The NovaSolix Team



Laurence H. Cooke, Founder / Inventor

Laurence H Cooke (Larry Cooke) has over 40 years experience in Electronic Design Automation, Semiconductor and Computer Systems technology, with over 35 years of management experience including over 30 years of executive experience. As an engineer he created and upgraded a wide range of EDA tools.  As a manager he directly or indirectly managed a wide range of engineering functions. As an executive, he founded: Vertex (a fabless ASIC company, now an ASIC division of Toshiba) where he was VP of Engineering & CTO, Crosspoint Solutions (an FPGA company) where he was VP of Engineering & CTO, Chameleon Systems (a reconfigurable compute company) where he was COO, and On-Chip Technologies (an SOC verification & test company) where he was CEO & CFO.  As a consultant, he has done business/market analysis, developed SoC Platform based Design Methodologies,  and lead a geographically diverse internet based standards organization called the VSI Alliance as their executive director. He is also the inventor or co-inventor on 94 granted US patents. Larry has a BS degree in Applied Mathematics from Stanford University.

Richard Preston, CEO

Richard Preston has been the CEO of several technology-based companies and is active in the Silicon Valley community. He has run both software and hardware companies. As CEO, he has taken two companies from concept to profitability and sold others to public companies. He has a strong financial and operations background with an MBA from UC Berkeley; public accounting experience with PWC and banking experience as a founder and director of Silicon Valley Bank.  Rich has also sold products through a variety of channels, from direct and OEM to retail. Rich is a former Chairman of the American Electronics Association, NorCal Council. He has served his community as a Trustee of the Coyote Point Museum for Environmental Education and was a founder and Board member of the San Mateo County Parks and Recreation Foundation.

BOB Cousins, Co-Founder / Board MEMBER

Bob Cousins has worked with startups in both energy and computing for more than 35 years. Bob has served as CTO and/or Engineering VP of multiple technology companies from New York to California. He is an inventor and technologist, holding over twenty patents in diverse areas including filesystem design, data storage and security, high frequency RADAR, imaging and medical instrumentation, and virtual credit cards. He has also written two novels, Pipov and Miller's Trials.


Jyotsna Iyer, Ph.D., Lead Engineer

Dr. Iyer’s area of expertise is in functional materials and their engineering applications.  She has 15+ years of professional experience developing products using functional materials in biotech, fuel cells, specialty films & coatings, sensors, microfluidics and nanotechnology.  Dr. Iyer managed many materials R&D programs to enable development of disruptive technologies during her 11+ years with Lockheed Martin.

Before joining Lockheed Martin, Dr. Iyer was the materials technical lead for the development of a microfluidic chip and microarray based high throughput drug library screening system at Caliper LifeSciences (now Perkin Elmer LabChip® systems) and consultant for the development of high throughput excipient formulation system at Alza.  Dr. Iyer worked in the Technical Polymers Research Group supporting the Kynar® (PVDF) and Rilsan® (Nylon) line of products and worked on PVDF based fuel cell membrane development for Atofina  Chemicals (now Arkema) prior to joining Caliper LifeSciences.

Dr. Iyer received her B.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in Chemical Engineering and her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from MIT under Professor Paula Hammond.

David berten, EXECUTIVE VP

David Berten is a lawyer whose practice focuses on protecting and monetizing intellectual property and has worked on patent transactions totaling nearly $8 billion in value. A serial entrepreneur and angel investor, Mr. Berten focuses on NovaSolix’s investor relations and business development efforts.  David received a JD (cum laude) from the University of Wisconsin School of Law and a Bachelor of City Planning from the University of Virginia.