OUR STORY


Phi Optics Inc was founded in 2009 to respond to market’s request for QPI enabled devices. The company is developing the next generation of optical imaging systems through its Quantitative Phase Imaging Platform. Phi Optics platform is aimed at augmenting conventional optical microscopy in various vertical markets. Backed by an extensive patent portfolio secured both through in-licensing and continued developments at Phi Optics, the company is targeting applications in life sciences, medical diagnostics, nanotechnology, and semiconductor testing.

Phi Optics technology platform uses standard tools and processes and combines the performance of traditional modalities of an light microscope (e.g. fluorescence, DIC, phase contrast) with the real-time 3D topography capabilities of QPI. This combination offers a significant advantage for applications that require low-cost, fast and accurate imaging of nanostructures.

MANAGEMENT

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GABRIEL POPESCU

Dr. Popescu is overseeing the overall technology development and strategic direction. Dr. Popescu is a full Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and holds a full faculty appointment with the Beckman Institute for Advance Science and Technology.

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KRISHNA TANGELLA

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Tangella is a board certified anatomic and clinical pathologist, and medical director of four College of American Pathology accredited laboratories. He is a member of Board of Directors at Christie Clinic, Champaign County Medical Society, and Presence Covenant Medical Center. Dr Tangella holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He participated in the launch of a Silicon Valley startup where he now sits on the board (TIVIX). He is also a Clinical Associate Professor in Departments of Pathology and Internal Medicine at University of Illinois College of Medicine.

CATALIN CHIRITESCU

COO & Principal Scientist

Dr. Chiritescu serves as Chief Operations Officer and also spearheads the development of QPI platform’s applications in the nanotechnology and materials science field. He holds a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His work experience includes positions in national laboratories in Romania, France and USA.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Tim Hoerr

TIM HOERR

Investor, Serra Ventures LLC

Mr. Hoerr is a seasoned business executive with over 25 years of experience spanning a variety of industries. For seven years, through July 2008, Mr. Hoerr served as Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of iCyt (acquired by Sony in 2010), an award-winning bioscience technology firm located at University of Illinois Research Park.

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Gabriel Popescu

Professor

Dr. Popescu is overseeing the overall technology development and strategic direction. Dr. Popescu is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and holds a full faculty appointment with the Beckman Institute for Advance Science and Technology.

JED TAYLOR

Independent Director

Mr. Taylor’s expertise is in working with faculty startups in customer development, acquiring first sales, and business development. He has successfully taken several software products to market. He helped start Pattern Insight, an NSF SBIR funded company licensing university technology that was acquired by VMWare in 2012.

ADVISORS

DENNIS BEARD

Financial Counsel, Serra Ventures LLC

Dennis is an accomplished executive with over 25 years of experience providing strategic and financial direction to businesses in health care, communications, financial services and scientific instrument manufacturing with revenues ranging from start-up to $45M annually.

TRACY NUGENT

Legal Counsel, Meyer Capel

Tracy graduated from the University of Illinois in 1984 with the joint degrees of juris doctor and master of business administration in finance. He works with many high tech companies in central Illinois and has experience in handling corporate and general business matters, trademark and copyright matters, and securities laws.

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