Professor Florian Solzbacher
Florian is Director of the Microsystems Laboratory at the University of Utah and co-Director of the Utah Nanotechnology Institute. His research focuses on harsh environment microsystems and materials, including implantable, wireless microsystems but also high temperature and harsh environment compatible micro sensors. Prof. Solzbacher received his M.Sc. EE from the Technical University Berlin in 1997 and his Ph.D. from the Technical University Ilmenau in 2003. He is author of over 100 technical and scientific journal, conference and book publications and 16 pending patents and applications on MEMS devices. He is co-founder of several companies such as First Sensor Technology, and holds numerous board and advisory positions in the US and the EU. He was the Chairman of the Association for Sensor Technology AMA until 2009.
Andrew is a business operations senior manager with over ten years experience in sales, strategic planning, process improvement, business design, financial modelling and customer relationship management. Previously, he was Director of Research Products Business at CKI, leading the sales strategy and responsible for annual revenue growth in excess of 40%. Prior to CKI, Andrew was sales operations manager at Haemonetics Corp. in Braintree (MA) for five years. Haemonetics Corp. is the global lead in developing, manufacturing, and marketing of blood processing technology. Andrew has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Marcus is an entrepreneur and investment advisor focused on innovation technologies and alternative investment markets. In 1999, Marcus helped set up his first start-up, Mondus, a pioneering ecommerce platform. As Managing Director UK, he oversaw the growth of the company to 145 employees. He coordinated several funding rounds, raising in excess of $170 million, providing shareholders with a 10-fold exit through a trade sale to Seat Pagine Gialle. Subsequently, Marcus co-founded BBI which advises technology companies on funding, commercialization and growth strategies. He holds various board and advisory positions at companies such as Demotix. Marcus has an MPhil from Oxford University.
- Brian Stern - Partner, Starboard Capital, Boston, MA
- TS Lau - President and CEO, KimAnn Engineering Group, Singapore