The SOLIUS team is comprised of seasoned technology and healthcare executives with a passion for social entrepreneurship and developing entities that have a positive impact on the health of humanity.

Our leadership team has decades of experience building successful, innovative, entrepreneurial companies, including ones focused on medical device products and the healthcare marketplace. We have also gathered scientific and medical advisors that have made phototherapy, vitamin D research, and global health their life-long endeavor. Our leaders are passionate about the potential our novel device has to impact the quality of life for millions of people

Rick Hennessey Chief Executive Officer

Rick has been successfully building early stage businesses in high-growth markets for over 20 years and is an accomplished entrepreneur, angel investor, and business advisor. He has built and successfully sold his last five businesses, and has been the CEO of such industry leaders as Cequint and Dwango. He is well respected in the business and service community and speaks frequently at technology conferences. Rick has sat on boards, advisory committees and has been President and CEO of two publicly traded companies.

Bob Wise Chief Financial Officer

Bob is an experienced operations and financial executive who has helped guide many companies through periods of exponential growth. As President of Healthcare at Nuance Communications, Bob built a team of 3000 medical professionals into a market leader in voice recognition transcription, increasing revenues to $375 million a year. As EVP of Corporate Development for the 9000-person company MarchFIRST, Bob helped take the company public. Bob was the VP of Global Professional Services for Novell and CEO of USConnect.

Kyle Diercks Chief Revenue Officer

Kyle has more than 20 years of experience in global health, business development, international relations, leadership, marketing and branding and has founded several acquired companies. He was a VP with the American Cancer Society and worked to develop partnerships in Vietnam, China, and Japan. Kyle was recognized by the Puget Sound Business Journal as a “40 Under 40” business leader and was the founding President of the Northwest Next Leaders Council. Kyle has been a city councilman, board member of many global service organizations, and twenty-year member of the Washington State Bar Association.

Sen Wen Chief Technology Officer

Sen has over 20 years of experience leading teams to build world class consumer experiences in mobile, web, retail, health and energy space. Sen led the development and deployment of one of the most successful mobile platforms in history, the Starbucks mobile application and loyalty programs. Sen has also led successful software engineering programs for Dunkin Donuts, Taco Bell, Cardfree, and the California Cancer Registry, where his team built a HIPAA compliant database solution that included secure data transfer of millions of patient records.

Alex Moffat Chief Product Officer

Alex brings 20 years of experience as a team leader, engineer, software developer and entrepreneur. He comes from the background of a profitable small business owner in Manhattan, having spearheaded numerous successful innovations in his industry in the areas of software development and technological/mechanical invention. He has 12 years’ experience in software design, engineering, phototherapy device development and spectrum analysis. His understanding of photobiology and optical engineering has led to many unique inventions yielding several patents.

Keith Kirkwood SVP, Engineering

Keith has over 30 years’ experience bringing complex machines to market inclusive of medical devices. Keith has managed many hardware engineering and design projects for companies like Tektronix, Welch Allyn, and Zoll Medical. He has worked to develop many impactful medical devices including the creation of heart monitors and defibrillators, prescription medication dispensers, and spinal devices. Keith has been an investor and advisor in the healthcare and medical technologies fields for more than a decade.

Linda Cox SVP, Quality, Regulatory, Clinical Initiatives

Linda has spent 20 years in the health technology industry, leading and consulting on complex R&D projects that required unique approaches to product design, development and marketplace positioning. With deep expertise in Class II FDA regulated products, she has played a key role in navigating the regulatory phases required to bring products to market. Linda has a background in clinical physiology, applying evidence-based practices and contributing to clinical research trials in Harvard Medical School Institutions such as Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital.

Eric Fogel VP of Product Vertical Markets

Eric has a diverse background in life science innovation, ranging from basic and clinical research as a scientist, building and selling a medical device company as an executive, to helping spin out promising new companies as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at UW and OHSU. He is a seasoned life sciences executive with a focus on commercialization, product development, health IT, medical devices, and other life sciences environments. He currently serves on the Board of the American Cancer Society.

Our Board of Directors

Chris Ackerley

Chris is a co-founder and Managing Director of Ackerley Partners, LLC, a private investment company focused on the media and entertainment sectors. Prior to founding Ackerley Partners in 2002, Chris was the President of The Ackerley Group, Inc. (NYSE: AK) where he oversaw the daily operations of the national media and entertainment company. Mr. Ackerley successfully led the merger of The Ackerley Group, Inc. with Clear Channel Communications, Inc. (NYSE: CCU) and led the negotiations and completion of The Ackerley Group’s sale of the Seattle SuperSonics and the Seattle Storm to The Basketball Club of Seattle led by Starbucks Chairman and CEO – Howard Schultz.

Brett Parent

Brett is a seasoned entrepreneur, investor and business executive possessing extensive experience in both the private and corporate arenas. With nearly two decades leading companies in the healthcare information and services industry, he has brought to market new ways to help healthcare organizations succeed and thrive in a dramatically changing marketplace. Brett has built his career on the development and delivery of innovative solutions for hospitals and other healthcare-focused organizations—all for the purposes of reducing costs, increasing productivity and enhancing the quality of patient care. His market insights have been honed by close collaboration with senior executives at many of the world’s most respected medical institutions and leading healthcare technology innovators.

Woody Howse

In 1977, Woody Howse and Thomas Cable formed Cable & Howse Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm focused on technology. This company managed five venture capital partnerships with an aggregate capitalization of $160 million and invested in 103 companies. In 1982, Woody also participated in the founding of Cable, Howse and Ragen, investment banking and stock brokerage firm. Woody has served as a corporate director and advisor to various public, private and non-profit enterprises. He served on the board of the National Venture Capital Association and is past President of the Stanford Business School Alumni Association. He currently serves on the boards of directors of Capstone Therapeutics, Inc. (OTCQB:CAPS), and Formotus, Inc.  He also chairs Mercer Island Radio Operators, an Amateur Radio Emergency Service organization that provides backup radio communications for the City of Mercer Island and its Police and Fire Departments in times of emergencies with loss of other modes of communication.