Bradley E. Neider – Engineer and development advisor – Chairman
Bradley E. Neider, Managing Director of VON Consulting Group, Inc., is a seasoned business executive and consultant with over 25 years of diverse business experience as an executive, entrepreneur and consultant. He has started businesses from scratch, successfully run several different businesses and effectively led large corporate organizations. His career has been a progression of diversified leadership roles including senior business experience in major corporations, including Johnson and Johnson, Abbott Laboratories and Texas Instruments, as well as small companies like ParkerVision, Inc. and Kitson & Partners LLC. Bradley has experience in all aspects of business operations, including operations management, business process management, strategic planning, product design, quality control, human resources management and a natural drive to find new and improved methods of doing things.
Bradley earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville and after 15 years of engineering and leadership experience, he further enhanced his business acumen with an MBA from the prestigious Duke University, Fuqua School of Business. In 2009, Bradley was appointed to the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County and is an active member of several business and charitable organization in Palm Beach County.
Tony Brazzale – Business development advisor
Tony has over 15 years of broad industry experience in the life sciences, and is currently the Vice President of Product and Business Development for Melanovus Oncology. He is an entrepreneurial technology executive driven by commercialization of scientific breakthroughs for profitable growth with expertise that includes business development, customer management, defining and opening of new markets, and positioning early-stage technology to the business and investor community. He has senior level experience in sales, marketing, operations, product management, market penetration strategy and team leadership. He is a sought after public speaker, facilitator, and advisor.
He began his career at Abbott Laboratories as a research chemist in the area of medicinal drug discovery, later moving to Wyeth to continue his drug development career. He is an inventor on numerous patents and an author of a number of published peer-reviewed journal articles in the areas of chemistry and drug discovery. He left the bench to pursue operations, sales, and business development positions in the life sciences with companies including Biotage, Argonaut Technologies, and BIA Separations, where he spent three years as the Vice President of Business Development for North America and special advisor to the Board of Directors. In 2011 Tony founded Biotech Business Development, Inc., a corporate strategy and finance advisory focused on the global life sciences industry. The company’s mission is to add and create value for therapeutic and technology-based companies by implementing operational improvements and business development strategies.
Tony is an active member of a number of scientific and professional societies including the Licensing Executives Society and the American Chemical Society (ACS), where he is currently the Chairman of the Division of Business Development and Management (BMGT). He is also an advisor to the Entrepreneurial Resource Center, part of the Entrepreneurial Initiative, within the ACS.
Wankei Wan, Ph.D – Research advisor
Dr. Wan has a long collaborative history with AlgaStar and its associated research affiliates dating back from 2011. Professor in the department of chemical & biochemical engineering at the University of Western Ontario, Dr. Wan has over 30 years of experience in academia in diverse fields ranging from biomaterials, nanomaterials and medical devices. His laboratory serves as a verification and/or origination resource in our continuing efforts to increase biomass production in algae cultures stimulated with electromagnetic and/or microwave energy; his laboratory work lead to the publication of a manuscript in 2011 in the Bioelectromagnetics journal.
Steen Iversen, Ph.D – Process Engineer and project technical advisor
Dr. Iversen was responsible for implementing technical projects at SCF Technologies, including R&D, construction of plants, management of subcontractors and partners. He is also a co-developer/inventor of the CatLiq® bio-oil process previously pioneered by SCF Technologies, where he had served as its Chief Technical Officer since 2006. He has a broad managerial, technical and business experience in developing new cutting edge technologies from idea to commercial realization both within renewable energy and nanotechnology. He has over 25 years experience from the energy, renewables & environmental industry including conversion of different kind of biomass and waste to energy by combustion, gasification, pyrolysis, and liquefaction technologies. Prior to SCF, he was a project manager at FLS Miljø a subsidiary of FLSmidth & Co. A/S and a process engineer at Sorption Technology Center. He was Chairman of the Danish Association for Product Innovation (2001-03), was a board member of the Initiative for Creativity and Innovation (2003-05) and participated in task forces in the European Industrial Management Association. He is now Chief Technical Officer at Steeper Energy in Denmark. He has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Denmark, and is the inventor of 29 international patent families.
Kemal Burkay – Air Pollution and waste conversion specialist
Mr. Burkay is the President and Director of R&D of QD Sciences Inc. He has developed 12 projects in clean energy fields. Prior to founding QD Sciences in 2003, Mr. Burkay owned a physics and electronic research lab, was administrator of a division of Group-Polisues in Saudi Arabia, and served as an industrial electronics specialist and pneumatics control specialist in methanol and ammonia plants in Libya. He was also a partner in an electronics, medical laboratory, pneumatics control lab in Libya, after working as a electronics specialist with Halliburton in the north Sahara.