Duncan McBranch, Ph.D., Co-Founder
Before founding QTL, Dr. McBranch was the
Team Leader of an R&D group of technical staff at Los Alamos
National Laboratory. His research has focused on polymeric
materials with advanced optical and electronic properties.
In addition to his basic research interests, he led projects
industry partners to commercialize technology based on these
new materials. He earned his Ph.D. in Physics from the University
of California, Santa Barbara.
David Whitten, Ph.D., Co-Founder and Chief Technical Officer
QTL, Dr. Whitten managed R&D groups at Los Alamos National Laboratory,
the University of Rochester, and the University of North Carolina. He was the
Director of the NSF Center for Photoinduced Electron Transfer. He is currently
Editor-in-Chief of Langmuir, and holds an adjunct Professorship at Arizona
State University. He has extensive expertise in organic materials chemistry,
the photophysics and photochemistry of supramolecular systems.
Elisabeth LeQuin, MBA, CPA, Chief Financial Officer
Before December 2000, Ms.
LeQuin has served as CFO for a number of small and medium-sized companies. Most
recently, she was CFO for the U.S. Subsidiary of an international medical products
company with ~$50 million in annual revenues, specializing in treatment tools
for cancer. Ms. LeQuin has extensive experience in technology licensing, government
contracting, manufacturing, mergers and acquisitions, and debt restructuring,
as well as the fundamentals of financial management, audits, and tax issues.
outside Directors bring a preeminent blend of biotechnology, software, and
startup experience to the company. The Board provides an outlook across different
high tech sectors of the U.S. both from a geographic and a product perspective.
Additional members of the
Board will consist of subsequent key investors and experts with knowledge
considered critical to the success of the company.
Dr. Linda Wudl is a former Vice President for Quality Control, Quality Analytical
Labs, and Compliance at Amgen Corporation, a leading international biotechnology
and pharmaceutical company.
Eugene Bonte is
an independent investor and consultant working with seed
stage companies. From 1988 to 1999, he held senior management
positions in two software
companies; Object Design Inc.(later eXcelon Corporation) and Pegasystems
Inc. (NASDAQ: PEGA) that went public during his tenure. .
Richard Troiano was the first employee of Cisco Systems, Inc. and later served
as Director of European and Middle Eastern operations for Cisco. He currently
is a co-founder and VP at XKL, LLC, manufacturer of a radically new generation
of traffic shaping, IP routers.
David Soward is an investment
banker representing Capital Partners, LLP.
Barry Johnson is an investor and represents Peter R. Harrison a U.K. technology
Dr. Peter Heeger is an internationally recognized expert in immunology research
and organ-transplant medicine, and is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at
Case Western Reserve University.
Dr. Fred Wudl is a leading international authority on the synthesis and properties
of conducting polymers, and is currently the Courtaulds Professor of Chemistry
at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Dr. George McLendon is Chairman of the Department of Chemistry and currently
the Russell Wellman Moore Proffessor of Chemistry at Princeton University.
He is a leading authority in Protein-Protein; and Protein-Nucleic Acid recognition,
Protein Engineering (site directed mutagenesis) and Electron Transfer in Chemical
and Biological Systems.
Dr. Charles Turnbough is
a Professor of Microbiology at University of Alabama, Birmingham.
Dr. Irena Bronstein is
the founder and former CEO of Tropix, now a subsidiary of Applera corporation.
Dr. Alan J. Heeger is
the founder and former President and CEO of Uniax Corporation in Santa Barbara,
a high-tech company founded in 1990 to develop light-emitting displays based
on conducting polymers. Uniax was acquired in March 2000 by Du Pont Corporation.
Dr. Heeger is the 2000 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry for the discovery and
development of conductive polymers. Currently Dr. Heeger is a Professor of
Physics and Materials at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Dr. Linda Wudl (see above)