Richard Henson

Co-founder and Member, Board of Directors

Richard Henson is the Co-Founder of PhageTech, Inc., a development stage company based on novel immunodiagnostics technology recently developed by researchers at UC Irvine.  He has over 30 years of experience in medical device development and manufacturing.  He has also served on the boards of Halo Healthcare, a breast cancer diagnostic company; ResVeRx, Inc., a nutraceutical manufacturer and TWAComm, a telecommunications company.  He is also Co-Chairman of Octane Foundation and a board member of OCTANe as well as a former member of the Chancellors CEO Roundtable at UC Irvine.  He is an investor in several other medical technology firms.

Reginald Penner, Ph.D.


Reginald Penner is Chancellor’s Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of California, Irvine.  Professor Penner attended Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minnesota where he obtained B.A. degrees in Chemistry and Biology in 1983.  He studied at Texas A&M University beginning in 1983 with Professor Charles R. Martin and he received a Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1987.  He proceeded to postdoctoral appointments at Stanford University and Caltech working with Professor Nate Lewis, before being appointed at UCI in 1990.  Professor Penner is an electrochemist whose research group develops methods based upon electrodeposition for making nanomaterials, such as nanowires, composed of metals and semiconductors.  With his students, he has more than 170 research publications to date. He is an A.P. Sloan Fellow, a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, an NSF and ONR Young Investigator, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).  He received the 2009 Faraday Medal from the Royal Society of Chemistry of the UK, the 2016 Charles N. Reilley Award from the Society for Electroanalytical Chemistry, and the 2016 Division of Analytical Chemistry Award in Electrochemistry.  Professor Penner is Associate Editor at ACS Nano.

Gregory Weiss, Ph.D.

Co-founder and Member, Board of Directors

Professor of Chemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biochemistry at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Weiss trained at Genentech, Harvard, and UC Berkeley before joining the faculty at UCI in 2000. His laboratory focuses on the interface between chemistry and biology, including the study of membrane proteins and bioelectronics.  Tenured in 2006, he is a full Professor and former Vice Chair.  His awards include Beckman Foundation Young Investigator, election to Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and an Ig Nobel Prize in Chemistry for leading the team that “partially unboiled the egg.” He has co-authored 90 publications, co-invented >10 patents, and has presented 200 invited seminars. Dr. Weiss co-invented the PhageTech technology with Dr. Penner.

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