Surendar Magar, PhD.
President & CEO
Surendar Magar has over 30 years’ experience in the technology industry. He co-invented the Texas Instruments TMS320, the groundbreaking digital signal processing architecture that launched the DSP industry. Later he co-founded Athena Semiconductors, an early developer of the wireless networking platform that would become Wi-Fi; Athena was acquired by Broadcom Corporation.
Professor Ali Niknejad, PhD.
Ali Niknejad is a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also the faculty director of the prestigious Berkeley Wireless Research Center, providing broad leadership in future generations of technology for wireless communications systems.
Vice President, Sales & Business Development
Michael Keddington has over 30 years of sales and marketing leadership experience in the semiconductor and software segments ranging from start-ups to market leaders including Intel, Symantec, and Oracle. Michael served recently as SVP WW Sales for publicly traded cloud identity and IoT platform provider Covisint (acquired by OpenText)
Vice President Engineering & MD, HMicro India
Thomas Varghese has over 20 years’ experience in wireless communications. He worked for Wipro and Tata Elxsi developing multimedia and wireless products and later joined Athena Semiconductors. Athena was acquired by Broadcom, where he co-managed engineering teams that produced wireless semiconductors for many of the most successful mobile devices.
Yanni Wang, MBA
Vice President, Finance
Yanni Wang has over 20 years’ experience in finance, administration and human resources. She served in various management positions at technology startups—Innospring, Spreadtrum and Optoplex—from early stage through initial public offering.
Kim Tompkins, RN MBA
Vice President, Regulatory & Clinical Affairs
Kim Tompkins has over 25 years’ experience in the medical device industry with responsibility for regulatory affairs, clinical research and quality assurance. She has held positions at Medtronic Vascular, Wright Medical Technology and DePuy and a number of medical device startups including Ardian (Medtronic), VasoNova (Teleflex) and CryoVascular Systems (Boston Scientific).
Professor Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli
Professor Sangiovanni-Vincentelli holds the Edgar L. and Harold H. Buttner Chair of EECS at the UC Berkeley. He is a co-founder of Cadence and Synopsys, leading companies in Electronic Design Automation tools. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Cadence, Sonics and Expert Systems, and served on numerous Technology Advisory Boards (e.g. ST Microelectronics, HP, GM, United Technologies). He is an author of over 800 papers and 17 books, and has received numerous academic and industrial awards for his contributions.
Professor Randall Lee, MD, PhD.
Consulting Chief Medical Scientist
Randall Lee is a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and a practicing cardiologist and electrophysiologist. He helped pioneer many of the radio frequency catheter ablation techniques for complex arrhythmias commonly used in practice today and is an internationally recognized expert in cardiac tissue engineering.
N. Damodar Reddy
Chairman of the Board
N. Damodar Reddy is the founder, CEO and chairman of SutiSoft, Inc. Previously he was the founder, CEO and chairman of Alliance Semiconductor Corporation; during this tenure he was also a general partner of Alliance Venture Management, which invested in early-stage startups in semiconductors, EDA, telecommunications and biotechnology.
Michael Borrus is the founding general partner of X/Seed Capital Management. Earlier he was an entrepreneur-in-residence at Mohr Davidow Ventures. Previously he was adjunct professor of engineering at the University of California, Berkeley where he co-founded the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy.
Bob Dobkin is the founder, chief technology officer and vice president of engineering at Linear Technology. He is world renowned for his contributions to analog design, including the invention of the low-dropout regulator (LDO) while at National Semiconductor. He has helped build Linear Technology into a leader and broad line supplier in analog semiconductors.
Tuff Yen is the founder, president and managing partner of Seraph Group, an early-stage investor with a portfolio of over fifty technology startups. Earlier he worked as an investor at Hembrecht & Quist and Chemical Venture Partners, and as a researcher at Amgen and Genentech.
Charles Feldman, ScD
Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard University
Dr. Feldman is a pioneer in the area of cardiac signal processing and modeling with over forty years of experience as an academician and industry executive. He is a Lecturer in Medicine at BWH, where he is involved with the development of new instrumentation to measure local blood flow patterns, intra coronary endothelial shear stress and remodeling characteristics in vivo.
Retired – Chief Commercial Officer
George Papa has over 35 years’ experience in the semiconductor industry, with a focus on communications. He started his career in technical sales and sales management with Siemens, LSI Logic and Intel. He then led worldwide sales for Level One Communications, Marvell Semiconductor’s communications group and most recently Altera Corporation.
Matthew DeVane, MD
Cardiovascular Consultants Medical Group
Dr. DeVane is a board-certified practicing cardiologist based in San Francisco Bay area and a recognized expert in heart disease prevention. He is a key investigator in numerous state-of-the-art cardiovascular clinical research programs on such topics as lowering cholesterol.