John R. Lewandowski (Founder/CEO) is a PhD student at MIT in the Mechanosynthesis Group underneath Prof. John Hart, focusing on low-cost diagnostics leveraging the physics of microparticles, optics, magnetism, and self assembly. His interest in disease diagnostics goes back all the way to high school, where he was a two-time state champion in Disease Detectives in Science Olympiad. He graduated in 2012 from Case Western Reserve University with bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering, entrepreneurship, economics, and business management, continuing on with a Masters of Engineering and Management degree from CWRU. He has experience in medical device design and commercialization with internships at Cleveland Clinic, General Electric, CWRU, as well as the drug-delivery startup Recon Therapeutics. He’s also been Managing Partner at Lew & Dowski Capital, LLC. He has been recognized as a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellow, a NSF Graduate Research Fellow, a Hertz Foundation Fellowship Finalist, a Tata Fellow, a Don Richards Fellow, a Tau Beta Pi Fellow, a member of Phi Beta Kappa Society, a Forbes 30 under 30 nominee, distinguished in Think Magazine’s 30 under Thirty and Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Thinkers, and a Lemelson-MIT Prize Inventor.
Alphonse F. Harris (Chief Legal Counsel) is pursuing an MBA at Cornell University. He is a graduate of Boston College Law School and Denison University, where he double majored in physics and economics. Alphonse’s role at DDG overseeing operations and managing the contracts and IP combines his interests and experiences in the areas of law, social entrepreneurship, and optics. He has experience working in a variety of legal settings, ranging from the in-house legal department at Northern Trust to the Cybercrime Division at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, and is also familiar with international and European Union law, having studied international and comparative law at the King’s College Dickson Poon School of Law, London. Prior to law school, Alphonse spent a year serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA at a legal aid non-profit, helping the organization build its online intake system and database for grant reporting.