enable new market opportunities.
A recognized industry leader, Karen is passionate about using information technology to improve healthcare and has had roles throughout the life sciences space.
Formerly the CIO for McKesson’s Specialty Health division, Karen’s team provided all IT services for an integrated network of over 500 community-based oncology clinics, specialty pharmacies, and diagnostic laboratories. Prior to McKesson, Karen was the first CIO for Life Technologies, a global life sciences company providing scientific tools for research and drug discovery. During her tenure, her team successfully implemented a global transformation strategy that included an industry recognized e-commerce system that “consumerized” the purchase of scientific research products. Before Life Technologies, Karen was the CIO and e-business leader of GE Medical Systems IT – a business that delivered hardware and software solutions to healthcare providers around the world. She ran the IT organization, as well as a services team providing cloud-based radiology image storage. Karen has also held leadership roles within other GE divisions and Ethicon Endo-Surgery (a Johnson & Johnson company).
Karen holds a B.S. in Computer Technology from Purdue University, as well as an M.B.A. from Ohio University.