Management Team

COMPANY MANAGEMENT

Michael Lebby
Chief Executive Officer
Michael Lebby

Dr. Michael S. Lebby joined Lightwave Logic as a member of the Board of Directors in 2015. In May 2017, he assumed the role of CEO of the company. Dr. Lebby is an Anglo-American entrepreneur and intrapreneur in the fields of optoelectronics/photonics electronics and semiconductors. His career started with the British Government in 1977 in telecommunications and he did research at their prestigious labs (RSRE Malvern) in the early 1980s and worked at AT&T Bell Labs (1985-1989) in photonics. At Motorola in the 1990s he drove the development, including co-authorship of the first patent, of the oxide VCSEL diode laser which is now used in laser mice, 3D sensing/FaceID in mobile phones, optical interconnects with volumes over 1B units. From 2005-2010 he led the USA trade association in optoelectronics (OIDA) and represented the optoelectronics industry on Capitol Hill. He has run technical start-ups and commercialized optoelectronic and photonics technology into manufacturing. He was voted PIC (Photonic Integrated Circuit) business leader of the year by the PIC International Conference in 2018. He is a technical expert to the European Commission and a Fellow of IEEE and OSA.

James S. Marcelli
President and Chief Operating Officer
James S. Marcelli

Mr. Marcelli has serves as Lightwave Logic, Inc., President and Chief Operating Officer, and he was named our Secretary in March 2018. Previously, from August 2008 to April 2012, Mr. Marcelli served as Lightwave’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Marcelli is in charge of the day-to-day operations of Lightwave, and also serves as its principal financial officer. Over the last thirty five years, he has served as the president and chief executive officer of multiple start-up and growth companies in high tech manufacturing and business services, including two companies that were founded by him. In addition, he has held senior management positions with several companies including Teradyne Corporation and Sanmina Corporation. Throughout his career, he has held positions in Engineering, Sales, Marketing, Operations and Finance. Mr. Marcelli served as a mentor for the National Science Foundation, NFS Innovation Program. Mr. Marcelli has served on the boards of several non-profit corporations and also served on the Advisory Board of the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Engineering School.

John Zyskind
Vice President of Engineering
John Zyskind

Dr. Zyskind joined Lightwave Logic in 2022 as Vice President of Engineering. Dr. Zyskind is an engineering manager with broad experience in optical communications and related technologies.  Prior to joining Lighwave Logic, Dr. Zyskind was the Vice President of Engineering, Quality and Reliability at Skorpios Technologies, where, among other projects, he led the due diligence and selection of the company’s foundry partners for fabrication of its Silicon photonic integrated circuits (PICs) and the qualification and reliability engineering of the company’s Silicon photonic PICs. Prior to Skorpios, Dr. Zyskind served in engineering leadership positions at Bell Laboratories where his seminal work on the development of Erbium-doped fiber amplifiers and Wavelength Division Multiplexed (WDM) optical communication systems helped to usher in the WDM revolution and at Sycamore Networks, where he led development of high capacity, ultra-long haul WDM networks.  Following Sycamore Networks, Dr. Zyskind led engineering teams at Optovia (the assets of which were later acquired by JDSU) where he developed WDM line systems with distributed hybrid amplification and Mintera (later acquired by Oclaro) where he led development of high capacity, advanced modulation format transceivers.  In recognition of his contributions to the development of optical amplifiers and high capacity WDM systems Dr. Zyskind was elected a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, appointed Bell Laboratories Distinguished Member of Technical Staff and, along with his team, received the Bell Labs President’s Award. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from the California Institute of Technology.