William J. Caragol, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
William J. Caragol was appointed Chairman and CEO of PositiveID in 2011, and has served as the company’s president since its inception. Mr. Caragol was also CFO of PositiveID from 2007 to 2011, and was previously president and CFO of VeriChip Corporation. Mr. Caragol also served as Steel Vault Corporation’s CEO, president and a member of its board of directors. From July 2005 to August 2006, he served as the chief financial officer of Government Telecommunications, Inc., a company under common control with PositiveID at the time. From December 2003 to June 2005, Mr. Caragol was the vice president of business development and chief financial officer of Millivision Technologies, a technology company focused on security applications. Prior to his role at Millivision Technologies, Mr. Caragol was a consulting partner with East Wind Partners LLP, a technology and telecommunications consulting company, in Washington, D.C, and spent eight years at Deloitte and Touche. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and graduated from the Washington & Lee University with a bachelor of science in Administration and Accounting.
Ned L. Siegel
Ned L. Siegel has served as a member of our Board of Directors since February 2011. He has served as President of the Siegel Group, Inc. since September 1997, and Managing Member of the Siegel Consulting Group, LLC since November 2009, which provide real estate development and realty management services. From October 2007 until January 2009, he served as United States Ambassador to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. From September 2006 until January 2007, he served as Senior Advisor to the United States Mission for the 61st Session of the United Nations General Assembly. From January 2003 until October 2007, Mr. Siegel was a member of the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. From 2003 until 2007, he served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Caswell-Massey Company, Ltd., a world-wide quality bath and body, home fragrance and gifts company. Mr. Siegel was appointed Vice Chairman of Alternative Fuels Americas, Inc. in January of 2011. Mr. Siegel earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Connecticut in 1973 and a juris doctorate from the Dickinson School of Law in 1976. Mr. Siegel was nominated to the Board of Directors due to his past experience with government appointments and services and his managerial experience.
Michael E. Krawitz has served as a member of our Board of Directors since November 2008. He currently serves as chief executive officer of PEAR, LLC, a provider of green retrofitting and renewable energy. From January 2010 until February 2011, he served as chief executive officer of Florida Sunshine Investments I, Inc. He previously served as the chief executive officer and president of Digital Angel Corporation from December 2006 to December 2007, executive vice president from March 2003 until December 2006, and as a member of its Board of Directors from July 2007 until December 2007. Mr. Krawitz served as a member on the Board of Directors of Steel Vault from July 23, 2008 until November 11, 2009. Mr. Krawitz earned a bachelor of arts degree from Cornell University in 1991 and a juris doctorate from Harvard Law School in 1994. Mr. Krawitz was nominated to the Board of Directors due to his past experience as a chief executive officer of Digital Angel, our former parent company, as well as his experience as an attorney.
Barry M. Edelstein
Barry M. Edelstein has served as a member of our Board of Directors since January 2008. Mr. Edelstein serves as managing partner of Structured Growth Capital, Inc, a boutique investment banking firm. Mr. Edelstein served as acting president and chief executive officer of Destron Fearing Corporation (formerly known as Digital Angel Corporation), or Destron Fearing, from August 2007 until December 2007. Mr. Edelstein has served as the chairman of ScentSational Technologies, LLC since 2002. Mr. Edelstein has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Drexel University and received his law degree from Widener University School of Law. Mr. Edelstein was nominated to the Board of Directors because of his past experience as a president and chief executive officer, as well as his years of oversight and senior management experience.
Jeffrey S. Cobb
Jeffrey S. Cobb has served as a member of our Board of Directors since March 2007. Mr. Cobb is the chief operating officer of IT Resource Solutions.net, Inc. Prior to April 2004, Mr. Cobb was the executive vice president and chief operating officer of SCB Computer Technology Inc. Mr. Cobb served as a member on the Board of Directors of Steel Vault from March 2004 through July 22, 2008. Mr. Cobb earned his Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Management from Jacksonville University. Mr. Cobb was nominated to the Board of Directors because of his management and business development experience in technology companies.
Board of Advisors
M. Allen Northrup, Ph.D., Chief Technology Advisor to MicroFluidic Systems
Dr. M. Allen Northrup founded Microfluidic Systems Inc (MFSI) in Berkeley, CA and is Chief Technology Advisor. Most recently, Dr. Northrup was a Founder, Chief Technical Officer, and Vice President of Research at Cepheid, in Sunnyvale, CA. Cepheid (CPHD) was taken Public in April 2000. He has over 20 years of instrumentation development experience. Dr. Northrup’s technical interests center on the application of microfabrication and related technologies to the development of environmental, medical, and biotechnological devices and instruments – specifically to take advantage of the increases of efficacy and decreases in costs these technologies can offer. Dr. Northrup was the first to demonstrate the micro-PCR process in a silicon micro-machined chip and has worked closely with many companies in the biomedical industry over the past several years to prove its advantages and to move it toward commercialization.
Pietro Galassetti, MD, PhD
Dr. Galassetti is Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Pharmacology at the University of California, Irvine (“UCI”), where he also serves as the Director of the Bionutrition/Metabolism Core at the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, and as Associate Director of the Pediatric Exercise Research Center. In his role as scientific advisor to PositiveID, Galassetti will contribute his expertise on breath analysis to the development of PositiveID’s Easy Check(tm) non-invasive breath glucose detection device. Galassetti has focused on developing a novel technology to measure non-invasively a broad range of metabolic variables through exhaled breath analysis, in collaboration with the UCI department of chemistry. A number of previously unstudied gases present in human breath at extremely low concentrations correlated with several key metabolic indicators, including plasma glucose, insulin, lipids, ketones and inflammatory markers, promise the near-future evolution of these measurements into clinically applicable devices. The recipient of several scientific national awards, Galassetti is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Physiology, acts as a reviewer for about 20 scientific journals, and as a grant reviewer for the NIH, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and several international scientific foundations.
Yuval Rabin is Managing Partner at Oris Investments and brings on board deep business experience with governments, state and federal processes, and an extensive network and contacts around the globe, including Africa, Arab countries, and Eastern European countries. Rabin lives in Israel, where the Company is currently developing its Easy Check(tm) non-invasive breath glucose detection device. Rabin, son of the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, was previously a Managing Partner at the Washington, D.C.-based Rabin, Sheves, Lipkin-Shahak, and Birger (“RSLB”), and was one of the first non-Americans to lobby the U.S. administration on behalf of foreign countries. Prior to RSLB, Rabin held senior executive positions serving companies including AARP, The Principal Group, Ericsson, Airbus Industries, Nokia and Samsung among others. Rabin has also led initiatives for manufacturing and service companies, utilities and governments in the U.S., Israel, Europe and the Far East. Rabin is a veteran of the Israel Defense Forces, having achieved the rank of major during his eight years of service.