Stephen Anderson joined SPIE – The international society for optics and photonics – in 2011 as Industry & Market Strategist after being actively involved in the lasers and photonics marketplace for more than 30 years. Before joining SPIE, Anderson was Associate Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Pennwell’s “Laser Focus World,” where he directed the editorial strategy for all media and platforms. During his 18 year tenure at PennWell, Anderson supervised the Annual Review and Forecast of the Laser Marketplace and led the highly regarded Lasers & Photonics Marketplace Seminar, held annually at SPIE’s Photonics West. He also co-founded the “BioOptics World” brand. Anderson is responsible for tracking the photonics industry technology and markets to help define long-term strategy at SPIE, while also facilitating development of SPIE’s industrial engagement activities. He routinely presents market survey results and industry commentary at US and international forums. Anderson holds a chemistry degree from the University of York, (England), and an Executive MBA from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, CA.
Alessio Beverina Partner in technology where he focuses in the cleantech field. Alessio started with Sofinnova Partners in April 2005 as an analyst within the technology team, focusing on the semiconductor, components, energy, materials and systems domains. He is now fully dedicated to cleantech. He began his career in 1997 as a researcher at LETI, one of the most important European Labs in the research field applied to electronics. From 2000 to 2003, he worked in the central R&D group for STMicroelectronics, in charge of advanced CMOS technologies. Alessio holds 5 patents and has published several publications. Alessio graduated from Politecnico di Milano, with a degree in chemical engineering, specialising in the chemistry and physics of solid materials, and with an MBA from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP-EAP). Alessio is a Kauffman Fellow. Alessio currently serves on the boards of McPhy Energy, Revolt and Neosens.
Pierre Billardon has been President of Carl Zeiss in France since 2010. In his position, he supervises 2 sales and service companies from the Carl Zeiss group based in Paris. With these entities, Carl Zeiss is a leading solution-provider in 3 business area: - Medical, Microscopy, and Industrial Metrology. M.Billardon joined Carl Zeiss in 2005. At that time he successfully merged the newly acquired Ioltech with Carl Zeiss’ medical activities in France, incorporating them into a new legal entity named after Carl Zeiss Meditec France. He launched this new company in spring 2006 as General Manager. In 2010, he was promoted as President of Carl Zeiss France. Prior to joining Carl Zeiss, M.Billardon occupied positions of increasing responsibilities at Novartis and Ciba Vision. He started his career at Ciba Vision Ophthalmic in 1995 as International Marketing Manager. In 1997, he moved to Ciba Vision Switzerland as Divisional Head Ophthalmic and became General Manager in 1999. In 2002, he took over the leadership of Ciba Vision Surgical in the EMEA region as Head of International. M.Billardon also worked for Sanofi and Laboratoires Chauvin. He holds a Pharmacy doctorate from University of Burgundy, France, with concentrations in Industrial Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical engineering. He also completed executive education programs with Insead in 2001 and Harvard in 2002, 2011 and 2012.
Emmanuel was educated has a Human Physiologist and Medical Molecular Biologist (University of Geneva, Switzerland) completed by an Management of Innovation degree (EM-Lyon business school, France) and a European Patent training (French National Intellectual Property Institute). He worked for a number of pharmaceutical industries (Biogen, GSK, Serono) and was Visiting Scientist at the Weizmann Institute of Sciences (Rehovot, Israel). He started his entrepreneur experience in the field of anesthesia/critical care monitoring and has obtained a number of patents in this field. He then joined the Datex-Ohmeda/Instrumentarium group (Helsinki, Finland), now part of GE Healthcare, before serving as Investment Director for a leading French institutional investment fund. After several years overseas, during which he managed several innovation transfer projects for the University of Otago (New Zealand) and a couple of biotech companies operating in the fields of biosecurity, forensic and agribusiness, he returned to France to join YOLE Finance as Senior Partner where he is in charge of Investment and M&A operations worldwide.
Stefano Concina brings to ESI more than 27 years in business development, investment and general management experience. He joins ESI after spending more than 15 years at KLA-Tencor in senior management positions, most recently as the managing director of the KT Venture Group. Mr. Concina is responsible for facilitating and assisting in the development of ESI’s corporate growth strategy, building strategic partner relationships, and managing merger and acquisition activity. He holds a degree of Ingénieur from ESIEE (France), an MSEE from Caltech and completed all coursework for his Ph.D. at Stanford.
Raffi Garabedian been with First Solar as Vice President of Advanced Technologies since 2008. Prior to joining First Solar, Raffi was founder and CEO of Touchdown Technologies, a semiconductor wafer test probe card company. Raffi has spent most of his career in the MEMS industry developing a variety of new products ranging from automotive sensors to optical telecommunications switching systems. He holds over 20 issued patents. Raffi earned a BSEE from Rensselaer Polytechnic University and an MSEE from the University of California at Davis.
Ian Jenks has more than 20 years of board-level experience in the communications technology field, both as an investor and as CEO of operating companies in the U.S. and Europe. Most recently, Ian was a general partner with VC firm Crescendo ventures. Previously, Ian was Chairman of Oplink Communications Inc., which he took Public in 2000. Prior to Oplink, Ian was President of the Laser and Fiber Optic groups of Uniphase Inc. (now JDS Uniphase), where his responsibilities included the management of business operations in the United States, England, Switzerland and The Netherlands. Ian has also served as the CEO of Novalux Inc., and as Executive Chairman of IE Optomech Ltd. Ian has a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Bristol University. Ian has also served on the Boards of a wide range of communications technology companies including Altitun, CoreOptics, Crystal Photonics, Digilens, Novalux, Oplink, Symmorphix, and Zolo Technologies.
Michael Jeon is the head of Samsung Ventures Europe (SVE), based in London, where he is looking for investment opportunities in consumer IT, mobile/wireless, digital media and certain areas in clean-tech and medical technologies. Prior to moving to the UK in early 2010 to set up SVE, Michael was with Samsung Ventures America (SVA), where he was involved in the boards of Envivio (Nasdaq:ENVI), LiveMedia, Widevine (acquired by Google), Sibeam (acquired by Silicon Image), PureDigital (acquired by Cisco), Impinj, ForteMedia, and Ubicom. His latest investments for SVE include Cambridge Broadband Networks, Novaled AG and other unannounced deals in the UK and Germany. Michael holds a BS EECS from University of California, Berkeley, an MS from Carnegie Mellon University, and an MBA from MIT Sloan.
Laurent E. Le Gourriérec leads the Corporate CTO M&A Advisory team of Alcatel-Lucent. His organization assesses the value of startup companies from a technology and business perspective, before recommending them for acquisition, investment or partnership. Laurent has built an extensive experience in Optics and Software Applications through various operational leadership roles in product line management, pre-sales, and financial planning. He has worked in Asia-Pacific as well as ten years in the U.S. before relocating to Paris. An American and French bi-national, Laurent holds an MSEE from Supélec with a major in Information Technology and Telecommunications. Laurent is a Certified Independent Director, with a joint degree from the Institut Français des Administrateurs and Sciences Po. He is also the Vice-President of the Advisory Board of I-Source and a member of the Strategy Board of Innovacom.
Eric Mottay is the president and CEO of Amplitude Systemes, France, a company he founded in 2001 and which is now a leader in diode-pumped ultrafast lasers. Eric graduated from the Ecole Superieure d’Optique, Orsay, in 1985, and has since specialized in laser development and manufacturing. He previously developed and brought to the market numerous solid-state lasers in different positions in Europe and the United States.
Hans Nikol studied chemistry in Regensburg, Germany and finished his Ph.D. in 1993. The following two years he spent as a postdoc at the California Institute of Technology. In 1995, he joined Philips Research and worked on luminescent materials for display and lighting applications, including LEDs and OLEDs. After several positions in Research, he joined Philips Lighting in 2004 to work on the development of solid state lighting applications. In his current position as innovation manager of the BU Solid State Lighting, he is responsible for SSL product development as well as long-term R&D within the division.
George joined Adams Capital Management in 1999 as a General Partner from Apax Partners, a private equity firm in New York. Prior to joining Apax Partners, George was a Management Consultant at McKinsey & Co. in New York, focused on strategic and operational issues for media and technology clients. He is a director of several private companies.
Paul Thurk is a Managing Director of ARCH Venture Partners, which he originally joined in 2000 as a Kauffman Fellow. Last year he moved to Dublin to establish an EU office. Mr. Thurk’s investment focus is in the physical sciences, including semiconductors, nanotechnology, photonics/optoelectronics, electronics, advanced materials, cleantech, and solid state lighting. Mr. Thurk was co-founder and initial CEO of InnovaLight (acq DuPont) and CoolEdge Lighting. And, he formerly held various operating roles at NABS – a component supplier to the computer industry – ending his tenure there as Director of Operations Asia Pacific. He holds a BSE from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from the University of Texas. ARCH is a US-based, early-stage venture capital firm of 25 years and $1.5 billion under management. ARCH invests at the earliest stages, often co-founding companies straight out of universities and national labs, and continues to invest through to exit. The investment focus is physical and life sciences.
Francois Valencony started his work experience within Schneider Electric out of Chicago, IL, contributing to several acquisitions in the field of industrial power management. In 2000, he actively participated in the build-up of an airline software company in London (UK), managing operations and coordinating integration with 10 airline companies and industrial partners. After joining Institut Merieux in Lyon in 2003, François worked on a number of M&A and licensing transactions in the field of vaccine and In Vitro Diagnostics. He also got operationally involved in the management of specific R&D programs for infectious diseases and oncology applications. François graduated from HEC in Paris and holds a Master Degree from CEMS.