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Tom Bear heatshotThomas M. Baer, Executive Director, Stanford Photonics Research Center, USA

Tom Baer is the Executive Director of the Stanford Photonics Research Center at Stanford University and co-founder of Arcturus Bioscience, Inc. which he established in 1996. He served as the company's Chairman and CEO until January 2005. Prior to Arcturus, Dr. Baer was Vice President of Research at Biometric Imaging, where he led an interdisciplinary group developing instrumentation and reagents with applications in the areas of AIDS monitoring, bone marrow transplant therapy, and blood supply quality control. From 1981 to 1992 Dr. Baer was at Spectra-Physics, Inc., in Mountain View, California, where he held positions as a Research Scientist, Spectra-Physics Fellow, and Vice-President of Research. In 1989, he co-founded a new company, Spectra-Physics Laser Diode Systems, which was established to commercialize diode and solid-state laser instruments based on his research. Dr. Baer has been a pioneer in many areas of biotechnology, laser development, and laser applications, and is listed as an inventor on over 50 patents in these areas. He graduated with a BA degree in Physics from Lawrence University and received his MS and Ph.D. degrees in Atomic Physics from the University of Chicago. He has been elected to the status of Fellow of two major international scientific societies, The American Association for the Advancement of Science and The Optical Society of America. Dr. Baer also was awarded the Silicon Valley Entrepreneurial Award for Emerging Companies by the San Jose Business Journal.

John Dexheimer, President, Lightwave Advisors, Inc., USA

John Dexheimer has 30 years in financing, board and executive roles in companies from start-ups to large firms in electronics, software, communications systems, materials, and semiconductors.  He lead the IPO of Uniphase (JDSU) and its acquisitions leading them into the optical-communications market, made several investments in photonics firms, advised others and served on several boards.

He has an MBA from Harvard, is on the OSA Corporate Associates Committee, is a partner in a growth equity fund, on the Advisory Board of the University of Minnesota College of Science & Engineering and is an EIR at Yale assisting several start-ups.

Dennis Matthews headshotDennis L. Matthews, Chief Scientist. Professor Emeritus , UC Davis, USA

Dennis Matthews, Ph.D., is the Emeritus Director of the NSF Center for Biophotonics Science and Technology, and the Associate Director for Biomedical Technology for the Integrated Cancer Center at the University of California at Davis. He is an emeritus professor in the UC Davis Department of Neurological Surgery and a member of the Biomedical Engineering, Applied Sciences and Clinical Sciences Graduate Groups.  He is also a previous Program Leader and Division Leader at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He is the co-founder and Chief Scientist of the Tahoe institute for Rural Healthcare Research, the Univ of CA Biophotonics Alliance and the Biophotonics4Life Worldwide Consortium.  He is also the sole proprietor of LifeLight Resources LLC, a biophotonics-based consulting company. He has also recently become the Chief Technical Officer in a radar-based heart monitoring startup company called Cardiac Motion LLC.  While he is credited for inventing and developing x-ray wavelength lasers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Dr. Matthews' continuing interest is in the translation and commercialization of new physical science and engineering technologies for grand challenges in medicine and the life sciences. His current interests are in developing optical, RF and x-ray technologies for disease diagnosis and treatment. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Society of Photo and Industrial Engineers and the Optical Society of America. He has more than 280w publications and >30 patents and is the co-editor of the Journal of Biophotonics.  Dr. Matthews is credited for raising more than $180M in grant funds in his career, helping create 12 startup companies and in directing R&D programs as large as $50M/yr. 

Brian Pogue headshotBrian Pogue, Professor, Engineering Science, Dartmouth College, USA

Brian W. Pogue, Ph.D. is Professor of Engineering, Physics & Astronomy, at Dartmouth College, and Adjunct Professor of Surgery at the Geisel School of Medicine. He has a doctoral degree in Medical Physics from McMaster University in Canada, and he has published over 250 peer-reviewed papers in optical imaging systems, with a focus on molecular and structural imaging of cancer for surgical guidance and imaging radiation therapy. He is a fellow of the Optical Society of America, serves on the editorial board of J. Biomed Optics, Medical Physics, Physics in Medicine and Biology, and Breast Cancer Research.  In 2015 he founded DoseOptics LLC to help translate Cerenkov light imaging, as a novel radiation therapy imaging technology to help therapists confirm dose delivery.

John Sorger headshotJonathan Sorger, Director of Medical Research, Intuitive Surgical, USA

Jonathan Sorger earned a B.S. in bioengineering from the University of California, San Diego, in addition to the Ph.D. and MBA degrees from Johns Hopkins University. He helped develop and teach the first-year bioengineering Ph.D. program at Stanford University and was involved in a startup company before moving to Varian Medical Systems, where he was responsible for Varian's integration of molecular medicine into radiation therapy. At Intuitive Surgical, Sorger helps interpret clinical needs regarding the development of next-generation surgical robotic platforms.
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