Ralph McCarthy is the founder of PacLab Analytics®, a technology company in the Oregon Cannabis industry with a Bio-data Analytics focus. He was an Intel Senior Process Technology Development Engineer for 10 years, with expertise in statistical process control systems, quality control in ISO 9000 environments, and the management and implementation of next-generation technology development projects which improved yield to record-setting levels and reduced costs by millions of dollars. He was also a member of the Intel College of Engineering faculty, where a he led a team of engineers in the development and teaching of a graduate level engineering course. Prior to that he was an engineer at Texas Instruments where he introduced new process technologies which shortened the next-generation technology development cycle. In recognition of his contributions, he was invited to publish and speak at the TI Yield Symposium. Ralph McCarthy has an MS in Electrical Engineering and a BS in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry from the University of Minnesota.
Samia Arram is the Co-Founder and COO of PacLab Analytics®. She has served over 20 years in the medical industry; both in capital equipment and services businesses. In 2009, Samia Arram and her co-owners launched MD Office Solutions; a startup nuclear cardiology mobile imaging services company which operated in northern California and serviced over 45 physicians. in 2015, MD Office Solutions was sold to Digirad, a publicly held company based in Atlanta Georgia. During her tenure at MDOS, Samia served as the COO and helped grow the business into a profitable services company. Samia’s expertise lie in Marketing, business development and strategic alliance. She has been named on multiple patents and published many articles in the medical journals. Samia received her Masters from the University of Phoenix, her Nuclear Medicine degree from the Mayo Clinic and her Bachelors of Science from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Samia continues to be involved in the community and has special interest in minority and women organizations.
Richard Vireday is the CIO of PacLab Analytics®, focusing on the IT DevOps and Analytics Technology development for the company. With 3 other ex-Intel engineers, he co-founded an engineering design firm. He was an Intel Software Engineer for 31 years, with expertise in large scale Software Development. During his time as an Interoperability Engineer, he worked on many of the Intel Pre-Production Systems (SDPs), from the latest Android Tablets and Phones, to Desktops, Workstations, Servers and Microservers. He volunteered in 2005 and 2007 to coordinate the Intel support of CMU and Stanford for the DARPA Grand Challenges on Autonomous Vehicles. Richard received his Masters Degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Oregon Graduate Institute, and his Bachelors of English from Willamette University. He stays involved with the software community thru IEEE, PNSQC, the PDX Eliminati and various local Portland-area meetups.
Grant Canary is a serial entrepreneur with experience in startups ranging from sustainable insect protein to drone-powered forestry. He oversaw the acquisition of his previous company after raising $10M in venture capital. Currently, he is the Chief Executive Officer at DroneSeed, Inc. The clean-tech startup is the first to receive approval by the FAA for using multiple drones to deliver agricultural payloads (fertilizers, herbicides, and water). He also publishes articles and interviews that explore the startup world and share some of his experiences.
Steve Mahon worked as an executive, technical manager and engineer in the semiconductor and thin film industries for over 35 years. He has held positions for Cascade Microtech, TriQuint Semiconductor, Electronic Decisions and Hewlett Packard in addition to being active in industry association. Steve is currently a freelance technology and management consultant associated working in the areas of microwave acoustics and compound semiconductors. Steve is also active in the greater Portland area entrepreneurial community and volunteering with the business school of WSU-Vancouver mentoring students and local small businesses. Steve has electrical engineering degrees from the University of Illinois and Stanford University.
Ernie Bootsma represents start-up and growth stage businesses, as well as more mature companies in the areas of intellectual property (copyright, trademark, trade secret) media, licensing and entertainment law. His practice encompasses the formation, financing, corporate governance, IP due diligence for mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, and transactional fields. He has negotiated and closed complex merger and acquisition transactions, planned and counseled clients with regard to intellectual property protection and maintenance, provided internet/e-commerce, domain name, website, entertainment, media and advertising counseling and copyright advice, structured and implemented licensing and distribution arrangements, and handled debt and equity financing transactions for clients in a wide variety of industries. Ernie also counsels physicians and physician practice groups in a wide variety of business structural issues in response to state and federal legislation.