Richard has worked across the innovation-to-business spectrum from biotechnology research to product development, marketing and commerce including company formation and leadership in both large and small organizations. Trained at Imperial College, London, his Ph.D. in microbial biochemistry was sponsored by the UK health service, where Richard worked as a senior scientist before transitioning to industry. He progressed to business and company development while maintaining technical leadership. He was a key member of the executive team that transformed Whatman plc, the UK industrial filtration company, into a global healthcare business that became GE Healthcare. During the last ten years he has worked for investors in diligence and turn-around roles, mostly in the United States. Richard provides pro-bona support to exciting start-ups, judges the annual international Katerva Innovation Awards and candidates for the MedTech Innovator program, and supports Level Eight investments as a board member or advisor. Away from business he loves sailing and intends to cross an ocean or two.
Séamus has spent 30 years building businesses around new technology as founder, executive, CEO and board member. He was developing distributed object-oriented securities trading systems in the 1990s, big data and AI systems before they were cool, and one of the first large-scale enterprise SAS systems. He spent several years in China growing venture funded businesses. In 2015 he left Silicon Valley and moved to Ann Arbor where he is a mentor for TechStars, helped develop the SAE Connected Vehicle Professional program, and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences. He is a board member/investor/adviser to a number of technology companies, including including We Predict, SpinTech, Pathware, Invision.AI, Rally, and The Next Education. Seamus holds degrees in Computer Science and Accounting from the University of Manchester. Outside work, Séamus can be found racing around the thousands of miles of off-road bike trails in Michigan.