Lux Executive Summit 2017 Speakers

Tom Beauregard

Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer

UnitedHealth Group

Tom Beauregard is Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer of UnitedHealth Group. As a member of the core leadership team, Tom identifies strategies to extend sustainable coverage for all Americans and leads the Enterprise Research and Development team that develops and launches meaningful innovations. He is a noted health care industry expert with broad strategy and implementation experience. Recent innovation accomplishments include a National Diabetes Prevention Program in partnership with the Y-USA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an evidence-based childhood obesity solution, and a reality TV-based diabetes prevention program (Project NOT ME) that earned Tom a regional Emmy for his role as an Executive Producer.


Tom previously served as the CEO of a UnitedHealthcare business (United Essentials), where he was responsible for research and new product development. Prior to joining UnitedHealth Group, Tom was the National Practice Leader for Hewitt Associates, a global management consulting firm. Tom has over 25 years of health care leadership experience and is one of the industry’s leading experts on the forefront of dramatic change.


Tom is a graduate of Hobart College’s economics program and earned an MBA from the University of Connecticut.

Nicolas Cudré-Mauroux, Ph.D.

CTO, Research & Innovation Group General Manager


Nicolas Cudré-Mauroux is the CTO, Research & Innovation Group General Manager at Solvay. He joined Solvay from DuPont where he began his international career in 1988 as a researcher in the United States. Subsequent positions he held at DuPont included that of EMEA Regional Business Director for the Advanced Fibers and Nonwovens businesses. In 2011 he joined the DuPont-Danisco integration team and, in 2012, moved to Denmark to become the Technology & Innovation Director for the Food Ingredient business formed following this acquisition.


A Swiss national born in Luxembourg, Nicolas Cudré-Mauroux holds a MS and a Ph.D. in Materials Science from the Swiss Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Denise Fletcher

Former VP & Chief Innovation Officer

Xerox Healthcare, Pharma & Life Sciences

Denise Fletcher formerly served as VP & Chief Innovation Officer for Xerox Healthcare, Pharma & Life Sciences where she was responsible for achieving annual group innovation revenue targets, fueling thought leadership strategies, engaging customers in innovation strategies, and driving innovation through a robust research and development pipeline. She has 6 patents pending in healthcare & pharma. Denise was recognized by Front End of Innovation in March 2014, as one of the top 40 women in Innovation and in 2012 she received the National Diversity Council Award for most powerful and influential woman in Connecticut and received two corporate entrepreneur awards for “best new service” in 2014 and “new venture” in 2015.


Fletcher actively serves on the HIMSS Innovation Committee, the Healthcare Delivery Advisory board at WPI (Worcester Polytechnic Institute), the MassTLC (Technology Leadership Council) Healthcare Advisory Council and the Crowd Company Council, which focuses on the collaborative economy.


Denise graduated from Quinnipiac University with a BS in Accounting and later obtained her PMP designation.

Joseph B. Hayek

Vice President - Mergers & Acquisitions and Corp. Dev.

Worthington Industries, Inc.

Joseph B. Hayek joined Worthington Industries in April 2014 as Vice President of Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Development.


Hayek spent 10 years in investment banking, advising middle market companies on a range of transactions, primarily focused on M&A. He worked at Wells Fargo Securities for two years and at Raymond James & Associates for eight years, where he headed the firm’s IT Supply Chain and technologies practice. He completed over 75 transactions in his tenure with those two firms.


Most recently Hayek worked for PCM Inc., a $1.5 billion IT solutions provider, where he spent four years as that firm’s head of corporate development, leading the acquisition of three companies and numerous strategic initiatives. He then spent two years serving as the president of the firm’s largest commercial subsidiary, SARCOM.


Hayek earned his bachelor’s degree from Miami University and MBA from Duke University, where he was named a Rollins Scholar.

Rodin Lyasoff

Chief Executive Officer

A³ by Airbus Group

Rodin Lyasoff is the CEO of A³, the Silicon Valley outpost of Airbus. He has been making unlikely aircraft fly autonomously since his first aerobatic helicopter at MIT. He spent several years at Athena Technologies designing flight software for several vehicles including the AAI Shadow, Alenia Sky-X, and the NASA Mars Flyer. Subsequently, Rodin led flight software at Zee.Aero and worked at Airware. Most recently he created and led Vahana, a self-piloted electric aircraft project at A³. Rodin is passionate about building great teams and making personal flight accessible to all.

Rodin earned his undergraduate and Master’s degrees in aeronautics and astronautics at MIT.

Hunter McDaniel, Ph.D.



Dr. Hunter McDaniel is UbiQD’s Founder and CEO. UbiQD, which is short for ubiquitous quantum dots, was founded in 2014 to commercialize a cadmium-free quantum dot technology that he helped develop as a postdoc at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The ‘killer app’ for UbiQD’s novel, low-cost, low-toxic materials is a window product for buildings. These windows will ultimately power the smart cities of the future.


Hunter McDaniel received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and was awarded bachelor’s degrees from the University of California at Santa Barbara in Physics and Electrical Engineering.

Sean McNamara

Manager of Health Partnerships


Sean McNamara, Manager of Health Partnerships at Garmin, has spent the past few years in the healthcare and digital engagement platforms space.  In his current role, Sean is responsible for managing partnerships for Garmin Health in the payer, provider, pharmaceutical, population health and clinical trials industries.  Prior to managing Health Partnerships at Garmin, Sean has held leadership sales and marketing roles at healthcare engagement companies and consulting firms.

Sean earned his degree at the University of Michigan.

Tim Sherstyuk



Tim Sherstyuk is a founder and CEO of GBatteries. He has over 7 years of experience developing and commercializing innovative products, components, and systems across multiple industries. He has led the launch of several new products, including BatteryBox, which has been sold in over 38 countries, and is currently responsible for overall product and business strategy.


Isaac Brown


Lux Research Inc.

As an Analyst at Lux Research, Isaac Brown leads the Industrial Internet of Things Intelligence practice – he helps Global 1000 clients implement Industrial Internet of Things strategies, identify emerging opportunities, and explore strategic partnerships.

Prior to joining Lux Research, Isaac was a Director at Landmark Ventures, where he provided strategic advice to growth-stage technology companies in data science, supply chain management, and information security. Prior to Landmark, Isaac taught physics at nationally acclaimed high schools, including the Bronx High School of Science and Hopkins School.

Isaac graduated with a BA in Physics from Northwestern University, with a concentration in astrophysics.

Mark Bünger

VP of Research

Lux Research Inc.

Mark Bünger joined Lux Research in 2005.  As a VP of Research he focuses on strategic planning and advanced technologies in bio-, aero-, and energy domains. Over 20 years and across 40 countries, he has worked as a management consultant, technology analyst, and entrepreneur at Accenture, Forrester Research, and several startups. He has served as chairman of the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce, and guest lectures at the University of California Berkeley.


Mark studied business at Mälardalen Polytechnic (Sweden) and the University of Texas at Austin, and studied and worked in neurology and bioengineering labs at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). He is an avid linguist, athlete, and Maker.

Thomas Dawidczyk, Ph.D.


Lux Research Inc.

Tom Dawidczyk leads Lux Research’s Wearable Electronics Intelligence service and contributes to its Digital Health and Wellness practice, where he helps clients make informed decisions about emerging device hardware, components, data management and analysis, and deployments.

Before joining Lux, Tom worked at Becton Dickinson (BD) where he researched point-of-care molecular diagnostics and more recently led the development of a wearable drug delivery device with enhanced “Smart” features.  Prior to joining BD, Tom was an Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Illinois, working on wearable, flexible, and stretchable electronic devices.

Tom has a Ph.D. in Materials Science from Johns Hopkins University, a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts.  He has published research articles on technology areas such as thin film processing, organic electronics, device physics, and fabric-based electronics.

Noa Ghersin


Lux Research Inc.

As an Analyst at Lux Research, Noa leads the Digital Health and Wellness Intelligence team, and contributes to the Wearable Electronics Intelligence. Noa conducts research on technological and market developments and focuses primarily on digital disease management, aging in place, safety, and wellness technologies.


Prior to Joining Lux Research, Noa worked as a Product Innovation Associate at athenahealth, where she led a cross-functional team that reacted to and assessed patient safety issues posed by the electronic medical record. In this role, Noa designed solutions to address identified issues and she also engaged with clients.


Noa received her B.Sc. in Biological Engineering from MIT, where she focused on regenerative medicine, drug delivery, and prosthetics.

Brent Giles, Ph.D.

Research Director

Lux Research Inc.

Brent Giles is a Research Director at Lux Research. He founded Lux’s Corporate Strategic Intelligence: Chemicals and Materials practice as well as the Exploration and Production Intelligence practice, and has led the Water Intelligence and Alternative Fuels Intelligence practices. Before joining Lux Research, Brent worked for six years at Danaher’s Hach Company and its German partner Lange. As senior chemist and project manager at Hach, Brent led projects in water analysis and green technology. He developed products for the international market and worked in Germany, India and China.  Brent also worked as Director of Green Technology for China Bridge Capital, a China-based investment bank. He identified business opportunities and conducted technical analysis on emerging technology companies in China.

Brent received his Ph.D. in chemistry from Purdue University and was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Michigan, and is finishing his MBA at CUNY Baruch. He taught as a professor at Colorado College. His academic research focused on ultrafast aqueous chemical kinetics and developing ultrasensitive spectrometers for atmospheric studies. He is the author of numerous papers and the inventor of a number of successful and field-tested products and industry trade secrets in the fields of green technology and water analytics.

Michael Holman, Ph.D.

VP of Intelligence

Lux Research Inc.

Michael Holman is VP of Intelligence at Lux Research, helping to lead a research team that assists clients, primarily large global corporations, with identifying and capitalizing on new business opportunities in emerging technology areas by providing market and technology insight and analysis. He also runs Lux Research’s work on benchmarks and best practices in technology scouting and open innovation, and its research on corporate venture capital, advising clients on how they can better run and organize their innovation programs. He manages Lux’s Client Value organization, which helps clients make the best use of Lux’s research and facilitates analyst interactions.


Michael has also been deeply involved in public policy issues in emerging technologies. He has been a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) Nanotechnology Technical Advisory Group and the U.S. and EU Perspectives on the Future of Science and Technology program, and helped the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) run its Nanomanufacturing for Energy Efficiency Workshop and research roadmap. Michael is frequently quoted in the press, and has been cited in publications like The Economist, The Guardian, and Congressional Quarterly on the commercialization of emerging technologies.


Michael earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Columbia University, where he worked at Columbia’s Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center. He also holds a B.A. in Chemistry and Philosophy from Rice University.

Colleen Kennedy


Lux Research Inc.

As an Analyst at Lux Research, Colleen Kennedy is a member of the Exploration and Production Intelligence team and provides ongoing primary and secondary research to multinational corporations with vested interests in energy-related technologies and services.  As part of her research, Colleen interviews technology/service providers and develops key insights to best support our clients. Colleen focuses primarily on upstream technology in the unconventional oil and gas space, including enhanced oil recovery, HSE and fracturing technologies.


Prior to joining Lux Research, Colleen worked as a geologist for Canrig Drilling Technology, Geocomp Corporation and Earth Energy Reserves.


Colleen received her B.S. from Union College in Geology with a focus on thermodynamic modeling and petrographic analysis.

Ross Kozarsky

Senior Analyst

Lux Research Inc.

Ross Kozarsky is a Senior Analyst who leads Lux Research’s Advanced Materials and Bio-based Materials and Chemicals teams. Ross’ primary responsibilities include providing strategic advice and on-going intelligence for emerging coating, composite, metal, and platform materials that serve as enabling technologies for new markets and applications in industries ranging from oil and gas to electronics. He has advised a wide array of entities from large multinational corporations to investment firms to government agencies on strategic innovation decisions in domains such as transportation lightweighting, energy security, and nanotechnology.


Beyond his research engagements, Ross has presented at conferences in Asia, Europe, and North America on topics ranging from carbon fiber composites to 3D printing.


Prior to joining Lux Research, Ross worked as a chemical engineer at the Silicon Valley solar startup Solexant, developing flexible thin film photovoltaic cells using printable nanomaterial technologies.


Ross holds a Master’s degree in Advanced Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge and a B.S.E in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University, with certificates in Materials Science and Finance. He has research experience on a wide range of topics including photovoltaic device fabrication and characterization, thin film deposition and processing, sol-gel nanomaterial synthesis, piezoelectric sensors, microfluidic devices, and the electrochemical detection of hydrogen. Ross’ ongoing education includes extension courses at University of California (Berkeley) in Financial Accounting and Princeton University alumni courses on healthcare reform and America’s post-recession economy.

Kyle Landry

Research Associate

Lux Research Inc.

Kyle Landry is a Research Associate at Lux Research and is based in Boston. As a member of the Autonomous Systems 2.0 service he conducts research and market analysis for clients interested in Autonomous Systems, with representative topics including autonomous vehicles, robotics, unmanned aerial vehicles, and artificial intelligence.


Kyle received a dual B.S./M.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a focus in Mechanics from Northeastern University.

Cosmin Laslau, Ph.D.

Director, Research Products

Lux Research Inc.

Cosmin Laslau is the Director of Research Products at Lux Research. He leads the development of next-generation research tools and features, including applied machine learning and other innovation-focused analytics, data source selection and implementation, and advanced visualization.


He brings years of experience in managing some of Lux Research’s core analyst teams that focus on energy and mobility. In those roles, Cosmin’s work included developing new analytical methodologies based on primary and secondary research, like data trackers and comprehensive models to address client needs. His research has often been quoted in the press, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Nature, and The Atlantic, as well as being featured at invited conferences around the world. Prior to joining Lux Research, he also worked at a nanomaterials start-up.


Cosmin earned his Ph.D. and M.Sc. from the University of Auckland, where he engineered a new scanning probe microscope, and authored 20 scientific publications and reviews. He also holds a B.A.Sc. from the University of Toronto, which focused in part on physics, mathematics, and computer science.

Jonathan Melnick, Ph.D.

Senior Analyst

Lux Research Inc.

As a Senior Analyst at Lux Research, Jonathan leads the Wearable Electronics, Electronic User Interfaces, Sensors, and the Digital Health and Wellness Intelligence services, helping clients make informed decisions on a range of emerging technology areas such as displays, thin-film batteries, organic photovoltaics, functional inks and deposition methods. Prior to taking on this role, Jonathan also worked in Lux Research’s consulting practice on projects ranging from energy storage to materials for oil and gas.

Prior to joining Lux Research, Jonathan was a National Institute of Health (NIH) postdoctoral fellow at MIT where he studied chemical mechanisms of solar energy storage.

Jonathan holds a Ph.D. with distinction, M.Phil and M.A. in chemistry from Columbia University and a B.S. with honors in chemistry from Syracuse University. He has authored 17 peer-reviewed scientific articles on a wide range of technology areas including solar energy storage, mercury remediation and enzymatic mechanism determination.

Tyler Ogden


Lux Research Inc.

Tyler Ogden is an Analyst on the Solar Intelligence team based in Boston.


Prior to joining Lux Research, Tyler performed residential energy audits under the Massachusetts state energy efficiency program. Tyler also has experience conducting multiple simulation-based research projects in the fields of biophysics, photonics, and quantum physics.


Tyler has a B.A. in Physics from Hampshire College where he studied an interdisciplinary course load of physics and political studies that were combined to focus on future energy solutions. 

Victor Oh

Research Associate

Lux Research Inc.

Victor Oh is a Research Associate at Lux Research and leads the Bio-based Materials and Chemicals Intelligence practice. He provides ongoing technology scouting and strategic advisory services for Global 1000 clients vested in the specialty chemicals, life sciences, consumer products, and energy sectors. Particularly, Victor helps clients explore strategic partnerships and identify disruptive technologies to produce novel materials and chemicals from biomass, waste, and other non-conventional sources or platforms.


Victor is an alumni of Singularity University’s 2013 Graduate Studies Program, an entrepreneurial program founded by Google, NASA, and Genentech to empower leaders in leveraging emerging technologies to solve global grand challenges. He is also recipient of the 2012 Odebrecht Award for Sustainable Development.


Victor graduated from the Johns Hopkins University with a M.S. and B.S. in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and a minor in Entrepreneurship & Management.

Sara Olson, Ph.D.

Senior Analyst

Lux Research Inc.

Sara Olson is a Senior Analyst at Lux Research in the Life Sciences, leading the Agro Innovation and Food and Nutrition teams.  In this role she monitors and evaluates opportunities coming from technology areas like advanced crop protection, functional foods and ingredients, precision agriculture, and food processing technologies. Sara’s responsibilities include helping clients with questions regarding the diverse regulatory pressures affecting the agri-food industries and developing strategies to drive innovation across the agriculture and food value chains.


Sara has a decade of experience in crop genetics and biochemistry. She has led research teams focusing on quantitative functional genomics of crop plants with implications for advancing nitrogen use efficiency, drought tolerance, and biomass generation in both food and fuel-generation applications. She has been an invited speaker at numerous international conferences, and has authored multiple primary publications in major journals on topics including genomics, phenomics, and crop protection. Sara holds a B.S. with honors in Biology and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Texas A&M University.

Kevin See, Ph.D.

VP of Digital Products

Lux Research Inc.

In his role as VP, Digital Products, Kevin is responsible for the development and deployment of technologies to support research products within Lux, and for providing solutions externally to clients in the digital space. During his career at Lux, he has managed multiple teams in the energy space before launching research areas in robotics, sensors, and the Internet of Things, ultimately leading to managing a broader research program around Digital Transformation.

He and his teams develop digital tools to enhance Lux’s research processes and offerings, as well as provide strategic advice to a global client base regarding new business opportunities for emerging technologies and business models in the digital space. In addition, he has led and conducted studies around best practices in open innovation and technology scouting. He also has been cited frequently in the press, in publications including The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times and has been an invited speaker at conferences across the globe.

Prior to joining Lux Research, Kevin was a joint postdoctoral researcher at The Molecular Foundry at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and The University of California, Berkeley, where he worked on novel nanocomposite materials for thermoelectric conversion of waste heat into electricity.

Kevin obtained his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and has authored articles in leading journals on subjects including nanocomposites, organic electronics, sensors, and thermoelectrics. He also holds a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Cornell University.

Camilla Stice, Ph.D.


Lux Research Inc.

As an Analyst at Lux Research, Camilla Stice currently leads the Food & Nutrition Intelligence service, covering the revolution of the food industry relevant to nutrition, ingredients, and food formulation. Camilla provides strategic advice and on-going intelligence relevant to the food industry by analyzing technologies, strategies, and business models of emerging companies in the food and nutrition space.

Camilla holds a M.S. and Ph.D. in biochemical and molecular nutrition from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. Her doctoral work focused on the investigation of the molecular mechanisms by which alcohol initiates hepatic injury and promotes carcinogenesis, and the prevention of these pathologies through dietary tomato intervention. Prior to joining Lux Research, Camilla worked as a Research Technician in the Neurobiology of Disease Laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. During her time there, she worked to elucidate the molecular mechanisms behind the metabolism of amyloid precursor protein to generate the hallmark protein of Alzheimer’s disease, cleaved Aβ. Additionally, Camilla holds a B.A. in biology from Clark University. She has authored several peer-reviewed scientific articles in the fields of nutrition and biochemistry.

Arij van Berkel, Ph.D.

Research Director

Lux Research Inc.

Arij van Berkel joined Lux in the Amsterdam office in 2015 and currently oversees the Energy and Water Intelligence practices. He and his team provide strategic insights in the rapidly changing landscape of energy supply to mobility, residences and industry. Prior to joining Lux Research, Arij worked for Shell and TNO, the public research and technology organization of The Netherlands. At Shell, he conducted research into process safety and combustion. At TNO he worked on a variety of topics including food preservation, emission reduction and biomass conversion. Just before joining Lux, Arij held the position of Director Chemical Industry at TNO, responsible for all projects and interactions with the Dutch and EU governments related to the chemical industry.


Arij holds an MSc. degree in mechanical engineering from Twente University and a Ph.D. from Eindhoven University.

Matthew L. Wagner, Ph.D.

Senior Analyst

Lux Research Inc.

Matt Wagner is a Senior Analyst at Lux Research in the Corporate Strategic Intelligence practice. Before joining Lux Research, Matt worked for Pall Corporation. There, Matt led the firm’s global application technology activities in gas filtration, gas purification, and trace moisture analysis for the semiconductor manufacturing market.


Previous to Pall, Matt worked in multiple roles in R&D at Praxair, Inc.  These roles included leading Praxair’s Breakthrough Innovation initiative, developing and implementing corporation-wide innovation work processes and tools, developing and commercializing technologies for the use, production, packaging, and analysis of specialty gases and chemicals used in semiconductor manufacturing, and leading a new initiative to develop and commercialize applications of oxygen for customers’ chemical manufacturing processes involving vapor phase oxidation.


Matt received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. His research focused on heterogeneous catalysis and reactor engineering. He also holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University.  He is the author of numerous patents, papers, and conference presentations.

Katrina Westerhof


Lux Research Inc.

Katrina Westerhof is an Analyst at Lux Research in the Distributed Generation practice, where she advises clients on emerging developments related to distributed energy resources. Katrina’s research and analysis focuses on the evolution of the grid, including technologies for distributed power generation, grid integration, financing structures, changing utility business models, and microgrids. Katrina has previously supported clients as a member of Lux’s consulting team, leading custom projects to identify and evaluate opportunities, build business cases, and assess partnership candidates, among other topics.


Prior to joining Lux, Katrina was a strategist and engineer for a small energy startup, where she led the development of a novel petroleum processing facility that outperforms traditional plants in economics, safety, and reliability. Additionally, Katrina has deep experience in manufacturing processes and operational excellence in the oil & gas and coatings industries, including on-site work in the Canadian oil sands as an operations consultant. She has also contributed to the development of a polymeric nanoparticle drug delivery system, a food-grade pigment produced in yeast, and a protein polymer hydrogel for tissue scaffolding.


Katrina holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from MIT, where she worked as a research assistant in the Langer Laboratory.

Tracy Woo


Lux Research Inc.

Tracy Woo is an Analyst in the Electronic User Interface (EUI) practice at Lux Research and is based in Boston. She analyzes market trends and technology for flexible displays in the augmented and virtual reality spaces. Her research helps clients take strategic steps and identify disruptive technologies that enable them to make informed decisions for their business.

Previously, she served as an analyst at Aberdeen Group where she was the head of research in the Manufacturing and Product Innovation and Engineering (PIE) practices. Prior to her role as analyst, Tracy worked as an electrical engineer, both in defense and in industry. Most recently, she served as a design engineer at Osram Sylvania doing switch-mode power supply design for solid-state lighting where she earned multiple patents in circuit and mechanical design.

Tracy obtained her M.Eng in Electrical Engineering and B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of California, San Diego.


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