Steven M. Jaffe, Ph.D.
President, Chief Executive Officer
Steven Jaffe obtained his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Since obtaining his degree he has devoted his energies to the field of emissive display and lighting technologies. He co-founded Quantum Vision, Inc., developing light engines for HDTV based upon the company’s novel phosphor technology. At Quantum Vision, Dr. Jaffe was responsible for the management of customer relations, operations and product and process development. He led financing rounds raising over $14 million from venture firms, angel investors and strategic customers. He was also the principal on several million dollars of government contracts and one of four inventors of the core phosphor technology. At Lumencor Dr. Jaffe is responsible for finance, invention throughout the company’s patent portfolio, engineering new lighting designs and oversees the facilities daily operations.
Claudia B. Jaffe, Ph.D.
Co-Founder and Executive Vice President
Claudia Jaffe earned her doctorate in Bioanalytical Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh. She has developed, published and patented a variety of electrochemical and photoelectrochemical sensors and bioanalytical chips, focusing her efforts on high throughput analyses employing enzymology, immunology and genomics. She was an initial employee of Caliper Technologies and generated the first families of fluorogenic and separation based assays for compound library screening in lab-on-a-chip devices. At Protogene Labs, she developed applications in Q-PCR utilizing novel ink jet printed, customizable microarrays, now produced at Agilent Technologies. At Lumencor, she is an inventor in nearly all the company’s patents and the leader of new business development. As well, she supervises sales and marketing, generating key new business relationships in developing markets for Lumencor’s novel lighting products in the life science arena.
Iain Johnson, Ph.D.
DIRECTOR OF TECHNICAL SUPPORT
Iain Johnson is a biochemist with expertise in the biophysics of fluorescence microscopy. With numerous patents and publications to his credit, Dr. Johnson is steeped in the physical chemistry of fluorescent and luminescent probes. His many years as a faculty member at the annual University of British Columbia 3D Microscopy course as well as with Molecular Probes/Invitrogen/Life Technologies and his own consulting firm, make him an ideal teacher, communications resource and support scientist for Lumencor’s many and varied customers; be they scientists, value added resellers or OEM engineers. Dr. Johnson is responsible for technical support of both internal sales staff as well as cutting edge researchers all over the world. Look for him at the next scientific exhibition or technical meeting.
Director of Manufacturing
Ron Hughes has over 18 years of experience in successfully managing the development of new products and the maintenance of sustained, high-tech products. Most recently he managed new product development at another Oregon lighting company, Phoseon Technology, MEMC, Inc., and PolyVision, Inc. Aside from project management, Ron also has extensive experience as a new product introduction engineer including a thorough understanding of system engineering design practices as they relate to manufacturing requirements. At Lumencor, Ron’s oversight on the manufacturing floor ensures the successful and reliable production of the company’s high performance lighting products for life sciences. He provides direction and coordinates the daily operations of the manufacturing department. He supervises training of new and existing manufacturing staff. He monitors daily production activities and ensures a well choreographed effort on the part of our highly skilled team, maintaining high performance operations in an efficient, respectful and cooperative workplace.
DIRECTOR OF Marketing
Lumencor’s Director of Marketing, Ellen Ferguson, has over 25 years of Sales, Marketing and Manufacturing experience. She founded EQ Swimwear in 1995 and was responsible for the Design, Manufacturing, Distribution and Marketing of products across multiple sales channels. Her background in Sales, Marketing and Product Development at Nike, The Rockport Company, and Lululemon has provided a knowledge base across many disciplines which she brings to Lumencor’s complicated network of marketing and sales channels. At The Rockport Company, Ellen managed over 300 accounts in a $7MM territory over four states and her outstanding performance was recognized with an award in Marketing for the implementation of successful promotions to ensure sell-thru. Ellen has developed successful products from conception to market in the Footwear and Apparel industries and has the knowledge and expertise across the necessary disciplines to execute a successful launch. In her short tenure at Lumencor, Ellen has implemented a comprehensive marketing strategy and programs establishing a new social media presence, fostering lead generation, maturing analytics and advancing numerous advertising campaigns to meet her ultimate goal of supporting a strong sales team.
DIRECTOR OF QUALITY, REGULATORY AFFAIRS and COMPLIANCE
Paul Moore has an extensive background in Product Safety, Lab Accreditations, Safety Testing, Engineering, Regulatory Requirements and Certifications from his 18 years of training and work experience. Paul came to Lumencor from TÜV SÜD America where he spent over 12 years testing and certifying a wide variety of products to international standards. Paul has built and managed a CBTL accredited testing laboratory responsible for Safety, Environmental and Vibration Testing, Ingress Protection (IP), Flame and ISTA Testing and Certifications. He has independently constructed and managed several accredited testing laboratories, including the Lumencor Testing Laboratory. Aside from product certifications and laboratory accreditations, Paul also has an extensive background in environmental compliance, RoHS, REACH, WEEE, and Conflict Minerals. He is the company’s Laser Safety Officer, responsible for all laser hazard mitigation and employee safety. Paul has also built, tested, and serviced jet engines for the U2 Spy Plane in the US Air Force. At Lumencor, Paul is responsible for the Lumencor Testing laboratory, Regulatory Compliance, and Safety, and continues to ensure speed to market for all Lumencor products.
DIRECTOR OF GLOBAL SALES
Graduating from the University of Cambridge with a degree in neuroscience, British-born Robert King has since held various roles in sales, applications support, product management and commercial leadership for a number of life science focused companies both in the UK and the US. Prior to joining Lumencor, Robert spent 10 years in leadership roles at Thermo Fisher Scientific, Danaher and Carl Zeiss where he led technical sales teams and designed and managed sustainable and scalable commercial business processes. As global director for sales at Lumencor, Robert’s mission is to build a sustainable growth for our light engine business, launching in new markets and supporting our customers in the microscopy, materials science, clinical and industrial manufacturing sectors. Robert is based in the North San Francisco Bay Area.