Meet our team

Prakash Murthy
CEO, CTO & Founder

Mr. Murthy has two decades of experience in engineering management and entrepreneurial ventures. A prolific technology entrepreneur with a flair for leadership, he has co-founded Inspiration Technologies, C2Silicon and Atonarp, in addition to serving as the CEO of Core Solutions. As the CTO of Atonarp, he has authored many of our core technology patents. Mr. Murthy holds a BE from Kuvempu University, India.

Dave Anderson
COO

Mr. Anderson has 25 years of product development experience leading teams of up to 200 people including design, test, applications, and marketing. As the General Manager of Maxim’s Industrial and Medical business unit, he has a wealth of knowledge of both the technology and business requirements in these markets. Mr. Anderson has a Master’s degree from Columbia University in Electrical Engineering, holds 15 issued US patents, and has presented several papers at international peer-reviewed conferences.

Katsuhiko “Kats” Nakazawa
Vice President, Japan Operations

Mr. Nakazawa has over 35 years of experience in business planning and execution management in companies like NEC Electronics and Renesas Electronics. He has led business divisions of SOC/ MCU sector for industrial system, digital multimedia and PC/ Servers. Mr. Nakazawa holds a BA in Electronic Communication, Engineering from Tokyo Denki University.

Tarun Anand
Sr. Director of Financial Planning and Analysis

With over 15 years of experience in finance and accounting, Mr. Anand has held various leadership positions at companies such as Hewlett Packard and Thermo Fisher. As the VP of Finance at OmniSeq, he was responsible for their entire finance and accounting function. He has helmed P&L Management, Financial Planning & Analysis, Investor Relations, Business Development, Business & Operations Finance in a variety of industries. Mr. Anand brings an effective and strong business partnership approach as a strategic advisor. He has an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Delhi University and an MBA degree from Rice University, USA.

Nabil Saad, Ph.D.
Sr. Director - Marketing & Business Dev.

Dr. Saad has 20+ years of experience in scientific instrumentation and pharma markets. He received his Ph.D. degree in Environmental Toxicology from Cornell University with a focus on Mass Spectrometry Instrumentation and Interface Design. His professional expertise spans scientific instruments engineering, product marketing, applications management and business development. Dr. Saad has authored and co-authored more than 15 peer-reviewed scientific papers with patent awards and multi-million dollar federal government research grants. His successful leadership role in new vertical markets development for the Picarro isotopic optical analyzers and solutions portfolio has given access to an untapped applications market and generated a multi-million dollar sales and service revenue stream.

Saïd Boumsellek, PhD
Senior Director - Instrumentation

In the last 27 years, Dr. Boumsellek has developed field analytical instruments for space, semiconductor, vacuum coating, trace explosives and narcotics detection, and environmental monitoring applications. A Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Paris, he has authored more than 30 peer-reviewed papers, and holds numerous patents on designs of ionisation sources, miniature mass spectrometers, conventional and differential mobility instruments. Dr. Boumsellek has secured over $14M of R&D funding from various government agencies including NASA, DoD and DHS.

Karthik Madathil
Director of Algorithms & Analytics and Director, India Operations

Mr. Madathil has nearly 25 years of experience in technology and managing chip and software design, product development and marketing. He has held various technology leadership positions in Texas Instruments, Montalvo Systems, and Cypress Semiconductor. He co-founded and was Chief Technologist of Tenpoint Academy, which developed a successful machine-learning-based product for K-12 education. Mr. Madathil has authored several patents and peer reviewed publications, and holds a Bachelor of Technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras.

Martin Mason
VP Marketing

Martin brings over 25 years of high tech marketing and business management experience to Atonarp. Most recently he was the general manager of the signal chain business unit at Maxim Integrated, overseeing all aspects of the mixed signal semiconductor portfolio. Prior to Maxim Martin held senior product marketing positions at Actel Corp (acquired by Microsemi) and Atmel corporation (acquired by Microchip), where he was responsible for the programmable logic product solutions. He has received multiple industry awards for product positioning and go to market campaigns. Martin holds of over a dozen patents in areas or silicon security, semiconductor packaging technology and device and software architecture. Martin hold a BEng. (Hons) in Microelectronics from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the UK

Nicholas Brathwaite
Managing Director, Walden Riverwood Ventures

Mr. Brathwaite is a founding Partner of Riverwood Capital. He has spent over 25 years developing and evaluating technology. From 1996 to 2007, he served as Chief Technology Officer at Flextronics, where he worked alongside Michael Marks, former CEO. At Flextronics, Mr. Brathwaite was innovative in his drive to move the company into product development, and he oversaw the launch and growth of several of Flextronics’ largest business units. Previously, Mr. Brathwaite was a founding member of nChip, responsible for development of the industry-leading advanced multi-chip module assembly process. More recently with Riverwood, he served as the interim CEO for Aptina Imaging from February 2007 to August 2008. His unique combination of technology know-how and commercial judgment will add value throughout the investment life-cycle at Riverwood. Mr. Brathwaite earned an M.Sc. Degree in Polymer Science Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada and a B.Sc. (Honors) Degree in Applied Chemistry from McMaster University, Canada. He is a director of Globant, Arkmicro., Power Integrations, Tessera Technologies, Inc.

Yuichi Kawakami
Director, IVF

Mr. Kawakami joined NEC Corporation in April 1975. While working at NEC, he succeeded in commercialising the world’s first Digital Signal Processor. He has served as President of NEC Electronics America, and Chairman of the Board of Renesas Electronics America. While there, he was involved in investments, tie-ups and training with Silicon Valley venture startups. Mr. Kawakami remains an advisor to venture businesses.

Prakash Murthy
CEO & CTO

Mr. Murthy has two decades of experience in engineering management and entrepreneurial ventures. A prolific technology entrepreneur with a flair for leadership, he has co-founded Inspiration Technologies, C2Silicon and Atonarp in addition to serving as the CEO of Core Solutions. As the CTO of Atonarp, he has authored many of our core technology patents. Mr. Murthy holds a BE from Kuvempu University, India.

Michael Raam
Independent

Mr. Raam is the President and CEO and serves on the board of directors at WekaIO. He is a two-time successful entrepreneur — most recently with SandForce (acquired by LSI). He brings more than 30 years of leadership experience to the challenges of actualising innovative, software-based solutions to meet today’s data storage challenges. His previous success in board-level, executive and technical leadership roles range across VLSI design, processor development, networking, video and flash-based storage and give him deep domain expertise. Michael currently sits on the board of CNEXLABS and Liqid and holds an advisory position at Nantero and Talena. He previously held advisory positions at GetToChip, a CAD company acquired by Cadence and Virsto, a storage virtualisation software company acquired by VMWare. Mr. Raam holds a MSc. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan and a BSc. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from The California State Polytechnic University Pomona.

Ken Yasunaga
Managing director, INCJ

Mr. Yasunaga has served as a Managing Director at Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ) since 2013. Before joining INCJ, he served as a Co-founder and Managing Partner of Entrepia Ventures. He spent nine years in New York and Silicon Valley investing in IT-related US venture companies. He also served as a director of Japan Venture Capital Association between 2010 and 2013. Mr. Yasunaga started his career at Nissho Iwai Corporation, where he managed IT-related investments valued above $500 million.

Takehito Yogo
Director, Corporate Planning Headquarters, Certified Public Accountant, Nipro Corporation

Mr. Yogo started his career at Yamaichi Security Corporation. He has served as a Director of the Board, Corporate Planning HQ at Nipro Corporation of Japan (NIPRO) since 2015. Before joining Nipro Corporation, Mr. Yogo served as a President & CEO of Goodman Co. Ltd. for six years, a Director of the Board of Goodman, CFO for three years and Managing Director of Corporate Planning HQ for two years. Before joining Goodman, Mr. Yogo had eight years’ experience as a Certified Public Accountant at Ernst & Young.

Daisuke Kaihoku
Director, INCJ

Mr. Kaihoku has over 15 years of experience in IP strategy management and business development. He serves as a Vice President at Innovation Network Corporation of Japan since 2011. At Ricoh Company, Ltd, he helmed many Patent Portfolios preceding which, he served as a Patent Attorney with prosecution, license negotiation and litigation at Fujimoto Patent and Law Office. He started his career in sales and business Planning at Toppan Printing Co., Ltd in 1998. Mr. Kaihoku has three Master’s degrees in Information Science (from Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology), Business Law and MBA (from Hitotsubashi University Graduate School).

Kyoichi Matarai
Observer, IVF

Mr. Matarai joined NEC Corporation in 1985 and has over 25 years of experience in marketing, business development, and management in the semiconductor and electron device business. He has served as Vice President of Renesas Electronics America and Senior Vice President of Renesas Electronics China. Mr. Matarai is a Labor and Social Security Attorney.

David King
Observer, Independent

Mr. King is an experienced lawyer and executive with deep and broad experience in the growth and funding of new entrepreneurial ventures in a number of industries, especially those relating to life sciences. As a Partner at Morgan Lewis, he was the leader of the venture capital and emerging business practice. He was CEO of Principia Pharmaceutical Corporation, which was acquired by Human Genome Sciences Inc. He was co-founder and the CEO of BioRexis Pharmaceutical Corporation, which was acquired by Pfizer Inc. Mr. King was a Venture Partner with Quaker Partners, a life sciences venture capital firm with $700 million under management. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a law degree from Harvard Law School.

Tomoyoshi Sato
Founder

Mr. Sato has over 30 years of experience in engineering management and entrepreneurial ventures. He has designed and built high performance microprocessors/DSP targeting digital audio compression/visual coding like MPEG-1/-2 and MIMO implementation. He has been a CTO/Founder of IPFlex raising $75M in equity and CEO/Co-Founder of Atonarp, raising $11M. He holds BS in Physics/ Chemistry from Ibaraki University.

Ganapathy “Gani” Subramaniam
Partner with WRV Capital

Mr. Subramaniam has 25+ years of experience in the Semiconductor Industry and is currently a Partner with WRV Capital. He is the Chairman of Cirel Systems, provider of Analog and Mixed Signal ICs and serves on the board of Aura Semi and Tonbo Imaging. He co-founded Cosmic Circuits in 2005 and was CEO till its exit. Prior to Cosmic Circuits, Mr. Subramaniam held senior management roles in Texas Instruments, including Director-Mixed Signal Technology Center & Director WLAN Engineering. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Trichy. He has served as executive council member of Indian Semiconductor Association from 2011-2013 and was awarded Silicon India Youngest Entrepreneur award in 2012 and EDN ASIA Innovator award in 2000.