Founded in 2003 by Fatih Büyüksönmez, Ph.D, Conquer Scientific is dedicated to supporting researchers with high-quality, pre-owned instruments at affordable cost, along with expert service and support. While specializing in ion chromatography systems, gas chromatographs, liquid chromatography equipment, mass spectrometers (GCMS Systems, LCMS Systems), and microplate readers, we also offer a wide range of laboratory instruments in all other fields.
Conquer Scientific was acquired in 2021 by Lakelet Capital and is now sister company to GenTech Scientific which Lakelet acquired in 2020. Consolidated under Purity Scientific, Conquer and GenTech are now headed by one executive management team and offer a combined inventory and other shared resources to better serve our customers. Read the full press release.
The Purity Scientific Executive Management Team
Michael R. Lippa Jr., CEO
Michael Lippa was recruited by Lakelet Capital in the spring of 2020 to assume the CEO role at the purchase of GenTech Scientific in July 2020. In one year, he was able to execute the acquisition of Conquer Scientific and is now the CEO of the top two leaders in the Analytical Instrument Refurbishment Industry. He is a change-focused, versatile business leader with 25+ years of experience guiding global, multi-site manufacturing and production operations. He focuses on leveraging data analytics to identify risks, opportunities for improvement, cost savings, and growth initiatives.
His work history includes several top companies including General Motors, AVOX, Harmac Medical and Multisorb Technologies. His tenure in these industries covered Automotive, Aviation, Medical Device Manufacturing and Active Packaging. His extensive expertise in Lean and Six Sigma principles, team management and coaching, process improvements, business startup and transformation, and new product launches have contributed to his success. In his previous private equity sponsorship at Multisorb Technologies he successfully led the operational transformation of the business.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology from SUNY Buffalo and a Master’s degree in Manufacturing Management from Kettering University. Michael volunteers for Junior Achievement of WNY and lives in Amherst, NY with his wife and four children.
Fatih Büyüksönmez, CSO
Fatih Büyüksönmez, Ph.D., P.E., is the founder of Conquer Scientific. He assumed his current role of Chief Scientific Officer for both GenTech and Conquer when the acquisition of Conquer finalized in Sept. 2021. Fatih has been Professor Emeritus at San Diego State University since 1999 and specializes in Environmental studies, specifically the study of water, air, and land resources. Fatih knew his strong scientific and academic background would give him a competitive edge in the refurbished analytical instrument market. A scientist who wanted to support other scientists with affordable equipment, Fatih launched Conquer Scientific in 2007 and proved his success not only as a professor but also an entrepreneur.
Very active in the business and science communities, Fatih is an Ambassador to UNICEF as well as Treasurer of Toastmaster Club GLOW and is bi-lingual in Turkish and English. Fatih holds his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering from Middle East Technical University and his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and ME Biological/ Biosystems Engineering from University of Idaho. He has received numerous awards including the Rufus Chaney Research Excellence Award and had his academic research published over 63 times.
Yvette Pagano, CCO
Yvette Pagano assumed the role of Chief Commercial Officer when she joined GenTech Scientific in April 2021. Her role expanded when Lakelet Capital completed their acquisition of Conquer Scientific. Yvette focuses on leading both companies’ key growth initiatives including talent development, marketing outreach, optimizing service offerings, as well as the design and execution of an asset management solution targeting cannabis laboratories.
Prior to joining GenTech and Conquer, Yvette served as President/CEO of CAR Engineering and Manufacturing, a mid-sized precision machine shop. Under her leadership CAR experienced record sales and profits and achieved numerous quality certifications including ISO 9001 and IATF. Active in the manufacturing and business community Yvette served on various boards including NextCorps, Rochester Technology and Manufacturing Association, and Young President’s Organization.
Yvette holds a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and international business from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University. She is an active investor in cannabis, psychedelics, and real estate. Yvette resides in Rochester, NY with her husband and two daughters.