Spherix Incorporated was launched in 1967 as a scientific research company.
Today Spherix presently offers a diversified commercialization platform for protected technologies.
Spherix is committed to advancing innovation by active participation in all areas of the patent market. Spherix draws on portfolios of pioneering technology patents to partner with and support product innovation. Through its recently announced acquisition of over a hundred patents from Rockstar Consortium Inc and its previously announced acquisition of several hundred patents issued to Harris Corporation, Spherix intends to expand its activities in wireless communications and telecommunication sectors including antenna technology, Wi-Fi, base station functionality, and cellular. Spherix recently announced a second settlement and license agreement under the CompuFill patents, which were acquired in September 2013, that provides further validation of the company's capabilities to drive value from its ever growing IP portfolio.
Anthony C. Hayes is an attorney and former partner of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, an AMLaw 100 firm. Mr. Hayes has successfully monetized patents through a wide variety of monetization methods, including price arbitrage and litigation licensing brought against companies such as Cisco, Broadcom, Nokia, Ericsson, Tellabs, and Alcatel-Lucent. Mr. Hayes has received national recognition during his legal career, including: Special recognition by President George W. Bush, American Board of Trial Advocates Young Lawyer of the Year; and City of Columbia "20 Under 40." Mr. Hayes earned a Juris Doctor from Tulane University School of Law in 1995 and his B.A. in Economics from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia in 1990.
Mr. Dotson attended Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas and received a B.S. in Biology in 1988 and a second B.S. Degree in Zoology in 1989. After graduating from college, he attended The University of Texas Health/Science Center Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in Houston, Texas, where he received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 1994. After graduate school, he attended University of Houston Law Center where he earned a J.D. in 1997.He is licensed to practice in all state courts in Texas and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He is also licensed in the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of Texas. For the past 13 years, Darrell has specialized in intellectual property litigation, including analysis of the infringement, validity and enforceability of patents.
Dr. Robert J. Vander Zanden, Board Member since 2004, was elected Chairman of the Board in early 2009. Having served as a Vice President of R&D with Kraft Foods International, he brings a long and distinguished career in applied technology, product commercialization, and business knowledge of the food science industry to Spherix. In his 30-year career, he has been with ITT Continental Baking Company as a Product Development Scientist; with Ralston Purina’s Protein Technology Division as Manager Dietary Foods R&D; with Keebler as Group Director, Product and Process Development; with Grupo Gamesa, a Frito-Lay Company, as Vice President, Technology; and with Nabisco as Vice President of R&D for their International Division. With the acquisition of Nabisco by Kraft Foods, he became the Vice President of R&D for Kraft’s Latin American Division. Dr. Vander Zanden retired from Kraft Foods in 2004. He currently holds the title of Adjunct Professor and Lecturer in the Department of Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences at Clemson University, where he also is a member of their Industry Advisory Board. His focus on achieving product and process innovation through training, team building and creating positive working environments has earned him multiple awards for product and packaging innovation. Dr. Vander Zanden holds a Ph.D. in Food Science and an M.S. in Inorganic Chemistry from Kansas State University, and a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville, where he was named a Distinguished Alumnus in 2002.
Mr. Ledwick is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Management Health Solutions, a private equity-backed company that provides software solutions and services to hospitals focused on reducing costs through superior inventory management practices. In addition, since 2012 he has served on the board and Chair of the Audit Committee of Telkonet, Inc. (TKOI) a smart energy management technology company. From 2007 to 2011, Mr. Ledwick provided CFO consulting services to a $150 million services firm and, in addition, from 2007-2008 also acted as special advisor to The Dellacorte Group, a middle market financial advisory firm focused on transactions between $100 million and $1 billion. From 2002 through 2006, Tim was a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Vice President-CFO of Dictaphone Corporation playing a lead role in developing a business plan which revitalized the company, resulting in the successful sale of the firm and delivering a seven times return to shareholders. From 2001-2002, Ledwick was brought on as CFO to lead the restructuring efforts of Lernout & Hauspie Speech Products, a Belgium-based NASDAQ listed speech technology company, whose market cap had at one point reached a high of $9 billion. From 1999 through 2001, he was CFO of Cross Media Marketing Corp, an $80 million public company headquartered in New York City, playing a lead role in the firm`s acquisition activity, tax analysis and capital raising. Mr. Ledwick is a member of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants and received his BBA in Accounting from The George Washington University and his MS in Finance from Fairfield University.
Mr. Weisblum is currently CEO and board member of Point Capital Inc., a business development company that primarily invests in small U.S. based companies. In addition to a prolific investor in both public and private companies, Mr. Weisblum provides managerial assistance and guidance to help companies execute on their business strategy. Mr. Weisblum has reviewed, invested, and worked with numerous public and private companies, as well as overseeing the execution of M&A strategy in the micro-cap and small cap markets. Mr. Weisblum also co-founded Whalehaven, a hedge fund that invested in over 100 public companies. Prior to Whalehaven, Mr. Weisblum was employed with M.H. Meyerson & Co. Inc., a full-service financial and investment-banking firm, with individual and institutional accounts. At M.H. Meyerson, Mr. Weisblum traded equities on behalf of numerous established funds, and originated, structured, and placed structured financing transactions. As a result, Mr. Weisblum brings with him almost 20 years experience in structuring and trading financial instruments.
Greg Blattner is a Director at Agio, a progressive Managed IT and Cybersecurity Cervices Provider. A noted leader in the alternative investment technology space, Greg developed his career building and maintaining superior technology and operations solutions for Wall Street firms during a time when the industry's technological complexity and data dependency experienced rapid evolution. Prior to Agio, Greg held Business Development and Operations Management positions at Reuters, American Express, JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley and Deloitte. He received his undergraduate degree from Iona College in New York.
The Technology Advisory Board of Spherix Incorporated was formed to help provide compensation to inventors of patent portfolios acquired by Spherix so that the inventors can share in proceeds related to the commercialization of their ideas and to provide advice, support, theories, techniques and improvements to the Company’s technologies and business model by leading IP professionals.
Bruce Tsuji received his BSc in psychology from Trent University and his MA from the University of Waterloo. His early career focused on user interface design followed by a series of positions in product management, marketing, and business development for organizations in the fields of business intelligence, telecommunications, network security, consulting, crisis management, and web services. He has co-founded 2 start-ups and is a co-inventor on 8 patents. After 25 years of technology experience, Bruce returned to university and completed his PhD in psychology at Carleton University where he now teaches human-computer interaction and psychology.
Scott T. Tagawa, MD, MS is an Associate Professor in Hematology and Oncology, an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine & Urology at Weill Cornell Medicine, and an Associate Attending Physician at NewYork-Presbyterian - Weill Cornell Medical Center.
After earning his BS from Georgetown University, Dr. Tagawa received his MD at the University of Southern California School of Medicine. After completing his Internship and Residency training there, he became Chief Resident and subsequently underwent fellowship training in Hematology and Medical Oncology, being appointed Chief Fellow for his final two years. He had the opportunity to train with international leaders in Genitourinary (GU) Oncology. In August 2005, he was appointed Assistant Professor of Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, serving as Associate Program Director for the Fellowship Training Program. As Director of Genitourinary Oncology for the Division of Hematology and Oncology and Director of Medical Oncology for the Deane Prostate Health and Research Center, Dr. Tagawa took the lead in developing genitourinary clinical trials. He was recruited to Weill Cornell Medical College in 2007. His research covers clinical and translational investigations in genitourinary tumors and thrombosis in malignancy. As the Medical Director of the Genitourinary Oncology Research Program, Dr. Tagawa leads clinical trials in the areas of prostate, kidney, and bladder cancer as well as the prevention and treatment of thrombosis with cancer. He specializes in drug development and theranostics in prostate cancer. Dr. Tagawa also serves as Associate Director of Clinical Research for the Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Medical Director of the Cancer Clinical Trials Office of the Meyer Cancer Center, and Chair of the Clinical Study Evaluation (scientific review) Committee for cancer. He was promoted to Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and Urology in 2013. Dr. Tagawa is the WCMC principal investigator for the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology (formerly CALGB), serving on the Board of Directors and as a funded member of the Genitourinary Committee. He is a member of the Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). Additionally, he serves on the editorial boards of many journals, is a member of numerous national and international medical and scientific societies, and has been named on multiple "top doctor" award lists.
Rana Quraishi, Ph.D. has spent much of her career working in life science directed finance, investment and consulting organizations. At the TCG Group, a premiere private equity firm she focused on business development opportunities for its life science companies. Prior to this she was a Principal at Conning Capital Partners/SwissRe an early stage private equity fund providing growth capital for entrepreneurial companies where she served on Boards of several portfolio companies. She was also a member of the startup team for Helicon Therapeutics, a biotech company with assets contributed by Cold Spring Harbor and OSI Pharmaceuticals. She developed the Company's business plan, and made investor presentations leading to $6 million in initial funding. Helicon was subsequently acquired. Earlier in her career Rana worked for Standard and Poor's, GE Capital where she was Commercial Quality Leader for GE Capital and prior to that headed the Business Development Group at its FGIC subsidiary, J.E. Seagram and American Express where she led treasury and acquisitions and divestitures groups. She has served on several for-profit and not for-profit boards, and also wrote the widely read "Market Demand Study for Commercial Biotechnology, Biomedical, and Bioinformatics Facilities in New York City" for the New York City Partnership and Investment Fund. Dr. Quraishi has a PhD in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Columbia University where she was also an undergraduate and an MS degree from Harvard University.
Ryan Vander Zanden earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Illinois State University. In 1995 he discovered America Online, the internet and became hooked on technology. Without formal training in computer science he spent every free moment reading about all aspects of software design, development and architecture. Fate then intervened and he landed his first technology position as a Client Database Specialist for Information Resources Incorporated in 1996. During the early portion of his career he built and supported high performance applications in various roles including product management, architecture, design and application performance optimization. Learning early on the difference between consuming technology and creating technology, he dedicated his career to exclusively working for software companies where he could create technology. Ryan then went to Quest Software where he built their resource management application used to schedule sales appointments and analyze the sales organization's ability to execute. This system was an integral component to delivering $850+ million in annual revenue prior to being sold to Dell. Having spent 12 years at Quest Software, Ryan went on to pursue various enterprise sales roles in dynamic high growth startup environments such as dynaTrace, AppDynamics (acquired by Cisco), Crittercism (acquired by VM Ware), New Relic and currently MongoDB. Ryan's transition to pre-sales naturally allowed him to merge formal education and hands on technological capabilities to help build sales execution processes and subsequently deliver software solutions to dozens of Fortune 500 customers. Having startup culture in his DNA he founded KVZ Systems in 2011 which builds numerous Software as a Service solutions ranging from product catalogs for eCommerce organizations to systems that provide resource tracking for public utilities.
David Sarnoff has served as the founder and Principal of Sarnoff Group, LLC since June of 2015. From October 2003 until June 2015, Mr. Sarnoff served as the co-founder and Principal of Morandi, Taub & Sarnoff LLC, and from July 1998 until October 2003 he served as a Legal Recruiter for Schneider Legal Search, Inc. From August 1994 until July 1998, Mr. Sarnoff served as a litigation associate attorney at Wachtel Missry LLP (formerly known as Gold & Wachtel LLP). Since July 2018, Mr. Sarnoff has served as a member of the advisory committee of the New Jersey Association of School Resource Officers. From January 2015 until January 2018, Mr. Sarnoff served as board President of Fort Lee Board of Education and served as a board member from January 2013 through January 2019. Mr. Sarnoff received his Juris Doctor from Rutgers University School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts, from Hofstra University. Mr. Sarnoff is admitted to the New York and New Jersey (retired status) state bars.