The Faces of Luminex: Jimm Chengary, Global Product Management
The area of bloodstream infection is a key focus for Luminex. Our VERIGENE® platform helps clinical lab teams to rapidly diagnose sepsis, track antibiotic resistance markers, and assist physicians in getting patients on the most appropriate therapy sooner. Overseeing this area is Jimm Chengary, who joined Luminex earlier this year and is based in our Chicago office. The DePaul University graduate holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and accounting as well as an MBA in marketing and finance.
Q: What are your responsibilities at Luminex?
A: I partner with research and development, business strategy, and our clinical teams in building out our pipeline around new product offerings to address our customer’s evolving needs. For products that are already on-market, I join forces with my regional marketing partners across the globe who have the direct connection with our commercial organization and customers. The final piece is working with our supply chain manufacturing and quality control groups to ensure that we’re meeting our sales demand, making our shipping commitments, and doing so at the high-quality standards expected of Luminex products. Being in Chicago is very convenient for me because all of our VERIGENE instruments and panels are manufactured here.
Q: What did you do before this job?
A: The second half of my career has been focused across a number of different areas within healthcare and medical technology, the largest portion of those years within the Abbott family. Most recently I worked at Abbott Molecular, where I had responsibilities around the transplant franchise within infectious disease, as well as oncology for the Americas region.
Q: What about the first half of your career?
A: After business school, I worked for AT&T for many years within their wireless group, where they put me through their leadership development program. I was in a number of different functional areas and eventually settled into marketing.
Q: What drew you to Luminex?
A: I knew great things about Luminex from my experience in the industry, as they were always a formidable competitor. The company has a strong reputation, especially around the VERIGENE platform and the growth which it has experienced. Luminex is also a large enough organization where we have established structures and processes, but not to the point where we can’t be fluid and entrepreneurial. What was really noticeable for me is the amazing talent that we have here. I work with a team of very smart, dedicated people.
Q: If you could solve any clinical or genetic challenge, what would it be?
A: My family has experienced several bouts of cancer. Fortunately everybody’s made it through, but after seeing it up close, if there were something that could be done to ease the pain that those patients have to go through, I think we’d all definitely be in a much better place.
Q: If you weren’t a product manager at Luminex, where would you be?
A: I’ve been teaching business strategy part-time for a number of years at DePaul University, my alma mater, and I enjoy that very much. Since completing my academic degrees, this aspect of my life has allowed me to continue to keep up with theoretical business trends. I instruct graduate students — people who are accountants, engineers, IT programmers, people in sales — and am not at all ashamed to admit that I typically learn more from them than they learn from me.
Q: What is something about you that no one at Luminex knows?
A: I am a baseball nut! We as a family are almost complete in our mission to visit all of the major league ballparks. When I travel on business if there is a baseball team that is playing nearby, at any level, I’ll try to go take in a game. I haven’t missed a Chicago Cubs opening day in 30-some years. I also have a pretty decent collection of baseball and sports memorabilia. It’s sort of an illness, but the nice thing is that my family’s into it as well.
Q: What is your favorite thing to do on the weekend?
A: Having three daughters who are 21, 18, and 12, the weekend typically involves doing something with them because we’re rarely together during the week. If it’s baseball season, we’re at Wrigley Field. If the team’s out of town, we’ll go around the bend to Michigan and spend time on the lake there, which is very peaceful and quiet. The focus is on doing something with the three girls while they still pay attention to us.