Scientific Advisory Board
The Litebook® Company is privileged to have the support and advice of some of the world’s leading experts in light therapy, psychiatry, psychology, ocular safety, systems and engineering management, and business development. Our respected advisors are an invaluable component of our Company, and we greatly appreciate their service and expertise.
Dr. Andrew Barker PH.D. is a Calgary-based, optical systems consultant with 37 years experience in the design and development of novel optical sensors and optical products.
Andy received his B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK and his Ph.D. in infrared spectroscopy from King's College, London UK. Following completion of a research fellowship at King's in 1973, he joined the Optical Systems Division of Sira Ltd., Chislehurst, Kent (a UK contract R&D organization), initially as project leader for the development of automatic, non-contacting print inspection equipment, and subsequently assuming optical system design and project management responsibilities for the development of a wide variety of novel electro-optical equipment including:
- scanning laser systems for on-line inspection of strip products
- optical systems for automatic inspection of product quality
- visual display systems for flight simulation
- large screen video projection systems
- low cost optical sensors for automotive applications
In 1988, Andy joined Ometron, a manufacturing subsidiary of the Sira Group. Appointed Technical Director in 1990, he assumed additional executive responsibilities but retained primary involvement with the creation and detailed design of Ometron's VPI Sensor, VPI RapidSCAN, SPATE 4000 and VS100. The VPI and VS products are non-contacting vibration sensors based on laser interferometry; SPATE is a non-contacting dynamic stress sensor based on measurement of dynamic changes in thermal emission. The VPI product range earned Ometron the Queen's Award for Technology in 1992.
Following a 2 year position as Visiting Senior Research Scientist in the Mechanical Engineering Dept. at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg VA, Andy settled in Calgary in 1998. Major consulting contracts since then have included development of a laser system for hair removal, development of new technology for the measurement of intraocular pressure, and development of a multi-spectral tissue viability camera. In 2002 he co-founded Eagle Ray Corporation to develop and commercialize a high precision laser distance sensor (US 6876441, Barker, “Optical sensor for distance measurement”).
Andy's creativity has resulted in numerous patents and patent applications during his career. He has been contributing to Litebook's product development programme since February 2005.
Mr. Larry Crabb, OMM CD (Col Retd) Following his graduation as a Civil Engineer, Larry Crabb served as an instructor pilot, fighter pilot and squadron commander in the Canadian Air Force. During his 25-year military career he achieved the rank of Colonel and was awarded the Order of Military Merit. After running the UN air force in the Middle East, working in NATO Headquarters, commanding two tactical fighter squadrons in West Germany, and directing the Air Force curriculum for the Canadian Forces College, he was seconded to a NATO civilian consulting firm (NAPMA) in Holland in charge of the AWACS program.
At NATO's program management agency (NAPMA) Larry was the highest ranking Canadian, and eventually second-in-command as Brigadier equivalent. He was the Project Manager responsible for incorporating a fleet of early-warning radar planes (AWACS) into the NATO force, and building special-purpose airfields for them at bases in Germany, Greece, Italy, Norway and Turkey. He directed all legal, contractual, financial and technical aspects of over $1 billion worth of other high technology projects within Europe and the U.S.A., dealing at the highest level with contractors like Boeing and Westinghouse.
On his return to Canada, as a principal partner in the Presidents Network consulting firm, he has used his extensive experience in project development, management, and international relations in working with business start-ups, strategic planning, preparing business plans and raising venture capital. As a certified ISO auditor, he also guides companies through their ISO 9000 (International Standards Organization) certification. He also serves on the Board of Directors and Advisory Boards to a number of firms.
Dr. Oscar Cuzzani, MD, D.SC. is the recipient of two patents for a new vibration eye tonometer and authored several peer reviewed papers in the areas of retinal light toxicity and two book chapters on medical devices. His interests include eye pathology, ocular vascular diseases, macular degeneration, glaucoma and ocular biomechanics.
An ophthalmologist and Physician Scientist, he is presently a consultant and Ocular Director for QLT Inc. in Vancouver, BC.
Dr. Cuzzani received his MD and DSc. degrees from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has been a Research Fellow at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, a Visiting Scientist at the National Eye Institute where he participated in the Sorbinil Retinopathy Trial and the effect of antioxidants and blue light on macular degeneration. Dr. Cuzzani was also a fellow in Ocular Vascular Diseases at the University of Iowa, where he worked in the areas of ocular occlusive diseases, glaucoma and experimental glaucoma in Rhesus monkeys. In 1990 he worked at the Gimbel Eye Centre in Calgary, Alberta in clinical research and at the University of Calgary as a Clinical Lecturer and recently at the Centre for Innovative Technology, University of Calgary working in the area of ocular biomechanics. He is a cofounder of ERIC Technologies Corporation a company that commercializes ophthalmic medical devices.
Dr. Siegfried Kasper, MD is Professor of Psychiatry and Chairman of the Department of General Psychiatry at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria. Born in Salzburg, Austria, he was educated at the medical schools of the University of Innsbruck, Austria and the Universities of Freiburg and Heidelberg, Germany. Dr Kasper gained clinical and research experience in psychiatry at the Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim, Germany, the Psychiatric Department of the University of Heidelberg, Germany, the Clinical Psychobiology Branch of the National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, Maryland/USA, and the Psychiatric Department of the University of Bonn, Germany; in neurology at the Neurological Department of the University of Heidelberg in Mannheim; and psychotherapeutic and psychoanalytic training at the Ausbildungsinstitut für Psychotherapie und Psychoanalyse in Heidelberg/Mannheim, Germany.
Dr Kasper has authored over 800 research reports and reviews. He concentrates on the biological bases of mental disorders and their possible treatment approaches. Furthermore, he has conducted studies in psychopathological as well as clinical areas. Dr Kasper is a frequent national and international speaker and continues to be actively involved in research programmes studying depression, anxiety, psychosis, and dementia.
Dr. Kasper serves on the executive committees and advisory boards of several national and international societies, such as the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) and the Collegium Internationale Neuro-Psychopharmacologicum (CINP). He is president of the Austrian Society of Drug Safety in Psychiatry (ÖAMSP) and past-president of the Austrian Society of Neuropsychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry (ÖGPB). Furthermore, he is an honorary member of the Czech and Romanian Societies of Neuropsychopharmacology and a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK, as well as of the Ukrainian Association of Psychiatry. In 1997, he was the president of the 10th ECNP Congress, was the chairman of the local organizing committee of the WPA Thematic Conference in 2004 and is the co-chair of the local organizing committee of the WFSBP Congress 2005 in Vienna. Furthermore, he has recently been appointed honorary professor at the University of Hong Kong, China.
Dr Kasper serves on the editorial boards of numerous learned journals, including European Archives of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, European Psychiatry, and European Neuropsychopharmacology. He is co-editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice.
As a result of his research expertise he is involved in projects of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and is also an adviser to the European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products (EMEA).
Dr Siegfried Kasper was elected WFSBP President in July 2005.
Cal Koshkowich, P.ENG. is currently an Industrial Technology Advisor with the National Research Council of Canada, and is a registered Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) in the Province of Alberta. His work over the last five years encompasses a broad range of technology development projects involving new products for metrology, industrial automation and communications. Some of the public companies Cal has worked with are now listed on the TSE, and private companies have seen hundredfold increases in sales and earnings.
Prior to joining the National Research Council, Cal worked in the consulting engineering sector, on provincial and municipal infrastructure projects with significant electrical energy, automation and information management components. It was in this capacity that Cal was exposed to illumination engineering and its application in working environments.
Previous to working in the consulting sector, Cal was “on the inside” with the Prime Ministers Office of Canada, as a communications security officer with the Privy Council Office. Working between the senior offices of the Canadian Government, Cal was responsible for the security of electronic communications of all types via computer networks, satellite networks and the telephone system. Cleared by CSIS to receive Top Secret level information, there is not much more Cal can say about this work.
The University of Ottawa graduated Cal with a B.Sc. in Engineering, and he holds a Diploma in Recording Arts and Science from a private school. He also spent several years in the media/advertising industry as an audio recording engineer in Ottawa.
Cal is a native of Lethbridge, Alberta and returned here ten years ago to be closer to family. Working with the NRC has allowed Cal to continue very interesting work and pursue opportunities that would be deemed too uncertain or returns too long for conventional venture capital investment.
Dr. Raymond W. Lam, MD was born and raised in Vancouver where he completed his medical degree in 1981 at the University of British Columbia. Following a rotating internship at the Jewish General Hospital/McGill University in Montreal, he completed residency training in psychiatry at the University of BC, and a postgraduate research fellowship in the Psychobiology of Mood Disorders at the University of California, San Diego.
Since 1988, Dr. Lam has been on faculty in the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of BC, where he is now a Professor of Psychiatry and Head of the Division of Clinical Neuroscience. He is also Medical Director of the Mood Disorders Centre at UBC Hospital. His research and clinical interests are in the areas of seasonal, atypical, chronic and resistant depression, clinical psychopharmacology, light therapy, seasonality of psychiatric disorders, serotonin and catecholamine mechanisms in depression, circadian rhythm disturbances, and population-based treatment programs for depression.
Dr. Lam has authored over 170 scientific articles and book chapters, and has edited 2 books, Seasonal Affective Disorder and Beyond: Light Treatment for SAD and non-SAD Conditions (American Psychiatric Press, Inc., 1998) and Canadian Consensus Guidelines for the Treatment of SAD (Clinical & Academic Publishing, 1999). Dr. Lam has received many peer-reviewed and industry research grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Canadian Psychiatric Research Foundation, the BC Health Research Foundation, and others. He reviews for several scientific journals and granting agencies, and sits on the Editorial Boards for the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry and Visions: BC’s Mental Health Journal, published by the Canadian Mental Health Association.
In 2001, Dr. Lam was the inaugural annual recipient of the Douglas Utting Prize and Medal for Depression Research (McGill University), for his significant contribution to the understanding of depression and its treatment. He also received the Clinical Investigator Award (UBC Brain Research Centre, 1999) for his clinical research. Dr. Lam is a founding member and Executive Chair of the Canadian Network for Mood and Anxiety Treatments (CANMAT). He has also served in executive positions for international scientific societies. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a Foundation Fellow of the International Society for Affective Disorders (ISAD). Dr. Lam has spearheaded national clinical practice guidelines for the diagnosis and pharmacological treatment of depressive disorders, and for the treatment of seasonal affective disorder.
Dr. Lam is a leader in medical education. He co-chaired the Brain and Behaviour block in the case-based learning curriculum of the UBC medical school. His teaching excellence was recognized with the Nancy A. Roeske Award for Excellence in Medical Student Education (American Psychiatric Association, 1998). He also supervises postgraduate students and residents in psychiatry, and lectures extensively to professional audiences. Dr. Lam is active in public education initiatives on mood disorders and sits on the Scientific Advisory Board of DIRECT, the Depression Information Resource and Education Centre, Toll-free, funded by the Province of Ontario. Dr. Lam received the Special Recognition Award (Canadian Mental Health Association, 1998) for his public and community education efforts.
Dr. Maas, PH.D. is Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, Professor and past chairman of the Department of Psychology at Cornell University. He received his B.A. from Williams College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Cornell. He teaches introductory psychology to 1,700 students each year in the nation's largest single lecture class, and conducts research on the relationship between sleep and performance.
Dr. Maas, one of the nation's most sought after corporate speakers, is a keynote presenter for several major organizations worldwide, including the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), the World Presidents Organization (WPO), the World Business Council (WBC), Holiday Inns- Bass Hotels and Resorts, Marriott, IBM, Apple Computer, Eastman Kodak, Pepsi-Cola, Caterpillar Tractor, Starwood Hotels, Mutual Life, Pizza Hut International, S.C. Johnson Wax, MCI/United Artists, the Urban Land Institute, Seagrams, Simmons, BBC-TV and the American Society of Association Executives. His presentations consistently receive standing ovations and the highest accolades.
Dr. Maas is also a noted filmmaker who has produced nine national television specials for PBS in this country, for the BBC in England, the CBC in Canada, and for Dutch, Danish and Swedish National Television. His films have won 42 major film festivals. Dr. Maas has held a Fulbright Senior Professorship to Sweden, has been a visiting professor at Stanford University and past-president of the American Psychological Association's Division on Teaching. He received the Clark Award for Distinguished Teaching at Cornell, and is the recipient of the American Psychological Association's Distinguished Teaching Award.
Dr. Maas is the author of the New York Times Best Seller, Power Sleep: The Revolutionary Program That Prepares Your Mind for Peak Performance, published by Random House and HarperCollins, and translated into 8 languages. His most recent book, Remmy and the Brain Train, is a children's bedtime story about the need for sleep. Dr. Maas makes frequent television appearances on such programs as NBC Nightly News, Prime Time Live, Today, Good Morning America, Regis, ABC's 20/20, and Oprah.
Mr. Meyer, MBA - Mr. Meyer is Principal of Eric Meyer Consulting, LLC, which advises emerging companies on how to bring novel consumer medical, health and beauty products to market. Mr. Meyer has extensive expertise in creating go-to-market strategies that integrate branding, consumer direct response (online and offline), professional recommendation and retail expansion. Mr. Meyer’s consulting practice includes clients across a broad range of fields including sleep disorders, oral care, diabetes, hearing and beauty products.
Prior to his consulting practice, Mr. Meyer served as CEO of TrafficGauge Inc., which developed and brought to market the first real-time hand-held traffic map. TrafficGauge was sold to Networks In Motion in early 2009. Prior to TrafficGauge Mr. Meyer served in senior executive roles in marketing, sales, business development, and R&D for Optiva Corporation, makers of the Sonicare® sonic toothbrush, over a nine year period from pre-launch of the product through successful sale of the company to Philips Electronics. As Optiva’s 12th employee and first sales and marketing executive, Mr. Meyer led Sonicare to the #1 dollar share power toothbrush brand in the U.S., with Optiva being named Inc. Magazine’s #1 fastest growing privately-held company. Prior to Optiva, Mr. Meyer served in senior marketing and sales positions at LifeScan in Milpitas California where he launched the One Touch® blood glucose monitor. During his tenure LifeScan was successfully sold to Johnson & Johnson. Mr. Meyer currently serves on the Board of Directors of Orahealth Inc. (Seattle, Washington), and has served on the Boards of Ventus Medical (Belmont, California), Advanced H2O (Bellevue, Washington) and TrafficGauge Inc. (Seattle, Washington). Mr. Meyer holds B.S. in Industrial and Operations Engineering and Bachelor of General Studies degrees from the University of Michigan, and an MBA from Stanford University.
Dr. Carlan Silha, PH.D.
Analysis and Integration Team (AIT) Leader, Seattle WA
Chief Engineer. 1997-1999
Managed the systems engineering, specifications, speciality engineering, and all engineering proposal efforts for the new solid-state phased array radar 737 based aircraft named Wedgetail. Managed approximately 50 engineering personnel directly and responsible for over 250 engineering staff. Performed two major design engineering reviews with our customer, the Royal Australian Air Force, signed off all drawings as Senior Design Engineer (SDE) and conducted trade studies to improve aircraft performance. Wrote, reviewed and approved all engineering sections of the Proposal and participated in contract negotiations. Retired in January 1999 after the proposal was submitted.
Boeing Operations International Inc., Heerlen, The Netherlands and Geilenkirchen, Germany
Vice President 1992 - 1997
NATO AWACS Support Manager responsible for program activities within Europe. Provided management and administrative liaison between NATO management organizations, National Ministers of Defense, industrial participation/offset country managers and administered support contracts for the collocated Boeing personnel to the AWACS Main Operating Base. Performed direct interface to the NATO program office (NAPMA) for modernizing the NATO AWACS fleet of aircraft by coordinating and advising on all program management functions including engineering evaluations. Wrote, coordinated and obtained approval of the Industrial Participation Agreement (Offset Agreement) between Boeing and NAPMA. Led a team to evaluate and select European subcontractors for integration into the program.
Commercial Avionics Systems (CAS), Seattle, WA
IDWA and Technical Subcontracts Manager. 1991-1992
Managed the Sony subcontract for the audio and video subsystems of the 777 Aircraft Development. Responsible for integration of the equipment in the 777 Cabin Management System along with interfacing and testing the equipment in the 777 Airplane. Provided engineering liaison to Sony and built specifications and interface documentation. Also responsible for managing the Subcontract to Argo Systems for the Avionics Test Station (STE) used for the automated checkout and test of all CAS LRU’s delivered to the 777 Program.
Proposal Support, Seattle WA
ENDO LEAP and Brilliant Pebbles Proposals. 1990-1991
Technical Subcontract Manager for the missile program ENDO LEAP proposal including subcontractor evaluation and building SOW’s and Specifications for the subcontracted program. Selected and negotiated the major subcontracts for the prime proposal. Evaluated and supported cost/technical negotiations with the US Government. During the same period, participated on the red team for Brilliant Pebbles. Was responsible for reviewing specifications, SOW’s and Manufacturing planning. Participated in the loss analysis presented to D&SG.
Saudi Arabia Peace Shield Program, Seattle WA
Technical Subcontracts Manager. 1986-1991
Managed over $500 M in subcontracts. Implemented the concept of management by multi-functional Integrated Product Teams (IPT’s) and supported the functional organization in designing the original Subcontract Management Guide published for use by BD&SG. Management activities included hardware and software for air defense consoles, communications privacy equipment, telephone switching equipment, procurement of and facilities for 17 GE long-range radar’s. Managed up to 60 people working on the engineering, development, integration and test of the subsystems into our Boeing product baseline.
Research, Development and Acquisition Program Management
United States Air Force Systems Command, 1965 - 1986
Retired from the USAF with nearly 21 years of engineering, research and development experience. Performed all aspects of program management from a detailed designer, a project engineer to the last assignment as Program Manager for the Royal Thai Air Defense System. Worked as a research engineer in the Air Force Propulsion Laboratory, Air Force Materials Laboratory, as well as a materials engineer and manufacturing engineer/manager on several major weapon systems, e.g. B-1, ALCM, F-16. Worked in the NASA space program for 3 years and was assigned to HQ Systems Command working as the program element manager for the USAF’s Manufacturing Technology Program.
- University of Southern California, M.S. Systems Management, 1984
- Defense Systems Management College, Program Management Course 79-1, 1979
- University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), Ph.D. Program, Materials Science
- University of Idaho, M.S. Metallurgical Engineering, 1966
- University of Idaho, B.S. Metallurgical Engineering, 1965