VOR DATA SYSTEMS
Brons Larson, PhD
Brons is a founding partner of Vor Data Systems with over twenty years of experience within the science and technology fields. As an Applied Mathematician, he has worked in both academia and industry on efforts that span virtually every scientific discipline. He taught Mathematics at the University of California at Davis and also at San Diego State University. In industry, he has worked on both commercial and government projects where he developed advanced mathematical, signal and imaging processing algorithms to solve problems from Communications, Forensics, Genetics, Aerodynamics, Acoustics and Biosensor design. While at Sequana Therapeutics, Brons developed cutting edge bioinformatics algorithms and software to automate genetic allele calling and lane tracking for electrophoresis, and also for the monitoring of Mendelian inheritance in genetic marker research. His work assisted in the discovery of a gene responsible for asthma. At the time of the discovery, Richard D. O'Connor, M.D., chief of the Division of Asthma, Allergy and Clinical Immunology at Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at UCSD School of Medicine remarked that "Sequana's gene discovery is perhaps this century's most important finding in the etiology of asthma”. As a Vice President and Senior Program Manager at Science Applications International Corporation, Brons was responsible for coming up with solutions to customer’s needs, securing funding for these ideas, managing all aspects of the funded efforts, and field-testing and delivering the final products to end users. On the very successful TIGER biosensor, winner of the 2005 R&D Magazine Top 100 Award, Brons led the bioinformatics effort which identified genomic areas capable of identifying and classifying bacterial, viral and fungal life, including newly emerging and unknown bioengineered threats. In 2009, the system was the Gold winner of the 2009 Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Awards. During his tenure at SAIC, Brons helped secure and manage over $50 million in contracts, and in January of 2011 he was given the ASPIRE Award for excellence in Science. In addition to golf, Yoga and CrossFit, Brons enjoys spending his free time with his wife and son and daughter.
John Penhune, PhD
John Penhune has been a founder, officer, and/or director of seven companies specializing in science, engineering, and biotechnology. He received a PhD in electrical engineering from MIT and attended the University of Grenoble Summer School in Theoretical Physics and the Smaller Company Management Program at the Harvard Business School. John taught electrical engineering at MIT as an Assistant Professor and bioengineering at UCSD as an Adjunct Professor. He has 30 years of corporate management experience, 35 years of program management experience, and 45 years of research experience. John has technical expertise in mathematics, signal and image processing, system requirements and architecture, bioengineering, and biotechnology. John conducted and managed research at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory and the Bell Telephone Laboratories. Later, he was a program manager in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and an Assistant Director of the Defense Advanced Ballistic Missile Defense Agency. John then served as the technical director of a very large government program. John was a Senior Vice President of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) where he conducted and managed high-technology research for more than 20 years. He continues to serve as a consultant to SAIC. Among the companies in which John was a founder are Concord Research Corporation, Rosetta Inpharmatics, and GHC Technologies. Concord Research was acquired by a public company General Research Corporation, Rosetta was taken public and then bought by Merck, and GHC was acquired by a larger company that was acquired by a public company. John is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and served as the chair of the Industrial Advisory Board of the Whitaker Institute of Biomedical Engineering at UCSD. John is a life-long sailor, now owns and operates the motor yacht Empress, and is a member of the San Diego Yacht Club. John and his wife, Marcellite, enjoy traveling, opera, and helping their daughter, Marcellite, to raise her young son, Matthew.