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Molecular Sensing for the Masses

Calden Carroll

Dr. Carroll is a co-founder and President of SupraSensor Technologies. Calden received his Ph.D. in 2011 from the University of Oregon in the groups of Professors Darren Johnson and Michael Haley, for work on the molecular sensor platform that is the basic technology for SupraSensor’s nitrate monitoring device. As a post-doc, his team was awarded the top prize in the National Science Foundations Innovation Corps program designed to take basic research out of the lab and into the private sector. He is a firm believer in the power of investment in the fundamental sciences as a tool for revolutionary societal changes, and takes particular pride in providing a technology to protect the fisheries he spends so much of his free time on.

August Sick

Mr. Sick is a co-founder and managing member of SupraSensor LLC and co-founder and managing director of Cascade Prodrug, Inc. both spinouts of the University of Oregon.  He also works part time as an Entrepreneur In Residence for the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI). He brings 25+ years of successful executive, entrepreneurial and investment experience to young startups. Mr. Sick is assisting Oregon university and startup company teams that are already involved in ONAMI Commercialization Gap Fund projects, and helping to source and select new projects for possible funding under the Oregon Investment Counsel program. Mr. Sick also operates a private consulting practice focused on start-up or early stage biotechnology companies that have a need for experienced operations management and deal expertise; providing advisory and coaching services for founders, executives and leadership teams. Mr. Sick currently serves as a director on five company and two non-profit organization boards.  Previously, Mr. Sick was a senior executive for Life Technologies Corporation, a career that started as the 20th employee and covered more than 18 years. Mr. Sick began his biotechnology career as a research associate for Mycogen Corporation, a San Diego startup where he developed many novel molecular biology methods. He is the key inventor on 34 issued US Patents. Mr. Sick received a B.A. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from the University of California San Diego.

Darren Johnson

Darren W. Johnson is an Associate Professor of Chemistry and Associate Director of the Materials Science Institute at the University of Oregon. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at Oregon State University.  He obtained his Ph.D. from UC-Berkeley in 2000 and was an NIH post-doctoral researcher at the Scripps Research Institute from 2001-2003.  His research draws inspiration from grand challenges in environmental and sustainable chemistry, much of which is investigated within an NSF Phase II Center for Chemical Innovation, the Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry (CSMC).  He has pursued technology transfer and consulting activities with several small and large companies in his time at Oregon, including licensing technology to Crystal Clear Technologies for development as water purification/sensing materials, consulting on remediation and sensing projects for Chemica technologies, pitching technology and working with UO Technology Entrepreneurship Program MBA teams, and participating and advising student teams in the CSMC’s Innovation program run in partnership with the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance.  He is also co-founder of SupraSensor Technologies (SST).  

Michael Haley

Michael M. Haley is a Professor of Chemistry and Head of the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at the University of Oregon.  He received both his Bachelor’s (1987) and Ph.D. (1991) degrees from Rice University working on the chemistry of cyclopropenes and cycloproparenes. Haley then pursued his postdoctoral studies at the University of California-Berkeley from 1991 to 1993 studying [N]phenylenes. He joined the UO faculty in 1993. Haley is a well-recognized expert in the synthesis and study of aromatic and carbon-rich molecules with potential applications in materials science and has co-authored over 150 papers.  He is a co-founder of SupraSensor Technologies.  When not on campus, he can often be found in the back yard tending his fruit and vegetable gardens, or in the kitchen cooking, usually with wine glass in hand.

Bruce Branchaud

Bruce Branchaud is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Oregon. Bruce has been a faculty member at the University of Oregon since 1983. He was also a senior executive in the biotech industry, 2005-2011, as Director of Global Chemistry at Invitrogen and Research Fellow/Leader for Emerging Technologies in Chemistry at Life Technologies. Bruce received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Harvard University and was an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Significant honors and awards are National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellow (1981-1983), Fellow of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (1987-1989), Visiting Professor of Chemistry at Phillips University, Marburg, Germany (1991), Visiting Professor of Chemistry at Harvard University (1992 & 1993) and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow (2010-present).