Ian is the technical founder of Validere. He developed the core technology at Harvard, where it was recognized with an R&D 100 Award in 2013, Harvard's Physical Sciences and Engineering Accelerator Award in 2015, and was featured in Scientific American, Chemical & Engineering News, Nature Photonics, and Materials Today. He has 9 years of experience in R&D with academic, government and military labs, specializing in materials science, photonics, microfluidics, and diagnostics. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Banting Fellowship and the Wyss Technology Development Fellowship, and was one of 7 Young Researchers from Canada selected to attend the Interdisciplinary Meeting of the Nobel Laureates in Lindau in 2010. He earned PhD in Applied Physics from Harvard University (2012) and his BSc in Mathematical Physics from the University of Waterloo (2008). He is an inventor of 12 issued and pending patents and a co-author of 30 scientific publications.