Richard T. Simko, Chairman of the Board
Mr. Simko has co-founded and served on the boards of directors of three public companies (Xicor, Information Storage Devices and Spectranetics). The first two are semiconductor companies. Spectranetics is a laser medical company. He has participated in fundraising at the private, corporate and venture levels for these companies, as well as other startups in which he is currently an investor. He holds 25 patents in the semiconductor field.
John B. Anderson
Mr. Anderson served as President and CEO of the Company from October 28, 1998 to July 31, 2004 and has served as a director since its inception. From 1989 to 1995, he served as Vice President, Finance and Administration, for Diversey Equipment Technologies.
Mr. Blakemore has served as CEO, CFO, financial consultant and director of several high-technology companies. He co-founded Compumotor Corp. in 1978 (which was sold to Parker-Hannifin in 1986) and served as CFO of Pro Log Corporation from 1993-1997 (Pro Log was sold in two segments to Motorola and Agena Technology in 1997). He served as member of the Board of Directors of Applied Imaging, NASDAQ, (AICX) until 2006.
Dr. Robert L. Byer
Dr. Byer was elected a director of the Company in 1998. He is Director of the Center for Nonlinear Optical Materials and of the Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratory at Stanford University. He was Chairman of the Applied Physics Department at Stanford from 1981 to 1984, Associate Dean of Humanities and Sciences from 1985 to 1987, and Vice-Provost and Dean of Research from 1987 to 1992. He has published more than 300 scientific papers and holds 35 patents. His accomplishments include the Quantum Electronics Award of the Lasers and Electro-optics Society of the IEEE; Guest Professor, Tshinghua University, Beijing, China; Sloan Fellow; Adolf Lomb Medal of the Optical Society of America; and IBM Fellow. He is past President of Lasers and Electro-optics Society of the IEEE and the Optical Society of America, and is currently a member of the Education Committee of the Optical Society of America and the Engineering Advisory Committee of the National Science Foundation.
Ray J. Noel
Mr. Noel has served as president and CEO of the Company since 2004. Mr. Noel is an experienced entrepreneur and business manager, having founded several startups and a nonprofit environmental and biotech new-business incubator. Most recently he was CEO, CFO and Business Development Manager of Interact Devices, Inc., where he raised in excess of $5,000,000 in institutional and angel equity funding, secured and managed a joint venture with Electricite de France, the world’s largest utility, and coordinated the eventual sale of the company. Mr. Noel founded heavily venture-backed ELF Technologies, Inc. He previously was a marketing and business center manager at Raychem Corporation and served as a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy.
James W. Thomas
Mr. Thomas is a founder of the Company and has served as a Director and as Vice President, Engineering & Manufacturing, since its inception. From 1995 to the founding of the Company he served as Vice President, Engineering, for Silicon Alps Corporation. In the period 1987 to 1995 he served as Engineering Manager with ThermaWave, Inc. and Microbar Systems, Inc.
Mr. Yamashita is President and CEO of Kokyo Tatemono Co., Ltd., a Japanese corporation. Kokyo Tatemono Co., Ltd., was the lead investor in the sales of the Company’s Preferred Stock.