Meet the SeeTrue Technology advisors

Scientific Advisors

Ryan Sochol

Prof. Ryan Sochol

University of Maryland College Park

Prof. Ryan D. Sochol is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering within the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. Prof. Sochol’s Bioinspired Advanced Manufacturing (BAM) Laboratory pioneers micro/nanoscale additive manufacturing or “3D Printing” strategies to solve mechanically and physically complex challenges, with an emphasis on biomedical applications.

Prof. Sochol is also an affiliate faculty of the Fischell Department of Bioengineering, a core member of the Robert E. Fischell Institute for Biomedical Devices, and a member of the Maryland Robotics Center. In addition, Prof. Sochol currently serves as Co-President of the “Mid-Atlantic Micro/Nano Alliance (MAMNA)” – a non-profit organization that supports the industrial, academic, and governmental research community surrounding the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area.

Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Maryland, College Park, Dr. Sochol served two primary academic roles: (i) as an NIH Fellow within the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences & Technology, Harvard Medical School, and Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and

(ii) as the Founder and Director of the Micro Mechanical Methods for Biology (M3B) Laboratory Program within the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Sochol received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University in 2006 and both his M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley, in 2009 and 2011, respectively, with Doctoral Minors in Bioengineering and Public Health. Dr. Sochol also served as a Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Tokyo. Prof. Sochol received the NSF CAREER Award in 2020. In addition to his research, Prof. Sochol established and currently teaches the dual undergraduate-graduate course, “Additive Manufacturing”.

Prof. Rachel Brewster is an expert in the microinjection technique, a developmental biologist, and an Associate Professor of Biology, Dr. Brewster has over twenty years of experience using the microinjection technique in zebrafish. She received a BS degree from the University of Geneva in 1989, Switzerland, and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (1996).

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Prof. Rachel Brewster

University of Maryland Baltimore County

Business and Marketing advisors

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Steen Nissen, MBA

Business Development

Steen has 25 years of experience as a result-oriented leader in both start-up companies and global organizations and a proven track record of creating and managing strong and motivated teams. He has an in-depth understanding of building start-up companies, technology development and commercialization, and business development. A critical thinker and problem solver with solid experience in both strategic and operational execution including effective P&L management. He has a truly global background with experience in North & South America, Europe, and China/Asia. His industry experience includes biotech, water, food, and renewable energy, and he has worked extensively with business development in new and emerging markets as well as launching new products in various industrial segments. He holds an M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering and an MBA.

David's career in biotechnology and biomedical product development spans over 35 years as a researcher, research manager, consultant, entrepreneur, and officer of start-up biotech companies. Dr. Fink is an Entrepreneur in Residence at bwtech@UMBC's TechSouth incubator. His expertise includes biotechnology and biomedical technology assessment, project management, biotech entrepreneurship and start-ups, international collaborations, technology licensing and transfer, Intellectual property development, Business plan development, and Grant and contract proposal preparation. He has authored 41 scientific papers and book chapters, and he has been awarded 24 US patents.

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David Fink, PhD

Business Development

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Jonathan Kay, MPH


Jonathan is a trusted adviser to health and life sciences executives. For 25 years, he has helped clients bring to market new technologies that address unmet clinical and economic needs. Jon recently formed Health Market Experts, LLC, where he builds custom teams to develop and implement business and brand strategies for development, launch, and commercialization. Jon earned a B.A. from Cornell and a master’s in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Recently, he completed a short-course program at MIT on Management, Artificial Intelligence & Implications for Business Strategy.

Ernesto is the Director of Business Development at CSSi Life Sciences. He helps companies establish their strategy for product development and FDA approval in a way that mitigates time, risk, and expense.


Ernesto Chanona, PhD

Product Development & Regulatory

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Edward L. Snyder, CPA


Eddie is an expert on business formation and strategies for growth, including obtaining financing, accounting needs, business and marketing planning, and organizational development.