Octavian Florescu, PhD, has over 10 years of experience in the semiconductor/IT industry working with DEC, GE, Nokia, Quake Technologies and Qualcomm, where he developed control systems for nuclear reactors, software for network management, high speed digital blocks for 10Gb/s and 40Gb/s Ethernet, baseband PLLs for digital timing and RF front-ends for cellular communication. He received a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada, in 2004 and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center, Dept. of Electrical Engineering, University of California, in 2010, with a minor in Molecular Cell Biology. The CMOS biosensor technology used in the BlueScreen and other Silicon BioDevices products is based on his research, done in conjunction with Prof. Boser, Prof. Beatty and Prof. Harris. Octavian was also a Vodafone Fellow from 2004-2006 and holds two US patents with several more pending. Outside of IC design and biotechnology research, his interests include Austrian economics, philosophy and downhill skiing.