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Board of Directors
Mr. Keith Crandell is a co-founder and a Managing Director of ARCH Venture Partners. He focuses on chemical and specialty materials companies, electronics and instrumentation, optics and photonics, telecommunications, and enterprise infrastructure businesses. He previously served as Senior Manager at ARCH Development Corporation, where he was responsible for ARCH Venture Fund I activities at Argonne National Laboratory. Mr. Crandell has played a key role in the formation and initial funding round of Quanterix, AlfaLight, ALIS Corp. (acquired by Carl Zeiss SMT), Eichrom Industries (acquired by Gary Comer, Inc.), Nanophase Technologies (NANX), and Illinois Superconductor (ISO). He was also responsible for ARCH's investment in New Era of Networks (NEON, acquired by Sybase-SY), Apropos Technology (APRS, acquired by Syntellect-ESL), Teach.com (acquired by Intellinex), CelebrateExpress (BDAY), Ahura Scientific, Adesto Technologies, and Crystal IS, among others. He is a director of Quanterix, Nanosys, AlfaLight, Adesto Technologies, CelebrateExpress, and Crystal IS. Mr. Crandell also serves as a director of the Illinois Venture Capital Association and the National Venture Capital Association. Prior to the founding of ARCH, Mr. Crandell was with the specialty chemical and polymer company, Hercules, Inc. He holds an M.B.A. from The University of Chicago, an M.S. in Chemistry from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a B.S. in Chemistry and Mathematics from St. Lawrence University.
Mr. Pete Thomas is a co-founder and Managing Director of ATA Ventures. Pete comes to ATA Ventures having enjoyed a highly successful career in venture capital activities across the past 20 years. In 1985, he joined Institutional Venture Partners (IVP) as a General Partner in their IVP III fund and continued as a General Partner of IVP through the IVP III-VIII funds. Companies that Pete has successfully led investments in include Nellcor (NELL), Applied Medical, Atmel (ATML), Altera (ALTR), @Road (ARDI), Transmeta (TMTA), Cirrus Logic (CRUS), FormFactor (FORM), and many others. Pete serves on the board of several other private companies. Prior to venture capital activities, Pete was at Intel Corporation for 7 years in various engineering and marketing management roles. Pete graduated magna cum laude in 1968 with a BSEE degree from Utah State University and received his MS in Computer Science from the University of Santa Clara in 1975.
Mr. Nelson Chan served as Chief Executive Officer of Magellan, a leader in consumer, survey, GIS and OEM GPS navigation and positioning markets, from 2006 to 2008. At Magellan Mr. Chan more than doubled annual revenues from $200 million to over $500 million and turned the business profitable in 12 months. Magellan was successfully sold to Mitac Corporation. From 1992 through 2006, Mr. Chan served in various senior management positions with SanDisk Corporation, the world's largest supplier of flash branded data storage products, including Vice President of Global Marketing, Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing and most recently as Executive Vice President and General Manager, Consumer Business. At SanDisk, Mr. Chan helped drive the business from startup to over $3 billion in annual revenues. Mr. Chan led SanDisk's entry into the retail business and was instrumental in creating and driving its retail presence through a branded product portfolio. That business has grown to over $2 billion in annual revenues in under seven years with products being available through over 250,000 store fronts worldwide. From 1983 to 1992, Mr. Chan held marketing and engineering positions at Chips and Technologies, Signetics, and Delco Electronics. Mr. Chan is a member of the Board of Directors of Affymetrix, a public company that is a leader in the rapidly growing genetic analysis market with the mission to revolutionize how the world benefits from genetic information and Synaptics, a public company that is a leading worldwide developer and supplier of custom-designed human interface solutions that enable people to interact more easily and intuitively with a wide variety of mobile computing, communications, entertainment, and other electronic devices. Mr. Chan is also a director or Chairman of the Board of several privately held companies. Mr. Chan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Santa Clara University.
Mr. Alexei Andreev has served as Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Harris and Harris Group since March 2005. From 2002 to March 2005, he was an Associate with Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ), a venture capital firm, where he was exclusively focused on nanotechnology and material science investment opportunities. While at DFJ, he played an integral role in sourcing and funding EoPlex, Intematix, Solicore and D-Wave Systems, for which companies he served as an active Board Director or Observer. Previously, he worked for TLcom Capital Partners, a London-based venture capital fund backed by Morgan Stanley. Prior to that, he was employed by Renaissance Capital Group/Sputnik Funds, a venture capital fund in Moscow, Russia. Before he started his business career, he was a researcher at the Centre of Nanotechnology, ISAN (RAS), in Troitsk, Russia, where he was focused on optical and electrical properties of Quantum Dot heterostructures. He was graduated from the Department of Theoretical Physics of Moscow Steel & Alloys Institute (Ph.D.), where he was a recipient of the Scholarship for Outstanding Young Scientists of Russian Academia of Sciences, the Scholarship from the International Center of Fundamental Physics and Soros Scientific Foundation. He also was graduated from Moscow Steel & Alloys Institute (B.S.) with honors in Engineering/Material Sciences and from Stanford Graduate School of Business (M.B.A.).
Mr. Cees Jan (CJ) Koomen Since 2000 CJ Koomen has been an entrepreneur, advisor, board member, chairman and interim CEO for many start-up initiatives and is also a member of the Band of Angels. In 2000, CJ Koomen co-founded the company Securealink, which was acquired by SafeNet in 2002. Before that CJ Koomen held several high-level positions at large, multinational corporations such as President and CEO of the Philips Digital Video Group, President of Philips Semiconductors North America, Executive Vice President of Philips Semiconductors, and President of the Communications & Multimedia Business Group. CJ Koomen has also been employed as a systems engineer at Philips Telecommunications Systems, a CAD and software manager at Philips Corporate Product Development, General Manager of an IC Design group at Philips Research, and CTO at Philips Communications Systems. He started his career as a radio frequency engineer at RVO/TNO in The Hague and was also a research engineer at Philips Research in Eindhoven in the areas of telecommunications and computer science. CJ Koomen holds an MS and holds an award winning PhD from Delft University in The Netherlands. He was also a part time professor at Eindhoven University of Technology.
Mr. Steve Drehobl is a semiconductor Industry veteran with nearly 30 years of experience. Mr. Drehobl has held various engineering and executive staff level positions. Mr. Drehobl received his Bachelor of Technology degree from the University of Dayton.
Mr. Matthew Boyle was a Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Dassault Falcon Jet Corporation, a division of Dassault Aviation. He joined Dassault Falcon Jet Corporation in 1979 as an Associate Counsel and was promoted to General Counsel within 6 months. Boyle is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a degree in History. His career in aviation began in 1965 when he enrolled in the Air Force ROTC program while attending Notre Dame. The ROTC program led Boyle to becoming an Air Force Pilot with two tours of duty in Vietnam. Boyle retired from the Air Force in 1989 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. In 1974, he enrolled at Fordham University to study and attain a Law Degree. He was an associate attorney with Haight, Gardner, Poor and Havens LLC from 1977 to 1979 before joining Dassault Aviation Group.
Mr. Narbeh Derhacobian is a co-founder, President and CEO of Adesto Technologies. He has over 17 years of industry experience working on discrete and embedded memory technologies. He has held technical and managerial roles at SST, AMD, Virage Logic and Cswitch Corporations. Narbeh’s industrial experiences cover development and commercialization of split-gate NOR flash, ETOX NOR and NAND flash as well as SONOS based MirrorBit NOR flash technologies. He has over 40 granted patents in various areas of semiconductor memories. Narbeh has a PhD in Solid State Physics from UCLA, and an MBA from San Jose State University.