Technical Advisory Board

 Charles Robertson, PhD

Dr. Charles W. Robertson has more than 30 years experience developing novel high technology products. During his 29 years with DuPont R&D he led the engineering effort to develop several laboratory instrumentation products including one of the first automated DNA sequencers. He was the founder of NanoDrop Technologies, now part of Thermo Fisher Scientific and chief architect of all of their products which revolutionized how UV/Vis spectrophotometric and spectrofluorometric measurements are made in the biotech laboratory. His extensive experience developing quality products that can be manufactured efficiently at low cost will expand the market for DeNovix hardware and software.

Dr. Robertson holds a BS in physics from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee and a PhD from Florida State University in physics. He did post graduate study at Kansas State University before joining DuPont’s Engineering R&D program. He serves on the boards of Rhodes College and Tri State Bird Rescue and Research. Charles and his wife Patricia are strong supporters of science education.


Vinay Chowdhry, PhD

Dr. Vinay Chowdhry has been a successful innovator and entrepreneur for more than two decades. He approaches entrepreneurship by anticipating the latent needs of customers, developing novel biotechnology-based products to meet them, and creating new markets. Vinay founded the pioneering biotechnology company QualiconTMand served as its CEO until his retirement. QualiconTMinvented DNA-based automated microbial analysis systems for the global food industry. The company’s products, the BAXâDetection and RiboPrinterâCharacterization Systems, provide in-depth microbial information with unprecedented levels of accuracy, which help create safer and higher quality foods and other items that are susceptible to microbial contamination. Among the adopters of these diagnostics products are leading food and pharmaceutical companies, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Centers for Disease Control, and other regulatory agencies. Under Vinay’s leadership, the Qualiconäteam created an innovative and entrepreneurial environment within the well-established, large-company culture at DuPont.

Vinay guides founders of early stage, entrepreneurial companies. Following his undergraduate education at Bombay University in India, Vinay received his M.Sc. in chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Harvard University.


Joel Hansen, PhD

Dr. Joel Hansen has 30+ years experience in product and instrumentation development, including commercial automated systems, which integrated hardware, software, and often reagents and support of those commercial life science businesses with the DuPont Company and NanoDrop Technologies, Inc, (now Thermo Fisher Scientific). He served as Technology Director for NanoDrop Technologies and RiboPrinter Development Manager for DuPont Qualicon. His diversified professional experience included assignments in Technical Management, Product Development, Research, Assay Development, Manufacturing (consumables & hardware), and Engineering.

After completing undergraduate study (Chemistry), Dr. Hansen received his Masters (Chemistry) from Purdue University and then went on to the University of Iowa and completed his Ph. D. (Chemistry). Following postgraduate work at the Mayo Clinic, he joined DuPont’s Clinical Systems Division.


Andrew Jones, MRes

Mr. Jones has 15 years experience developing European markets for innovative life science. Serving as technical director with Labtech International in the UK, Mr. Jones specialized in identifying early global innovations in life science instrumentation and establishing European sales and distribution networks. At periods at Roche Diagnostics and currently at Affymetrix, he led the introduction of high throughput microarray and next generation sequencing products into front line clinical diagnostics.

Mr. Jones graduated from the University of Wales with a BSc. in Biology followed by postgraduate degree award of Master of Research.