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.

Chris Pfistner, PhD

Chris Pfistner, PhD

VP of Sales & Marketing

Chris Pfistner joined Avicena in September of 2021 as Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Chris has over 25 years of experience in Sales, Marketing, Product Line Management, and Business Development in the global fiber optic module and systems market. Prior to Avicena, Chris held executive positions with Jabil Photonics, Lumentum, Finisar/II-VI, NeoPhotonics, Terawave, Advanced Fibre and Pirelli Optical Systems.

Chris holds Ph.D. and MS and BS degrees in Applied Physics from the University of Berne. He has authored over 30 international papers and presentations, and he was Committee Chair for the Market Watch and Service Provider Summit programs at OFC for many years.