Management

Garrett Gruener

Executive Chairman
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.

David LudvigsonDavid Ludvigson

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.
Sherrill Lavagnino

Sherrill Lavagnino

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 JohnsonBradley 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 FangLei 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.

Board of Directors

Garrett Gruener

Executive Chairman

Garrett Gruener

Co-Founder, Director, Alta Partners
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.
David Ludvigson

Board Member

David Ludvigson

President and CEO, Nanōmix
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.
Gregory Schiffman

Board Member, Audit Committee Chairperson

Gregory Schiffman

Chief Financial Officer of Stem Cells, Inc.
Mr. Schiffman is a CPA and an accomplished senior finance executive with more than 25 years of strategic and operational finance, treasury, corporate development and manufacturing operations experience. He has served as Chief Financial Officer at Iovance, as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at StemCells, Inc., Dendreon, and Affymetrix, all publicly-traded healthcare companies as well as Vineti a private SaaS company supporting supply chain requirements for cellular therapies. Notably, while serving as Executive Vice President and CFO of Dendreon Corporation, the company secured marketing authorization from the FDA and the European Commission for the world’s first cell-based, autologous immunotherapy for prostate cancer. Prior to these roles, he was Vice President and Controller at Applied BioSystems where he managed global financial operations and headed up a variety of global assignments at Hewlett Packard including international finance projects in Europe and Asia, and a U.S. manufacturing operation. He is on the board of directors of BioEclipse and DropCar. Mr. Schiffman received an M.B.A. from Northwestern University and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from De Paul University.
Alex Zetti

Board Advisor

Alex Zettl, Ph.D.

Nanōmix Co-Founder; Professor, Department of Physics, University of
California, Berkeley

Professor Zettl is a founding scientist of Nanōmix Inc. and also leads the Superconductivity and the sp2 Nanoscience Programs at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He is a renowned expert on condensed-matter experimental physicists, and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. Professor Zettl's primary expertise is in the synthesis and characterization of novel materials and nanostructures.
Jerry Fiddler

Board Member

Jerry Fiddler

Principal of Zygote Ventures
Mr. Fiddler is the principal of Zygote Ventures and has helped create and grow numerous companies, as CEO, chairman, director, investor and advisor. Mr. Fiddler is the founder of Wind River and was for 23 years its CEO and Chairman. He is currently the Chairman of Solazyme (Nasdaq:SZYM).