SAN JOSE, CALIF. – The Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) today bestowed the fifth annual AdvaMed Lifetime Achievement Award to former Beckman Coulter CEO and Chairman John P. “Jack” Wareham, for his contributions to improving patient care and health care system efficiency through innovation of clinical laboratory testing.
“Jack is one of the unsung heroes of modern medical practice,” said Scott Whitaker, president and CEO of AdvaMed. “His work at Beckman Coulter helped pioneer automation in the clinical laboratory and transformed the diagnostic industry as a result. Millions of people every year benefit from his vision of more accurate and efficient clinical testing, and we are honored to present Jack this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award.”Wareham began his career in the life sciences after earning a bachelor’s of science degree in pharmacy from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. He worked as a pharmacist while earning an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and worked his way through the ranks of the pharmaceutical company, Smith, Kline and French.
SmithKline acquired laboratory instruments company Beckman Instruments in 1981 in a $1 billion deal. Beginning in 1984, Wareham held several senior management positions in the new division. In 1993, he was named president and COO of Beckman Instruments, which was spun off as a separate, public company in 1989.
As COO, he was the driving force behind the successful merger in 1997 of Beckman Instruments with Coulter Corporation, the leading manufacturer of systems for blood and other cell analysis. In 1998, he was named CEO of the newly formed Beckman Coulter.
Today Beckman Coulter is recognized as a powerhouse in the diagnostics industry, developing and marketing instruments, chemistries, software and supplies to simplify and automate laboratory operations, and ultimately save patient’s lives.
After retiring from Beckman Coulter in 2005, Wareham has continued to share his vision and business expertise, helping to guide a number of diverse enterprises as a director for medtech companies including Steris, ResMed, Accuray and Greatbatch
Wareham also served as chairman of the Board for AdvaMed in 2000, helping lead the association in a new direction for the 21st Century as it rebranded from the Health Industry Manufacturer’s Association.
“I am proud to be honored by my peers with this incredible award,” said Wareham, “and I gratefully accept on behalf of all the wonderful people I’ve worked with over the years who are dedicated to improving patient care.”
AdvaMed’s Lifetime Achievement Award highlights the accomplishments of pioneers in the medical technology sector whose contributions have had a significant impact on patients’ lives and the industry as an essential part of America’s economy. The award was presented during The MedTech Conference powered by AdvaMed at the San Jose Convention Center.
AdvaMed member companies produce the medical devices, diagnostic products and health information systems that are transforming health care through earlier disease detection, less invasive procedures and more effective treatments. AdvaMed members range from the largest to the smallest medical technology innovators and companies.
I am only one link in a long chain of people who had the privilege of working at Beckman Instruments during your term of leadership. Your guidance helped the company remain strong and brought job security to many in an industry that seemed to be in constant flux. I came straight out of a hospital lab to work as an Applications Chemist in the field under George Gonzales before moving into sales and remaining there for seventeen years.
My condolences on the passing of your wife; and may the days ahead bring comfort in her memories in this period of transition.
Bob and I have very often talked about you and our friendship, both at Creighton and in Iowa generally. Laughed and loved your “commitment “ to Julie.
As happens with seniors, I have been going through treasured papers. I found a letter from you to Julie from Nov. 1963
Very sweet and very Jack. So glad that I kept it. You lamented the “old folks” lack of dexterity and spoke of waiting for her while continuing your education. Proud to see you continued and achieved much
Julie is wonderful and has been a joy. We now live in her home town of Monett, MO. Julie has 3 babes of her own, who are also prides & Joys..
Life has been good and we are happy to see all your success. It has been a long time, but we continue to see you as a close friend.
The best to you and yours and thank you for all you have achieved. I am sure that Bob, myself, and our loved ones have profited from all your efforts.
We would to hear from you.
Love always, Bob & Pat