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Chairman and CTO, and Founder
Thorne is a Professor of Physics at Cornell University. He is known for his research group’s work in materials physics problems in structural genomics; new technologies for macromolecular crystal growth and crystallography; physics of cryopreservation of biological samples; recovering ancient inscriptions by X-ray methods; and for X-ray and transport studies of quasi-one-dimensional conductors. Among his many accolades, Thorne was named a Presidential Young Investigator, 1988-1993 and Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, 1988-1990. For his work in introductory course instruction to premedical/life science students, he received a Faculty Innovation in Teaching Award in 2006 and the Class of ’72 Award for Innovation in Teaching in 2007, and for his broader contributions to undergraduate education he was named a Weiss Presidential Fellow in 2011. Thorne holds and/or has pending several patents related to crystal growth and handling and cryopreservation in structural genomics research. In 2004, Thorne founded MiTeGen, LLC to commercialize MicroMounts™, based on research and development at Cornell. Thorne received his undergraduate degree from the University of Manitoba and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana. Thorne remains active in driving the future product development at MiTeGen.
Apker has spent his 12 year career with MiTeGen, driving business, operations, and product development. He understanding of the company’s and industry’s needs has allowed him to play a critical role in the rapid growth of MiTeGen’s international reputation. With expertise in customer relations, product-line management, industry innovation, and operations, Apker provided a critical leadership role in the development of nearly all aspects of MiTeGen. Apker graduated with honors in Physics from SUNY at Geneseo, and was inducted into the National Physics Honors Society.