Lewis H. Titterton Jr., Chairman of the Board
Mr. Titterton has served as one of our Directors since August 16, 2010, and the Chairman of the Board since July 20, 2012. Mr. Titterton is currently Chairman of the Board of NYMED, Inc., a diversified health services company. His background is in high technology with an emphasis on health care and he has been with NYMED, Inc. since 1989. Mr. Titterton founded MedE America, Inc. in 1986 and was Chief Executive Officer of Management and Planning Services, Inc. from 1978 to 1986. Mr. Titterton has been involved with the Company as a director or investor for over eighteen years. Mr. Titterton also has substantial experience with advising on the strategic development of technology companies and over thirty-nine years of experience in various aspects of the technology industry. He holds a M.B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany, and a B.A. degree from Cornell University.
Robert Berman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Director
Mr. Berman has experience in a broad variety of areas including finance, acquisitions, marketing, and the development, licensing, and monetization of intellectual property. He was recently the CEO of IP Dispute Resolution Corporation, a consulting company focused on patent monetization. Prior to IPDR, Mr. Berman was the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of Acacia Research Corporation. Mr. Berman has been quoted in numerous articles on patent monetization and is a frequent speaker on patent licensing and enforcement including programs at Harvard Law School, and UCLA’s Anderson School of Business. Mr. Berman received a B.S. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and a J. D. from Northwestern Law School.
Amit Kumar, Ph.D, Strategic Advisor, Director
Dr. Kumar has been an investor, founder, Director and CEO of several technology enterprises, both public and private. As CEO, he took CombiMatrix Corporation public and ran it for a decade while listed on the NASDAQ Global Market. He has worked in venture capital with OAK Investment Partners, and has been an advisor to investment funds, venture capital firms, and Fortune 500 companies. He was on the Board of Directors of Acacia Research Corporation from 2002-2008. Dr. Kumar is currently CEO of Geo Fossil Fuels, an energy company, and he sits on the Board of other public and private companies. He received his AB in Chemistry from Occidental College. After graduate studies at Stanford University and Caltech, he received his Ph.D. from Caltech and followed that with a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard.
Bruce Johnson, Director
Mr. Johnson is and has been a commodity trader on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange for over 40 years. He has served as a member of the CME Group Inc. board of directors since 1998. He had previously served as President, Director and part-owner of Packers Trading Company, a former futures commissions merchant/clearing firm at the CME from 1969 to 2003. In addition to Mr. Johnson’s exposure to the futures and capital markets, he has been an active investor for many decades in the agricultural and bio-waste industries. He also serves on the board of directors of the Chicago Crime Commission. Mr. Johnson received his Bachelors of Science in Marketing from Bradley University in 1965 and a Juris Doctorate in Law from John Marshall Law School in 1969.
Andrea Belz, Ph.D, Director
Dr. Belz is an expert in technology commercialization, specializing in start-up and emerging companies whose core businesses frequently involve the licensing of patented technologies. Dr. Belz is currently on the faculty of the Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business and is the Academic Director of the Master of Science in Entrepreneurship and Innovation program. She has helped initiate spin-up and spinout efforts at some of the world’s leading sources of patented technologies, including Caltech, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, BP, Occidental Petroleum, Avery Dennison, and UCLA. Dr. Belz is the Chairperson of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Licensing Executives Society, the pre-eminent organization for intellectual property professionals with chapters throughout the United States and Canada, and serves as a national trainer for courses on best practices in licensing. Dr. Belz is the President of the Belz Consulting Group, founded in 2002, and has been an Executive Committee Board Member at Caltech spinoff Ondax (privately held) since 2013. Dr. Belz holds a PhD in physics from the California Institute of Technology, an MBA in finance from the Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business, and a BS in physics from the University of Maryland at College Park.
Dale Fox, Director
Mr. Fox is an accomplished entrepreneur and innovator who has successfully launched many companies. He is currently the CEO of Tribogenics, a start-up company he co-founded in 2010 that develops portable, powerful X-ray devices based, in part, upon a technology conceived and licensed from the University of California, Los Angeles. Mr. Fox has raised numerous rounds of capital for many types of companies, including venture capital, strategic investments, and other financings. A master at networking, Mr. Fox has built world-class executive and advisory teams. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business. Since 2009, Mr. Fox has taught at the Founders Institute where he teaches classes on start-ups and continues to mentor young entrepreneurs.