Michael Austin, Co-Founder, CEO

Michael Austin has held key leadership roles in manufacturing and distribution companies in small business and Fortune 500 environments. He also has broad industry experience ranging from sports medical products, lightning location and data distribution, aerospace and automotive. Products he has engineered and designed include safety of flight components for military and commercial aircraft and the space shuttle. He transitioned an innovative and unique sports medical product from prototype to production and its entry into the marketplace resulting in injury prevention for thousands of athletes. His leadership roles have included GM, VP, President, COO and CEO responsibilities in challenging business environments involving business turnaround, start-ups and rapid profitable growth. He is the author of “Motivational Model for Sales Engineers” and has served on the board of directors for domestic and foreign companies, including Météorage of Pau, France; Restorative Biosciences of Scottsdale and Rowpar Pharmaceutical. He received his Master’s degree in Management from the University of Redlands and his engineering degree from Northrop University.

Chad Kennedy, PhD., Chief Innovation & Strategy Officer

Professor Kennedy’s experience spans biomedical engineering research, project management and advanced technology application in industry. Mr. Kennedy’s expertise stems from spending the last 20+ years working in the field of engineering.  His early career began working in various engineering design, testing and astronaut training capacities at NASA Johnson Space Center. After, Dr. Kennedy helped establish Silicon Valley office and operations of VI Technology, Inc., an independent consulting firm in automation and testing systems. Dr. Kennedy was the Co-founder, and CEO of the start-up company, Restorative Biosciences Inc., an early stage company that focused on developing anti-fouling, anti-inflammatory coatings and therapeutics for ophthalmic applications.

Dr. Kennedy is currently a Lecturer and Professor for the Technology Entrepreneurship and Management (TEM) Department in the Fulton School of Engineering at Arizona State University and former National Chair and Professor of Biomedical Engineering Technology at DeVry University. Prof. Kennedy served on national Association for Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) educational committee and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) Academic Council. Dr. Kennedy holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in addition to master’s and doctorate degrees in Bioengineering from Arizona State University.

Wendy Jameson, MA, Chief of Global Sales & Marketing

Ms. Jameson was most recently the CEO and co-founder of a multi-award-winning, nanotechnology sensor manufacturer with sales in 50+ countries and distributors in 17 countries, and she has more than 25 years of experience in technology sales, marketing, strategy, and administration. She has been recognized as a “Champion of Change” by the White House, was named a “Tech Titan” by the Phoenix Business Journal for her leadership in science and technology, and was named to the Arizona Business Magazine list of “50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business.”
Wendy has a BS in Business Administration-Marketing from Colorado State University, and a MA in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco. She serves on the Board of Directors for the cyber-security organization, Protecting Tomorrow, the Advisory Board and Executive Committee of MPEXA (Metro Phoenix Export Alliance), the Advisory Board of Smart and Connected Phoenix, a project of the Institute for Digital Progress, and was on the Steering Committee for the Brookings Institute-JP Morgan Chase Global Cities Initiative.
Ms. Jameson is a grant reviewer for multiple innovation labs, the Arizona Commerce Authority, and the National Science Foundation. Active in global trade issues at the national level, she has represented technology small business in Washington and was selected by the US Department of State as an entrepreneur-representative at the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit at Stanford. She’s a serial entrepreneur, technology hackathon winner (StartX), mentor to young women, and outspoken advocate for STEM education.

Dr. Michael Rethman, DDS, Medical Director

Dr. Rethman is an internationally renowned periodontist, adjunct faculty at the University of Maryland and The Ohio State University, a former Director of the US Army Institute of Dental Research and is a Past-President of the American Academy of Periodontology. He also served 3 terms as Chair of the American Dental Association’s Council on Scientific Affairs. Dr. Rethman has authored dozens of important papers on oral diseases and treatments, including the periodontal diseases. In 2010, he co-authored an editorial in the Journal of Periodontology that called for the widespread adoption of minimally invasive periodontal therapies such as Visual Scaling and Root Planing.
Following a career as an Army periodontist, scientist, science manager and thought-leader, Dr. Rethman has worked for nearly twenty years as a consultant for numerous dental industrial firms. He has also served as a subject-matter expert in industrial, malpractice and administrative law proceedings. He reviews submissions for a number of professional journals. His spouse Jill Rethman is an internationally renowned dental hygienist, former President of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and is the Editor-in-Chief of a major dental hygiene journal.
  • Amer. Dental Association’s Council on Scientific Affairs; 2006-2010 (Chair, ‘07-‘10)
  • President, Academy of Periodontology; 2003 –2004
  • National Advisory Dental and Craniofacial Research Council; 1996 –2000
  • Director, US Army Institute of Dental Research; 1992-97
  • Staff Scientist, US Army Institute of Dental Research; 1986-92
  • General dentist 1975-81; Periodontist 1983-present; Consultant 2001-present