Lewis E. Johnson, Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer
11 years research experience in nanotechnology, computational chemistry, and materials design. 28 peer-reviewed papers, two patents, one co-authored textbook, and numerous conference presentations. Research Scientist in the University of Washington Department of Chemistry. Co-founder of a prior UW CoMotion-supported biotech startup. Postdoctoral research at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and postdoctoral teaching/research experience at Pomona College. Dual Ph.D. in Chemistry and Nanotechnology from the University of Washington.
Chief Executive Officer
30 years technology experience: definition and implementation, software engineering, innovation and design, strategy and execution. 27 years at Microsoft in products and engineering roles: General Manager in the Windows Organization, Senior Director of engineering in the Microsoft Startup Business Group and other high-level positions. Startup experience: Advisor to biotech project for the UW CoMotion incubator program; Original member Seattle Angel Fund; Senior strategic advisor to numerous startups in the Seattle area. Industry experience: Various roles in high-tech, IT, healthcare, security, biotech and consumer software solutions; Strategic advisor and consultant to heads of technology. Master’s degree in International Business from the SKEMA business school in Sophia Antipolis, France.
Paul H. Nye
Chairman and President
35 years technology startup experience in leading edge technologies. Partner Triad Venture Foundry incubating novel medical devices. Co-founder CEO Information Optics Corporation, a high speed optical memory company utilizing sub-micron diffractive optics, phase change materials and custom error correcting signal processing imagers. Founder and CEO of The Prime Root Company developing and patenting novel approaches to AI. Education electrical engineering, computer science and finance Montana State University.
Bruce H. Robinson, Ph.D.
Dr. Robinson is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Washington in Seattle and has been on the faculty since 1980. He designs molecules for electro-optic applications, and develops and utilizes theoretical modeling methods to optimize their performance. He has over 200 peer-reviewed papers in the literature. He has published in the fields of Magnetic Resonance, Quantum Mechanics, Statistical Mechanics, and Electrodynamics. He is a fellow of AAAS, and currently holds the Larry R. Dalton Chair in Chemistry.
Delwin L. Elder, Ph.D.
Director of Materials Development
18 years experience in chemistry and materials science research and development. Research scientist in the University of Washington Department of Chemistry specializing in design and synthesis of organic electro-optic molecules, characterization of optical and viscoelastic properties, and thin film device fabrication for measuring EO performance. 2 years with biotech startup supported by UW CoMotion incubator program. 10 years at Air Products and Chemicals focusing on conducting polymers, lithium battery materials, surfactants, and catalysis. Ph.D. in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology.
Arka Majumdar, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor in the departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Physics at the University of Washington, Seattle. He received his B. Tech. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 2007, where he was honored with the President’s Gold Medal. Majumdar completed his master’s degree (2009) and Ph.D. (2012) in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. He spent one year at the University of California, Berkeley (2012-13) and Intel Labs as a postdoc in Santa Clara, CA (2013-14). His research interests include developing a hybrid integrated nanophotonic platform using emerging material systems for applications in ultra-low power optical information science, imaging, and microscopy. Majumdar is the recipient of the Young Investigator Award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (2015), Intel early career faculty award (2015), Amazon Catalyst Fellowship (2016), Alfred P. Sloan research fellowship for physics (2018) and NSF CAREER Award (2019).
Vice President of Community and Communications at OfferUp, overseeing the company’s brand strategy and business partnerships. Built, led and advised community driven startups for nearly 20 years. Vision-driven leader with experience across a wide breadth of technologies and industries. Lead several companies and start-ups in succession, founder and CEO of Swopboard, co-founder of Swink Style Bar, and CEO at Photozone. VP of Content and Product and SVP of Business Affairs at Getty Images. Bachelor of Arts, University of California, Berkeley and Master of Arts, University of Washington. Advisory Board of Directors Henry Contemporary Art Museum and advisor to Seattle startup Stylyze.
David A Sparks
20 years leading technology startups focused on wireless network development. Founder and CEO of three consecutive successful startup entities (inception to exit & integration). Leadership in national wireless network development and engineering entities. Currently an elected commissioner for a King County Utility District and principal at Davis Bay Consulting (telecom consulting). BA in Finance and Accounting (WWU) with an MBA (Corporate Strategy) from McGill University, Montreal Quebec.