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Management Team


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 served as President, CEO and a director of Lightwave Logic since August 2008. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company and its progress toward a fully functioning commercial enterprise. Over the last twenty 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 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.

Karen Liu Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Karen Liu

Karen Liu joined Lightwave Logic in July 2018 as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Prior to joining Lightwave Logic, she served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing of Kaiam Corp. Previously, she was Principal Analyst at Ovum, covering markets and advising vendors of advanced optical components and a broad range of other emerging technologies. Prior to joining Ovum, Dr. Liu architected DWDM networking products at Tellabs and IBM. She received a PhD in Applied Physics from Stanford University in the field of fiber optics, and a BSE in Mechanical Engineering from Princeton University.

Cory Pecinovsky Director of Materials Development
Cory Pecinovsky

Dr. Pecinovsky obtained his a doctoral degree in Organic Chemistry from the University of Colorado in 2007, specializing in the synthesis of liquid crystal based polymer materials. Following his PhD, he worked as a researcher at the Colorado School of Mines, developing light sensitive polymer composites for neutron detection. He has spent 10 years in industry advancing the successful commercialization of electro-optic ferroelectric liquid crystal display technology. Dr. Pecinovsky came to Lighwave Logic in 2017 to lead the photonic polymer development program. He is the author of numerous peer-reviewed publications and patents resulting from his work developing and commercializing photonic materials.