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SOUND LEADERSHIP

 

President

Dr. Walter Voit (PhD, Georgia Tech) holds an associate professorship at UT Dallas where he explores the thermomechanics of shape memory polymers (SMPs), 3-D printing, flexible bioelectronics, next generation neural interfaces, degradable polymers, and the effects of ionizing radiation on polymers. In addition to Qualia Oto, Prof. Voit co-founded Syzygy Memory Plastics, Adaptive 3D Technologies, Ares Materials, Pascalor, and Polycraft World. Dr. Voit is an International Atomic Energy Agency consultant in the field of radiation crosslinked SMPs, as well as a DARPA Young Faculty Awardee and DARPA Director’s Fellow.

CFO

Benedict Voit (MBA, Michigan) has a decade of professional experience in financial analytics, client consulting, strategic development, and internal management. Before joining Qualia Oto, he served as a financial Director leading the accounts of multi-billion dollar credit unions, consulting these institutions on investment and loan purchases, balance sheet strategies, policies, and governmental examinations. Other experience includes management for hospital collaboratives, start-up research, and computer programming. Mr. Voit earned his undergraduate degree, Summa Cum Laude, from UT Dallas.

CEO

Connie Manz (MS, MIT & UTD) leverages her technical background and consulting experience to commercialize flexible bioelectronics based on softening substrate technologies. Prior to her position with Qualia Oto, Ms. Manz was the lab finance manager for the Advanced Polymer Research Laboratory and Center for Engineering Innovation at UT Dallas. Past experience also includes conducting research at MIT, The Institute for Bioengineering & Nanotechnology in Singapore, and Draper Labs, as well as business strategy consulting experience with Mars & Co.

Sr. Engineer

Dr. Jimin Maeng (PhD, Purdue) has a decade of research experience in the field of implantable medical devices. As Senior Research Engineer, Dr. Maeng currently oversees the technical development of Qualia Oto’s polymer substrates and softening neural interfaces. Prior to joining Qualia Oto, he completed his postdoctoral training at Purdue and UT Dallas where he explored and developed a broad range of materials and devices for bioelectronic applications, including neural electrodes, electronic contact lenses, implantable supercapacitors, and softening thin-film diodes and transistors.
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CMO

Dr. Kenneth Lee earned his MD-PhD in Anatomy and Neurobiology from Boston University School of Medicine, and he completed his residency at Washington University and a fellowship in Pediatric Otolaryngology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Lee is Associate Professor in Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery at UT Southwestern, Director of Pediatric Otolaryngology and Service Chief of Surgery at Children’s Medical Center Plano, and Director of the Pediatric Cochlear Implant Program at Children's Medical Center Dallas and Plano.
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Sr. Researcher

Dr. Gerardo Gutiérrez-Heredia's lab work and research is centered on flexible electronics for biomedical applications. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering (2005) and M.S. in Physics (2010) from the Universidad de Sonora in Mexico, and his Ph.D. in Material Science (2014) from the Centro de Investigacion en Materiales Avanzados, Monterrey (Mexico). Previous research includes using cleanroom facilities for thin-film device fabrication, such as, TFTs, OLEDs, Schottky diodes, capacitors and logic gate circuits, as well as in development of integration processes for flexible electronic applications.
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Qualia Oto's top-level leadership boasts diverse and accomplished backgrounds, from university research and teaching, to clinical practice, to international business management and legal experience.

Our collective advanced education includes masters degrees, PhDs, MDs, MD-PhDs, MBAs, and JDs.

Qualia Oto also maintains a strong medical and engineering advisory from major international institutions 

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