Almen Laboratories Founders
Almen Laboratories Advisors
Dr. Michael Galperin Founder, Chairman of the Board. Dr. Michael Galperin, has more than twenty five years experience in engineering and research, management, finance and planning, new business development and product marketing.
Almen Laboratories, Inc. is currently self-funded and debt-free. Since 1997 Dr. Galperin worked with the company full time and has positioned the Company as a leading provider of software solutions for computer-aided detection, CAD, image enhancement, processing and analysis in biomedicine by leveraging a unique and patented technology and leading edge development team into high-margin, high value products. He designed, developed and prepared the Company’s first two product lines, both now in the market launch. In addition, Dr. Galperin has instituted a few prominent Beta-sites. He also developed marketing and sales directions of the company. He secured first revenues for the company and negotiated contracts and grants with such prominent industry leaders like Pfizer, Siemens, Alton Ocshner Research Foundation, Pfeiffer Research Foundation, Veterans Administration, NIH/NCI.
In addition to his position as Founder and CEO of Almen Laboratories, Dr. Galperin also serves as Principal Investigator in the positions of Chief Imaging Specialist and Staff Scientist of VMRF and VAHSD San Diego and Associate Scientist at UCSD.
Additionally until 2004 he worked as Lead Scientific Advisor (Contractor) with Pfizer (Groton) where he designed and developed major imaging system for early drugs discovery and bioinformatics support.
Prior to Almen Labs Dr. Galperin served ad Director of R&D and VP of Engineering in Excalibur Technologies in charge of imaging products lines. Before that he joined AUDRE, Inc. in November 1989 and was quickly promoted to the position of Senior Vice President and CTO, in charge of Engineering, R&D and Product Marketing. In this role, he was responsible for negotiations of OEM contracts and strategic agreements worth at least $20 million with companies such as Intergraph, InterCAP and Hitachi. He has supervised more than 100+ employees with P&L over $7 mil. Prior experience includes Head of IT department with State Bureau of Standards, senior researcher with Academy of Sciences.
As Prinicipal Investigator Dr. Galperin has secured more than $3 million in NIH/NCI SBIR Grants with one of them winning "Showcase" award from NIH reviewing committee. Under his scientific and development supervision the company has completed development and validation of ground breaking and innovative computer-aided diagnostic technology applied in the area of breast cancer reporting, treatment and management
- Winner of 4 Department of Defense and Defense Mapping Agency competitive technology and field-test awards for design and creation of a software product, its installation and field tests (1995, 1996, 1997 & 1998)
- Council of Ministers Award for best Document Conversion solution (1987)
- Academy of Science award for best simulation model in Life Science Division (1982)
Dr. Galperin has published over sixty five articles as well as two books and two patents. He received his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics and Computer Sciences in 1983.
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Beverly Johnston Founder, Director of the Company. Beverly Johnston, is Vice President of Operations and Controller. With her previous employments Ms. Johnston has served over 20 years as a corporate executive with titles of Executive Vice President, Director of Administration, and Vice President of Administration. She was responsible for the operations, the entire annual audit, all financial reporting and reports for the Securities and Exchange Commission in the United States and Canada, and private placements. She handled daily operations, including human resources, office administration, and shareholder relations. Ms. Johnston helped set the policies and procedures and was involved in working and coordinating various departments such as Engineering, R & D, Sales and Marketing, reviewing promotional materials, dealing with Human Resource issues and all other day to day situations. She was also directly involved in establishing benefits for the employees, including excellent health coverage, 401(K) program, 125 cafeteria pre-tax plan, the Star program, Employee of the Month, etc. Ms. Johnston's previous experience included also financial and administrative responsibilities in the legal, manufacturing and banking fields. Ms. Johnston attended Coleman College and San Diego State University receiving a degree in Computer Programming.
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Morgan Nields is Director of the Company.
He is also Treasurer of AdMeTech, holds a B.A. degree from Williams College (1968) and an M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College (1970).
From 1973 to 1983, Mr. Nields was President and Chief Executive Officer of Fischer Imaging Corporation. From August 1983 until April 1984, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of Diasonics, Inc. Following the rescission of the Diasonics/Fischer merger, Mr. Nields returned as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fischer Imaging.
Fischer Imaging Corporation designs, manufactures and markets specialty and general-purpose x-ray imaging systems for the diagnosis and treatment of disease. The Company's principal product lines focus on breast cancer imaging and are directed toward medical specialties in which image-guided, minimally-invasive clinical interventions are replacing open surgical procedures.
On January 1, 2004, Mr. Nields resigned from Fischer Imaging and became President and CEO of SenoLase Inc, a developmental stage venture committed to developing an image guided laser ablation system for the treatment of cancers of the breast, liver, and lung.
Mr. Nields is a former member of the Board of Governors of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and currently serves on several corporate boards. He was also formerly the Chairman of the Board of Directors of NEMA's Diagnostic Imaging and Therapy Systems Division.
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Professor Michael Andre, Ph.D. is interim CMO. He is is currently Professor of Radiology, Chief of the Physics & Engineering Division at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, and he is Chief Physicist in San Diego Veterans Affairs Healthcare System. He is certified by American Board of Radiology (Diagnostic Radiological Physics) and in Mammography by the California Department of Health Services. He is widely known for his expertise in medical physics and for his basic and clinical research in novel imaging technologies including ultrasound holography, diffraction tomography and digital x-ray detectors. He published more than 130 scientific articles and studies but he is particularly recognized for his contributions in the past decade to breast imaging. Professor Andre is a Scientific Reviewer for more than a dozen scientific and medical journals and he currently serves on a number of Review Panels for the NIH/National Cancer Institute, the US Army Medical Research & Materiel Command, the Susan Komen Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the Singapore Academy of Sciences and the Swedish Scientific Council. He is a scientific and medical advisor to multiple private and public corporations and currently holds the title of Chief Scientific Officer for Radco Corporation, San Diego, CA. He is a member of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, Acoustical Society of America, Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers, and the San Diego Radiological Society. Professor Andre obtained M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1975 and 1980.
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Professor Linda K. Olson, M.D. Professor Olson has been Professor of Clinical Radiology and Director of Breast Imaging since 1993 as well as Chief of Diagnostic Radiology. She received a B.A. degree in Biology from Loma Linda University of Arts & Sciences in 1964 and her M.D. from Loma Linda University of Medicine in 1976. In 1977, she received her Internship in Categorical Radiology at White Memorial Medical Center, Los Angeles. Professor Olson received her CT Fellowship in Computed Tomography at UCSD Medical Center, Radiology Department at San Diego in 1982. She received her degree in Diagnostic Radiology from White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles in 1981. Professor Olson served as Assistant Clinical Professor of Radiology at UCSD from 1982-1989 when she became Associate Professor. She also served as Assistant Chief of Diagnostic Radiology from 1984-1983.
Professor Olson has received such honors and awards as Special Incentive Award for Clinical Recognition at UCSD Medical Center in 1985, the Silver Spoon Award for Teaching Excellence from Radiology Residents in 1987, and runner up of the Kaiser Teaching Award at the School of Medicine in 1987. In 1991, she received American Association of Women Radiologists Marie Curie Award (AAWR) RSNA in Chicago and Fellow of the American College of Radiology in 1993. She has published 20 papers.
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Professor Mary K. O'Boyle, M.D. Professor OвЂ?Boyle is Associate Clinical Professor of Radiology and Chief of Ultrasound, VAMC. She received B.A from University of Delaware, Delaware, Newark, 1982; M.D. from DE University of Medicine & Dentistry, Newark, NJ in 1986. Here internship was in Boston City Hospital, Boston, MA Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, PA and she had her fellowship from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia in 1992. Additionally she holds the following positions: Manuscript and Book Reviewer, American Journal of Roentgenology; Present Staff Radiologist, Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment, University of California, San Diego; Chief, Ultrasound Division, Department of Radiology, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, San Diego; Manuscript and Book Reviewer, Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.
Professor O'Boyle was also Assistant Clinical Professor of Radiology, University of California, San Diego (1998), Manuscript Reviewer, Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (1995), Course Co-Director of Women's Imaging Conference, San Diego, (1994); Moderator 3DUS Small Parts Scientific Session, American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, Annual Meeting, San Diego, and Associate Professor of Radiology, University of California, San Diego, Co-Director, Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment. She has more than 20 publications on ultrasound imaging.
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Professor Katherine M. Richman, M.D. Professor Richman is Assistant Clinical Professor of Radiology, University of California, San Diego and Chief of Diagnostic Radiology, Thornton Hospital. She received her B.S. and B.A. for Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA (1987); M.D. and fellowship from University of California, San Diego (1999). She has the following academic appointments: Assistant Clinical Professor of Radiology, University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, and Chief of Radiology, University of California, San Diego, Thornton Hospital, La Jolla. Professor Richman held the following positions: Chief Resident - Department of Radiology University of California, San Diego Medical School (1997); Resident - School of Medicine (1993). Professor Richman was awarded special award that was given to one student from each graduating class for excellent clinical skills and compassionate medical; Department of Medicine Sandoz Award: Awarded to one student from each graduating class for the best performance on the Medicine clinical rotation (1993), and Student Commencement Speaker Graduation Ceremonies (1993). She has a variety of scientific publications on ultrasonic imaging.
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Roy Gayhart, - is CPA, and interim CFO. He is Director of the Company. Roy has devoted his career to high-growth, start-up and turn-around business opportunities in a number of different industries, including services, software development, high-tech manufacturing, apparel, retail, government contracting and distribution. His experience includes mergers and acquisitions, the development of strategic partnering relationships, as well as IPOвЂ?s, private placements and other financings. He also has broad experience in domestic and international sales and marketing. He began his career with Arthur Andersen LLP, where he was an audit manager and a part of the founding staff that opened the firmвЂ?s San Diego office in 1974. In 1979, he joined Ametek, Inc., Straza Division as controller, where he was part of a management team that was responsible for revenue growth from $25 million to $60 million and operating profit growth from 8 to 16 percent over a three-year period. Roy Gayhard held executive positions with: NuEar Electronics, a successful turn-around that resulted in an acquisition by Starkey Corporation; JackвЂ?s, Inc., a consumer electronics retail chain that subsequently became MobilWorks and was acquired by Al and EdвЂ?s Autosound; Shorebreak Division of South Carolina TeeвЂ?s, an operation that experienced an eight-fold revenue growth over a short-term period of time; On Point Technologies (formerly Lottery Enterprises, Inc.), where he was primarily responsible for the CompanyвЂ?s $30 million IPO and the establishment of manufacturing and sales operations in Europe; Sutherland-Gayhart, Inc., a private investment company which specialized in providing start-up and bridge financing to high tech and software development companies; and of National Manufacturing Technologies, Inc. (formerly Photomatrix, Inc.), a successful turn-around that resulted in the repositioning of the public company from that of a high-end document scanner company to a manufacturing services company specializing in electronic enclosed systems and subassemblies. Roy graduated from San Diego State University.
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Dr. Warren S. Grundfest, M.D., is Chairman of the Biomedical Engineering Interdepartmental Graduate Program at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Engineering and is Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at UCLA, School of Medicine. He is Director of Laser Research & Technology Development Program and Attending General Surgery at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Grundfest received his B.A. degree in Biology and Chemistry in 1974, his Graduate Special Student of Neurophysiology and Biochemistry in 1976 and received his M.D. from Columbia University in 1980. He served residencies in general surgery at UCLA Medical Center and then Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. In 1985 he joined the Cedars-Sinai staff, where he also held the position of visiting associate in mechanical engineering with the California Institute of Technology from 1995 to 1998.
Dr Grundfest currently is involved in selected national policy consulting for NIH/National Cancer Institute Image-Guided Treatment Task Force, SPIE representative to American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers (AIMBE), Chairman for Healthcare Engineering & Technology Policy, and FDA Consultant to the General and Plastic Devices Panel, the Gastroenterology and Urology Devices Panel and the Office of Device Evaluation.
The author of more than 120 scientific publications, Dr. Grundfest has made nearly 300 scientific presentations at universities world-wide. His longstanding research interests in lasers and micro-optics have earned him a reputation as one of the most innovative investigators in the field of minimally invasive surgery. He has done groundbreaking work in the angioscopic evaluation of intravascular disease processes and in the development of excimer lasers for medical applications.Dr. Grundfest was elected as a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biologic Engineers in 1996 for his work in the development and dissemination of minimally invasive surgery. That same year, he was elected as a Fellow in the Society of Photo Instrumentation and Electrical Engineers for his contributions to the field of optical engineering in medicine and biology. Dr. Grundfest is a member of the Surgery and Bioengineering study section of the Center for Scientific Review of National Institute of Development.
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Professor Kenneth G. Gross, M.D. - is Clinical Professor in Dept of Medicine (Division of Dermatology), U.C.S.D. School of Medicine. He is in the private practice of Dermatologic Surgery in San Diego, California. Professor Gross was President of San Diego Dermatology Society: 1989-1990., Founder and First President of San Diego Dermatologic Surgery Society: 1990-1991.; President of the American Society for Mohs Surgery: 1995-1996; Originator and co-director of the course: "Fundamentals of Mohs Surgery." training physicians and histotechnicians from around the world to perform basic Mohs surgery (total attendees from 1995 through 1998 = 540); Program Chairman for Pacific Dermatology Association (PDA) Scientific Meetings: 1999 & 2000. He has staff privileges in Mission Bay Community Hospital - San Diego; University Hospital - San Diego; V.A. Hospital - La Jolla. Prior to his civilian practice, which he started in August 1982, Dr. Gross was a Captain in the Navy; Navy Staff Dermatologist; Head, Dermatology Residency Medical Education; Head, Dermatologic Surgery Training; Director, Comprehensive Melanoma Clinic; Representative, Oncology Advisory Board. Doctor Gross is one of the three co-authors of the textbook "Mohs Surgery: Fundamentals and Techniques" (published by Mosby, 1999). He is fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology; American Society for Dermatologic Surgery; American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery; American Society for Mohs Surgery; American Academy of Cosmetic Surgeons and the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery. Professor Gross has an M.D. degree from Downstate Medical Center, State University of New York, Brooklyn, New York (1968). He interned in 1968 at Los Angeles County General Hospital Los Angeles, California.
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Professor Robert M. Haralick, Ph.D. received a B.A. degree in Mathematics from the University of Kansas in 1964, a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1966 and a M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1967. In 1969, after completing his Ph.D. at the University of Kansas, he joined the faculty of the Electrical Engineering Department there where he last served as Professor from 1975 to 1978. In 1979 Dr. Haralick joined the Electrical Engineering Department at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University where he was a Professor and Director of the Spatial Data Analysis Laboratory. From 1984 to 1986 Dr. Haralick served as Vice President of Research at Machine Vision International, Ann Arbor, MI. Dr.Haralick now occupies the Boeing Clairmont Egtvedt Professorship in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington. Professor Haralick has made a series of contributions in computer vision. In the high-level vision area, he has worked on inferring 3D geometry from one or more perspective projection views. He has also identified a variety of vision problems which are special cases of the consistent labeling problem. In the low-level and mid-level areas, Professor Haralick has worked in image texture analysis using spatial gray tone co-occurrence texture features. These features have been used with success on biological cell images, x-ray images, satellite images, aerial images and many other kinds of images taken at small and large scales. In the feature detection area, Professor Haralick has developed the facet model for image processing. Professor Haralick is a Fellow of IEEE for his contributions in computer vision and image processing and a Fellow of IAPR for his contributions in pattern recognition, image processing, and for service to IAPR. He has served on the Editorial Board of IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence and has been the computer vision area editor for Communications of the ACM and as an associate editor for Computer Vision, Graphics, and Image Processing, The IEEE Transactions on Image Processing and Pattern Recognition. He currently serves on the editorial board of Real Time Imaging. He has published over 470 papers.
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Professor Boris Kogan, Ph.D. is affiliated with University of California, Los Angeles, Computer Science Department. He received his BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Charkov Electrical Engineering Institute, USSR in 1938. The Ph.D. degree in Automatic Control he received from Moscow Institute of Automation and Telemechanics, USSR Academy of Sciences in 1945. He also received the degree of Doctor of Engineering Sciences (in Computer Science) from the Air Force Military Academy, Moscow, USSR in 1962. He has over 120 papers published and is the author of two books. Professor Kogan was a general architect and designer of the first in the world analog and hybrid computer systems. His mathematical works also lead to solving of the landing gear turbulence problem in turbo jets. Currently Dr. Kogan involved in work investigating electrical wave propagation in excitable media using massively parallel digital computer systems. This study is focused on peculiarities of electrical wave propagation along the healthy and diseased heart muscle and cells in order to find, together with cardiologists, the mechanisms of heart fibrillation and the corresponding preventing means. Dr. Kogan is a member of the editorial board of the journal "Transactions of the Society for Computer Simulation" and also of the American Heart Association and Society for Computer Simulation.
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Evgeniy Chtchouko, Evgeniy Chtchouko received his master's degree from St. Petersburg University of Telecommunications with major in engineering and telecommunications. He worked as an engineer in a few prominent hardware laboratories and in 1980 was promoted to position of Senior Researcher of Color telecommunications laboratory. In 1990 Mr. Chtchouko was promoted to position of Deputy Director of "Technopost" - one of the first private telecommunications firms in St.-Petersburg. While with Technopost he participated in joint with Automatic Digitizing & Recognition, Inc, San Diego, California and Almen Laboratories, Inc image processing and telecommunications related projects. In parallel he organized a few international project with NORDIC Printmail (Finland) and AEG (Germany). Since 2000 Mr. Chtchouko is Head of telecommunications in IP NET, St.-Petersburg and Chief Engineer in BALTEK, a telecommunications cable company. He is still cooperating with Almen Laboratories on telecommunications project in medicine. He published more than 30 scientific publication and was invited presenter at International Conference "Advanced Technology Conference" organized by United States Postal Service in 1990 and 1992.
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