Leadership Team

Kevin J. Knopp, PhD

CEO & Co-founder
Kevin Knopp

Dr. Kevin Knopp is a co-founder & CEO of 908 Devices Inc. An experienced high-tech entrepreneur, Kevin co-founded Ahura Scientific in 2002, and was Senior Vice President overseeing Operations, R&D and Safety and Security Sales through Ahura’s acquisition by Thermo Fisher Scientific in 2010, where he continued as Vice-President and Site Leader of the Portable Optical Analysis division. Kevin served as an independent board member for Crystal IS until its acquisition by Asahi-Kasei. He earned B.S.E.E from Boston University, M.S.E.E, and Ph.D. degrees in Optics from the University of Colorado. Kevin is an inventor on more than 20 US patents, is an author on more than a dozen refereed publications, and his products have received R&D 100, Business Week IDEA, GSN, CPhI Gold, Cygnus, and Frost & Sullivan awards.

Christopher D. Brown, PhD

CTO & Co-founder

Dr. Chris Brown is a co-founder, VP and CTO of 908 Devices Inc. Prior to founding 908 Devices, Chris was a platform architect at Apple in California leading investigations into future-gen hardware/software technologies. Before joining Apple, he headed Product Development and Engineering at Ahura Scientific and later Thermo Fisher Scientific, which acquired Ahura Scientific in 2010. Joining Ahura in 2004 he established the company’s core embedded analytics and chemometrics capability, led product and market development for the pharmaceutical/industrial vertical, and established the international applications, and scientific support teams. Prior to Ahura, Chris held several senior leadership roles at InLight Solutions developing multiple clinical, in-vivo and non-invasive biodiagnostic products across a range of imaging and spectroscopic modalities. He has published some 150 papers and presentations, and more than 30 granted/pending patents. Chris received his B.Sc. from Brandon University and Ph.D. in Chemistry from Dalhousie University where he developed chemometric techniques for mass spectrometry and chromatography.

Joseph H. Griffith

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Joe Griffith joins 908 Devices as Chief Financial Officer supporting the development of strategic business plans and financial metrics. Joe brings a 17-year management background in corporate and operational finance, accounting and administration. Most recently he served as Chief Financial Officer for PerkinElmer’s Life Science division. Previously, Joe served in numerous roles for Caliper Life Sciences including Chief Accounting Officer, VP of Finance and Corporate Controller. Joe achieved a BS in Accounting from Villanova University and holds Certified Public Accountant status in Pennsylvania.

John Kenneweg

VP & GM, Field Forensics

John Kenneweg is Vice President & GM of our Safety & Security Vertical. A veteran of the industry, John has over 17 years of successful sales and marketing experience, directing sales and business development efforts for innovation leaders such as Draeger, Ahura Scientific and Thermo Fisher Scientific. Most recently, John held the position of Director of Federal Government Programs at Thermo Fisher Scientific’s Portable Analytical Instrument business where he generated significant growth across multiple product platforms. He was part of the original Ahura Scientific sales team that successfully launched the first handheld Raman and FTIR spectrometers. He has been successful in developing markets for multiple new technologies and solutions to the safety and security market to include federal agencies, military organizations and civilian emergency responders. John graduated from West Virginia University and served in the United States Marine Corps.

Trent Basarsky, PhD

VP & GM, Life Sciences

Dr. Trent Basarsky is the Vice President & GM of 908 Device’s Life Science Vertical. Trent is a marketing and business executive with more than 20 years of experience in the life sciences sector. Prior to joining 908 Devices, Trent was the Chief Business Officer at Zephyrus Biosciences, the developers of a single cell western platform, which was acquired by BioTechne in 2016. Previously Trent was the VP of Corporate Development at ProteinSimple, a company focused on protein analysis instrumentation, where his responsibilities in corporate development, marketing and intellectual property helped grow the company to over $55M in revenue prior to the successful sale of the company for $300M. Trent served as the Director of Corporate Development at Codexis, a cleantech company focused on next-generation biofuels and pharmaceutical manufacturing. Before joining Codexis, he was Director of Corporate Development at Molecular Devices and helped grow the business to more than $180M prior to the sale of the company for over $600M. He also held positions in marketing, product management, business development and intellectual property at Axon Instruments, which was acquired by Molecular Devices. Trent holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Iowa State University, a B.Sc. in Zoology from the University of Alberta, and is a registered patent agent. He enjoys endurance mountain bike racing, playing competitive hockey, and golf.

"Over the last 7 years we have assembled a talented team that brings a unique and insightful viewpoint to everything we do. I am proud to work with a team that is focused, driven to innovate, and has fun along the way."
Kevin J. Knopp, CEO

Steve Araiza

Co-founder & Software Architect

Mr. Steve Araiza is a co-founder of 908 Devices and serves as Director of Software. He has over 15-years of software engineering and architecture experience. He has delivered products in such diverse applications as medical devices, and distributed software systems however, he has particular expertise in all aspects of handheld analytical tools. Steve has led design and implementation of the software architecture for multiple analytical handheld product platforms. This work spanned design, architecture, embedded systems and user interface from concept through implementation. In addition, Steve has consulted on and delivered software solutions for over 25 companies including Ahura Scientific, Adaptive Optics, Agilent, Light Lab Imaging (now St. Jude Medical), Raytheon and Philips Medical. Steve earned his B.S.E.E from California State University.

Andrew Bartfay

Co-founder & Director, Hardware Development

Mr. Andy Bartfay is a co-founder of 908 Devices and serves as Director of Hardware Development. His 25 years of electronics design experience spans a diverse range of applications and technologies. In particular, he has significant experience with integrated systems for handheld and portable platforms and has been responsible for the complete electronic design of several successful handheld products. His specific capabilities include chip and board-level design, high speed digital and mixed signal design, embedded computers and firmware, high reliability and mil-spec systems, all aspects of electronic product manufacturing, and agency approval testing. Andy has supplied design services or complete products to a broad range of customers including Perkin Elmer, Ahura Scientific, Philips Medical, Boeing, Disney, Lockheed and the US government. Andy earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rochester and has two patents granted or pending.

Kelly Haley

Director, Finance

Michael Jobin

Co-founder & Director, Product Development

Mr. Michael Jobin is a co-founder of 908 Devices and leads mechanical engineering and design efforts. He has 27 years of experience in instrumentation, medical and consumer markets. As Director of Engineering at Altitude, Inc. a leading product development firm, he led design and mechanical engineering on numerous groundbreaking handheld instruments and tools for Ahura Scientific, Niton Corporation and DeWALT. Through this work, Michael has been instrumental in the successful transition of multiple technologies including Raman, FTIR and XRF techniques from laboratory to field use. Michael was the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of MicroBiosciences, a Boston based startup developing microfluidics instruments for medical research. Michael holds 23 patents, and has several applications pending. He earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a BFA in Industrial Design from the University of Michigan.

Alyssa Ludvino

Director, Marketing & Communications

Kevin McCallion, PhD

Director, Component Engineering

Scott Miller, PhD

Co-founder & Director, MS Engineering

Dr. Scott Miller is a co-founder of 908 Devices and serves as Director of Mass Spectrometer Engineering, leading applications and system integration efforts. Prior to joining 908 Devices, Scott was Principal Development Engineer at Ahura Scientific and at Thermo Fisher Scientific following acquisition. He led several multi-million dollar government-funded R&D projects. These projects were focused on development of portable, easy-to-use analytical instruments for chemical and biological detection and identification. Prior to joining Ahura Scientific, Scott was Principal Scientist at BioProcessors Corp. where he developed automated, microscale cell culture systems. He has authored over a dozen peer-reviewed articles and has several patents pending. Scott received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Northwestern University and held a postdoctoral position at MIT.

Rob Schrager

Director, SW & Systems Engineering

Board of Directors

Nicolas Barthelemy

Nicolas Barthelemy is a life science industry veteran with 25 years of diverse expertise. He brings extensive experience in manufacturing, distributing and commercializing life science instruments, reagents and services, and knowledge of the research, clinical and bioprocessing markets as well as his public and private board experience. Mr. Barthelemy previously served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Biotheranostics, Inc., a Molecular Diagnostics company. Prior to joining Biotheranostics, he held a variety of senior executive roles at Life Technologies until its acquisition by Thermo Fisher Scientific, including Chief Commercial Officer and President of the Cell Systems Division. Prior to joining Invitrogen (which later became Life Technologies), Mr. Barthelemy held a variety of operational and commercial roles with Biogen, Inc., including Vice President of Manufacturing. Before that, he held various technical positions at Merck & Co’s manufacturing division. Mr. Barthelemy currently serves on the board of directors of Repligen, Fluidigm and Genewiz and has previously served on the board of directors of Essen Bioscience. He holds an engineering degree from École Supérieure de Physique et Chimie Industrielles, France, as well as a master’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Keith L. Crandell

Keith Crandell is a co-founder and a Managing Director of ARCH Venture Partners. He focuses on chemical and specialty materials companies, electronics and instrumentation, optics and photonics, communications, and enterprise infrastructure businesses. He previously served as Senior Manager at ARCH Development Corporation, where he was responsible for ARCH Venture Fund I activities at Argonne National Laboratory.

Mr. Crandell has played a key role in the formation and initial funding round of Quanterix, Alfalight, PixelEXX Systems, ALIS Corp. (acquired by Carl Zeiss SMT), Eichrom Industries (acquired by Gary Comer, Inc.), Nanophase Technologies (NANX), and Illinois Superconductor. He was also responsible for ARCH’s investment in New Era of Networks (NEON, acquired by Sybase-SY), Apropos Technology (APRS, acquired by Syntellect-ESL), Teach.com (acquired by Intellinex), CelebrateExpress (BDAY, acquired by Liberty Media-LINTA), Ahura Scientific (acquired by Thermo Fisher Scientific-TMO), Adesto Technologies, Ciespace, Boreal Genomics, and Crystal IS (acquired by Asahi Kasei-AHKSY), among others. He is a director of Quanterix, Nanosys, Alfalight, Adesto Technologies, Boreal Genomics, PixelEXX Systems, Univa, and Ciespace. Mr. Crandell also serves as a director of the Illinois Venture Capital Association.

Prior to the founding of ARCH, Mr. Crandell was with the specialty chemical and polymer company, Hercules, Inc. He holds an M.B.A. from The University of Chicago, an M.S. in Chemistry from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a B.S. in Chemistry and Mathematics from St. Lawrence University.

Kevin Hrusovsky

Kevin Hrusovsky, Chairman & CEO of Quanterix Corporation (QTRX) is an American entrepreneur and healthcare visionary, who has dedicated his 30-year career to leading disruptive medical technology companies and shepherding a global movement to transform healthcare to Precision Health. He created Powering Precision Health foundation, an internationally renowned non-profit promoting a new era of medicine using biomarker innovation to achieve precision medicine. He is regarded as a pioneer, accelerating adoption and value creation for many “game changing” non-invasive early detection technologies for Oncology, Neuro-Degeneration and Cardiology which are transforming drug development and disease prevention.  Before QTRX, he was CEO of Caliper Life Sciences (CALP – acquired by PKI), and Zymark Corporation (acquired by CALP), as well as, President of Life Sciences at PerkinElmer (PKI). He also held senior roles at FMC Corp and DuPont. His numerous board memberships include both public and privately held companies as well as educational, healthcare and technology non-profit organizations. He is the recipient of several distinguished awards including the 2019 EY Entrepreneur of the Year®,  2017 BBJ Innovation All-Star award for transforming the practices of medicine and health, the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award for Leadership and the E.G. Bailey Entrepreneurship Award (2013), both from The Ohio State University. Hrusovsky holds an M.B.A. from Ohio University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University and received an Honorary Doctorate from Framingham State University for contributions to life sciences.

Sharon Kedar

Sharon is the Co-Founder of Northpond Ventures. Sharon was previously CFO of Sands Capital Management. Over her 15 years with Sands Capital, assets under management grew from $1.5 billion to $50 billion, and Sharon was active in all key functions of the company. She started as a technology analyst and portfolio manager, and later served in a variety of leadership positions with the firm. Prior to Sands Capital, Sharon was a consultant at McKinsey & Company. Sharon has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics from Rice University. She is a CFA charterholder.

Kevin J. Knopp, PhD

Dr. Kevin Knopp is a co-founder & CEO of 908 Devices Inc. An experienced high-tech entrepreneur, Kevin co-founded Ahura Scientific in 2002, and was Senior Vice President overseeing Operations, R&D and Safety and Security Sales through Ahura’s acquisition by Thermo Fisher Scientific in 2010, where he continued as Vice-President and Site Leader of the Portable Optical Analysis division. Kevin served as an independent board member for Crystal IS until its acquisition by Asahi-Kasei. He earned B.S.E.E from Boston University, M.S.E.E, and Ph.D. degrees in Optics from the University of Colorado. Kevin is an inventor on more than 20 US patents, is an author on more than a dozen refereed publications, and his products have received R&D 100, Business Week IDEA, GSN, CPhI Gold, Cygnus, and Frost & Sullivan awards.

Michael J. Ramsey, PhD

Dr. J. Michael Ramsey is the Goldby Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. Dr. Ramsey is also the director of the UNC Center for Biomedical Microtechnologies, a center focused on fostering collaborations between medical researchers or clinicians and developers of microtechnologies for enhancing access to biological information. His present research interests include highly miniaturized mass spectrometry, micro- and nanofluidics, and single molecule DNA sequencing, single cell assays and point-of-care clinical diagnostic devices. Dr. Ramsey is the sole scientific founder of Caliper Technologies (NASDAQ:CALP), later renamed Caliper Life Sciences and acquired by PerkinElmer in late 2011 for $650M. Caliper is the leading commercial supplier of microfluidic technologies; tools primarily used in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. He has published over 300 peer-reviewed papers (H-index = 61) and presented over 500 invited, plenary, or named lectures.  In addition, he has over 100 issued and 20 pending patents.  Dr. Ramsey is also the scientific founder of 908 Devices Inc. and serves as chair of the Scientific Advisory Board.

Mark Spoto

At Razor’s Edge, Mr. Spoto is responsible for the fund’s day-to-day business operations. His primary responsibilities include the identification and evaluation of investment opportunities, market and industry analyses, deal structuring, fundraising, and LP relations, as well as support of and advice to Razor’s Edge portfolio companies. Prior to joining Razor’s Edge, Mr. Spoto was a partner in the Reston, Virginia office of Cooley LLP, a national law firm. He worked with many emerging and high growth technology companies and investment funds, and his practice focused on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, private equity and public securities offerings, and general corporate representation. His operating company clients were engaged in high-growth industry sectors including software, government contracts, aerospace/defense, telecommunications, and media. From 2008-2011, Chambers USA named Mr. Spoto to its list of America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, and in 2009, he was selected by The Legal 500 as a leading lawyer in the fields of venture capital and emerging companies. Prior to practicing law, Mr. Spoto was an aerospace engineer, working on the Air Force Titan IV rocket program for McDonnell Douglas Space Systems Company. He holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Boston University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

Advisors

Jay Flatley

Executive Chairman Illumina, Inc.

James W Jorgenson, PhD

William Rand Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Prof. of Chemistry at UNC Chapel Hill

Douglas Kahn

Chairman of Tetragentics, Inc.

Alan G. Marshall, PhD

Robert O. Lawton Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Florida State University

Steven Reeves

Former DoD Joint Program Executive Officer for CBRND

Nicolas H. Roelofs, PhD

Former President Life Sciences Group, Agilent Technologies

Daryoosh Vakhshoori, PhD

Founder & CEO, Pendar Technologies

David Walt, PhD

Wyss Professor of Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard Medical School

Jimmie Oxley

Professor of Chemistry at the University of Rhode Island

Jarrod Marto

Associate Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School

Joshua Coon

Professor of Chemistry and Biomolecular Chemistry at UW-Madison

Martin D. Madaus, PhD

Chief Executive Officer at Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, Inc.

Paul Meister

Co-Founder of Liberty Lane Partners

Investors

Development Alliances