Leadership

Paul Molchanov

Principal Architect

Co-founder

From NeuroSyntek Chairman:

“Very few people come to America with “Extraordinary Ability” recognition from the U.S. Government – this is exactly what Paul's O-1 visa said.

In my 30+ years professional career I never met someone like that – a modern DaVinci. Paul himself, very hands-on takes our products, version after version - from the cutting-edge science-technology concept to the final implementation: including chip design, software design & build, full system design & build (together with control electronics, sophisticated optics, thermo-elements & fine mechanics) – all the way to clinical trials.

As NeuroSyntek is rapidly growing and demonstrating astonishing results, Paul as a unique science and technology leader is relentlessly driving these remarkable dynamics. Fifteen years ago as a Ph.D student he was already working on ideas which eventually became NeuroSyntek. His research interests have been in design and development of advanced biosensors, molecular and cell-based sensors and their application, integrated electronic circuits for transduction of electrical and chemical signals of biological cells, information processing in neural networks and brain structures.

In summary, here are specific milestones as Paul's leadership grew NeuroSyntek with acceleration:

 

  • Paul Molchanov graduation, BioPhysics major (1997)

  • VW Foundation (Germany) grant (1999-2001), first exposure to Silicon Valley operations, methodologies, and thinking

    • NeuroSyntek 1.0, prototypes and alpha-product

  • 1st angel investmen from Silicon Valley (2002)

    • in-depth strategy and Intellectual Property development

  • 1st business plan / Pharma focus (2004)

  • NeuroSyntek 2.0 / StemOptimizer

    • 2006-2007 / Cypress Semiconductor PSOC use in NeuroSyntek / Cypress Semiconductor University, European Competition 1st place in 2007

    • beta-product / NeuroSurgery / pre-Clinical trials (2009+)

  • NeuroSyntek 3.0(+), pre-Clinical trials

    • alpha-product, NeuroSyntek 3.0 (2013-2014)

    • beta-product, NeuroSyntek 4.0 (2014)

  • Clinical Trials, first product shipment (2015-2016)

    • production platform, NeuroSyntek 6.0(+)”

 

According to Paul’s university Professor: “He was one of my best students and now is one of the most talented and driven colleagues I have a privilege to work with. The Physics Department at the Belarus State University in Minsk, where I taught Paul, is one of the top four physics programs in the former Soviet Union, along with the Physics Departments at Moscow State University, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, and Novosibirsk University. Being a leader, in 1991 our Department established a special, elite branch for the top high school students called the Lyceum of Belarus State University. This special program is a two year pre-university study, open only to high school students who have shown extraordinary abilities in sciences. Paul was selected as part of the first graduating class of the Lyceum. Students there have been exposed to other great minds and given the unique opportunity of being taught by math and physics professors from the Belarus State University. As result of the excellence Paul demonstrated while in the Lyceum, he won Top 10 Belarus High Schools Award and got accepted into University without usual entrance exams.”

Another reason why Paul’s incredible mind got diverse support early on is because he was born and grew up in Belarus, which was an advanced hi-tech hub of the former Soviet Union. It is also recognized as the country with the most educated population in the former Soviet Union. Because of its skillful and capable workforce, Belarus developed sophisticated and highly effective network of education, academia and high-tech industries – for the most advanced microelectronics, lasers, optics, biology, pharmaceuticals, semiconductors, and building of various sophisticated equipment. Being constantly exposed to this high concentration of ideas and their implementation through an industrial enterprise, Paul has developed the ability to solve difficult problems and build breakthrough solutions in the fields of modern biotechnologies and beyond. Evidence of this comes in the forms of many grants and awards Paul has been awarded over the years. An example would be the Volkswagen Foundation grant that Paul and his team was awarded in 2002 to study dynamics of biological neural network interacting with silicon microchips. Since then the team led by Paul became NeuroSyntek and raised above $2 million – including angels and venture capital investments from Silicon Valley.

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