Frank Levinson, Chairman of the Board
Dr. Levinson is a Venture Partner and co-founder of Phoenix Venture Partners (PVP). He is also a Managing Director of the Small World Group Incubator, a technology incubator which works closely with PVP to identify and mentor early-stage advanced materials start-up technologies. Dr. Levinson has an exceptional 30-year track record of starting and building Advanced Materials-enabled companies in the IT sector. Most notably, Dr. Levinson was the founder, Chief Technology Officer, and Chairman of Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR), which he built into a multibillion dollar optical components and subsystems supplier and grew revenue from zero to over $500 M in annual sales. During his tenure at Finisar, Dr. Levinson built out the company’s manufacturing in Asia and oversaw the implementation of more than 12 corporate partnerships, including those with Honeywell, Sensors Unlimited, and Infineon. Prior to founding Finisar, Dr. Levinson held R&D positions at Raychem (acquired) and Raynet. Earlier in his career, he held R&D positions at Bell Labs and was also a founder of Netek Corporation in partnership with AMP. Dr. Levinson earned his BS from Butler University and his PhD from the University of Virginia. He was one of the original funders of the CleanTech Open, now an international clean technology start-up competition, and currently serves as a mentor and angel investor to several Advanced Materials, IT, and CleanTech start-ups as well as on the board of directors of Fabrinet (NYSE:FN).
Dave Buse, Chief Executive Officer, Director
Dave Buse comes to Traycer with more than 30 years of experience building high performance business teams focused on innovating, making, and selling advancing sensing products.
Immediately before joining Traycer, Buse was the Vice President and General Manager of the Storage Network Test business at JDSU, where he consistently grew year-on-year market share and led the company to hold more than 50% share in a highly competitive industry.
Prior to JDSU, Dave was at Finisar (FNSR) as a Senior VP and GM where he transformed the test business into a highly profitable business, led the acquisition of the Infineon optics products, and grew the optics revenue at over two-times the industry average as head of sales and marketing. Prior to joining Finisar, Dave held senior sales and marketing positions at Raychem (acquired by Tyco) where he spent over 5 years in Europe (France and the UK) expanding product lines and sales channels. Earlier in his career, Dave held management positions at Texas Instruments, where he pioneered the implementation of statistical process control in their semi-conductor factories. Prior to entering the business world, Dave was in the U.S. Air Force where he was a pilot, instructor pilot, and flight examiner. Dave earned his BS degree from the United States Air Force Academy and his MBA from UCLA.
Dr. Jonasson is a Partner and co-founder of Phoenix Venture Partners (PVP). He brings over 25 years of experience in start-up investments and start-up executive, R&D, and business development operating roles. Previously, he was a General Partner and Kauffman Fellow at Seaflower Ventures, where he built a successful track record sourcing and leading investments in advanced materials start-ups focused on life science applications. Prior investments include Serenex (acquired), BioVlave, MetaWorks (acquired), where he played a successful turnaround role leading to the company’s acquisition, and Valeritas, where he successfully reorganized the company around a $70 M series C round. He is the co-founder and CEO of ReForm Biologics, a company developing next generation formulations technologies for biotherapeutics. He is also the co-founder, and former VP Business Development, of Crop Enhancement, a start-up developing a chemistry platform for agrochemical formulation. Earlier in his career, while still a doctoral student, Dr. Jonasson was part of the initial five-person team at RCM (acquired), where he designed process optimization instrumentation for major chemicals and energy companies, including Eastman Chemical, Shell, and Sempra. Dr. Jonasson earned a BS from Georgetown University, where he was a Rhodes Scholarship Finalist, and an AM and PhD from Harvard University, where he was a Sackler Scholar. He has taught at Harvard Business School and Harvard College. In addition to his investment and board roles at PVP, Dr. Jonasson serves on the Commercialization Council for Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI), on the Advisory Board for the Oregon Innovation Cluster (OIC), and is actively involved with the Kauffman Fellows Program.
Mr. Mikulsky served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Endwave Corporation from December 2009 until June 2011, when Endwave was acquired by GigOptix. From May 1996 until November 2009, Mr. Mikulsky served Endwave in a multitude of capacities including Vice President of Product Development, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to Endwave, Mr. Mikulsky worked as a Technology Manager for Balazs Analytical Laboratory, from 1993 until 1996, a provider of analytical services to the semiconductor and disk drive industries. Prior to 1993, Mr. Mikulsky worked at Raychem Corporation, most recently as a Division Manager for its Electronic Systems Division. Mr. Mikulsky holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Marquette University, an M.S. in electrical engineering from Stanford University and an S.M. in Management from the Sloan School at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.