Co-founder and Chief Executive
Bob is a co-founder of BrightSpec and concentrates on recruiting, sales, operations, and corporate development. He brings to BrightSpec more than 15 years of executive experience in both start-up and Fortune 500 information services companies, along with a deep network of business relationships. Bob was instrumental in building ScholarOne, Inc., the #1 peer review system company for scientific, technical and medical (STM) publishers and in positioning the company for a successful exit. He previously spent several years in capital markets roles in New York, Chicago and London. BA, MA and MBA degrees from the University of Virginia.
Contact Bob: bob.lloyd(at)brightspec.com
Co-founder, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Software Architect
Dave concentrates on operational and technology platform development for BrightSpec, including algorithm development, information architecture, and mechanical engineering and design. Before co-founding BrightSpec, Dave spent nearly a decade in key roles at early stage companies in medical devices, distributed power generation, finance, and web applications development. Dave has extensive experience in virtual product design and optimization through computer-aided-engineering utilizing CAD, finite element analysis (FEA) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD). He has also served in experiment design and manufacturing roles for viscoelastic material characterizations used in vehicle crash worthiness design, precision manufacturing and metrology work in a clean room environment for assembly of metal-ceramic alloys. Dave was introduced to large data sets and numerical methods as part of the Computational Group at UVa’s Center for Applied Biomechanics. BS in Mechanical Engineering and Masters in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Virginia.
Contact Dave: dave.mcdaniel(at)brightspec.com
Matt Muckle, MS
Co-founder, Software Developer and Applications Scientist
Matt is responsible for project management and for software development. His responsibilities include specifications management, component design, experiment design, and critically, the user interface development for Edgar, the BrightSpec software suite for instrument control, analysis, and spectral library management. He received his MS and BS in Chemistry from the University of Virginia, where his research work was in the design and implementation of microwave and millimeter wave instruments.
Contact Matt: matt.muckle(at)brightspec.com
Justin Neill, Ph.D.
Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer
Justin brings substantial experience in applied spectroscopy to BrightSpec. He completed his PhD in the Pate Lab at the University of Virginia in 2011 and spent the following 2 years as a postdoctoral researcher at University of Michigan-Ann Arbor analyzing interstellar spectra from the Hershel Space Telescope. As a co-inventor on one of the BrightSpec instrument patents, Justin has an in-depth knowledge of product design for both microwave and millimeter wave spectrometers and how to deploy them to solve new analytical challenges.
Contact Justin: justin.neill(at)brightspec.com
Director of Instrument Production
Roger is responsible for engineering and building BrightSpec microwave instruments, including design alternatives, implementation and debugging of new mechanical, chemical and electrical systems. Prior to joining BrightSpec, Roger held Senior Scientist roles at the University of Virginia in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and was a Product Engineer at General Dynamics/Veridian Advanced Information Systems. At Avir Sensors, Roger coordinated R&D, management, and contract manufacturing partners to design, produce, and test a novel open-path infrared gas detection product for life-safety applications. State University of New York at Alfred, AAS, Chemical Technology and University of Minnesota, Aerosol and Particle Measurement.
Contact Roger: roger.reynolds(at)brightspec.com
Caitlin’s responsibilities encompass many aspects of our business, including financial, budget and purchasing management. She handles all client billings, website maintenance, operations and office management duties. With her versatile skills and willingness to learn she works hard to insure that operations are running smoothly. B.Sc. in Finance, University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
Contact Caitlin: caitlin.prysock(at)brightspec.com
Product Design Associate
Golara is responsible for evaluating and improving the user experience of researchers who are operating BrightSpec MRR spectrometers for the first time. She brings a multidisciplinary and cross cultural background to BrightSpec after graduating from the University of Virginia with a double major in studio art and chemistry. The user experience with our instruments includes the software interface design, instrument setup and operation, experiment setup and analysis, and overall usability.
Contact Golara: golara.haghtalab(at)brightspec.com
Alex Mikhonin, Ph.D.
Senior Application Scientist
Alex is responsible for driving development and optimization of the BrightSpec industrial applications product portfolio. This includes identifying analytical needs of BrightSpec customers; improving the existing products, applications, and/or analytical methodologies; performing technology and economic evaluations of new commercial applications including business case development; developing and implementing analytical method validation metrics; as well as providing a general technical and marketing support for BrightSpec products. Alex completed his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh, PA. Prior to BrightSpec, he worked 9+ years as an industrial analytical scientist at BioTools and Alcoa.
Contact Alex: alex.mikhonin(at)brightspec.com
B. Frank Gupton, Ph.D.
Scientific Advisory Board
Chair and Professor, Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering
Virginia Commonwealth University
Frank Gupton has more than 30 years of senior executive experience in pharmaceutical science and process development. At VCU, his research group is focused on the development and application of new technologies that will streamline organic synthesis through process intensification. The goal of process intensification is to increase the overall efficiency and selectivity of chemical reactions by using novel chemistry and/ or running reactions under more extreme process conditions (temperature and pressure). They are interested in applying these principals towards the development of new catalyst systems that can be used in concert with continuous chemical processing (flow reactor technology) to streamline the synthesis of pharmaceutical active ingredients (API’s).
Prior to taking his current role at VCU, Frank was Executive Director, Process Development for Boehringer Ingelheim Chemicals, Inc. and previously held senior management roles at Hoechst Celanese. In his current role at VCU, Frank collaborates with researchers at the University of Washington, Florida State University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on the Medicine for All Initiative. His work is funded by a $4.4mm grant in January 2015 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in partnership with the Clinton Health Access Initiative. The grant supports the Gupton Group’s work to reduce the manufacturing cost of nevirapine, a first-line therapy for the treatment of AIDS. In June, the initiative was awarded a further $5mm grant to find ways to drive down the costs of manufacturing the AIDS drugs tenofovir and darunavir. Darunavir is known as a second-line therapy and is often prescribed once a patient develops a resistance to first-line therapies.
Robin A. Felder, Ph.D.
Dr. Robin Felder is a Professor of Pathology and Associate Director of Laboratory Medicine at the University of Virginia-UVA, and is Chair of Medical Automation.org. Dr. Felder received his PhD in Biochemistry from Georgetown University. He has published over 300 papers, reviews, and chapters, and co-edited 3 textbooks on medical automation. He has been awarded 27 patents and has founded 9 biotech companies, including 2 non-profit organizations including the Association for Laboratory Automation (SLAS) (and its journal JALA) as well as Medical Automation.org. He has received numerous awards including the Engelberger Robotics Award, UVA’s Innovator of the Year Award, and the Annual Research Awards from the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC), and National Academy for Clinical Biochemistry (NACB).