Align Technology Inc, San Jose, Calif, recently announced that it has hired Zelko Relic as vice president of research and development, effective December 2, 2013. Relic will be responsible for Align’s global research and development initiatives, including delivering new and enhanced products for the Invisalign clear aligner and iTero scanner businesses. Relic will report directly to Thomas M. Prescott, Align Technology president and CEO.

“Product and technology innovation is one of our most important strategic growth drivers, and I am pleased to have Zelko lead our efforts and teams worldwide,” Prescott said. “His extensive knowledge of software development and advanced technologies in the healthcare, semiconductor, and automation industries adds a valuable range and depth of experience to our leadership team.”

Prior to joining Align, Relic was vice president, engineering for Datalogic Automation, a global leader in automatic data capture and industrial automation markets. Before Datalogic, Relic was vice president, engineering at Danaher Corporation, Accu-Sort Systems business where he managed R&D and product development for smart cameras and laser scanners for Auto-ID in transportation. He was also vice president at Siemens Medical Solutions USA overseeing radiology, cardiology, and CAD R&D and product development, and has also held senior management positions in engineering at Kulicke & Soffa Industries, designers and manufactures of semiconductor products, and KLA-Tencor, manufacturer of metrology tools.