Advisory board

Dennis_PictureDr. Dennis I. Robbins holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Physics from Arizona State University and a B.A. in Physics from DePauw University. He is passionate about growing and developing early-stage technology companies and has built a reputable portfolio of successful and well-funded small business involvement in the integrated circuit, medical device development, and pharmaceutical arenas. Since 2003, he has served as a reviewer for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program of the National Science Foundation (NSF). Over the course of a 23-year tenure, Dr. Robbins held various management and leadership positions at Texas Instruments, including Vice President for Worldwide Manufacturing Operations for Mixed Signal and Analog products—a business unit generating more than $4 billion in annual revenues. Also at TI, Dr. Robbins was actively involved in the company’s acquisition of Silicon Systems ($600M), Unitrode ($1.2B), and Burr-Brown ($7B).


Dr. John N. Randall, President of Zyvex Labs, Executive VP at NanoRetina, Adjunct Professor at UT Dallas,  and Fellow of the AVS and IEEE, has over 35 years of experience in Micro- and Nano- fabrication. He has attracted over $30M in research contracts to Zyvex and resulting products have grossed over $80M. He joined Zyvex in March of 2001 after 15 years at Texas Instruments where he was a distinguished Member of the Technical Staff. Prior to TI, John worked at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory on ion beam and x-ray lithography. He has BS, MS and PhD Degrees all in Electrical Engineering, from the University of Houston.

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Mr. David Hitt received his Bachelors of Science degrees in both Physics and Business and Public Administration from the University of Texas at Dallas in 1982. He then received a Master’s degree in Taxation at Baylor University in 1983 and his Juris Doctorate from Southern Methodist University in 1987. For almost 30 years, he applied his formal education to the private practice of intellectual property law, protecting technologies and guiding businesses at his Dallas law firm, Hitt Gaines. He now works select companies in a board or officer capacity, specializing in product development and intellectual property strategy.


Prof. Abraham Katzir is a Professor of Physics at Tel Aviv University, holding the Carol and Mel Taub Chair in Applied Medical Physics. Abraham Katzir received his PhD from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 1974, and joined Caltech as a Senior Research Fellow. In 1977 he established the Applied Physics Group at Tel Aviv University, which he heads. In the past, Prof. Katzir was a visiting member of Staff at ATT Bell Laboratories, and he was a Visiting Professor at MIT.  Prof. Katzir is an expert in the fields of biomedical optics and infra-red fiber optics. His group at Tel Aviv University developed fibers made of crystalline silver halides, which are among the few that are highly transparent in the mid-IR spectral range.