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The Soft Robotics Story

What does an octopus have to do with robotic automation?

It turns out, everything. Getting a robot to pick stuff up has until now, been robotics’ greatest challenge. And in 2013 when Soft Robotics was born, this challenge was having major consequences on the global supply chain. With a shrinking, aging workforce and the rise of consumer-centric manufacturing, industries like Food, Consumer Packaged Goods and E-commerce were desperate for a robotic solution that could pick up variable and ever-changing product. Just like our hands can.

But incremental innovation was not going to cut it. A big problem like this required a big breakthrough. A non-traditional approach. A chemist named George Whitesides. Who in his lab at Harvard, was inspired by how well an octopus could grasp and manipulate objects. And through a partnership with the Department of Defense, Dr. Whitesides would go on to prove that advanced material science could do what no combination of sensors, vision, and numerical computation could. It could pick stuff up.

Soft Robotics’ patented and proven “hands” – or grippers – are today deployed in manufacturing facilities all around the world. We are proud of the profound impact our technology has had with industry-leading customers that can now use robots to safely and efficiently pick and pack their product. Today our vibrant and growing team of engineers, entrepreneurs, and scientists are building the future of robotic automation. And we’re just getting started.

Carl Vause, Chief Executive Officer

Executive Team

Carl Vause

Chief Executive Officer

Carl Vause is CEO of Soft Robotics Inc. Carl partnered with Dr. George Whitesides of Harvard University in 2013 to explore commercial applications for... the ground-breaking soft robotics work pioneered at the Whitesides Research Group, in partnership with DARPA. Soft Robotics was formed to commercialize this research in late 2013 and Carl joined as CEO. Prior to joining Soft Robotics, Carl held a variety of senior positions in global technology companies. Carl holds a BSEE from Virginia Military Institute and a MBA from London Business School. He began his career as a Naval Flight Officer in the United States Navy, retiring from the Naval Reserve in 2013.

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Mark Chiappetta

Chief Technology Officer

Mark is a high energy technology leader with over 25 years of experience in high growth, start-up and mid-size companies. He is an established invento... r with over 30 issued and numerous additional pending patents in the field of robotics and automation, and remains proficient in the design, development, and manufacture of revolutionary products utilizing the latest in robotics technologies. Before joining Soft Robotics, Inc., Mark spent 2.5 years at BIONX Medical Technologies as Senior Vice President of R&D where he oversaw the development of the emPower robotic ankle-foot prosthesis and 15 years at iRobot Corporation in a variety of technical and leadership roles with his last being Vice President of iRobot's Advanced Systems and Technology group. Earlier in his career, Mark worked for Joseph F. Engelberger who is known world-wide as the "Father of Robotics."

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Patti Modzelewski

Vice President of Talent & Culture

Patti Modzelewski brings more than 30 years of human resource experience to Soft Robotics. Patti has developed and led HR strategy and policy at techn... ology, biotech and advanced manufacturing organizations. She has experience managing companies from early startup to exit to post-acquisition integration. Prior to joining Soft Robotics, Patti was the Senior Director of HR at Localytics, a leader in mobile engagement, and the US Director of HR at Horizon Discovery, a UK-based gene editing company. Patti received an MS in Administration from Boston University.

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Lisa Donnelly

Vice President of Marketing

Lisa brings 15 years of marketing experience to the Soft Robotics team. She began her career as an engineer in high volume manufacturing and medical d... evice development, which led to an opportunity to be directly involved with the end customer. She transitioned into marketing with a focus on identifying customers unmet needs and developing new markets. Lisa has held high level marketing roles in several medical device companies including Smith & Nephew and Conformis, Inc. Lisa holds both a Bachelor’s and Masters of Science in Plastics Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell and an MBA from Babson College.

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Careers

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We’re always looking for exceptionally skilled employees who are looking to make a difference. Individuals who thrive on innovation and aren’t afraid to dream big. Soft Robotics is about pushing boundaries—challenging the norm and creating opportunities where they didn’t previously exist, not only for our customers but also for our employees. We are dedicated to constant innovation and collaboration and are proud to be the face of the next wave of robotic automation.