John Dwyer is VP Engineering & Technology Development for Flextronics High Velocity Solutions (HVS). HVS services customers in the consumer electronics markets with a full offering of product development and supply chain capabilities. John has held various leadership roles within Flextronics over the last 13 years. He has 25 years industry experience in operations, manufacturing technologies, and product development with companies such as Honeywell, Motorola, and Newell-Rubbermaid. John holds an MBA from Northern Illinois University and a BS Industrial Engineering from Millikin University.
David Fattal is a researcher at HP Labs working on various aspects of quantum information and photonics. His research recently focused on the physics of gratings and their potential industrial applications. He holds a BS in theoretical physics from Ecole Polytechnique, France, and PhD in Physics from Stanford University. He received the 2010 Pierre Faurre award for early industrial career achievements, and was named French Innovator of the year 2013 by the MIT technology Review.
Michael Emerson has a 25 year career focused on transforming early stage companies with big ideas into successful businesses. His education and career has led him to combine technology, analytics, and science to create successful products and establish new markets. At Preventice, he has led a broad effort to build and launch the BodyGuardian Remote Monitoring System. He was the chief marketing officer of Aprimo which created a one billion dollar integrated marketing technology product category. Aprimo doubled its revenue during his three-year tenure there. Aprimo was sold to Teradata in 2011 for $525 million.Michael also served as a general manager for a customer relationship management product line at Siebel, a $2 billion company that was sold to Oracle in 2005. He was chief marketing officer and chief product officer for Protagona, a European-based software and analytics company. Protagona was recognized as the fastest growing company on the London Stock Exchange in 2000. Michael is a Ph.D. Candidate in Applied Psychology.
Simon is Managing Director of OMG Life. He’s worked for a range of global businesses in Istanbul, Sydney and London and brings with him a wealth of recent experience from over 12 successful years at Nokia. He lives in southwest London with his wife and new baby daughter and cannot wait to see what the world creates with Autographer.
James Iliff is a virtual reality game designer with 3+ years experience working with head-mounted displays, motion capture systems, avatar embodiment, interactive cinema, spatial storytelling, and a bunch of other weird stuff. He previously worked at Insomniac Games and talkTECH Communications. In addition to managing a team of over twenty people for Project Holodeck, he crafted branding and strategic marketing campaigns, forged relationships with VR communities and publications, and developed several VR games for the Project Holodeck prototype system.
James is a candidate for a B.A. in Interactive Entertainment at the USC Interactive Media Division, part of the School of Cinematic Arts. His focus is the intersection of narrative architecture with virtual reality - how storytelling happens in intimate immersive virtual space.
Billie Whitehouse is the designer and inventor of FUNDAWEAR. Fundawear was the catalyst to Billie founding the company WE:EX [Wearable Experiments]. As director and designer Billie is invigorating the fashion industry and transforming it into a business focused on improving the quality of our lives. Billie was brought up in the design industry, working from the early age of 16 at Australia’s leading tertiary design school, Whitehouse Institute of Design, Australia. Billie has been recognised for her work on FUNDAWEAR, with the campaign receiving a Silver Lion at Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. Billie is an aesthetic specialist with a naturally inquisitive nature towards technology and innovation. As a garment engineer she strongly believes people should not have to look like the technology that they have grown to love and depend on. Billie’s designs are sharp, experimental, naturally confident and subtly feminine in appearance integrating the latest technology. Design principals of colour, line, shape, proportion, tone, silhouette and texture are being brought to the wearable technology industry by Billie Whitehouse.
Rob Royea has significant expertise in global medical operations. Currently serving as CEO of First Warning Systems, Inc., a growing organization dedicated to early breast cancer detection, Royea has successfully led efforts of both public and private venture capital backed technology companies with worldwide operations for more than 25 years. Now, Royea lends his talents to the creation and execution of strategic visions to grow FWS. Founded in 2008 and based in Reno, Nev., the First Warning process uses a non-irradiative, non-compressive method to create a dynamic cell chaos profile correlated to dysfunctional circadian genes. Multiple bioinformatics algorithms compare the circadian gene protein profiles to identify breast tissue abnormalities at early stages of development of disturbed breast cancerous cells. To learn more about the development of this breakthrough technology, visit www.firstwarningsystems.com.
Shaun Rahimi is the founder of Thimble Bioelectronics and the main inventor of the Thimble pain treatment technology. His experiences with chronic arm and back pain motivated him to create a pain treatment product that offers an experience that is as easy as applying a band-aid. Prior to Thimble Bioelectronics, Shaun was involved with the design of medical products at Abbot Labs, Neuropace and Sadra Medical. He has worked on a variety of medical products within biosensors, polymer molding systems, intravascular devices and consumer products.
Andy has more than 15 years of marketing, sales and general management experience with entrepreneurial organizations such as Apple Inc. and Kaplan Inc. a Washington Post Company. He has also co-authored business case studies as well as been a business school guest lecturer. Andy currently heads up global Marketing including Product, Communications, Internet and Brand Strategies for ViviTouch®, a Bayer company.
Nikhil is the Chief Engineer at Mobisante, where he lead the commercialization of the pioneering MobiUS ultrasound system. At Mobisante, Nikhil is responsible for product design, architecture, engineering and QA. As a technology leader, Nikhil is passionate about working on hard problems and bringing disruptive products to market. Nikhil has a Masters in Robotics from the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor’s in Electronics from the University of Mumbai. Nikhil’s work has won him multiple awards from IEEE, IIT Bombay, Sony Corporation and Carnegie Mellon University.
Manu Prakash, Ph.D., is currently an assistant professor at the department of bioengineering and affiliate of the Woods Institute of the Environment at Stanford University. Prior to joining the faculty at Stanford in 2011, Dr. Prakash was a Junior Fellow in Physics at Harvard Society of Fellows at Harvard University. He completed his graduate work at MIT where he pioneered high throughput technologies for biological sciences and soft-matter physics. At Stanford, Dr. Prakash‘s laboratory is a curiosity driven research group working in the field of physical biology and frugal science. The lab applies experimental and theoretical techniques from soft-condensed matter physics, fluid dynamics, physics of computation and unconventional nano-fabrication to open problems in organismic biophysics and global health. The lab often focuses its experimental expertise on inventing precision measurement technologies to both probe and perturb biological machines and their synthetic analogues. These new physical measurement and manipulation tools are not only providing critical insights into the functioning of biological machines, but are also being utilized in clinical applications with a current focus on global health in extremely resource poor settings.
For his work in „Frugal Science“ and „Global Health“ - Dr. Prakash has won several awards including Gates Foundations explorations award (2012), Vodafone Wireless Challenge (2012) and more recently the Pew Young Scholars Awards in Biomedical Sciences (2013).
Bjorn has more than 15 years experience from business development in growth companies as an investor, management consultant, entrepreneur, CEO and board member.
Bjorn commenced his career as a management consultant for Booz & Company before entering the world of entrepreneurs and founded his first company 2004. He has worked with several industries – including renewable energy, med tech, media and private equity – and participated in a number of company internationalizations also in emerging markets such as China and parts of Sub Sahara Africa.
Bjorn joined Bioservo as an investor 2011 and became Chairman of the Board 2013.
Founder of Misﬁts Wearables, makers of highly wearable computing products, including the award-winning Shine, an elegant activity monitor. Founder of AgaMatrix, makers of the world‘s ﬁrst iPhone-connected hardware medical device (Red Dot & GOOD Design Awards). Built AgaMatrix from a two-person start-up to shipping 15+ FDA-cleared medical device products, 1B+ biosensors, 3M+ glucose meters for diabetics. Worked at Microsoft Research on machine learning / linguistic technologies. Studied math (BS) at UIUC and linguistics (PhD) under Noam Chomsky at MIT. Knows a number of interesting languages and is a patron of good product design. Believes an era of wearable computing is coming soon where UX design will be geared towards glance-able displays as well as non-visual modalities.
Todd Thompson is Vice President of Corporate Development for Proteus Digital Health, Inc. He also manages the Proteus Wearable Monitors business, creating platform and product standards for physiologic sensing in fitness, health and medical applications with a network of partners. He was formerly the Vice President of Product Development at Proteus and has been a key technical and product leader in the creation of the Proteus digital health feedback system. Prior to joining Proteus, he contributed to a number of innovative start-up companies including Origin Medsystems, Fem-Rx, and Timi3 Systems. His R&D management experience spans numerous medical specialties including orthopedics, cardiology, general surgery and Women’s health. Mr. Thompson holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from San Jose State University and an M.B.A from Santa Clara University Graduate School of Business.
Brian Gally is a Senior Director of Product Development for Qualcomm MEMS Technologies (QMT). In this role, he leads all external marketing efforts for QMT’s Mirasol® display technology covering product development and management, sales, business development and communications.
Gally joined Qualcomm with the acquisition of Iridigm Display Corporation in 2004, where he served as director of product engineering. Prior to Iridigm, he worked at Exponent, an engineering consulting company, where he specialized in MEMS reliability.
Gally earned a Sc.D. in material science and engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.S. in material science and engineering from Cornell University.
Amir founded Sonitus Medical, Inc. in 2006, leveraging 20 years of experience in founding, building, and managing medical device companies. Prior to Sonitus, Amir served for six years as an Officer, Vice President of R&D at Align Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: ALGN), creators of a unique, invisible orthodontic product. Previously, Amir was the first member of the senior management team at Embolic Protection Inc., where he was a consulting VP of Operations. EPI was successfully acquired by Boston Scientific in 2001. In early 1995, Amir co-founded EndoTex Interventional Systems, developers of minimally invasive solutions for treatment of carotid artery disease, which was also acquired by Boston Scientific in 2006. Amir has also held various management and engineering positions at Pfizer, Guidant, and Baxter-Edwards. As a seasoned entrepreneur, Amir has over 60 issued and pending patent applications, including 11 publications in peer review journals. Amir received his M.S. in Engineering Management from the University of Southern California and a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from UC San Diego.
Started his career as an accomplished Radio- and TV-Technician for seven years before studying Economics & Electronics. In 1986, he joined former Philips Signetics Corporation. In 1991, he joined VARTA Batterie AG (now VARTA Microbattery GmbH) and has held various Key Product and Sales Management positions.Since 2009, General Manager Marketing and Sales OEM.
Luke Larson is Director of Video Products for TASER International. Prior to his current position at TASER, he chaired recruitment efforts for the firm’s keystone Leadership Development Program. Luke served as a Marine Corps infantry officer and saw action in two tours to Ar Ramadi, Iraq in 2005 and then again in 2007. He was awarded the Bronze Star with V for valor on his first tour. He is the author of the 2010 critically acclaimed book Senator’s Son: An Iraq War Novel, recognized by Tom Ricks of Foreign Affairs & The Washington Post as “The Best Iraq War Novel Yet.” Luke’s writing has appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, The Arizona Republic, Small Wars Journal and Leatherneck Magazine among many other publications. He was a featured guest on Fox News Strategy Room. Luke serves on the board of the Eternal Valor Foundation, providing educational opportunities and memorial scholarships in honor of service members who have been killed in action. Luke attended the University of Arizona on an NROTC Scholarship, received an MBA in International Business from Thunderbird School of Global Management, and gained further executive training at Singularity University.
Jon Howes is based in the UK. Before joining Beecham Research in 2011, Jon led his own NEuW Limited consultancy team since 1993 building products and services based on new semiconductor and other advanced technologies for clients around the world, in sectors as wide-ranging as automotive, smart grid and healthcare. Leading R&D and marketing activities with Fujitsu and Ferranti in the preceding years, Jon helped launch many types of products including some of the first GSM solutions. He combines a strong technical background – particularly in wireless, semiconductor technologies and system software – with deep market knowledge of M2M-related sectors and is an expert in M2M solution security. His Professor title is a result of his past work in delivering Industry and Markets insights at the University of Newcastle in the UK, and highlights his continuing links with leading research institutions.
Oliver Bolthausen is the Managing Partner of the Munich office and the Head of the Dispute Resolution Practice Group within BridgehouseLaw.
He represents clients in front of German courts as well as in national and international arbitration proceedings. Mr. Bolthausen is a nominated arbitrator and often recommended in national and international matters.
Because of his international education (Germany, USA, UK), he handles cross-border issues, disputes as well as contract negotiations in English and German. His international Experience includes besides USA and UK especially the countries in the Middle East.
In recognition of outstanding performance and reputation Oliver Bolthausen and his BridgehouseLaw Dispute Resolution Team was awarded „Cross Border Dispute Advisory Firm of the Year 2012 – Germany“ by the Corporate Finance Magazine -Acquisition International.
Ms. Lucie E. Merkle was appointed Executive Director of the Bavarian U.S. Offices for Economic Development, LLC (West Coast Division, Palo Alto) in November 2005. Her long standing, direct ties to the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Infrastructure, Transport and Technology and extensive experience in the field of strategic management and location marketing in Germany and abroad are giving her a clear edge in bridging the gap between the U.S. West Coast and Bavaria in the field of international business development.
Career highlights include positions in the field of strategic management and trade policy at a renowned German chemicals company, research positions at the University of Munich and a posting at the government of Upper Franconia in Bayreuth, Germany.
Lucie E. Merkle holds a German and a U.S. Masters Degree in economics and business administration and a Ph.D. in economics of the University of Munich, Germany. She represents the Bavarian U.S. Offices for Economic Development, LLC (West Coast Division) in various local and international professional organizations and frequently speaks at industry events.
Jörg Kemkes provides over 20 years of tax consultancy in the areas of international tax, transfer pricing, real estate taxation, and tax compliance. He has been a Partner with Rüter & Partner for over 15 years as Steuerberater and is an expert in German corporate tax matters. Mr. Kemkes’ successes include representing companies in matters ranging from full tax advisory services, payroll support, and representation of companies before German tax authorities. Mr. Kemkes is also a founding member and the Managing Director of BridgehouseTax.
Harry Strasser has 25 years senior management experience as well as industry proficiency in telecommunications, IT, Internet, media, and consumer electronics, including wearable technologies. Additionally he brings entrepreneurial experiences with innovative start-ups, major innovation activities, and M&A projects with a proven track record in creating new businesses and launching market impacting innovations.
As founder and CEO Christian Stammel has more than 20 years’ experience in marketing and sales as well as an excellent international network. Using this expertise he supported numerous international companies of all sizes regarding business development, technology marketing, and increase of sales activities with his innovation and marketing company Navispace AG. The natural next step to Navispace’s huge success “Wearable Technology” was the incorporation of the Wearable Technologies AG in 2011. Since then, WT served as a business accelerator for more than 3000 renowned companies and will remain the key hub for marketing new technologies in this field in the years to come.
Richard is an entrepreneurial CMO with 25 years of private and public company experience marketing SaaS and Cloud products and services to SMBs and enterprises worldwide.
He has positioned and re-positioned companies, built very strong efficient metric driven marketing teams, partnered with sales to deliver thousands of qualified leads, collaboratively developed and launched category leading products and services, developed and run successful partner referral, re-seller and white-label programs and established meaningful strategic relationships with major ISVs and SIs. And, along the way, he has actively contributed to securing venture funding as well as to liquidity events including IPO and M&A.
Richard is currently CMO of BigCloud Sales, a Cloud strategic sales consultancy. Previously he has been a principal of the BondiGroup, a marketing consultancy, CMO at OpSource, CMO/EVP AXS-One Inc., SVP of Marketing SiteSmith/Abovenet; VP Marketing at Tribal Voice; and SVP Marketing and GM International Operations at ParcPlace.
Richard holds a B.A. in Economics from Franklin & Marshall College; an M.A. in Economics from American University, serves as board co-chairman of the Software Division of the Software Information Industry Association and is a GigaOm Professional Analyst.
Abe Carter is a passionate entrepreneur and co-founder of Amiigo. His love and interest in disruptive technologies have guided him throughout his entrepreneurial experiences. Amiigo is the second mobile start-up founded by Abe. Prior to Amiigo, he co-founded Skweez, a text-message based mobile marketing company. Abe currently oversees all of Amiigo's hardware and software development and particularly enjoys working with his team on the development of Amiigo's activity recognition technology and wearable platform. He holds a BS in Finance from the University of Utah.
Andrew is a Business Development Manager in the Strategic Sectors Development Group at STMicroelectronics and is located in the USA out of the Burlington, MA office. Andrew’s responsibilities include managing and growing the fitness and wellness business in the Americas. Through systems solutions and dedicated products STMicroelectronics can address many of the new and exciting applications in the fitness and wellness space.
Andrew graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a degree in Electrical Engineering and is scheduled to receive his MBA from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in December 2013.
Beecham Research is based in Cambridge UK, with offices in Boston MA, and specializes in the development of the rapidly-growing M2M/IoT market worldwide. Robin has over 35 years experience in the telecom/IT industry. Firstly in commercial roles covering Marketing Management, Sales Management and General Management in international technology vendor companies including General Electric Company, STC/Nortel and in start-ups. Secondly in market analysis/consulting roles, including as a Director of Research at Dataquest/Gartner and as an independent consultant. He has been researching the M2M market for over a decade, since 2001.
Robin gained a BSc honours degree in Electronics, followed by an MSc in Management and Business studies at Warwick University in the UK. He also studied at INSEAD in Fontainebleu, France.
Volker Prüller is Marketing Director for Texas Instruments Wireless
Volker joined Texas Instruments in 1999 with different product
marketing and sales responsibilities in the Analog, Wireless and
Embedded Processing businesses. In 2007, he took the lead of the
combined low power MCU and Wireless groups in EMEA and starting
2008 he was managing all MCU and Low Power Wireless business
activities in EMEA. In September 2009, Volker moved to Oslo,
Norway, where he is heading worldwide marketing of the Low Power RF
Connectivity group of Texas Instruments’ Embedded Processing Division.
Volker holds a Master’s level degree in Electrical Engineering from the
University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. He is married and has two
Dr. Lu is an international specialist with all his background training
in Biomedical Engineering. During his career as an innovative medical
instrument design and development engineer, medical electronic is his
focus of interest.
Michael Wagner is VP of Sales, Western Region, for Telit Wireless
Solutions, the US-based company with over 12 years exclusively
dedicated to the M2M market. Wagner is charged with development and
execution of channel partner strategies for Telit products, which enable
machines, devices or vehicles to communicate via mobile networks. He
also drives business in the West, South Central and Mexico territories.
Wagner earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from
Worcester Polytechnic Institute and is a member of the advisory board
executive committee for the University of Advancing Technology.
With over 13 years of professional design experience, consulting for
Fortune 500 companies across Asia, the US, and Europe, Cindy’s
expertise is in creating engaging experiences throughout a product
or service’s lifecycle. She has received various awards, including the iF
Communications Design Award, and is recognized as a creative leader in
the experience design field.
As Creative Director & Creative Strategist for Flex Interactive, Cindy leads
a multidisciplinary team of designers, orchestrating creative strategy, with
emphasis on user behavior, insight, and adaptability and consumer trends.
Besides designing meaningful experiences, the team strives to innovate
in potential white spaces. Cindy has a BA in Communications, a minor
in Asia-Canada Studies, and Post-Graduate Certification at Emily Carr
University of Art and Design. She speaks fluent English, Japanese,
Cantonese, and conversational Mandarin.
Mr. Gernot Bahle studied computer science at the University of Passau. After
graduating with a diploma in computer science as major subject and minors in
medicine and psychology, he worked at Advanced Cad in Regensburg. Clients
included companies like Airbus and Bombardier.
In 2009, he joined the Embedded Systems research group of Prof. Dr. Paul Lukowicz
at the University of Passau; when Prof. Lukowicz accepted the post of director at
the DFKI (German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence), he joined the newly
formed Embedded Intelligence Lab there.
His research interests include context and activity recognition, abstract and formal
context modelling, sensor fusion as well as learning and emergence in complex,
distributed and collaborating systems.
Lior Shtram is Director of Technology Management at Flextronics
Medical, a Flextronics market segment that provides design, manufacturing
and post manufacturing services for medical devices. Lior graduated from the
Technion Institute of Technology Israel. He has over 17 years of experience
in the electronics industry, covering a wide variety of markets ranging from
semiconductors and communication systems to medical devices. During the
last 10 years in the medical device industry, he has led a development team
creating technology platforms to accelerate the development and launch
of multiple medical devices such as diagnostic meters and drug delivery
Zarko Maletin is Managing Partner at Plug & Play Ventures, Investment
Arm of Plug & Play Tech Center.
Zarko’s current investments at Plug & Play Ventures include Stipple
(analytics, advertising & messaging inside images web-wide,
Floodgate, KPCB), Mainframe2 (new graphics virtualization technology),
NatureBox (personalized food shopping experience online, Redpoint,
General Catalyst), Mon.ki, Weddingsnap, Envizio.
Since 2009, Zarko has been advising and mentoring more than
80 start-ups and more than 20 start-ups in the wearable technology
space. Some of the wearable technology companies include: Olea,
Mavizon, Muzzley, Mojo Mobility, Impring Energy, XYZ, Orbeus,
Imimtek, Stratio, EIE Materials, Ultrasonic Audio Technologies, Zikon, Evo,
Zarko holds MBA from University of Cambridge and completed his Final
Research MBA Exam at Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Andrew Chang is passionate about building technology to enhance our relationships with ourselves, each other and the world around us. He is an engineer, back pain sufferer and designer. At LUMO he leads the technology team and focuses on building a new ecosystem of smart devices & physical apps to solve problems for the human body – focusing first on his own experience with finding that improving posture helped to mitigate his back pain tremendously. He has a BSE in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan and MS from Stanford University.
Afshin founded Mojo Mobility in 2005 sensing a need for a ubiquitous intuitive method to charge and power the expanding range of mobile devices. He has been leading Mojo and has been instrumental in the product development, the OEM relationships, fund raising, and the technology for the company. Before founding Mojo Mobility, Afshin was president of Exel Technologies, a Company focusing on providing strategic and investment management advice to companies and governments. The Government of Republic of Ireland was a major client where Exel Technologies managed an investment and grant hardware portfolio of 150M Euros and over 50 project for Science Foundation Ireland and associated Institutes. Prior to that, Afshin led Product Management and Product Dev at Digilens where he had overall responsibility for the definition, design and development of the company’s products until its acquisition by Hoya Crop. Prior to that, Afshin held a number of roles at Lucent Technologies including managing Strategy and Business Development at Lucent’s Broadband Networks Bus. In the earlier part of his career, Afshin held a number of product development and R&D roles with AT&T Bell Laboratories, Hughes Electronics & NASA (JPL).
Muzzley CTO & co-founder. Strong technology background and devoted entrepreneur focused on research and disruption. What others may call laziness he calls effectiveness. Always looking for the least cost, efficient and fast way to do something, even if it takes to accept some risks. That's what his newest creation is for. A simple idea, a great technology that connects and provides interaction experience between humans and machines.
Frank Morese is CEO & Founder of Olea Systems, Inc. At Olea, Frank is leading the development of Olea’s proprietary, patent-pending technologies enabling disruptive wireless wearable vital sign monitoring & identity management solutions for mobile commerce and mobile health & fitness applications. A veteran in the wireless industry, Frankhas been a pioneer in the wireless wearable industry developing the first wireless headset for mobile devices in 1995 and developed a number of advanced wireless wearable biosensors for remote health monitoring applications. He also participated in the advancement of 3G & 4G mobile, GPS, M2M and Wireless Sensor Networks utilizing multi-sensor data and information fusion technologies. Frank holds a BSEE from Northeastern University and completed post-graduate work at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and The Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania.
Adam Riggs-Zeigen is the Chief Rocker of Rock My World, a health & fitness tool that combines curated music and sensor technology to create a phenomenon called “Body Driven Music”. Prior to Rock My World, Adam held senior roles at Qualcomm in Business Development and Product Management, helping drive adoption of various software technologies and working with mobile operators, large brands major app publishers and small garage developers along the way. He holds a B.S. in Economics from UC Santa Barbara and an MBA with emphasis in technology commercialization and Entrepreneurship from San Diego State University.
Richard Stokvis MD has been in Healthcare for 30 years; first as a practising physician in emergency healthcare and medevac. Followed by pharmaceutical marketing in Big Pharma launching cardiovascular and gastroenterology products. After this he worked as an advisor and investment banker advising pharma biotech and medical technologies in respect to M&A and licensing. In the last year he partnered with Dr Ehud Baron a prolific inventor in medical technology and Dr Gerald Pohost a renowned cardiologist and pioneer of cardiovascular imaging and diagnostics forming SecondBeat. He is passionate about science and technology and bringing innovative meaningful products to the market and helping people to stay fit and healthy. He is of Dutch origin, worked in multiple countries and is multilingual.
Eric Dy is IMEC’s North American Business Development Manager
responsible for the strategic growth of IMEC’s life sciences and
medical business endeavors as well as the Wireless Autonomous
Transducer Systems business.
He earned his Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering from Cornell
University (2003) and later his Masters of Science (2005) and PhD in
Biomedical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles
(2008). He is the recipient of many prestigious scholarship awards
including the Chancellor’s Fellowship, Graduate Research Mentorship
Fellowship, and Belgian American Education Foundation Fellowship and
has 10+ years experience in MEMS design and processing.
Fifth generation San Franciscan, Tanya Marie Vlach has a multidisciplinary
background in dance, theater, visual, and literary arts. The
founder of COLIBRITA, Tanya has produced and curated several arts
events throughout the Bay Area.
In 2005 Tanya was found on the side of the road unconscious from a
severe car-accident. Since losing her left eye and her brush with death,
Tanya changed the direction of her work to the more personal dealing
with perception, identity, and transformation. Besides writing and
creating multimedia pieces exploring these themes, it led to the the
sci-fi idea of an augmented technological upgrade of her prosthetic eye.
Tanya balances her technological and artistic experimentations with
teaching media literacy to youth, as well as organizing large scale
community art events for Art Inner Sunset in the Sunset District
neighborhood of San Francisco where she was born and raised.