CARMICHAEL ROBERTS, phd
Chairman / Co-Founder
Carmichael Roberts is a long-time commercial and scientific collaborator of Dr. George Whitesides at Harvard University. In addition to Soft Robotics, Dr. Roberts and Dr. Whitesides co-founded Surface Logix, a drug optimization company, Arsenal Medical, a medical device company and Diagnostics For All, a 501c3 nonprofit. Dr. Roberts has served in a board and/or executive capacity for each of these organizations. Dr. Roberts serves on the advisory boards for MIT’s Deshpande Center for Innovation, Harvard’s Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center, and Dukes’ School of Biomedical Engineering.
George Whitesides, PhD
Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers University Professor, Harvard University / Co-Founder
Prof. George Whitesides joined Harvard’s Department of Chemistry in 1982 and served as department chairman from 1986 to 1989. From 1963 to 1982, he was a faculty member at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Whitesides held advisory positions on the National Research Council, National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and he is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering and the American Philosophical Society, among other organizations.
Adam Sharkawy, PhD
Adam Sharkawy is Managing Partner of Material Impact. Adam recently served as Sr. Vice President of the Medicines Company and Head of their Pain Management Business. Prior, he helped establish the headquarters of Smith & Nephew’s Emerging Market (EM) and International Market (IM) divisions in Dubai where he served as a member of their executive leadership team and as Sr. Vice President of Product Development. Dr. Sharkawy received his Ph.D. from Duke University where he researched methods of growing small blood vessels around long term implants. He also holds a Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Design Methodology from Texas A&M University andhis Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the American University, Cairo. Dr. Sharkawy remains affiliated to Duke University by serving on its Biomedical Engineering Advisory Board and to Texas A&M University by serving on its Bioengineering Advisory Board.
Haiyin Capital / Founding Partner
Yuquan Wang is a respected mentor in the venture capital industry in China. He lectures frequently on tech market trends, and on Sina, Tencent and tech media within China. Prior to Haiyin, Wang founded Consultech in 1995, which was acquired by Omnicom Group. At 1998, he founded Frost & Sullivan China and served as President.