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PHOTONICS CEO: Making A Product For Everyone

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Ram is a CEO of a company that works with Photonics, specifically a technology called Optical Coherence Tomography which is similar to radar. Ram gives a brief introduction of Optical Coherence Tomography, his educational path and what he wished he knew before starting his company.

School: University of California Irvine
Degree: MBA - PhD'
Job Title: Photonics CEO

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<span m='12470'>radars,</span> <span m='12805'>right?</span> <span m='13500'>This</span> <span m='13650'>is</span> <span m='13770'>like</span> <span m='13960'>an</span> <span m='14640'>echo-based</span> <span m='15820'>technology,</span> <span m='16470'>like</span> <span m='16720'>sound</span> <span m='18070'>in</span> <span m='18550'>ultrasound,</span> <span m='19490'>you</span> <span m='19780'>send</span> <span m='20100'>sound</span> <span m='20460'>waves</span> <span m='20890'>and</span> <span m='21080'>get</span> <span m='21250'>the</span> <span m='21450'>echos</span> <span m='21700'>back.</span> <span m='22780'>In</span> <span m='23250'>optical</span> <span m='23660'>coherence</span> <span m='23980'>tomography,</span> <span m='24350'>you</span> <span m='24720'>send</span> <span m='26410'>light</span> <span m='26650'>waves</span> <span m='26960'>and</span> <span m='27130'>get</span> <span m='27370'>the</span> <span m='27590'>echos</span> <span m='27850'>back.</span> <span m='28280'>And</span> <span m='28700'>by</span> <span m='28810'>using</span> <span m='29210'>that,</span> <span m='29710'>we</span> <span m='29840'>are</span> <span m='30010'>able</span> <span m='30320'>to</span> <span m='30460'>penetrate</span> <span m='31040'>deep</span> <span m='31270'>into</span> <span m='31460'>the</span> <span m='32250'>tissue</span> <span m='32850'>up</span> <span m='33030'>to</span> <span m='33240'>a</span> <span m='33360'>length</span> <span m='33660'>of</span> <span m='34040'>two</span> <span m='34310'>to</span> <span m='34520'>three</span> <span m='34840'>millimeter.</span> <span m='36030'>In</span> <span m='36180'>the</span> <span m='36280'>case</span> <span m='36500'>of</span> <span m='36600'>ultrasound,</span> <span m='36970'>you</span> <span m='37370'>can</span> <span m='37510'>see</span> <span m='37760'>up</span> <span m='37920'>to</span> <span m='38410'>10</span> <span m='38660'>millimeter</span> <span m='39130'>while</span> <span m='39490'>the</span> <span m='39610'>sound</span> <span m='39960'>is</span> <span m='40080'>being</span> <span m='40330'>used.</span> </p><p><span m='40890'>My</span> <span m='41020'>education</span> <span m='41700'>is</span> <span m='42080'>more</span> <span m='42480'>on</span> <span m='42610'>the</span> <span m='42730'>technology</span> <span m='43360'>side.</span> <span m='44050'>And</span> <span m='46140'>I</span> <span m='46460'>started</span> <span m='47200'>first</span> <span m='47490'>as</span> <span m='47600'>a</span> <span m='47670'>chemist</span> <span m='48140'>and</span> <span m='48300'>then</span> <span m='48460'>later</span> <span m='48830'>on</span> <span m='48930'>moved</span> <span m='49280'>into</span> <span m='49370'>medical</span> <span m='49720'>imaging,</span> <span m='50280'>and</span> <span m='50460'>medical</span> <span m='50720'>technology,</span> <span m='51440'>and</span> <span m='51750'>started</span> <span m='52070'>working</span> <span m='52420'>with</span> <span m='52770'>clinicians</span> <span m='54200'>to</span> <span m='54380'>understand</span> <span m='55030'>what</span> <span m='55270'>their</span> <span m='55450'>clinical</span> <span m='55890'>needs</span> <span m='56310'>are.</span> <span m='56560'>And</span> <span m='56910'>then</span> <span m='57150'>based</span> <span m='57520'>on</span> <span m='57740'>that</span> <span m='58020'>information,</span> <span m='60000'>I</span> <span m='60140'>briefly</span> <span m='60620'>worked</span> <span m='61010'>in</span> <span m='61190'>a</span> <span m='61970'>medical</span> <span m='62560'>device</span> <span m='63010'>company</span> <span m='63560'>where</span> <span m='63870'>I</span> <span m='63950'>got</span> <span m='64319'>all</span> <span m='64620'>the</span> <span m='65790'>how</span> <span m='66100'>to</span> <span m='66250'>run</span> <span m='66460'>a</span> <span m='66550'>company,</span> <span m='66980'>how</span> <span m='67110'>to</span> <span m='67270'>take</span> <span m='67470'>the</span> <span m='67560'>company</span> <span m='67940'>from</span> <span m='68190'>the</span> <span m='68300'>beginning</span> <span m='68740'>to</span> <span m='69110'>take</span> <span m='69330'>it</span> <span m='69490'>to</span> <span m='69560'>the</span> <span m='69730'>next</span> <span m='70040'>level,</span> <span m='71310'>then</span> <span m='71480'>to</span> <span m='71550'>commercialize</span> <span m='72350'>the</span> <span m='72470'>product.</span> </p><p><span m='73710'>And</span> <span m='74100'>based</span> <span m='74450'>on</span> <span m='74620'>that</span> <span m='75590'>experience,</span> <span m='76640'>I</span> <span m='76810'>was</span> <span m='77040'>able</span> <span m='77250'>to</span> <span m='77310'>couple</span> <span m='77690'>my</span> <span m='78080'>technology</span> <span m='78710'>background</span> <span m='79490'>also</span> <span m='79860'>with</span> <span m='80070'>the</span> <span m='80140'>business,</span> <span m='80770'>try</span> <span m='81000'>to</span> <span m='81110'>start</span> <span m='81370'>a</span> <span m='81450'>company.</span> <span m='82320'>And</span> <span m='82650'>we</span> <span m='82770'>are</span> <span m='83100'>currently</span> <span m='83340'>in</span> <span m='83520'>the</span> <span m='83640'>process</span> <span m='84020'>of</span> <span m='84190'>taking</span> <span m='84530'>our</span> <span m='84660'>device</span> <span m='85040'>through</span> <span m='86400'>the</span> <span m='86540'>FDA,</span> <span m='87050'>as</span> <span m='87390'>well as</span> <span m='87590'>CE</span> <span m='88400'>Mark,</span> <span m='88840'>which</span> <span m='89050'>is</span> <span m='89340'>the</span> <span m='89470'>regulatory</span> <span m='90060'>agencies</span> <span m='90580'>which</span> <span m='90780'>allow</span> <span m='91080'>us</span> <span m='91270'>to</span> <span m='91860'>commercialize</span> <span m='92510'>the</span> <span m='92620'>product</span> <span m='93550'>into</span> <span m='93820'>the</span> <span m='93910'>market.</span> </p><p><span m='94890'>I</span> <span m='95350'>wish</span> <span m='96710'>that</span> <span m='97210'>I</span> <span m='97310'>had</span> <span m='97510'>much</span> <span m='97720'>more</span> <span m='97890'>experience</span> <span m='98370'>in</span> <span m='99230'>understanding--</span> <span m='100860'>even</span> <span m='101090'>though</span> <span m='101260'>technologies</span> <span m='101570'>are</span> <span m='101880'>great,</span> <span m='102610'>but</span> <span m='102800'>practically</span> <span m='103490'>translating</span> <span m='104280'>that</span> <span m='104570'>into</span> <span m='104870'>a</span> <span m='104930'>product</span> <span m='105900'>is</span> <span m='106080'>much</span> <span m='106370'>more</span> <span m='108150'>challenging</span> <span m='109080'>than</span> <span m='109730'>doing</span> <span m='109900'>the</span> <span m='110270'>R&amp;D</span> <span m='110730'>publication--</span> <span m='111420'>research</span> <span m='111700'>publication--</span> <span m='112350'>which</span> <span m='112500'>is</span> <span m='112630'>very</span> <span m='112880'>easy,</span> <span m='113610'>where</span> <span m='113840'>just we</span> <span m='114210'>have</span> <span m='114370'>to</span> <span m='114580'>demonstrate</span> <span m='115650'>the</span> <span m='115750'>product</span> <span m='116160'>as</span> <span m='116290'>working.</span> <span m='117350'>But</span> <span m='117850'>to</span> <span m='118250'>commercialize</span> <span m='118650'>it,</span> <span m='120340'>you</span> <span m='120530'>need</span> <span m='120770'>to</span> <span m='120880'>make</span> <span m='121150'>sure</span> <span m='121790'>it</span> <span m='121950'>is</span> <span m='122090'>foolproof</span> <span m='122950'>and</span> <span m='123430'>if</span> <span m='123600'>there is</span> <span m='124150'>any</span> <span m='124310'>dangers</span> <span m='124650'>associated</span> <span m='125580'>with</span> <span m='125730'>the</span> <span m='125810'>product</span> <span m='126150'>development.</span> <span m='126460'>And</span> <span m='127750'>especially</span> <span m='128180'>when</span> <span m='128300'>you are</span> <span m='128470'>using</span> <span m='128820'>it</span> <span m='128919'>into</span> <span m='129139'>human,</span> <span m='130650'>you</span> <span m='130800'>have</span> <span m='130970'>to</span> <span m='131030'>make</span> <span m='131290'>sure</span> <span m='132240'>that</span> <span m='133310'>the</span> <span m='133460'>product</span> <span m='133725'>is</span> <span m='133990'>safe</span> <span m='136990'>and</span> <span m='137090'>the</span> <span m='137200'>images</span> <span m='137740'>or</span> <span m='139270'>any</span> <span m='139370'>technology</span> <span m='139660'>related</span> <span m='139950'>information</span> <span m='140950'>should</span> <span m='141160'>be</span> <span m='141310'>reproducible</span> <span m='142300'>to</span> <span m='142560'>the</span> <span m='142820'>extent</span> <span m='143215'>so</span> <span m='143490'>that</span> <span m='143620'>a</span> <span m='144460'>non-technology</span> <span m='145820'>user</span> <span m='146280'>can</span> <span m='146470'>easily</span> <span m='146745'>use</span> <span m='147020'>it</span> <span m='147460'>with</span> <span m='147750'>minimum</span> <span m='150940'>understanding</span> <span m='151600'>of</span> <span m='151710'>what</span> <span m='151840'>he's</span> <span m='152070'>doing.</span> <span m='152870'>That</span> <span m='153280'>is</span> <span m='153430'>the</span> <span m='153810'>very</span> <span m='154180'>important</span> <span m='154610'>thing</span> <span m='154750'>which</span> <span m='154920'>I</span> <span m='155290'>learned</span> <span m='155660'>over</span> <span m='155840'>the</span> <span m='155970'>last</span> <span m='156400'>few</span> <span m='156670'>years,</span> <span m='157530'>which</span> <span m='157720'>I</span> <span m='157770'>wish</span> <span m='158090'>I</span> <span m='158190'>had</span> <span m='158540'>known</span> <span m='158730'>earlier,</span> <span m='160050'>which</span> <span m='160210'>would</span> <span m='160410'>have</span> <span m='160660'>helped</span> <span m='160945'>me</span> <span m='161230'>quite</span> <span m='161400'>a</span> <span m='161450'>bit</span> <span m='162250'>in</span> <span m='162520'>the</span> <span m='162550'>learning</span> <span m='162830'>process.</span> </p>","file":{"id":599124,"video_id":"","name":"2885-Ram - Photonics CEO.mp4","duration":163770,"thumbnail_url":null}});

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