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“Hopefully one day we can call cancer a disease of the past. It’s great to know that Labcyte is making an impact in cancer research.”

Kiyo Higashi
Sr. Financial and Revenue Analyst

Meet Kiyo

Kiyo Higashi, Senior Financial and Revenue Analyst, is a CPA who earned his accounting degree at Brigham Young University and joined Labcyte in February 2017.

What are your responsibilities at Labcyte?

I handle financial planning and analysis, and also revenue accounting. I assist in budgeting, forecasting, and reviewing expenses for any irregularities or errors.


What did you do before this?

Right out of college, I joined public accounting firms as an external auditor. After three years of that, I went to work for a tech company and spent another three years there.


Are there any differences in handling finances for a company in the biotech field?

While most things are similar to any other field, one thing that’s different is that there are a lot of collaborations, such as developing new equipment with pharma companies.


Why did you join Labcyte?

The corporate controller of Labcyte used to be my boss at another company. I liked working under her, and she contacted me when a position opened up here. I was interested in the job and wanted to work with her again.


What’s your favorite part of the job?

It’s very analytical. I get to be part of ad hoc projects to make improvements in the system or processes. As a hands-on person in finance, it’s great to see changes you implement have a positive effect for the company.


How do you see your career developing at Labcyte?

At some point, when I have enough experience, I would like to see myself supervising other people and developing leadership skills.


What’s your best career advice?

Since I came here based on a connection with my former boss, I would say that networking always helps to get a job. Having good connections with the people around you can make a difference in getting a job you want.


If you could cure any disease, what would it be and why?

Cancer. I have seen a lot of people affected, including my friends and extended family. Hopefully one day we can call it a disease of the past. It’s great to know that Labcyte is making an impact in cancer research.


What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I like to go hiking or play tennis. And with all the beaches in California, it’s great to spend time there.


Who is your favorite influencer and why?

Stephen Covey. I really loved his book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. He once came to my college and he taught me the importance of grabbing the right opportunities.