Our Team

IdentifySensors Nanosensors Technology

“Focused on building systems to
detect materials harmful to humans”

Hi, we’re IdentifySensors. We are a team of scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and dreamers who are building a platform for nanosensor applications that help optimize resources for a more sustainable future. The platform integrates with the Internet of Things (IoT), producing new types of data and predictive analytics associated with quality, safety and security across business verticals including biologics, food safety & security, infrastructure & environmental monitoring and national security.

We Are IdentifySensors

IdentifySensors is harnessing the diversity of biological systems to power the next generation of low-power biosensors for real-time monitoring of materials harmful to humans. Through its discovery of novel biosensor solutions, the company is enabling the full potential of its platform to detect, monitor and predict how materials can be harmful to humans.

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Executive Team

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Gregory Hummer

Co-Founder & CEO

Gregory is serial entrepreneur and level I trauma surgeon, trained at the Cleveland Clinic. He was a medical consultant to NASA and founded two successful healthcare technology companies. Gregory received his M.D. from the Ohio State University and a B.S. in Chemistry and Computer Science from the University of Notre Dame.

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Tommy Sors

COO

Tommy is Assistant Director of Purdue University’s Institute of Inflammation, Immunology and Infectious Disease, where he works to drive strategic direction and manage daily operations of the Institute. Dr. Sors is also involved in the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI), where he has established a reputation for connecting investigators from across the region to core facilities and research collaborators at Purdue University. Dr. Sors received his Ph.D. in Plant Physiology and Molecular Biology from the Department of Horticulture at Purdue University in 2008 and remained at Purdue University to complete his post-doctoral research in the Department of Biochemistry.

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Ann Hawkins

CFO

Ann is a member of Edward C. Hawkins & Co., Ltd., a CPA firm and a member of Hawkins & Company, LLC., a law firm both of which are based in Cleveland, Ohio. She received her law degree from Marquette University and received her B.B.A with Honors from the University of Notre Dame. Ms. Hawkins is a member of the American Bar Association, Ohio Bar Association, Florida Bar Association, Wisconsin Bar Association and Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants. She is also admitted to the United States Supreme Court, Supreme Court of the States of Ohio, Wisconsin and Florida.

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Jeff Spagnola

CMO

Jeff spent 34 years in the communications industry working in a variety of sales and technical marketing roles. Early sales roles at NCR, Case Communications and Develcon Electronics prepared Jeff for leadership roles at Cisco Systems, a global communications equipment provider. During 26 years at Cisco Systems, Jeff’s leadership assisted Cisco in growing from a domestic business with revenue of $79M (1991) to a global business with nearly $50B of revenue and over 75,000 employees.

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Bruce Raben

President

Bruce is an investment banker and founding partner of Hudson Capital Advisors. Starting in 1979 at Drexel Burnham Lambert, he worked on many leveraged buyouts and recapitalizations including Mattel Toys, SFN Co.’s, Magma Copper, Warnaco, Mellon Bank and John Fairfax. Mr. Raben then went on to co-found the Corporate Finance Department at Jefferies & Co. in 1990. At Jeffries, he was the architect of Jeffries entering the Energy and Gaming industries. At CIBC World Markets, he led the bank’s founding investment and financing of Global Crossing.

Technology

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Dr. Lia Stanciu, Ph.D.

CSO

Lia is Associated Head and Professor of Materials Engineering at Purdue University’s School for Material Engineering. Dr. Stanciu’s research group focuses on chemical and biological sensing, gas sensing, sensor nanomanufacturing, chemical synthesis of biologically inspired materials, understanding of biointerfaces, and battery ceramics. Dr. Stanciu’s research group put forward the first aptamer-based whole cell lateral flow assay, ink-jet bio-patterning of aptameric inks, statistical analysis based on image analysis of colorimetric test strips, novel carboxyl-DNA modification of aptamers and a SELEX process for fabricating aptamers.

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Rodney Corder

Rod has over 30 years of experience in high-technology product design and development in consumer, industrial and regulatory environments. Rod’s expertise ranges from product concept through development to scaled production. Rod is former Chief Engineer of Rockwell Semiconductor, Dwyer Instruments and ServiceFlow. Rod is a veteran of several start-up technology companies encompassing chip design, artificial intelligence, computer peripherals, information security devices and medical devices.

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Roger Narayan, Ph.D.

Materials Engineer

Roger Narayan is a Professor in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University. He is an author of over two hundred publications as well as several book chapters on processing and characterization of biomedical materials. Dr. Narayan has received many honors for his research activities, such as the NCSU Alcoa Foundation Engineering Research Achievement Award, the NCSU Sigma Xi Faculty Research Award and other awards. Dr. Narayan has been elected as Fellow of the American Ceramic Society, AAAS, ASM International, and AIMBE. His research interests include: 2D materials, 3D printing, Biosensors and Drug Delivery.

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Rupesh Mishra, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Rupesh is a postdoctoral research scientist with Dr. Lia Stanciu’s lab at Purdue University’s Birck Nanotechnology Center. Rupesh was previously postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Wearable Sensors led by Dr. Joe Wang at the University of California San Diego. Dr. Mishra develops electrochemical sensors for a wide range of diagnostic applications. He received his Ph.D. in 2013 in the field of biosensors and has authored more than 60 journal articles. Under Dr. Wang’s guidance he developed sensor technologies for the U.S. Department of Defense and for Fortune 500 companies. Among Dr. Mishra’s expertise includes enzymes, biofouling, electroactive materials, aptamers and ink-jet precision printing.

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Amit Barui, Ph.D.

Research Associate

Amit is a postdoctoral research associate with Dr. Lia Stanciu’s lab at Purdue University’s Birck Nanotechnology Center. Amit’s research focuses on assessment of food safety and quality in resource limited settings. He is presently working on smartphone-based point-of-need sensor applications. Dr. Bauri has experience in SELEX, aptamer, lateral flow assay and food analysis. Amit was previously a postdoctoral researcher for the Mehta Research Group of Global Health, Precision Nutrition, Epidemiology and Diagnostics at Cornell University.

Advisors

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Dr. Richard Kuhn

Virology

Dr. Kuhn is Director of the Purdue Institute of Inflammation, Immunology, and Infectious Disease. His research has focused on the replication and assembly of the alphaviruses and the flaviviruses. Dr. Kuhn has been involved in many fundamental studies examining the structure and assembly of enveloped viruses, including the first structure of dengue virus. His focus continues to be in virus replication, virion assembly, pathogenesis, and host cell interactions using biochemical, genetic, and structural techniques. In 2007 he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was an American Society for Microbiology lecturer. He is the chair of the U.S. Panel on Viral Diseases of the US-Japan Cooperative Medical Sciences Program at NIAID.

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Stephen Barrett

Finance

Steve is President of Barrett Advisory, a strategic and operational consulting firm involved with Whole Health Management, Thomas H. Lee Partners, SAP America, Green Visions, Healthspot and Endotronix. Prior to launching his own advisory firm, Steve was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Whirlpool Corporation and Chief Financial Officer of Global Fabric & Home Care at the Procter & Gamble Company, where he spent most of his career before retiring in 2002. Steve has an MBA in finance from Boston College and BS, Pre-Professional/Chemistry from the University of Notre Dame.

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Dick Buell

Consumer Goods & Marketing

Dick is an independent consultant to private equity firms on acquisition and merger deals. Dick’s most recent engagements include working with GTCR, Madison Dearborn, BC Partners, KKR and Goldman Sachs. Prior to launching his own advisory firm, Dick was Chairman and CEO of Catalina Marketing Corp., a global marketing firm that was sold to private equity firm Hellman & Friedman for $1.7 billion. Dick also served as CEO and Chairman of Willis Stein & Partners, a private equity firm focused on the consumer packaged goods space. Mr. Buell was also President and COO of Foodbrands America, which was sold to Tyson Foods in 2001. Earlier in his career Dick was President and CEO of Griffith Laboratories and Vice President of Marketing for Kraft Foods Company. Dick has served on many boards including: American Society of Mechanical Engineers, SC Johnson, Prestige Brands, University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Marketing and Purdue University’s Marketing Advisory Council.