The Cardea Team
We lead a passionate team dedicated to creating the foundation for the Internet of Biology and providing access to immediate biological information so everyone on the planet can live their healthiest, best lives.

Michael Heltzen
Chief Executive Officer, Board Member
Michael spearheads Digital Biology thought leadership and strategy at Cardea. Michael has an extensive background in tech business development in Bioinformatics, Next-Gen Sequencing, Genomics, and Intercellular communication. He has held leadership positions in CLC bio, BGI, EXO Incubator, Nanosens and BlueSEQ.

Ross Bundy
Co-Founder, Chief Production Officer, Board Member
Ross is responsible for production at Cardea. With an MBA from San Diego State University, Ross has held positions in supply chain, operations, and finance from companies such as General Dynamics and UBC Financial Services. He brings precision execution and implementation to the company.

Brett Goldsmith, PhD
Co-Founder, Chief Technology Officer, Board Member
Brett’s passion is applying nanoelectronics technology to products that change people’s lives. Brett was a post-doc at the University of Pennsylvannia as an Intelligence Community Fellow and is the lead researcher on landmark Field Effect Biosensing papers in Science and Nature Nanotechnology.

Kiana Aran, Ph.D.
Co-Founder, Chief Scientific Officer
Dr. Aran received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at the Rutgers University in 2012. She then continued her postdoctoral studies in bio-engineering at the UC Berkeley. She was a recipient of the National Institutes of Health postdoctoral training fellowship at the Buck Institute for Age Research in 2015. She joined the Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences in 2017.

Joseph D. Keegan, Ph.D.
Executive Chairman
With former positions as CEO of ForteBio, CEO of Molecular Devices, and President of Worldwide Tissue Culture at Becton Dickinson, Joe has over 30 years of experience in life science businesses and has generated over $2B in exit value for the companies he has led and served on the Board of Directors. Joe leads the Board of Directors at Cardea.

Tim Hoerr
Board Member
Tim is a seasoned business executive with over 30 years of experience in a variety of industries. He serves as the CEO and President of Serra Ventures, a consultancy offering professional services to emerging technology enterprises, and Principal of Serra Capital, a firm providing seed, emerging and growth capital to high technology companies.

Amy Walker
Director, Procurement
Amy’s main duty is procurement, but as Cardea’s first employee she has worn many hats and is also responsible for facilities, operations, and special events as well as providing occasional assistance to production and R&D. After working for UCSD as a researcher and a lab manager for over a decade, she discovered a passion for training the next generation and now heads the internship program.

Victoria La
Executive Assistant
Victoria graduated from University of California, San Diego with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She uses her technical and problem solving skills to run ad hoc projects for Cardea. Victoria also works closely with the Sales & Marketing team – aiding them with design and other projects.

Sarah Crosbie
Office Manager
Sarah is the Office Manager of Cardea, where she ensures the daily operations run smoothly. Since she joined the organization in 2019, she maintains accounts payable, accounts receivable and monthly billing. Formerly, Sarah worked with Controlled Con-tamination Services. She attends National University where her studies focus on a Bachelor’s of Science.

Rob Lozuk
Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations
In the past decade alone, Rob served as Thermo Fisher’s Director of Business Development and Americas Marketing, and as Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations at Sequenom, a groundbreaker in genomic testing in the now rapidly growing noninvasive prenatal testing market. In 2016, Sequenom was successfully transacted to LabCorp for $370 million.

Francie Barron, PhD
Vice President, Innovation Partnership Program
Dr. Barron brings 21 years of diverse research experience in academia, pharma, and regulatory to her role at Cardea. Her forward thinking has helped to shape new strategic alliances with pharma and academic partners that has led to multiple successful product launches and novel nanotechnology-enabled applications.

Zack Raborn
Innovation Partnership Program Manager
Zack manages the Innovation Partnership Program at Cardea. Zack began his career with us as a member of the production team. Prior to this he held positions at PWC, Frontier Capital and as an independent consultant to growth businesses. He has a Masters Degree from Clemson University and studied biotechnology at Miramar College.

Yingning Gao, PhD, LSSBB
Senior Director, NanoFAB Engineering
Yingning has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Shandong University and did her Postdoc at Stanford University. She is a specialist in porphyrin and phthalocyanine synthesis, OFETs and MEMS sensors fabrication, enzyme-DNA nanostructures synthesis, and intermolecular interactions analysis. Yingning uses her Lean Six Sigma Black Belt to ensure our production is lean.

Razn Abu Qamar
Mechatronics Engineer
Razn fervently believes in the betterment of humankind via the advancement of biological and medical technology. With his experience as a Mechatronics engineer building medical robots for Neural Analytics and a degree in Bioengineering, Razn brings efficiency and scalability to Cardea’s production.

Katen Verma
Manufacturing Technician
Katen has three years of experience as an Operations Chemist, holds a BSc (hons) in Chemistry and a COTC. Katen is working closely with our Engineers to ensure all of Cardea’s products are delivered at the highest level. Besides being a Technician he is also our Lab Safety Officer.

Luke Gilles
Production Assistant
Luke is a local San Diego high school student. He joined the company in late 2018 and has since taken on responsibility for numerous tasks related to shipping and production. He is excited for the opportunity to learn about the development of the technology and production methods related to the industry.

Regis Peytavi, PhD
Vice President, Technology Development
Regis is a leader with 12 years of experience in the development of microfluidic diagnostics platforms for point-of-care testing that has passed through FDA approval. He’s a problem solver who’s able to tackle engineering, biology & manufacturing challenges in order to design and bring competitive point-of-care biological assays in line with market requirements.

Karin Forster, PhD
Senior Scientist
Karin holds a PhD in Biochemistry and has a background in cancer cell biology, oncology drug discovery and assay development. Karin is developing label-free bioassays on Cardea’s groundbreaking Field Effect Biosensing technology.

Reza Hajian, PhD
Senior Scientist
Via Sponsored Research with the Aran Lab

Sarah Balderston
Scientist
Via Sponsored Research with the Aran Lab
Sarah is a Research Scientist at Cardea Claremont that focuses on employing Cardea’s sensing technology towards novel biological applications. She earned a degree in biology from Scripps College and has years of academic research experience. She is one of the lead researchers on biosensing papers in Nature Bioengineering and Lab on a Chip.

Kasey Smith
Operations & Lab Manager
Via Sponsored Research with the Aran Lab
Kasey received a BS from West Virginia University and a Master of Business and Science degree from Keck Graduate Institute. While at KGI, Kasey worked on a number of industry-sponsored biz dev projects for medical device and pharmaceutical companies. She is passionate about taking novel technologies from the bench to the bedside so that they can have a real impact on patient’s lives.

Amanda Zimmer
Marketing Manager
Amanda has a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from San Diego State University and a minor in Design from Folkuniversitetet, Sweden. She combines her astute attention to detail and passion for analytics to create marketing strategies and campaigns for Cardea.

Glenn Oschmann
Information Systems Manager
Glenn has worked in the IT industry for 28 years focused primarily on IT infrastructure for companies such as Hewlett Packard and the San Diego Union-Tribune. Glenn is responsible for all aspects of IT supporting Cardea’s personnel, operations, and initiatives.

Alex Wu
Lead Software Engineer
Alex graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a Master’s degree in Computer Science and has more than a decade of experience in software design and development. Before joining Cardea, Alex worked in the telecom and healthcare industries, such as serving as a senior software engineer at UnitedHealth Group.

Fletcher LaRue
Software Engineer
Fletcher is a seasoned engineer with a diverse background in software and mechanical engineering. At Cardea he enjoys problem solving and building tools that save time and make people’s lives easier.