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Nuburu forms advisory board


GaN-based laser pioneer brings on board expertise from batteries to defence

Nuburu, a pioneer of high power GaN-based lasers for material processing, has announced the formation of its Advisory Board. The founding members will bring expertise across battery and e-mobility, consumer electronics, 3C and defence to guide Nuburu’s business and product development.

The advisory board will lend strategic insight that will enable Nuburu to better understand and support its customers and strengthen its market position. The founding members include:

Admiral David Buss: Vice Admiral (ret.) David Buss held numerous leadership positions throughout his 37-year career in the US Navy. Most recently he served as the Commander, Naval Air Forces, the Navy's “Air Boss,” where he had global responsibilities for the operational readiness of the Navy's aviation force. He is currently CEO of OpenDrives, Inc., a Los Angeles-based data storage technology company. He previously served as President of Cubic Global Defense, Inc., a unit of Cubic Corporation, where he led all aspects of Cubic's global military training business. Admiral Buss earned his bachelor’s degree in Physics from the US Naval Academy and is a graduate of the Navy's Nuclear Power Training program.

Ga-Lane Chen: Chen is currently the CTO and CIO of Foxconn. He manages the Global R&D on Optics, Lens, Mobile Phone Camera, Nanotechnology, Robot, Automation, Autonomous Driving, and Bio-Medical Technology. He also oversees the company’s investment in high tech companies from funding to IPO, including Invensense, GoPro, Berkeley Light, Habana Labs (2.2 Billion merged by Intel). Prior to Foxconn, Dr. Chen worked at Varian, Komag, Hitachi Metal, and Seagate. He also founded two companies - Oerdex (1989, Magnetic Media), GLC Communication (1999, Fiber Optics, acquired by Foxconn in 2000). Dr. Chen holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from National Taiwan University and a Ph.D. in Materials Science/Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. Chen holds 2094 Granted Patents (US 454, China 828, Taiwan 812)

Takashi Mitachi: Takashi Mitachi is currently a Senior Advisor and was a Co-Chairman of the BCG Japan office from 2005 to 2015 and was a member of BCG’s Worldwide Executive Committee from 2006 to 2013. He was the Vice Chairman of the Japan Association of Corporate Executives and has been a Chief Executive Director for the Ronald McDonald House Charities Japan. He currently serves as an outside director to several Japanese companies including DMG Mori, Co. Ltd., Tokio Marine Holdings, Rakuten, Inc., and Unicharm Corporation. He is also a professor at the Graduate School of Management, Kyoto University. Mitachi holds a Master of Business Administration with high distinction (Baker Scholar) from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts in American literature from the University of Kyoto.

Bob Galyen: Robert (Bob) L. Galyen is recognised as one of the top executives in the battery energy storage world and science/engineering-based communities. His former positions as CTO of CATL, the world’s largest battery manufacturer, Chairman of SAE International Battery Standards Steering Committee, SAE Fellow, Chairman Emeritus and CTO of NAATbatt International, have given him a unique leadership perspective in the global battery industry. He also holds patents and publications and participates on multiple BOD’s and TAB’s. His nearly 50 years of international work experience has given him a visionary perspective on worldwide business, making him uniquely qualified as a global energy storage and scientific/engineering community thought leader.

“We are thrilled to welcome this group of esteemed thought leaders to the Nuburu team,” said Guy Gilliland, CEO of Nuburu. “The understanding of market trends and customer perspectives will be key in enhancing our market approach and strategic direction moving forward.”

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