Mr. Gruener is a co-founder of Alta, and was also a Partner at Burr, Egan, Deleage & Co. He served as the Chief Executive Officer at Nanōmix from 2008 to 2013 and has more than two decades of experience in the fields of software development, systems engineering and corporate development. In 1982, he founded Virtual Microsystems, a successful communications software company that was later merged with a larger corporation. Garrett also founded Ask Jeeves, now Ask.Com, a leading Internet search engine which is now part of IAC. Garrett specializes in information technology and is on the board of directors of nCircle Network Security and Xelerated. He earned a Masters Degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Science from the University of California, San Diego, both in Political Science with a focus on technology policy.
President and CEO
Mr. Ludvigson is a financial and operating executive, and entrepreneur, with over 35 years of international experience in life sciences and technology companies including IDEC Pharmaceuticals, Matrix Pharmaceutical, Nanogen, and MIPS Computer Systems. He has over 20 years of Life Science experience including more than 15 years in the diagnostics arena and has led numerous new product efforts from concept to market launch. Mr. Ludvigson has concluded many successful strategic transactions including multiple acquisitions, corporate partnerships, technology and intellectual property licensing agreements, and OEM relationships and his financing experience includes venture capital, corporate, mezzanine, lease, bank credit line, LBO, IPO and secondary public sources. Mr. Ludvigson holds both a BA and MAS from the University of Illinois.
Vice President of Engineering
Ms. Lavagnino has over 25 years of experience in developing software and integrated hardware systems. As Senior Director of Engineering at Cognex Corporation, Ms. Lavagnino was responsible for the successful launch of highly integrated manufacturing and inspection systems. Prior to Cognex Ms Lavagnino held the position of Senior Software Engineer at Isys Controls. The author of numerous patents, Sherrill graduated from Smith College.
Bradley Johnson, Ph.D.
Senior Director of Technology Development
Mr. Johnson has more than 10 years of broad experience in biotechnology and biomedical devices. His primary focus is in vitro diagnostic methods, related instrumentation and technology including microfluidics and electro chemical biosensors. He received his Ph.D. in Bioengineering from University of California, Berkeley.
Lei Fang, Ph.D.
Senior Director of Assay Development
Mr. Fang has more than 20 years of broad experience in scientific research and diagnostic product development. He is a molecular biologist, cell biologist and virologist with expertise in product design, development and validation under design control as well as product registrations per CLIA, U.S. FDA and European IVDD requirements. He received his Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of Georgia and M.S. in Pathology from the Shanghai Medical University.