Jeffrey Baird

Chairman of the Health Care Group, Brown & Fortunato, P.C.

Jeffrey S. Baird, Esq., is Chairman of the Health Care Group at Brown & Fortunato, P.C., a law firm based in Amarillo, Texas. The firm’s Health Care Group has a large national health care practice with clients throughout the United States. The Health Care Group represents durable medical equipment companies, pharmacies, drug wholesalers and repackagers, manufacturers, distributors, long term care facilities, home health agencies, hospitals, physicians and other health care providers. The Health Care Group works closely with the Department of Justice, Office of Inspector General, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, National Supplier Clearinghouse, DME Medicare Administrative Contractors, other Medicare contractors, Food and Drug Administration, and other federal and state regulatory agencies. Mr. Baird has authored numerous articles and is a frequent lecturer throughout the country. He serves on the Medtrade Education Advisory Board, the AAHomecare Regulatory Council, the AAHomecare Audit Task Force, and the AAHomecare Education Work Group. Mr. Baird earned a B.B.A. from the University of Iowa and received his law degree from the University of Tulsa College of Law. Mr. Baird is Board Certified in Health Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Anna D. Barker, Ph.D.

Co-Director, Complex Adaptive Systems Initiative
Director, National Biomarker Development Alliance (NBDA)
Professor, School of Life Sciences
Arizona State University (ASU)

Dr. Barker directs efforts in transformative knowledge networks – specifically directed toward addressing major problems in healthcare as a major focus of Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS) at ASU. These multi-sector networks serve as a foundation for the development of new research models that leverage convergent knowledge, innovative teams and novel funding approaches to better prevent and treat acute and chronic disease. The NBDA employs this model. As the director and president of the NBDA, Dr. Barker leads the areas of strategic planning, staffing, program development, and implementation. She works closely with the management team, advisors, external experts, and other stakeholders to define the scope of targeted scientific and education projects and to achieve mission of the NBDA and enable precision medicine. Prior to joining ASU, Dr. Barker served as the Deputy Director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and as Deputy Director for Strategic Scientific Initiatives for eight years where she developed and led or co-led a number of transdisciplinary programs including the: Nanotechnology Alliance for Cancer; The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA); Clinical Proteomics Technologies Initiative for Cancer and the Physical Sciences- Oncology Centers. Dr. Barker was the founding co-chair of the NCI-FDA Interagency Task Force, founding co-chair of the Cancer Steering Committee of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) Biomarker Consortium. She served as a senior scientist and subsequently as a senior executive at Battelle Memorial Institute for 18 years; and co-founded and served as the CEO of a public biotechnology drug development company. Her research interests include complex systems, biomarker discovery and development, experimental therapeutics and free-radical biochemistry in cancer etiology and treatment. Dr. Barker completed her M.A. and Ph.D. at the Ohio State University, where she trained in immunology and microbiology.

Jeremie Bouchaud

Director & Senior Principal Analyst, IHS

Jérémie Bouchaud is unique to the MEMS industry – his breadth of MEMS, sensor devices and application knowledge is unmatched, particularly in terms of automotive, consumer markets, industrial, and medical applications. Formerly, he was a founder and the head of MEMS research for Wicht Technologie Consulting. In his current position at IHS, Bouchaud is responsible for the MEMS service area. In the course of his career, he has led more than 100 MEMS-related market research endeavors. Prior to WTC, he oversaw technology transfer for sensors and MEMS at the German office of CEA-LETI. Bouchaud is a graduate of the Munich University of Applied Sciences and of Ecole Supérieur de Commerce of Grenoble. He speaks German, English and French.


Jean-Christophe Eloy

CEO and Founder, Yole Développement.

Jean-Christophe Eloy is CEO and Founder of Yole Développement. Since 1991, he has been involved in the analysis of the evolution of MEMS markets at device, equipment and also materials suppliers’ level.

Jean-Christophe Eloy is also board member in several organisations in Europe and in North America.


Manas Gartia

Scientific Research Officer, MoboSens

Manas Ranjan Gartia received his Ph.D. degree in Nuclear, Plasma and Radiological Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During his Ph.D. he worked in the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory of Electrical and Computer Engineering, developing nanoplasmonic and silicon photonic sensors for biological and agricultural applications. He has published over 60 journal and conference papers as well as six patents (issued/pending). His research focuses on designing and developing sensor technologies and devices for the applications of advanced nanomanufacturing, bioimaging, environmental sensing and mobile health. Dr. Gartia has received several major awards in the past including Outstanding Research Achievement award from University of Illinois in 2014, National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) award (E-team, Stage-1 & 2) in 2013/ 2014, Monsanto Sustainable Agriculture Startup Award in 2014, Vodafone Wireless Innovation Award in 2013, Nokia Sensing XChallenge distinguished award in 2013, and Sargent & Lundy LLC fellowship in 2009. His work on colorimetric nanoplasmonic sensor and mobile phone water nanosensor has been featured in such highly visible press outlets as Forbes, Smithsonian Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Wired Magazine, Huffington Post, NBC, and major news media and exhibited in the Smithsonian Institution.


Francis Gouillart

President, The Experience Co-Creation Partnership

Francis Gouillart is President of the Experience Co-Creation Partnership, an education and consulting firm that helps clients build co-creative management and organizational capabilities. He is considered a leading authority on the topics of co-creation, strategy, innovation, transformation, and process design.

Mr. Gouillart has personally consulted with many global organizations in the last 30 years, including Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Nokia, La Poste, Wells Fargo, Carhartt, Avery-Dennison, Brown Brothers & Harriman (BBH), DuPont, BASF, Monsanto, Mead, and ExxonMobil.

He pioneered co-creation as a model for business transformation.  Francis is co-author, with Douglas Billings, of a Harvard Business Review article, published in April 2013, that illustrates in depth how one his clients was able to co-create solutions with their partners and changed the rules of the game. He is also co-author, with Venkat Ramaswamy, of the book The Power of Co-Creation (October 2010) and the Harvard Business Review article “Building the Co-Creative Enterprise” (October 2010). He is also co-author, with James Kelly, of the book Transforming the Organization, which reached the top of BusinessWeek’s bestseller list in 1995. He is also co-author, with Frederick Sturdivant, of the 1994 Harvard Business Review article “Spend a Day in the Life of Your Customers”.

Tom Kenny

Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University

Thomas W. Kenny received his Ph.D. degree in physics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1989. From 1989 to 1993, he was with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Pasadena, CA. In 1994, he joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, CA.  He is the Founder and CTO of Cooligy, Sunnyvale, CA, a microfluidics chip cooling component manufacturer, and the Founder and a Board Member of SiTime Corporation, a developer of CMOS timing references using MEMS resonators, and Founder of Applaud Medical, a developer of innovative minimally-invasive therapies for kidney stones. From October 2006 through September 2010, he was on leave to serve as Program Manager in the Microsystems Technology Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, starting and managing programs in thermal management, nanomanufacturing, manipulation of Casimir forces, and the Young Faculty Award. He is General Chair for Transducers 2015, to be held June 2015 in Anchorage, AK.  He has authored or coauthored over 250 scientific papers and is a holder of over 50 issued patents, and has advised over 50 completed PhD theses.

Kenneth Tom

Senior Product Manager, Wurldtech

Kenneth Tom joined Wurldtech in September 2013 with product management and product marketing responsibilities. Prior to joining Wurldtech, he led the product marketing efforts at Juniper Networks for the SRX Series Services Gateway product line. Before Juniper, Mr. Tom led product marketing and product management efforts at companies including: McAfee, Check Point Software Technologies, and 3Com. His background includes more than 15 years in the security and networking industries. Mr. Tom earned his CISSP in 2004. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master of Business Administration from Santa Clara University.

Tom Licata

Investment Banking Representative & Materials Scientist, Phase Four Consulting LLC

Dr. Licata attended Columbia University and earned undergraduate through Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science. Concurrently and afterwards for a total of 10 years, he worked at IBM Microelectronics designing, fabricating and evaluating chip structures. He spent the next 20 years working in the semiconductor equipment industry. Specifically, he was recruited by Materials Research Corporation and served as Director of Product Development. Then after MRC was Acquired by Tokyo Electron Ltd., he served as Director of Strategic Account Technology and was responsible for creating and implementing technology roadmaps for customer engagement, including prospecting for and evaluating new technologies and startups. He has collaborated on 20 patents and 26 publications. Currently, he is an investor in and with Livingston Securities, which specializes in growing new technology-based companies.

Karen Lightman

Executive Director, MEMS Industry Group

Karen Lightman became MEMS Industry Group (MIG) managing director in 2007 and promoted to Executive Director in 2013. Formerly director of special projects, Karen played a pivotal role in launching MIG in January 2001. She is active on the worldwide MEMS conference circuit as a keynote speaker and panelist promoting MIG’s role as the leading trade association advancing MEMS across global markets. Karen manages the operations of MIG; spearheads strategic growth and oversees sales, public relations, marketing and outreach. She plays a critical role in creating the content for all MIG and MIG-partner conferences, events and programming and is instrumental in establishing and maintaining partnerships with other international organizations to advance the MEMS industry.

Karen joined MIG from Carnegie Mellon University’s Center for Economic Development, where she was senior policy analyst. Prior to Carnegie Mellon, she was senior associate at Cleveland Tomorrow, a public-private partnership, and before that, she was a program associate with the Ford Foundation.

Karen has a BA from the University of Vermont (UVM) and a MS in Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. She is a board member and chair of the Board Development Committee of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), Pittsburgh and in 2012 received the NCJW National Award for Emerging Leaders. Karen is secretary for her UVM alumni class, mentor at UVM’s Honors College and volunteers at the Environmental Charter School at Frick Park. She and her family reside in Pittsburgh, PA.

George Liu

Sensor and Driver Business Development, TSMC

Mr. George Liu joined TSMC in 2007 as the Director of Mainstream Technology Business Development. Since then, he has taken charge of business development of a wide range of specialty technologies, including RF, eFlash, power IC, precision analog, display drivers, fingerprint, CIS, and MEMS. Sensors and drivers are his latest focuses.

George brings 25 years of IC industry experience to TSMC. He started at Intel in 1983, where he spent 19 years managing various projects, like CPU fabrication, MCU design, multi- processor architecture, China factory startup, and international procurement.

After Intel, prior joining TSMC, George also worked as VP of Asia Sales for Primarion, a power IC startup, and VP of Corporate Development for Vanguard International Semiconductor, a TSMC subsidiary company.

Mr. Liu holds a B.S. in physics from National Taiwan University, and an MSEE from Arizona State University.

Kathy Mackey

Principal, Ascent Synergy Solutions

Kathy is a strategic marketing consultant and veteran of new ventures. Her experience spans the industry- in pharmaceuticals, health benefits, mobile medical apps, EHR, e-prescribing, patient education, grass roots audience development and community management.

An early adopter of mobile health technologies, medical apps and med tech gadgets, Kathy spent years curating stories from physicians about healthcare and their patients on Twitter. At Blausen Group, a global medical animation company, she was instrumental in creating online presence and leading a medical grass roots movement encouraging the adoption of one of the first mobile medical apps.

Kathy’s early years in healthcare began at GlaxoSmithKline. At Halco Life Safety Systems, a specialty systems integrator, Kathy was involved in new business development for electronic health records for the Long Term Care Market and Mobile e-Prescribing. She trained and assimilated new engineers at Lockheed Martin in Orlando, Florida.

In 2010, Kathy was listed as a top 50 healthcare pundit and recently ranked in the top 50 influencers of wearable tech by London based Onalytica.

She earned a BSBA from Appalachian State University in NC and now resides in Houston, home of the Texas Medical Center where she is active in the entrepreneurial and medical communities.

Tim Nustad

General Manager and Chief Technology Officer, GE Healthcare

Tim was born in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. He attended Northwestern University in Evanston Illinois and graduated with a B.S. degree in electrical engineering in 1989. Tim then started his career with General Electric as an Edison Engineer. While working GE Healthcare, Tim received his master of science degree in electrical engineering from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

After completing the Edison Engineering program at Healthcare, Tim joined the Ultrasound group and spent 9 years with that team. After initial product development roles with the Ultrasound team, Tim went on to lead the Ultrasound manufacturing team, before transitioning back to technology as the global engineering platform leader. In 1999 Tim joined the Magnetic Resonance team at GE Healthcare as the global hardware engineering manager. He became master black belt certified in 2000. In 2002 Tim was appointed six sigma quality leader for the Global Technology Organization at GE Healthcare. In 2003 Tim joined the Imaging Subsystem team at GE Healthcare as general manager of global engineering. He moved to his current position as general manager and chief technology officer for the Magnetic Resonance Business in 2009.

Rob O’Reilly

Senior Technologist, MEMS Sensor and Technology Group, Analog Devices, Inc.

After 4 years as a US Navy flight engineer, Rob O’Reilly joined Raytheon Company and managed one of the largest Environmental test labs in the country specializing in shock and vibration input and analysis. Rob began his MEMS career with Analog Devices in 1991 first as a consultant, followed by joining the company in a full time capacity in 1995. While at Analog he has led the MEMS Advanced Test, Test, Trim and Probe, and Characterization groups. Today, he is driving the commercialization of MEMS systems in a wide variety of applications covering the medical, automotive and industrial markets. He holds several patents in MEMS test technologies for both accelerometer and gyro test platforms. In 2012, Rob was inducted into the MEMS Industry Group’s Hall of Fame and continues to serve on their Technical Advisory and Test Standard Subcommittees.

Anna Rissanen

Research Team Leader, MOEMS and BioMEMS Instruments, VTT

Dr. Anna Rissanen is a Research Team Leader at VTT, heading a team of 23 experts developing optical instruments and hyperspectral imagers, microfluidics and MEMS. She is responsible for team operations management; developing and maintaining the research portfolio with strategic focus topics; establishing new partnerships and promoting sales and marketing activities; managing team finances and resources; setting individual and team level objectives to meet the internal and external targets. She is active in technology commercialization and business development; her team has met and exceeded targets for generation of contract research sales with partners from environmental-, medical and life science-, gas sensing-, space-, MEMS- and automotive industries. Her team has also generated a new start-up company (Spectral Engines, 2014).

Anna received her M.Sc. in electrical engineering from Helsinki University of Technology in 2003 and has a doctoral degree in biomicrosystems from Aalto University.  She has built a strong technology background in MEMS; her contributions as a research scientist and a senior researcher at VTT (2003-2012) have included design and process integration of MEMS platforms for optical sensors, focusing on Fabry-Perot interferometers, which is the key component in several commercialization activities. She continues to drive research in this topic forward by initiating and coordinating large European projects.

Anna has a passion for multidisciplinary BioMEMS research and faraway countries, which lead her to take a research fellow position in Japan with Prof. Fujii Lab at IIS, Tokyo University (2004). She has more than 20 scientific publications and several inventions or patent applications. In her free time she takes walks in the woods with her Labrador retriever and devotes time for her family and two sons.

Chris Wasden

Executive Director, Sorenson Center for Discovery and Innovation at the University of Utah

Dr. Chris Wasden is the Executive Director of the Sorenson Center for Discovery and Innovation at the University of Utah. Previously he was a Managing Director at PwC and the Global Healthcare Innovation Leader. As a global thought leader on Digital Health and the role that Social, Mobile, Analytic and Cloud technologies are transforming healthcare he has written and published over 40 articles and reports on the topic, and he speaks at over 30 events each year on how Digital Health is transforming the practice of medicine, the delivery of care, and the creation of an entirely new wellness paradigm based upon objective measures that lead to greater engagement and changes in human behavior. He advises leading companies on how mobile sensors and Digital Health innovations can create new markets and opportunities (AT&T, Telefonica, Vodafone, Swisscom, Sharp, HCSC, Nokia, RIM, Roche Diagnostics, Eisai Pharmaceuticals, Genentech, Partners Healthcare, just to name a few).  He is a named inventor on 11 issued patents and has been a leader in 10 different startups where he developed many of his ideas around the innovation cycle and lifecycle and how fast, frequent, frugal, and failure accelerates innovation. Dr. Wasden has a doctorate in human and organizational learning from George Washington University in Washington, DC, an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School, and bachelor degrees in accounting (BS) and Asian studies (BA) from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

Steve Whalley

Chief Strategy Officer, MEMS Industry Group

Steve Whalley, former MIG board member, 26-year veteran at Intel, with 30+ years in the industry, joined MEMS Industry Group in the role of Chief Strategy Officer in June 2014. Steve’s decades of experience with MEMS, sensors and cross-industry initiatives will help keep MIG at the forefront of meeting the complex business and technical needs of our member companies. Steve brings technical and strategic acumen to propel MIG into more meaningful and fruitful initiatives for the organization, for our members and for the MEMS and sensors industries.

Mark Winter

Chief Executive Officer, CareSpan USA, Inc.

Mark Winter has over thirty years of management experience in high technology, information services and health informatics for both private and public companies. As CEO of CareSpan he is leading the deployment of Internet-based primary care services that unify video communications with advanced biosensors, diagnostic systems and medical imaging. Delivered within a standard HTML5 web browser, CareSpan brings care providers and patients together anywhere and at anytime for evidence-based, high quality healthcare. Prior to CareSpan, Mark served as the Executive Prize Lead for the XPRIZE Foundation and managed both the Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE and Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE that are catalyzing innovation in health sensing and diagnostic systems. He founded and served as Executive Vice President of Gluco Fitness Center, Inc. that offers wireless blood glucose and physiological monitoring of people with diabetes as part of an integrated exercise, diet and education program. As CEO of Simulis LLC he led the deployment of online clinical skills simulation, training and assessment programs that enable large healthcare systems to verify clinical personnel follow evidence-based care practices and can safely operate medical equipment. Mark has extensive knowledge of biosensors, interpretive medical devices, electronic health record systems and consumer health portals and has spoken at numerous conferences on innovations in digital health technology.

Mark holds a MBA from Pepperdine University and has a BFA in Communications from Art Center College of Design (with Honors). He is a wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (OEC) and serves in volunteer search and rescue units associated with the California Office of Emergency Services and National Ski Patrol.

Davin L. Yuknis

VP of Sales and Marketing, Akustica

Mr. Yuknis brings over 20 years’ experience in product line marketing, sales, and management of mixed-signal semiconductor components. Prior to joining Akustica in 2004, he held a number of leadership positions with Intersil Corporation. He has successfully incubated and grown new product lines and revitalized underperforming product families through increased focus on new product development. Davin provides Akustica a unique perspective of many different applications in the communications, medical, consumer, automotive, and industrial markets.

Mr. Yuknis earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University.

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