For the past 30 years, Thomas J. Mozer has been leading efforts to identify and develop promising new technological advances into products and viable businesses. The technologies include development of new instrumentation, chemistry, molecular biology, and software for use in research products, medical devices, and medical diagnostics. Dr. Mozer was a founder and CEO and President of Nerites Corporation, a medical device company developing adhesives and coatings for use in surgery. He also founded and led the corporation Vysis, a leading molecular device company in the field of cancer and prenatal diagnostics now owned by Abbott Molecular, and developed the Genetic Identity business of Promega Corporation into a leader in the field of forensics and a significant corporate earnings and growth center.
Dr. Mozer has extensive experience in licensing and university/corporate partnerships, intellectual property development and management, and general operations in the setting of start up businesses.
Tom earned his BA in chemistry at the University of Montana, PhD in biochemistry at the University of Minnesota, and postdoctoral fellow at Washington University in St. Louis in plant molecular biology.
Chief Operating Officer, Director
Dr. Valerica Raicu is the CEO and co-founder of Aurora Spectral Technologies (AST).
Dr. Raicu also serves as Chairman of the Physics Department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), which he has joined in 2004 and where he currently holds the academic title of Associate Professor. Between 1991 and 2004, Dr Raicu held research and academic positions at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Romanian Academy (Bucharest), Kochi Medical School (Japan), and University of Toronto (Canada).
Professor Raicu has authored or co-authored over forty papers and book chapters on various topics in biophysics, biochemistry, and medical physics, two patents, as well as a book (“Integrated Molecular and Cellular Biophysics, Springer, 2008). He has also given numerous invited and contributed talks at scientific meetings and academic and research institutions all over the world.
Prof. Raicu’s main research expertise is in development of techniques and mathematical models for the study of biological systems. These include optical microscopy and dielectric spectroscopy instrumentation, theoretical models for FRET in molecular complexes, and dielectric models of biological systems. He is a co-inventor of OptiMiS™ – optical microspectroscopy systems developed by AST.
Valerica Raicu holds a PhD degree in Biophysics from the University of Bucharest, Romania.