Management

Bardia Pezeshki, PhD

Bardia Pezeshki, PhD

CEO, Board Member

Bardia Pezeshki generated, developed, and commercialized optoelectronic technology that resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue. High points include the tunable laser developed at Santur, selling over 500,000 units and >$0.5B in revenue, the first practical multiwavelength high bandwidth optical transceivers at 40Gb/s and 100Gb/s with MEMS-based integration technology at Kaiam, and most recently working a new way of making very dense connections for chip-to-chip communications.

Rob Kalman, PhD

Rob Kalman, PhD

CTO, Board Member

Rob Kalman is co-founder and CTO of Avicena. Rob has a long history of successfully bringing leading-edge optical communications solutions to market. He was on the founding teams of Optivision, ONI Systems, and Luminous Networks. Most recently, he was VP of Engineering for Kaiam where he led development of 100Gbps and 400Gbps optical transceivers for hyperscale data centers. He has a BS in Electrical Engineering from UC Berkeley and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

If you believe you have the talent, ingenuity and drive to help Avicena shift paradigms, drop us a line at info@avicena.tech

Board of Directors (External Members)

Francis Ho, PhD

Francis Ho, PhD

Samsung Catalyst Fund

Francis Ho is Senior Vice President, Managing Director and Co-Head of Samsung Catalyst Fund (SCF). Francis has a background in venture capital, business development, strategy consulting, marketing, and engineering, with extensive operating experience in multiple industries including semiconductors, optics, networking, and storage. Prior to Samsung, he was vice president of Strategic Marketing at Inphi Corporation and has held roles at McKinsey & Company, JP Morgan Partners, and ONI Systems.

Francis holds a Ph.D. in physics from Stanford University, where he was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, and holds a M.S. in applied physics and a B.S. in physics from the California Institute of Technology. He holds six U.S. patents relating to semiconductor technologies.

Peter D. Nunan

Peter D. Nunan

Applied Materials, Inc.

Peter D. Nunan is the General Manager of Applied Materials Display Yield Technology Group. He joined Applied Display Group in 2014 with the stated objective of bringing Semiconductor yield methods and equipment to the display industry. YTG’s goal is to enable display manufacturers to develop and produce advanced displays. Prior to joining Applied Display Group, Peter held various positions within the semiconductor industry. Recent Positions are: VP of Varian Semiconductor Technology Development, VP-GM of KLA-Tencor’s Professional Services Division.

Peter holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Physics and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University.

Chris Rust

Chris Rust

Clear Ventures

Chris Rust is a venture capital investor in Silicon Valley. He works with technology entrepreneurs from the earliest stages of company creation to help their startups become outstanding companies.

Chris’s experiences include: 16 years of technology venture investing as Founder and Managing Partner of Clear Ventures, Partner at Sequoia Capital and USVP; 12 years of company building as co-founder (badge #2) and lead architect of broadband access pioneer Roadrunner/TWC Internet (Charter Communications); startup PLM at Carrier Access (IPO CACS) and Comcore (NSM); and technical staff at US West and MITRE. He is currently working on stealth projects while supporting his active portfolio.

Since 1998 Chris has made early stage investments in 40 startups, starting 35x at seed/series A and 5x at series B. His first 24 exits have produced $32B+ of market cap from market-leading companies such as GoPro (IPO GPRO), Dune (BRCM), Mellanox (IPO MLNX), Syndesis (SUBEX), LVL7 (BRCM), VxTel (INTC), Avanex (IPO AVNX), Telera (Alcatel), SwitchOn (PMCS), and Abrizio (PMCS). His active VC portfolio provides innovative IT products and technology-enabled services related to cloud computing, data center and enterprise IT infrastructure, data science, information security, machine intelligence, meta-search, and predictive commerce. It includes Arrcus, Atmosic, GoEuro, Reflektion, Robin, Vera, Wootcloud, and Zerto.

Chris strives to help create opportunity in a supportive and respectful manner. He is seeking new investments with ambitious and imaginative founders pursuing compelling IT products and services.