Jonathan Arnaldo is a Full-stack Engineer at Riffyn, responsible for the development of Riffyn's visual interface. Jonathan previously worked as an architect and a virtual design and construction engineer at Parsons Brinckerhoff where he helped develop, analyze, and visualize large infrastructure projects including bridges, tunnels, and railways across the globe. Jonathan has a BA in Architecture from UC Berkeley and a MS in Sustainable Design and Construction from Stanford University. While not working, Jon enjoys hiking the Berkeley hills, cycling, and learning to play new musical instruments.
Robin Beitra serves as a software architect for Riffyn, responsible for developing graph theory solutions for the product. Throughout his career he has worked to bring advances in computer science to life through interactive data visualisation, augmented reality, games and the web. Robin has developed data visualisation tools and experimental storytelling for The Guardian, projection mapping software for the Bolshoi Ballet and interactive exhibits for display at the Science Museum in London, and around the UK. Robin has an MEng in Computing from Imperial College London.
Claude Calegari is the VP of Operations and Finance at Riffyn. Previously, Claude was the VP of Finance at Womply, a 160 person SAAS financial technology company that served small and medium sized businesses. Prior to that, he headed supply chain operations at Amyris where he built the company’s contract manufacturing footprint in the US and Europe, managed global supply chain operations, and led strategic planning and M&A due diligence. He is also the Founder and co-owner of Skuut, the leading balance bike company for kids ages 3 to 5. Claude holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, a BA in Sociology from Harvard University and is a CPA. Claude enjoys basketball, snowboarding and trying to keep up with his two children, ages 13 and 9.
Marcus is a software engineer at Riffyn and an experimental scientist experienced in biophysical chemistry and enzymology. He was previously a research scientist at Kiverdi, a biotech startup, where he worked to produce renewable chemicals from waste using bacteria. Marcus has conducted research in biochemistry and biophysics at UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. He holds an AB in Chemistry from Columbia University and an MS and PhD in Chemistry from UC Berkeley. Outside of work, he can often be found cycling or (occasionally) running in the Berkeley Hills and beyond.
Matt Cockerill is the founding Director, Europe for Riffyn. Previously, Matt was the Managing Director and a Founder of BioMed Central, which introduced the open-access publishing model - a model that now dominates academic publishing worldwide. After selling BioMed Central to Springer in 2008, he served on the Springer Management Board and grew the business by 500% in five years. Prior to BioMed Central, Matt lead the development of BioMedNet a community website for medical researchers, which was sold to Reed Elsevier. He holds a bachelors with honors in Natural Sciences and a PhD in molecular biology in the lab of Nobel Laureate Tim Hunt at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund.
Dave Corcoran is a co-founder and the VP of R&D at Onshape. Onshape is the first and only full-cloud production 3D collaborative CAD system that lets everyone on a design team simultaneously work together using a web browser, phone or tablet. Prior to Onshape, Dave was President and co-founder of LC Design, EVP of R&D and one the original developers at SolidWorks, Director of R&D at Computervision, and an analysis engineer at Pratt&Whitney. Dave holds an Sc. B. in Applied Mathematics from Brown University.
Alastair Dant is the Lead Interactive Developer at Riffyn, responsible for the development of Riffyn's visual interface for experimental process design, data acquisition and analytics. Alastair is an award-winning technologist previously specializing in digital news media and data visualization. His work has been recognized by the Malofiej Awards, the International Academy of Digitial Arts and Sciences Webby Awards, the Sony Radio Academy Awards, and the Data Journalism Awards. Alastair previously worked as the News Analytics Lead at the New York Times, the Interactive Lead at the Guardian, and the Lead Developer at Mind Candy. His background in scientific computing includes a experiences as a senior consultant to IDBS and technical lead at BioMed Central and Current Controlled Trials. Alastair has a BS in Cognitive Science from University College London.
Bob Dvorak is the Chief Marketing Officer for Riffyn. Bob is also a Co-Founder of BioPharma Data & Manufacturing Systems Consulting and a Lecturer at San Francisco State University. Previously, he was the Global Director of Syncade and Data Management Product Marketing at Emerson Process Management, where he managed product strategy in the Life Sciences, Oil, Gas and Chemicals markets. He also served the North American Services Director at Elan Software (acquired by Siemens), the Director of IT Business Systems at Genitope, the Associate Director of IT at Abgenix, and a Research Consultant at the Neurocognitive Research Institute at The Ohio State University. Bob holds a BA in Biology and Psychology from Case Western Reserve University, and a MA and PhD in English from The Ohio State University.
Tim Gardner is the Founder and the CEO of Riffyn. He also serves as an advisor to the European Union Scientific Committees and the Boston University Engineering Alumni Advisory Board. He was previously Vice President of Research & Development at Amyris, where he led the engineering of yeast strain and processes technology for large-scale (1.2 million liter) bio-manufacturing of renewable chemicals. He was also an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Boston University, the Founder of Cellicon Biotechnologies, and a Programmer at ALK Associates. Tim has been recognized for his pioneering work in Synthetic Biology by Scientific American, the New Scientist, Nature, Technology Review, and the New York Times. He holds BS in Mechanical Engineering from Princeton University and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University. Tim enjoys hockey, running, mountain biking, and being beaten by his 6 and 8 year-old sons in almost everything.
Laura Jennings-Antipov is a Senior Application Scientist at Riffyn. Prior to joining the Riffyn team, Laura was a team member at Silver Creek Pharmaceuticals, a drug discovery company located in San Francisco. She joined Silver Creek as employee #4 and helped build a research program focused on developing targeted growth factors for regenerative medicine. Laura brings to Riffyn her expertise in assay development and experimental design as well as her experience in simplifying and communicating scientific concepts across disciplines. Laura received a Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry from MIT in 2008 and holds Bachelor's degrees in both Chemistry and Mathematics from the University of Missouri.
Elliot Katzman is an advisor to Riffyn and a general partner of Commonwealth Capital Ventures, and a Board member of Onshape, Acacia and Seniorlink. Previously, he was a general partner at Kodiak Venture Partners, and has more than 30 years of high-technology experience as a venture investor, founder and senior executive in software, internet-related and new media companies. A few of his notable recent successes include Cloudswitch (acquired by Verizon), Vela Systems (acquired by Autodesk), and Echo Nest (acquired by Spotify). Elliot also spent more than 20 years as a senior executive at four highly successful software companies. He founded and led Myteam.com (merged with Active Network); he was Senior VP and CFO at SolidWorks (acquired by Dassault Systemes); he was the CFO of Atria Software, where he led an IPO and a $1 billion merger with Pure Software, the largest software merger of its time; and, he served as CFO of Epoch Systems (acquired by EMC). He holds a BSBA from Salem State College. He is also involved in a variety of community activities including the Board of Trustees of St. John’s Prep High School and the Board of Fellows for Trinity College.
Eric is a Professor of Statistics in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Boston University, and a faculty member in the Program in Bioinformatics, the Program in Computational Neuroscience, and the Division of Systems Engineering. His research focuses on the application of network-indexed data statistics to diverse fields including bioinformatics, neuroscience, and sociology. Eric authored a book on the subject - Statistical Analysis of Network Data: Methods and Models, and has consulted for the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI). He is a fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA), an elected senior member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute (ISI).
Zane Lackey is the Founder/CSO at Signal Sciences and serves as a Technical Advisor to Riffyn, the Internet Bug Bounty Program, and the US State Department-backed Open Technology Fund. Prior to Signal Sciences, Zane was the Director of Security Engineering at Etsy and a Senior Security Consultant at iSEC Partners.
He has been featured in notable media outlets such as the BBC, Associated Press, Forbes, Wired, CNET, Network World, and SC Magazine. A frequent speaker at top industry conferences, he has presented at BlackHat, RSA, USENIX, Velocity, Microsoft BlueHat, SANS, OWASP, QCon, and has given invited lectures at Facebook, Goldman Sachs, New York University, and Reykjavik University.
He is a contributing author of Mobile Application Security (McGraw-Hill), a co-author of Hacking Exposed: Web 2.0 (McGraw-Hill), and a contributing author/technical editor of Hacking VoIP (No Starch Press). He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with a minor in Computer Science from the University of California, Davis.
Lili Nader is a Co-founder and Vice President of Engineering at Riffyn, responsible for the system architecture, scalable cloud infrastructure and product development. Previously Lili served as a software architect at Red Hat and Makara (acquired by Red Hat). At Red Hat she developed Openshift - a platform as a service (PaaS) providing high availability web application monitoring and management. At Makara she built a container system for scalable lifecycle management, performance monitoring and clustered deployment of web applications. Prior to Makara, Lili worked at Timestock (sold to Wiley Technology), OnDemand (sold to Chordiant Software) and National Semiconductor. Lili has an MS in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Salford, and a BS in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology.
Kayvan Montakhab is the Lead DevOps Engineer at Riffyn, responsible for management of cloud infrastructure, operations and implementation of SaaS solutions. Kayvan has over 17 years of experience architecting and managing highly available and scalable solutions at various technology startups and large enterprises such as Symantec, VMware and Yahoo. Kayvan previously worked on projects such as integration of ERP infrastructure for Symantec and Veritas merger, implementation and management of Sarbanes-Oxley and Export Compliance solutions, large scale virtualization and operations support of search infrastructure at Yahoo. When Kayvan is away from his terminal, he enjoys tennis, biking Bay Area trails and hiking and backpacking the Sierras.
Ashley Quinn is a Product Designer at Riffyn, responsible for the user interface and user experience design. She is also passionate junior scientist, working with her local community lab to advocate for science literacy. Previously she was the co-founder of We Less Than Three, a Brooklyn-based full service design studio. At We Less Than Three she helped enable clients launch their products and ideas out into the world with a focus on user-centered design. Ashley has an MFA in Interaction Design from the School of Visual Arts, and a BS in Interior Design from Drexel University.
Ram Ranganathan is a software engineering consultant at Riffyn. Previously Ram was the chief architect at Crittercism Inc., building out a high scale mobile application performance management (mAPM) solution processing metrics from over 1.2 Billion mobile devices and thousands of mobile applications. Prior to Crittercism, Ram has worked and consulted at various companies including Red Hat, Makara (acquired by Red Hat), HP, Yahoo, Compaq, SGI, Verity, Netscape and Tandem amongst others. Ram holds a BS in Computer Engineering from University of Pune. Ram is an avid Terry Pratchett fan, loves reading and playing cricket.
Tom Treynor is the Vice President of Product Development and Application Support at Riffyn. He was previously the Director of Test Operations at Zymergen, where he led the growth and continuous improvement of its strain performance measurement resources. Working with their Software team he also designed the interfaces to upload, warehouse and analyze tens of thousands of measurements each week. Early in his career Tom contributed to the Chemical and Biological Sensing team at General Electric's Global Research Center. Then at Amyris his initial role as Protein Engineer evolved into one where he was driving improvements to strain promotion decisions in R&D and the predictability with which processes were scaled from the lab to the plant. He also led the team that built the quality management system deployed at their 1.2 million liter manufacturing facility in Brazil and developed a training curriculum that introduced multivariate statistical methods to nearly one hundred global colleagues. Tom holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemistry from Yale, and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Stanford. Whether he's using quantum mechanics to interpret molecular spectra or chasing down an outlying trend on a control chart, Tom is passionate about helping others to make increasingly accurate predictions of future distributions.
Vishram is a software engineer at Riffyn where his is responsible for the development of Riffyn's Data Agent. Vishram started his career in Mumbai as a contractor developing a workplace collaboration system for General Electric. Before joining Riffyn, Vishram was with Cisco's security division engineering an identity and access control platform called Identity Services Engine. He previously in the Cisco data center group. Vishram has a bachelors in computer science from Visveswaraya Technological University, Belgaum and a masters in Information Systems from Texas A&M University. Vishram is a licensed skydiver, he loves jumping out of airplanes, going on long hikes and motorcycle rides.
Doug Williams is the Director of Commercial Development at Riffyn and leads our commercialization efforts. Previously, Doug was the Head of Operations at Care3, a digital health start-up where he led efforts inbusiness development, fundraising, and marketing. Prior to Care3, he worked in the business development group at Coskata where he implemented their technology licensing program for their biofuel production process. Doug holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BS in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University. Doug enjoys martial arts and following all Detroit sports teams.