Lucidant Team

Matthew Kerby, Ph.D., PE
 

Matthew Kerby, Ph.D., PE
CEO and Co-Founder

As the CEO and Co-Founder, Matt brings over 20 years of combined academic and industry experience to Lucidant Polymers. At Caliper Technologies, he developed microfluidic applications for drug discovery and biomolecular separations involving polymeric gels and custom electrophoretic systems. He developed controlled release drug delivery technologies with biodegradable polymers as complex emulsions and depo gels at Point Biomedical. He completed a Post Doc at Stanford in Bioengineering, a Ph.D. from Brown University in Biomedical Engineering, a BS in Chemical Engineering and is licensed in California as a Professional Engineer (PE). He has authored 14 papers and 3 patents in the fields of microfluidics, drug discovery and biomolecular analysis.

 
 
 
John Wages, MS
 

John Wages, Jr. MS
VP of Business Development

John is the go-to-contact for all Lucidant customers. Formerly with Genelabs and Applied Biosystems, John has over 25 years experience as a research scientist and senior manager with several small and mid-sized life sciences companies. John has numerous publications in the fields of nucleic acid diagnostics and novel PCR applications, together with 8 issued US Patents in the fields of virology, DNA diagnostics, and nucleic acid sample preparation.

 
 
 
Gwendolyn Wages
 

Gwendolyn Wages
Quality Manager

Gwen has nearly 20 years of industry experience and, specifically, 5 years of experience in Quality Control/Quality Assurance in ISO 13485 and ISO 9001 facilities, ELISA and cell based technologies, technical sales, and customer support. She has strong background in cGMP, Corrective and Preventive Action Plans (CAPAs), root cause analysis, nonconformances (NC) investigations, and Batch Records Release. She facilitates action through effective written and verbal communication skills and is well-known for excelling in diverse groups.

 
Marcella Chiari, Ph.D.
 

Dr. Marcella Chiari

Chief Scientific Advisor and Co-Founder

Dr. Marcella Chiari is a recognized world expert in surface coating polymers and a Chief Scientific Officer at Lucidant Polymers. A chemist by training, she is also the director of the Analytical Microsystem Laboratory at the Institute of Molecular Recognition in Milan. Dr. Chiari's research group is active in the development and application of electrophoretic methodologies both in slab gel and capillary electrophoresis. Dr. Chiari has synthesized a novel class of acrylamido derivatives for isoelectric focusing in immobilized pH gradients and developed new acrylic monomers and polymers to be used in capillary electrophoresis and microarray technology.

 
Annelise Barron, Ph.D.
 

Annelise Barron, Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Advisor and Co-Founder

Annelise is an expert in characterizing the physical properties of novel polymers and gels, which correlate with performance for a given application. With a PhD in chemical engineering from UC Berkeley, she specializes in polymer science of novel materials and hydrogel engineering for biological applications. Dr. Barron started work in the field of capillary electrophoresis research in 1990 and continues to develop innovative materials and strategies to enhance bioanalytical separations on microfluidic devices. She is also the W.M. Keck associate professor of bioengineering at Stanford University.

 
 
 
Laura Sola, Ph.D.
 

Laura Sola, Ph.D.
Scientist, Research and Development and Co-Founder

Laura specializes in chemical synthesis of monomers, polymers and linear matrices for DNA, DNA sequencing by capillary electrophoresis and novel capillary polymer coatings enabling improved analysis. where she develops novel polymeric coatings for immobilizing biomolecules and techniques for molecular recognition on supports made of various materials. These are used in biomedical applications of biosensors and Lab on Chip analysis. Dr. Laura Sola earned her Master degree in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technologies at University of Milan, Italy, in 2008. She graduated in 2012 with a Ph.D. in Drug Chemistry at the University of Milan, Italy.

 
Tom Niedringhaus, Ph.D.
 

Tom Niedringhaus, Ph.D.
Scientist, Research and Development and Co-Founder

Tom understands both physical and chemical properties of polymer solutions and how these apply to microchannel electrophoresis of DNA. Tom specializes in polymer synthesis, DNA separation methods and polymer characterization methods using industry-leading equipment from Wyatt technologies. Chemical Engineer Chemical Engineering at Vanderbilt University where he earned a B.E. summa cum laude in 2005. He graduated in 2012 with a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University.