executive team

Sharad Shekhar, a seasoned executive with 25 years of relevant experience building, managing, and exiting technology and industrial businesses, leads the management team as CEO.

Ali Radfar, M.D., a former venture capitalist, equity research analyst, and investment banker, with over $7.5B USD relevant transactional expertise in M&A, IPOs, and Private Placements within the Device, Instrumentation, and Biopharmaceutical sectors rounds out the management team as CFO.

Erik R. Deutsch

Erik R. Deutsch is a senior engineering executive and recognized expert in MEMS, QCL, FTIR, and spectroscopy. He brings over 20 years of experience leading the strategic development of diverse new and existing technologies and bringing disruptive handheld and miniature spectroscopy products to market. He possesses the rare combination of innovative technical leadership with a strong business acumen with over 10 patents in novel spectroscopy technologies and systems. Dr. Deutsch received his B.A. in Physics with a minor in Computer Science from Vassar College and his S.M. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT with a focus in MEMS, Optics, and spectroscopy. Dr. Deutsch serves as the company’s COO.

Sean M Christian, founding member of the Optical Society of America’s Applied Industrial Optics division with 26 years of relevant experience designing, developing, and commercializing optical sensors and systems in each of the industries targeted by Neolitics, serves as the Company’s CTO.

Board of Directors

Jerry Jasinowski is a founding member of Neolitics as well as Chairman of the Board and an investor. He founded and is the former President of the Manufacturing Institute (MI), the 501(c)(3) affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), which is the largest US industrial trade association. Jerry was also the President and CEO of NAM for 14 years, a $20 million trade association with 13,000 corporate members and a staff of 180 people. He was the former Assistant Secretary for Policy for the US Department of Commerce as well as a former Senior Research Economist for the US Congress. In addition to serving on Neolitics’ Board, Jerry serves on the boards of the Timken Company (NYSE:TKR), Harsco Corporation (NYSE: HSC), Northwest Biotherapeutics (NASDAQ: NWBO), and the Phoenix Companies (NYSE: PNX).

Michael Campbell was the first Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Arch Chemicals, Inc., a global specialty chemicals company created in early 1999 as a spinoff from Olin Corporation. Arch averaged annual sales of $1.5 billion during Mr. Campbell’s tenure and the company was acquired by Lonza Group, Ltd. In 2011. Mr. Campbell sits on numerous boards and was elected Chair of the Board of the American Chemistry Council as well as the National Association of Manufacturing. President George W. Bush appointed Michael to the Advisory Council for Trade Policy and Negotiations (ACTPN). He was subsequently reappointed to the Council by President Barack Obama.

Alan Wilson served as a U.S. Army Captain with tours in the United States, United Kingdom, and Germany. He joined McCormick and Company, Inc. in 1993. During his tenure there, he held many executive management roles, including President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman. Alan’s leadership during his six-year tenure as CEO was instrumental in quadrupling McCormick’s share prices. He has retired from his executive positions at McCormick and helped pave the way to their status as one of the world’s leading global spice companies with annual sales around $4.3 billion and a market cap of $13.2 billion. Alan currently sits on the Boards of Westrock, T. Rowe Price, the National Association of Manufacturers, and the Grocery Manufacturers Association. He also chairs the board of visitors of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and serves at his alma mater on the University of Tennessee Business School Advisory Board.