Leadership

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Connie Manz, MS
CEO

Connie Manz leverages her technical background and consulting experience to commercialize flexible bioelectronics based on softening substrate technologies. She has a bachelor’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT as well as master’s degrees from MIT and UT Dallas. Prior to her position with Qualia, Ms. Manz was the lab finance manager for the Advanced Polymer Research Laboratory and Center for Engineering Innovation at UT Dallas. This included management of the $2+ million budget and coordination of collaborations, human resources, and other administrative tasks across six departments for over 80 lab members. Past experience also includes research experience at MIT, The Institute for Bioengineering & Nanotechnology in Singapore, and Draper Labs as well as business strategy consulting experience with Mars and Co.



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Walter Voit, PhD
President

Dr. Walter Voit received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UT Dallas in Computer Science and Intelligent Systems, respectively, as well as a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Georgia Tech. Dr. Voit holds an associate professorship at UT Dallas where he explores the thermomechanics of shape memory polymers, flexible bioelectronics, next generation neural interfaces, 3-D printing, degradable polymers, and the effects of ionizing radiation on polymers. In addition to Qualia, Prof. Voit has co-founded Syzygy Memory Plastics, Adaptive 3D Technologies, Ares Materials, Pascalor, and Polycraft World. Dr. Voit is the 1st Vice-President and Science and Technology Chair of the Council on Ionizing Radiation Measurements and Standards through the National Institute of Standards and Technology and an International Atomic Energy Agency consultant in the field of radiation crosslinked shape memory polymers. Voit is a DARPA Young Faculty Awardee and DARPA Director’s Fellow and works closely with industry including Texas Instruments, GlaxoSmithKline, Halliburton, Qorvo, Plexon and Zyvex. A complete list of his published works can be found here.




Advisors

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Bryan Black, PhD

Dr. Bryan Black currently serves as a Research Scientist in the Bioengineering Department at The University of Texas at Dallas, and is acting PI or Co-PI on three Qualia sub-contracts with the university. His responsibilities include helping Qualia Labs develop the next generation of cabling and connector technologies as well as supporting Qualia’s efforts in intracortical device fabrication, quality control, in vitro electrochemical testing, and in vivo recording/stimulation testing.



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Kenneth Lee, MD, PhD

Dr. Kenneth Lee is working with Qualia to develop the next generation of cochlear implants. Dr. Lee holds a bachelor's from UC Berkeley in molecular biology as well as a MD and PhD in Anatomy and Neurobiology from Boston University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Washington University and a fellowship in Pediatric Otolaryngology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He currently holds positions as Associate Professor in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at UT Southwestern, Director of Pediatric Otolaryngology and Service Chief of Surgery at Children’s Medical Center Plano, and Director of Pediatric Cochlear Implant Program at Children's Medical Center Dallas and Plano. Dr. Lee has been an invited speaker at numerous national and international conferences on cochlear implants, bone anchored implants for hearing restoration, and surgery for chronic ear disease and has published over 30 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals in addition to review papers and book chapters.



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Taylor Ware, PhD

Dr. Taylor Ware is helping Qualia develop the next generation of cabling and connector technologies for our devices. Dr. Ware is an Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Texas at Dallas. His research interests include liquid crystal materials, flexible and stretchable electronics, biomaterials, and the interfacing of these technologies. Dr. Ware was a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2011) and the U.S. Air Force Young Investigator Award (2017). He is also a member of several professional societies, co-inventor of five patents, and author or co-author of more than 40 scientific publications.