Leadership

Prakash Murthy

CEO, CTO & Founder

Mr. Murthy has 20 years of experience in engineering management and entrepreneurial ventures. He has been the CEO of Core Solutions and has been the Co-Founder of Inspiration Technologies, C2Silicon and Atonarp. As the CTO of Atonarp, Mr. Murthy has authored many of the core technology patents. Mr. Murthy holds a BE from Kuvempu University.

Dave Anderson

Head of Product Development, COO

Mr. Anderson has 25 years of product development experience leading teams of up to 200 people including design, test, applications, and marketing. As the General Manager of Maxim’s Industrial and Medical business unit, he has strong knowledge of both the technology and business requirements in these markets. Mr. Anderson has a Master’s degree from Columbia University in Electrical Engineering, holds 15 issued US patents, and has presented papers at international peer reviewed conferences.

Katsuhiko “Kats” Nakazawa

Vice President, Japan Operations

Mr. Nakazawa has over 35 years of experience in business planning and execution management jobs. He used to work in NEC Electronics and Renesas Electronics led the business divisions of SOC/ MCU sector for industrial system, digital multimedia and PC/ Servers. Mr. Nakazawa holds BA in Electronic Communication, Engineering from Tokyo Denki University.

Tarun Anand

Sr. Director of Financial Planning and Analysis

Mr. Anand has over 15 years of experience in finance and accounting function has held various finance leadership positions at companies such as Hewlett Packard and Thermo Fisher. Before joining Atonarp, Mr. Anand, as the VP of Finance at OmniSeq, was responsible for entire finance and accounting function. Mr. Anand is experienced at P&L Management, Financial Planning & Analysis, Investor Relations, Business Development, Business & Operations Finance in the variety of industries. Tarun brings an effective and strong business partnership approach as a strategic advisor that adds high energy and an entrepreneurial spirit. Mr. Anand has a undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Delhi University and has an MBA degree from Rice University.

Nabil Saad, Ph.D.

Senior Director - Marketing & Business Development

Dr. Saad has 20+ years of experience in the scientific instrumentation and pharma markets. He received his Ph.D. degree in Environmental Toxicology from Cornell University with a focus on Mass Spectrometry instrumentation and interface design. His professional expertise spans from scientific instruments engineering to product marketing, applications management and business development. Nabil has authored and co-authored more than 15 peer-reviewed scientific papers with patent awards and multi-million dollar federal government research grants. Dr. Saad’s successful leadership role in new vertical markets development for the Picarro isotopic optical analyzers and solutions portfolio has given access to an untapped applications market and generated multi-million dollar sales and service revenue stream.

Saïd Boumsellek, Ph.D.

Senior Director

Dr. Boumsellek Boumsellek has over 27 years of experience developing field analytical instruments for space, semiconductor, vacuum coating, trace explosives and narcotics detection, and environmental monitoring applications. He received a PhD in physics from the university of Paris, authored more than 30 peer-reviewed papers, and holds numerous patents on designs of ionization sources, miniature mass spectrometers, conventional and differential mobility instruments. Dr. Boumsellek secured over $14M of R&D funding from various government agencies including NASA, DoD, and DHS.

Karthik Madathil

Director of Algorithms & Analytics and Director, India Operations

Mr. Madathil has nearly 25 years of experience in technology and managing chip and software design, product development and marketing. He has been in various technology leadership positions in Texas Instruments, Montalvo Systems, and Cypress Semiconductor, and co-founded and was Chief Technologist of Tenpoint Academy, which developed a machine-learning-based product for K-12 education. Mr. Madathil has authored several patents and peer reviewed publications and holds a Bachelor of Technology degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.

Board of Directors

Nicholas Brathwaite

Chairman, Walden Riverwood Ventures

Mr. Brathwaite is a founding Partner of Riverwood Capital. Mr. Brathwaite has spent over 25 years developing and evaluating technology. From 1996 to 2007, he served as Chief Technology Officer at Flextronics, where he worked alongside Michael Marks, former CEO. At Flextronics, Mr. Brathwaite was innovative in his drive to move the company into product development, and he oversaw the launch and growth of several of Flextronics’ largest business units. Previously, Mr. Brathwaite was a founding member of nChip responsible for development of the industry-leading advanced multi-chip module assembly process. More recently with Riverwood, Mr. Brathwaite served as the interim CEO for Aptina Imaging from February 2007 to August 2008. His unique combination of technology know-how and commercial judgment will add value throughout the investment life-cycle at Riverwood. Mr. Brathwaite earned a M.Sc. Degree in Polymer Science Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada and a B.Sc. (Honors) Degree in Applied Chemistry from McMaster University, Canada. He is a director of Globant, Arkmicro., Power Integrations, Tessera Technologies, Inc.

Yuichi Kawakami

Director, IVF

Mr. Kawakami joined NEC Corporation in April 1975. While working at NEC, succeeded in commercializing the world’s first DSP (Digital Signal Processor). Mr. Kawakami Served as President of NEC Electronics America, and Chairman of the Board of Renesas Electronics America. While there, he was involved in investments, tie-ups and training with Silicon Valley venture startups. Mr. Kawakami remains an advisor to venture businesses.

Prakash Murthy

CEO, Co-Founder

Mr. Murthy has 20 years of experience in engineering management and entrepreneurial ventures. He has been the CEO of Core Solutions and has been the Co-Founder of Inspiration Technologies, C2Silicon and Atonarp. As the CTO of Atonarp, Mr. Murthy has authored many of the core technology patents. Mr. Murthy holds a BE from Kuvempu University.

Michael Raam

Independent

Mr. Raam is the President and CEO and serves on the board of directors at WekaIO. He is a two-time successful entrepreneur most recently with SandForce (acquired by LSI).
Michael brings more than 30 years of leadership experience to the challenges of actualizing innovative, software-based solutions to meet today’s data storage challenges.
Mr. Raam’s previous success in board-level, executive and technical leadership roles range across VLSI design, processor development, networking, video and flash-based storage and give him deep domain expertise.
Michael currently sits on the board of CNEXLABS and Liqid and holds an advisory position at Nantero and Talena. He previously held advisory positions at GetToChip, a CAD company acquired by Cadence and Virsto a storage virtualization software company acquired by VMWare.
Michael holds a MSc. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan and a BSc. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from The California State Polytechnic University Pomona.

Ken Yasunaga

Director, INCJ

Mr. Yasunaga has served as a Managing Director at Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ) since 2013. Before joining INCJ, Yasunaga served as a Co-founder and Managing Partner of Entrepia Ventures. Yasunaga spent nine years in New York and Silicon Valley investing in IT-related U.S. venture companies. Yasunaga also served as a director of Japan Venture Capital Association between 2010 and 2013. Yasunaga started his career at Nissho Iwai Corporation, where he managed more than $500 million of IT-related investments.

Takehito Yogo

Director, Corporate Planning Headquarters; Certified Public Accountant; and Nipro Corporation

Mr. Yogo has served as a Director of the Board, Corporate Planning HQ at Nipro Corporation of Japan (NIPRO) since 2015. Before joining Nipro Corporation, Yogo served as a President & CEO of Goodman Co. Ltd., for 6 years, served as a Director of the Board of Goodman, CFO for 3 years, served as a Managing Director of Corporate Planning HQ for 2 years. Before joining Goodman, Yogo has 8 years’ experience as a Certified Public Accountant at Ernst & Young. Yogo started his career at Yamaichi Security Corporation.

Observers

Daisuke Kaihoku

Observer, INCJ

Mr. Kaihoku has over 15 years of experience in IP strategy management and business development. He serves as a Vice President at Innovation Network Corporation of Japan since 2011. he served at Ricoh Company, Ltd , where he managed to form many Patent Portfolios. Before joining Ricoh, he served as a Patent Attorney with prosecution, license negotiation and litigation at Fujimoto Patent and Law Office. He started his career in sales and business Planning at Toppan Printing Co., Ltd in 1998. Mr. Kaihoku has three Master’s degree in Information Science (from Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology), Business Law and MBA (from Hitotsubashi University Graduate School).

Cesar Lee

Observer, Walden Riverwood Ventures

Mr. Lee is a Principal at WRV, a venture capital fund focused on early stage investments in hardware, semiconductor and other technology-related companies. Previously, he was an investment professional at Riverwood Capital, a technology-focused, late stage venture capital and private equity fund. He began his career at RBC Capital Markets, where he was part of the Mergers & Acquisitions group for two years and the Equity-linked & Derivatives group for one year. While at RBC, Cesar spent a majority of his time working on M&A advisory transactions for technology companies.

Kyoichi Matarai

Observer, IVF

Mr. Matarai joined NEC Corporation in 1985 and has over 25 years of experience in marketing, business development, and management in the semiconductor and electron device business. Mr. Matarai served as Vice President of Renesas Electronics America and Senior Vice President of Renesas Electronics China. Mr. Matarai is Labor and Social Security Attorney.

Advisory Board

David King

Independent

Mr. King is an experienced lawyer and executive with deep and broad experience in the growth and funding of new entrepreneurial ventures in a number of industries, especially those relating to the life sciences. As a Partner at Morgan Lewis, he was the leader of the venture capital and emerging business practice. He was CEO of Principia Pharmaceutical Corporation, which was acquired by Human Genome Sciences, Inc. He was co-founder and the CEO of BioRexis Pharmaceutical Corporation, which was acquired by Pfizer, Inc. Mr. king was a venture partner with Quaker Partners, a life sciences venture capital firm with $700 million under management, Mr. King holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a law degree from Harvard Law School.

Tomoyoshi Sato

Founder

Mr. Sato has over 30 years of experience in engineering management and entrepreneurial ventures. He has designed and built high performance microprocessors/DSP targeting digital audio compression/visual coding like MPEG-1/-2 and MIMO implementation. He has been a CTO/Founder of IPFlex raising $75M in equity and CEO/Co-Founder of Atonarp, raising $11M. He holds BS in physics/ chemistry from Ibaraki University