Mr. Ver Steeg has over 20 years experience developing and commercializing optical technology for medical sensing and therapeutic applications. As a founder of TruTouch Technologies, he has led the successful launch of several generations of novel, noninvasive alcohol sensing products which have been used in multiple commercial and industrial settings. Prior to TruTouch, Ben oversaw the advanced R&D program for a Johnson and Johnson funded noninvasive optical sensor development effort which encompassed several applications including glucose sensing, cancer screening, and diabetes disease detection. Early in his career, Ben worked at Beckman Laser Institute on basic research in applications of lasers in tissue optics, including port wine stain birthmark removal and LASIK vision correction. Ben has been recognized as a Senior Member of the SPIE optical engineering society and has been published in over 12 peer-reviewed publications and 20 patents.
Dan Sullivan, President & CFO
Dan has a wealth of experience as a CFO in venture backed, entrepreneurial hardware and software companies. As a senior executive, in the roles of CFO/COO/CEO, Dan has led all aspects of finance and administration, equity raises/debt structuring, manufacturing, establishment of international subsidiaries, mergers and acquisitions, legal, and contracts. Recently, he was CFO for Marathon Technologies where he raised over $20M in debt and equity with the eventual sale of the company to Stratus. Prior to Marathon, Dan was CFO for Phyflex Networks which he sold to Ciena Corp, and Sand Video, which he joined pre-revenue and helped grow the business successfully before it was acquired by Broadcom. Previously, he was CFO and EVP of Operations at NetSilicon. During his tenure at NetSilicon, he led the successful spin out of the company from its parent, managed their S-1 filing for their IPO and then its eventual sale to Digi International, Inc. Earlier in his career, Sullivan spent many years in senior finance positions at Telebit, which was sold to Cisco Systems and Apollo Computer. He holds a B.A. in Biology from Merrimack College and an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University.
Woody Ediger, PhD, CTO
Dr. Ediger joined TruTouch in December of 2017 and has helped lead the organization to develop its next generation alcohol sensors. He was CTO of Mesa Photonics from 2013-2016, working to expand their product line and conducting bench research on gas sensing projects, including serving as principal investigator on three NASA-funded SBIR/STTR projects. In early 2005, Dr. Ediger co-founded and was CTO of VeraLight, where he had a key role in the development of the first noninvasive medical device for diabetes screening. Before a decade of work in medical device commercialization at VeraLight and its parent company, InLight Solutions, he was a senior research scientist at the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health. During his fifteen-year tenure at CDRH, he created and led a laboratory that conducted research on medical applications of optics and spectroscopy. He began his professional career as a research scientist at the Naval Research Laboratory. Woody earned MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a BA in physics from Gustavus Adolphus College.
Craig Gardner, PhD, Principal Scientist
Bentley Laaksonen, Director of Software Development