Serial Entrepreneur, Physicist, and Patent Extraordinaire
Alex began his career in the early sixties at Razdow Laboratories; a NASA think-tank. Eventually formed his own company, Wild Rover Corp., where he fathered monolithic switch technology which is utilized globally in products such as microwave ovens, telephones, mobile phones, cash registers, and more. The company was successfully sold to Refac Technology in 1971. In the seventies, he became a co-founder of Symbol Technologies, Inc. which became the dominant supplier of portable barcode scanners to the world (formally a NY Stock Exchange Company now owned by Zebra). He managed Product Engineering for the Company and their essential relationship with the Product Centrum division of the Dutch Government-owned TNO. TNO is the largest research institute in the Netherlands conducting contract research and product design. He gained FDA medical experience during his work with Symbol which grew out of their involvement with the lasers used in barcode scanners. Lasers are treated as medical radiation hazards requiring particular technical protocols which must be approved by the FDA. In the nineties he became Co-Chair at Base10, a 30-year-old defense Company, developing a commercial software business for the pharmaceutical industry where he worked extensively with the FDA and various pharma clients – Pfizer, Smith Kline, Wyeth, Pharmacia, etc., in issues regarding software systems for controlling pharmaceutical R&D and manufacturing. Base10 became the first software provider ever to achieve FDA compliance (Patent 5,339,261). Base10 was sold to ABB.
Alex became a recipient of a Special Congressional Recognition Award as a Distinguished Entrepreneur. Founder and member of the executive leadership of five companies; four were acquired or taken public. Currently, Founder and Managing Co-Partner of The Windessa Group (formerly RTS Research) providing Product Development, Technical Consulting, and Intellectual Property (IP) services for companies such as Citigroup, AT&T, Nextek Power Systems, Nocopi Technologies, Levelwing Media, and the American Museum of Natural History. Specialties: governance, leadership development, corporate development, applied physics, and intellectual property. In 1997 Alex was honored as Entrepreneur of the Year by his alma mater, Muhlenberg College, and was a Trustee for 12 years, having Chaired the Educational Policies and Faculty Affairs Committee and a member of the Finance Committee.
Current patents issued US 8,957,548, US 9,035,490, 9,198,041, 9,425,567, and 9,660,471.