The world leader in real-time, direct injection mass spectrometry
Syft was founded in 2002 and has over 150 professionals in 7 countries. Syft is considered the world leader in real-time, direct injection mass spectrometry with more than 20 years of SIFT-MS expertise. Syft instruments support a broad range of industries worldwide including pharma and CDMOs, environmental protection, consumer goods, food, flavor and fragrance, semiconductor manufacturing and many more. Continually developed and proven in high stakes commercial environments, you can be assured of operational robustness, speed and support. Syft has offices throughout the world offering 24/7 service and support including those in New Zealand, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Germany and the U.S.
Who we are
Alex Fala has deep experience as a leader in some of New Zealand's most well known growth companies, particularly in the technology sector. Alex's most recent role was CEO of global retail software company Vend. Prior to Vend, Alex was an executive at Les Mills International, Orion Health and Trade Me and a consultant at McKinsey & Company.
Alex attended Oxford University as the second Rhodes Scholar of Pacific Island descent. He has a first class honours degree from the University of Auckland, and was selected as one of the university's inaugural '40 under 40'. Alex is married to Clare with three children.
Brian spent the first decade of his career with Thermo Fisher Scientific in positions of increasing responsibility across the US and Europe. Following his tenure at Thermo Fisher, Brian spent the next decade in senior leadership positions at various companies within the clinical research industry across Asia-Pacific. He has extensive experience in finance leadership and general management (including CEO, COO, regional SVP positions) working in instrumentation and life sciences companies around the world, with particular depth in Asian markets.
Brian received his Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Computer Information Systems from Indiana University and his Master’s of Science in Clinical Research Administration from The George Washington University.
A graduate from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a B.S. in Cell and Developmental Biology Damien spent his first few years’ postgrad working in laboratories. He then joined Agilent Technologies as a Field Service Engineer in their chromatography and mass spectrometry division.
Jihoon was born in Korea and graduated in chemistry from the National University in Korea. His early work was in research and development in gas chromatography, including work on Korea’s first thermal desorption system which was then commercialized. At Samsung he worked on a Micro contamination monitoring system before moving to sales.
In 2014 Jihoon joined Syft as a distributor and assisted with the development of applications for the semiconductor industry and for environmental research. In 2018, Jihoon became Syft’s Asia Sales Director and is General Manager of the Korean office.
Dr. Daniel Milligan
Daniel started his career as a kineticist; his PhD was studying ion-molecule chemistry and SIFT-MS with Professor McEwan, after which he did a post-doctoral fellowship at CalTech/NASA/JPL in Pasadena, California. He returned to SIFT-MS and Syft via a University of Canterbury postdoctoral fellowship in 2003.
Daniel's interests have always centered around instrumentation and he now heads the Development and Engineering efforts of Syft. His path to this role has not always been direct however going by way of applications development, support, and a stint as VP Technology for Syft in Cleveland, Ohio.
Charlotte started her HR career in Danone, a global FMCG business (100k+ employees, 100+ countries) where she held various leading People and Culture roles at corporate, regional and business unit level. During her 10 years at Danone, Charlotte worked across all Asia and ANZ as well as in the Paris HQ. She was part of the leadership team that helped turn around a business unit in Australia, transforming it into source of global innovations. She was also the HR lead for a transformation programme aiming at bringing better effectiveness and efficiency across the entire Danone organisation.
Expert in leadership, change and talent management, Charlotte joined our Senior Leadership Team in November 2022 and has been leading our People and Culture function since then. She comes to us via Humankind, the top organizational performance consultancy in Aotearoa New Zealand, where she is a Senior Client Partner.
Born and bred at the school of Syft, Jozef began on the shop floor building Syft products from nuts and bolts. With a humble beginning in hands-on manufacturing, Jozef garnered an in-depth understanding of the product and became a technical expert in how to build Syft products from end to end. This first-hand experience equipped Jozef with the technical acumen to lead production teams and over the years, Jozef ascended the ranks transitioning from a skilled worker to a people leader. Jozef's journey from the shop floor to Operations Manager stands as a testament to the culture of enabling young talent to grow into leadership positions.
The pioneer of SIFT-MS technology
This groundbreaking technique emerged out of investigations of ion chemistry in the Earth’s atmosphere, and other planetary atmospheres, and was developed further at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. In 2002, Syft Technologies was formed, providing sufficient funding to take this academic research into a fully developed commercial solution.
Syft instruments support a broad range of industries worldwide including pharma and CDMOs, environmental protection, consumer goods, food, flavor and fragrance, semiconductor manufacturing, and many more. In all applications the unique attributes of Selected Ion Flow Tube Mass Spectrometry (SIFT-MS) have enabled our customers to remove bottlenecks and solve daunting analytical challenges. The results are improved capacity and organizational efficiency for our customers and a safer world.
Providing customer solutions is at the core of Syft Technologies. We employ a vibrant team of chemists, physicists, mathematicians, and engineers, who enable Syft to provide customized solutions for our customers. This is the reason why every Syft customer speaks so highly about Syft, and why most make repeat purchases.
Customer Support offices are located in New Zealand, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Germany and the U.S.
Factory trained field support engineers and field application scientists are staffed in each Customer Support office worldwide.
Regional service and application development support is available to assist with expanding your target compound list of interest.
What Our Customers Say About SIFT-MS
"It combines the detectability of small organic compounds with the speed of something like an elemental analysis instrument. It can just cycle through testing very quickly." - Christopher Williams, Director of Development Services, Alcami Corporation
Director of Development Services, Alcami Corporation
Pharma / CDMO Industry
"The things that stood out most about SIFT-MS were speed of analysis and most importantly, the flexibility of the number of different compounds and types of compounds that can be analyzed in one scan and one test." - Michael McGinley, President and Laboratory Director, St. Croix Sensory – USA.
President and Laboratory Director, St. Croix Sensory – USA
Sensory Testing and Training
"What impressed me most about the Syft technology platform was the real-time detection nature which is really helpful and allows us to investigate real world situations that we wouldn't be able to otherwise. Then, of course, the ability to detect directly from air was huge. That was the primary reason we first got interested in Syft's unique capability to look at that and do it with very high precision." - David Light, CEO / Founder, Valisure.
CEO / Founder, Valisure
To deliver real-world impact through analytical chemistry. We believe in the power of science and our technology to improve industries and lives. We value the curiosity and rigour inherent in the scientific method.
At Syft we have always set out to solve real-world problems and find commercial applications for our solutions. Our goal is to be the gold standard for real-time measurement, enabling fast decision making in environments where speed counts.