Jan Schnorr is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of C2Sense. Previously, he was a postdoctoral associate in the Swager laboratory (Department of Chemistry at MIT), and also completed his Ph.D. in chemistry at MIT. During this time, he has worked on functionalized carbon nanotubes and carbon nanotube based chemical sensors. He has published 13 peer-reviewed papers with a total of over 1,200 citations. He is co-inventor on 6 patents/patent applications including C2Sense’s ethylene sensing and rapid prototyping technology.
Timothy Swager is the John D. MacArthur Professor of Chemistry at MIT, and is a co-founder of C2Sense supporting the startup as a consultant. He has published more than 400 peer-reviewed papers and has more than 60 issued/pending patents. A major focus of Swager’s research in electronic organic materials is the demonstration of new conceptual approaches to the construction of sensory materials. These methods are the basis of the FidoTM explosives detectors (FLIR Systems Inc), which have the highest sensitivity of any explosives sensor. He is the cofounder of 4 companies and has served on a number of corporate and government boards.
Eric Keller is co-founder of C2Sense. Previously, he was the Chief Executive Officer at Nano Terra, Inc., a Boston-based nanotechnology company with life science and non-life science divisions. Prior to this, Mr. Keller was Senior Vice President of Business Affairs at America Online, Inc., which he joined in 1995. He became one of AOL’s chief deal architects, successfully negotiating over $4 billion in advertising agreements, equity investments worth in excess of $30 billion, and numerous joint ventures, strategic alliances and acquisitions. Mr. Keller began his career as a venture capital, securities and licensing attorney, representing both venture funds and venture-backed companies at Testa, Hurwitz and Thibeault and later at Piper & Marbury. Mr. Keller received an A.B. from Harvard College and a J.D. from Boston College.
Arunas Chesonis is the Chairman of C2Sense’s board of directors. Mr. Chesonis currently serves as Chairman and CEO of Sweetwater Energy, a biochemical and biofuels technology firm based in Rochester, New York. Mr. Chesonis also served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PAETEC Holding Corp., a Fortune 1000 telecommunications company acquired in 2011 by Windstream Corp. (NASDAQ: WIN) for $2.3 billion. Mr. Chesonis founded PAETEC in 1998. He previously served as President of ACC Corp. until it was purchased by AT&T in 1998. Mr. Chesonis received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the Herbert W. Van Brul Entrepreneurial Award by the College of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology and was elected to the Rochester Business Hall of Fame. Mr. Chesonis has a long history in renewable energy. His private philanthropic organization, the Chesonis Family Foundation, supports many environmental and renewable energy research projects, and has also given almost $10 million to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to support breakthrough technology research to address climate change and sustainability. He holds a B.S in Civil Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and MBA from the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester, and an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Rochester. Mr. Chesonis is also a member of the MIT Corporation and is a trustee at the University of Rochester.
Davide Marini is a technology entrepreneur with expertise in molecular biology, materials science and mechanical engineering. Most recently he was co-founder and CEO of Firefly BioWorks, an MIT spin-out company that introduced an instrument-independent technology platform for detection of microRNAs in liquid biopsies (acquired by Abcam). The technology was based on individually encoded hydrogel microparticles synthesized by a proprietary method combining UV photolithography with microfluidics. Prior to starting Firefly, Davide was a postdoctoral researcher at Children’s Hospital Boston, where he worked on nanomaterials for sensing and drug delivery applications in the area of ion channels. Davide obtained his PhD in mechanical engineering from MIT, where he focused on the design of self-assembling peptides, an MBA from Collège des Ingénieurs (France) and a BS in industrial engineering from Politecnico of Milan (Italy).
Sanjay Gupta is a strategic advisor to C2Sense and has 20+ years of experience in conceptualizing, building and delivering innovative solutions and products. Sanjay is currently responsible for Product Management and Marketing at WiTricity Inc. Previously, Sanjay was Vice President of Product Management and Development at Motorola where he led the commercialization of innovative consumer electronics products for wearable and mobile devices and accessories markets. Prior to joining Motorola, Sanjay was a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology. Sanjay holds over 15 patents and has over 40 publications in archival journals and leading academic conferences. Sanjay received his Ph.D. in Systems and an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering, both from the University of Pennsylvania. He received his B.Tech degree in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.
James T. Walsh is a Strategic Advisor for C2Sense, with over 25 years of experience ranging from startups to the Fortune 500. He has held executive leadership positions at AECOM, Tyco, Johnson and Johnson, AT&T, and Oracle Corporation. Mr. Walsh’s industry experiences include: High-Tech, Engineering and Construction, Software, Consumer Products, Telecom, Healthcare, Energy, Environmental Services and Management Consulting. He has spent the last 10 years establishing businesses that provided commercial monitoring solutions and services associated with air, water, soil, and civil infrastructure. He holds a BBA in Finance and Business Law from Temple University, and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.
Winston Henderson is Vice President, General Counsel of C2Sense and Nano Terra, Inc., a Boston-based nanotechnology company with life science and non-life science divisions. Prior to Nano Terra, Winston was Corporate Secretary of Surface Logix, Inc., a biopharmaceutical and drug development company in Boston, MA Winston supervises all legal functions, including corporate governance, corporate legal strategy, regulatory, intellectual property and licensing, litigation, and business development support. Prior to joining Surface Logix, Winston was an attorney with Kenyon & Kenyon, and a consultant with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) in its Advanced Systems and Technology Integration Services groups. Mr. Henderson received his B.S.E. in Biomedical & Electrical Engineering from Duke University (where he was a Reginaldo Howard Scholar), and his J.D. from Duke University School of Law.