Carmela Mascio | President, CSO & Co-Founder 


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, from pre-IND studies to 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 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. with a minor in Medical Laboratory Sciences and M.S. degrees in Microbiology from the University of New Hampshire.


Bruce Carvalho | Head of Product Development & Engineering, Co-Founder  


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 the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). 



Lawrence Shubert | Co-Founder, Design & Ethnography  


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. 

Meet the Team!