Bruce Carvalho | Technology

Bruce is an entrepreneur and Principal at Aixtek, a technology development firm that specializes in designing, making and testing consumables and hardware for the biomedical and life science fields.  Before founding Aixtek, Bruce held technical management positions at DxTech (now Vantix) and Living Microsystems (now Verinata), where he led groups in the development of blood-based microfluidic devices and instruments. At Gamera Bioscience and Tecan, Bruce contributed to the development of the LabCD, a centrifugal fluidic bio-assay platform, from invention through commercialization.

Bruce is a Trustee at the Lycée International de Boston and Co-founder of the Watertown Engineering Networking Group.  He received a B.S. in Physics from Haverford College and earned a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT. 

Maury Cosman | Engineering

Maury is a Principal at Aixtek with over 25 years of experience developing new technologies, processes and products in the areas of biotechnology and electro-mechanical systems.  Previously, he co-founded Amaranth Bio, a start-up developing a cell-based therapy for Type I diabetes.  At Organogenesis, he was co-PI on a NIST Advanced Technology Program grant to develop a liver assist device, and led groups that successfully cryopreserved Apligraf and developed Vercutis, a next-generation living skin product. At Aphios, a biotechnology start-up, he led an engineering team in developing a supercritical-fluid-based viral inactivation technology.  As an individual consultant, his clients included Digital Equipment, Arthur D Little and Barrett Technology, supporting projects ranging from cryogenic minicomputers to robotics.

Maury holds a B.S from Cornell University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from MIT, all in Mechanical Engineering.  He is an instrument-rated private pilot.

Carmela Mascio | Biology & Project Management

As a microbiologist at Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Carmela provided scientific leadership and assisted in all aspects of the biological characterization of a number of novel antibacterial agents.  During her 12 year tenure she was a key member of the team that advanced the clinical development of Surotomycin, Cubist’s novel Clostridium difficile antibiotic, currently in Phase 3 clinical trials. She established and maintained an anaerobe suite, and supported the project from compound characterization, through Investigational New Drug filing with the FDA.  Most recently, Carmela led ‘Project Endeavor’, Cubist’s hand hygiene effort.  In addition to providing overall program management, Carmela and her team developed a number of unconventional microbiological assays used to assess the efficacy and toxicity of a variety of hand sanitization approaches. 

Carmela enjoys advancing STEM learning by leading interactive activities and helping students understand career opportunities in science-related fields.  She was an active member of Cubist’s Corporate Giving Committee, served as their STEM Education Ambassador and has been nationally recognized for her work as a recipient of We Work For Health Champions Class of 2014, Healthcare Businesswoman Association Rising Star (2014), Girls Inc. SMARTerrific Award (2014) and Journal of Antibiotics Medal Recipient (as contributing author, 2013). Carmela earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Microbiology from the University of New Hampshire.

Lawrence Shubert | Ethnography & Product Design

Larry is product innovator and a former Principal of IDEO, the world's leading design and innovation company. Currently he is Principal and Founder of ZIP Innovations that was originally started in partnership with IDEO to commercialize a line of health and safety products he invented. Through Zip Innovations, Larry continues to consult and provide strategic innovation and product development services to a select group of companies and non-profit organizations.  He has worked on an array of award winning design projects ranging from small hand-held and wearable devices to large industrial equipment. Strategic projects include explorations into digital imaging, office furniture and environments, automobiles and lifestyles, hair cutting services and tools, internet services, food equipment and long haul trucking.  His client base has included numerous industry leaders such as Medtronic, Kodak, Samsung, Supercuts, Pepsi, Apple Computer, Snap-on, Kenworth and BMW, as well as a number of start-ups in the medical, dental services, telecommunications, computer, energy conservation, toy, social networking and food industries.

Larry earned a B.S. in Product Design and Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University where he also has taught design methodology. 



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