Leadership & Staff
Our leadership team has more than 80 years combined experience in cellular analysis, particle analysis, flow cytometry, and instrument development. In addition, our technical experience in cellular and particle analysis instrumentation evolved from active research by Graves (25 years), Woods (17 years), and Freyer (40 years) in the field of flow cytometry.
Steve’s research programs at the Los Alamos National Laboratory were influential in the development of the first acoustic focusing flow cytometer and his more recent programs at the University of New Mexico are the basis of BennuBio’s technology. As a recognized world leader in the field Steve continues to be actively involved in BennuBio’s daily R&D activities and to provide vision and leadership to the company.
PRESIDENT & CEO
Matthew has over 20 years’ experience helping start-up companies bring innovative technology to market. With a background in software engineering and deep experience in life sciences tools, Matthew was instrumental in the success of IntelliCyt which pioneered the concept of high-throughput flow cytometry.
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
As head of BennuBio’s engineering team, Travis has over 18 years’ experience with acoustics, optics, cell biology and general flow cytometry. Before coming to BennuBio, Travis ran the flow cytometry user facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory as part of the NIH National Flow Cytometry Resource, and later transitioned to the University of New Mexico’s Shared Resource.
CHIEF SCIENTIFIC OFFICER
Dr. Freyer is a Founder of BennuBio, Inc. James is the former director of the NIH National Flow Cytometry Resource and leader of the flow cytometry team at LANL, with over 45 years of experience in flow cytometry instrumentation development and application. He is in charge of R&D for new instruments and assays. Jim’s 45 years of experience in the field of multicellular spheroids are critical to our spheroid screening and large particle analysis programs.
Terry is the former CEO and co-founder of Intellicyt, which was acquired in 2016 by Sartorius, a multinational bio-pharmaceutical company. Terry has extensive experience leading flow cytometry startups and cell analysis companies. He serves as a board member and adviser on all aspects of the company.
STAFF & ADVISORS
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
DESIGN ENGINEER & CNC PROGRAMMER
Bruce S. Edwards, PhD
DATA SYSTEMS CONSULTANT
Jose completed a Bachelor of Science in Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of New Mexico in May 2020. His current focus is the production and tuning of the Velocyt fluidics system. He has been working with BennuBio since it was founded.
Gian specializes in mechanical design and fabrication, including high performance medical instrumentation. As an undergrad he assisted in the design and fabrication of acoustic flow cells. This work ultimately led to two publications in the American Chemical Society Journal Analytical Chemistry. Gian has been with BennuBio since it was founded.
John O’Rourke, PhD, MBA
DIRECTOR OF ASSAY DEVELOPMENT
Andrew P. Shreve, PhD
MEASUREMENT SYSTEMS CONSULTANT
Andy has 30+ years of experience in developing optical-based measurement systems for spectroscopy, imaging and sensing, most recently as a Professor Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of New Mexico where he worked closely with Dr. Graves on development of parallel acoustic flow cytometry. Prior to his work at UNM, he was a scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
William (Bill) Shurtleff
LEAD APPLICATIONS SCIENTIST
Diane has an undergraduate degree in ecology and a master’s in microbiology. Her thesis research investigated the therapeutic use of bacteriophage to treat American foulbrood disease in honeybee hives. She has experience in ecological field work, environmental education, animal husbandry, microbial ecology, and lab research. Following a year of teaching at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the College of Southern Nevada, she spent nearly four years at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the Bioscience division and the Nuclear and Radiochemistry division.
Danielle Pacheco is the Administrative Assistant at BennuBio Inc. who brings over 15 years of administrative experience to the company with a focus on Logistics. She worked for tech giant Apple Inc., in both retail and corporate levels and managed 5 retail locations with over 600+ employees as a Store Preservation and Operations Specialist.