Advisory Panel

Dr. Robert GRUBBS

Dr. Grubbs is a world-renowned 2005 Nobel Laureate, Professor of Chemistry at Caltech. Dr. Grubbs has received numerous professional fellowships and awards and is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is also a founder, director, or advisor to numerous technology companies, including Contour Energy Systems, Materia, Cyrano Sciences, Insert Therapeutics, Calhoun Vision, and Novomer. In addition, he is a member of the Reliance Innovation Council, and of the Industry Advisory Group at Zouk Ventures Ltd and at Cleantech Europe. Dr. Grubbs is also the California Institute of Technology's Victor and Elizabeth Atkins Professor of Chemistry since 1978.

Michael LAUFER

Michael D. Laufer, M.D., is the founder of more than fifteen medical companies and his inventions are the subject of over 200 issued or in process patents. He is the Founder of Asthmatx, Inc. Dr. Laufer is also the Founder and past or present Director of VNUS Medical Technologies, Broncus Technologies and several other private companies. He was the Medical Director of Emergency Medicine at UCSF Mount Zion Medical Center in San Francisco, and is a member of the academic and clinical faculty at Stanford University, and of Harvard Medical School. He is a founding partner of MachLabs,LP, a venture capital firm.

Dr. Laufer is a graduate of the University of Colorado, B.S. in Biological Sciences - MCDB, with distinction, and the Stanford University School of Medicine, M.D. He completed his emergency medicine residency at Harbor-UCLA and did a post-graduate fellowship at Stanford University Medical Center.