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We’re dedicated to solving your hardest workforce challenges. We believe that human beings should do human work. That it’s technology’s job to take on the dull, dirty and dangerous jobs. The repetitive work that until now, has been dependent on the human hand to complete. We are dedicated to freeing people to do the work that people do best. Join us.

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.

Executive Team

Jeff Beck

Executive Chairman

Jeff is a successful operating executive and board member with a track record of transforming and scaling industrial technology businesses by synchron... izing organic growth, acquisitions, operational excellence, and talent development. Prior to joining Soft Robotics as Executive Chairman, Jeff was President and CEO of Astrodyne TDI, a PE-owned leader in high-performance power supply solutions that enable mission-critical systems in medical, semiconductor, aerospace, military and automation industries. Jeff sparked new product developments, market expansions, operational efficiencies, and share gain at strategic accounts ultimately resulting in a lucrative exit for shareholders. Previously, Jeff was Chief Operating Officer with iRobot Corporation, (NASDAQ: IRBT). There he architected and implemented strategies that accelerated revenues, expanded margins, and quadrupled the corporation’s market value. Before joining iRobot, Jeff worked at AMETEK Corporation as SVP/GM, of the Aerospace & Defense Division and as VP/GM of AMETEK's Power Systems & Instruments Division. He developed many of his business leadership skills serving as a Division President with Danaher Corporation. Earlier in Jeff’s career, he spent ten years with Emerson Electric Corporation progressing through increasing levels of responsibility in engineering, sales, and general management. Jeff is currently an Operating Partner at Artemis Capital Partners, serves as Executive Chairman of Adcole Corporation, and is a director with inTest Corporation (NASDAQ: INTT). Previously he served as a director of Sun Edison Semiconductor (NASDAQ: SEMI) and was on the board of advisors for New Jersey Institute of Technology. Jeff holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology and an MBA from Boston University.

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Mark Chiappetta

Chief Operating Officer

Mark J. Chiappetta is a high-energy professional with over 25 years of experience in high growth start-ups as well as mid-sized, publicly traded compa... nies. He is an exemplary executive leader, a pragmatic operating professional dedicated to building and growing new, innovative businesses, and a robotics subject matter expert with over 30 issued and numerous additional pending patents in the field. Before joining SRI in 2016, Mark held the SVP Engineering and Product Development role at BionX Medical Technologies and prior to that spent more than 15 years at iRobot Corporation (NASDAQ: IRBT). At iRobot, he served in a variety of technical and leadership roles with his last being Vice President of the Advanced Systems and Technology group – the front-end innovation engine for the entire corporation. Earlier in his career, Mark worked alongside Joseph F. Engelberger, known worldwide as the “Father of Robotics”, to expand the field of robotics beyond factory applications and into service industries. He is a former U.S. Navy Officer, has a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rhode Island, and has undertaken graduate coursework at NYU-Poly.

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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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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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Grow with us

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.