OUR STAFF

Kevin Oldenburg Ph.D.
CEO/President

Dr. Oldenburg received his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from the U. of Wisconsin, Madison, and his Ph.D in Biochemistry from UCLA. He spent 6 years working for a startup biotech company, Affymax, which was ultimately purchased by GlaxoSmithKline.  Following his work at Affymax, he became the Director of Drug Discovery at DuPont where his team was responsible for discovering lead compounds for many different diseases.  He left DuPont in 2000 to found his first company, MatriCal BioScience, where he and his engineering team developed novel automation and robotics to accelerate drug discovery in the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology areas.  MatriCal also built automation for agricultural research companies such as Pioneer, Bayer Crop Science, and Syngenta to assist in the discovery of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and new plants. He sold MatriCal Bioscience in 2013 to Brooks Automation.  He founded 2nd Sight BioScience in 2014 with a focus on using automation, robotics, and new technologies in the field of agriculture.  He currently serves as the CEO and President of 2nd Sight BioScience.

Margo Buckles J.D.
Chief Legal Officer

Margo L. Buckles is a licensed attorney in Washington State. She graduated with a B.A. in Political Science/Spanish from the University of Wisconsin, Madison; a M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles; and a J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. After law school, Ms. Buckles worked as an employment litigator, first the Internal Revenue Service and later for Pepper Hamilton in Philadelphia. She then worked as an associate for Gallagher, Schoenfeld, Surkin, Chupein & DeMis in Media, Pennsylvania. Upon moving to Spokane, Washington, she joined Matrical Bioscience where she was corporate counsel and oversaw all aspects of the administration of the business, including human resources. Upon the sale of Matrical Bioscience, she helped start 2nd Sight BioScience with Dr. Kevin Oldenburg.

Nick Schoeps
Vice President of Engineering

The past four years, Nick has been a lead engineer developing electric vehicles with Bultaco Motors in Barcelona, Spain and Motoczysz in Portland, Oregon. His accomplishments include consecutive wins at the Isle of Man TT-Zero races, a product re-design of Segway's 12 personal transporter, and development of the Motoczysz Digital Drive product line. Previously, Nick pioneered Fuel Cell technology at Adaptive Materials Inc. where he set world record flights for small UAVs. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Nick's diverse engineering background and systems-thinking approach streamlines the design process of 2nd Sight products.

Monika Cetnarowski 

Director of Business Development

Monika graduated summa cum laude from Whitworth University in 2013 with a B.A. in International Business and French. During her time at Whitworth, she received a scholarship for academic excellence from the World Languages & Cultures Department as well as the International Business Outstanding Senior Award from the Whitworth School of Business. Monika also studied Psychology and is a lifetime member of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society of Psychology. Fall semester of her senior year, she studied International Commerce at the Université de Savoie in France. Her research and presentation experience spans from analyses of French literature to researching new applications of genetic modification in crops. Currently, she plays an active role in the Northeast Spokane Kiwanis club as a board member and President Elect. She joined the 2nd Sight team in August 2014 as the company's first employee and Director of Business Development.

Hermann G. Thoennissen
Scientific Adviser

Hermann received his degree in Horticulture and Pomology in Geisenheim, Germany. He has owned HTG International LLC for 30 years and has 35 years of experience in various orchard management positions in Washington State. He has 20 years of experience using aerial imagery in permanent crop production and has been on the team at FarmCloud since 2012. His experience and knowledge of the tree fruit and nursery industries extend to Europe, South America, and China. Hermann provides consulting services to some of the largest organizations in the global tree fruit and agricultural industries. He has been invited as a guest lecturer to speak at several colleges and universities in the US and abroad. His work has been published in the US and Europe, as well as translated and published in China. Serving on industry and civic commissions and committees further exemplify the active role Hermann has played, and continues to play, in the industry.

Matthew E. Taylor
Scientific Adviser

Matthew E. Taylor graduated magna cum laude with a double major in computer science and physics from Amherst College in 2001. After working for two years as a software developer, he began his Ph.D. work at the University of Texas at Austin with an MCD fellowship from the College of Natural Sciences. He received his doctorate from the Department of Computer Sciences in the summer of 2008, supervised by Peter Stone. Matt then completed a two year postdoctoral research position at the University of Southern California with Milind Tambe and spent 2.5 years as an assistant professor at Lafayette College in the computer science department. He is currently an assistant professor at Washington State University in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER award. Current research interests include intelligent agents, multi-agent systems, reinforcement learning, transfer learning, and robotics.

 OUR STAFF

Kevin Oldenburg Ph.D.
CEO/President

Dr. Oldenburg received his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from the U. of Wisconsin, Madison, and his Ph.D in Biochemistry from UCLA. He spent 6 years working for a startup biotech company, Affymax, which was ultimately purchased by GlaxoSmithKline.  Following his work at Affymax, he became the Director of Drug Discovery at DuPont where his team was responsible for discovering lead compounds for many different diseases.  He left DuPont in 2000 to found his first company, MatriCal BioScience, where he and his engineering team developed novel automation and robotics to accelerate drug discovery in the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology areas.  MatriCal also built automation for agricultural research companies such as Pioneer, Bayer Crop Science, and Syngenta to assist in the discovery of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and new plants. He sold MatriCal Bioscience in 2013 to Brooks Automation.  He founded 2nd Sight BioScience in 2014 with a focus on using automation, robotics, and new technologies in the field of agriculture.  He currently serves as the CEO and President of 2nd Sight BioScience.

Margo Buckles J.D.
Chief Legal Officer

Margo L. Buckles is a licensed attorney in Washington State. She graduated with a B.A. in Political Science/Spanish from the University of Wisconsin, Madison; a M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles; and a J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. After law school, Ms. Buckles worked as an employment litigator, first the Internal Revenue Service and later for Pepper Hamilton in Philadelphia. She then worked as an associate for Gallagher, Schoenfeld, Surkin, Chupein & DeMis in Media, Pennsylvania. Upon moving to Spokane, Washington, she joined Matrical Bioscience where she was corporate counsel and oversaw all aspects of the administration of the business, including human resources. Upon the sale of Matrical Bioscience, she helped start 2nd Sight BioScience with Dr. Kevin Oldenburg.

Nick Schoeps
Vice President of Engineering

The past four years, Nick has been a lead engineer developing electric vehicles with Bultaco Motors in Barcelona, Spain and Motoczysz in Portland, Oregon. His accomplishments include consecutive wins at the Isle of Man TT-Zero races, a product re-design of Segway's 12 personal transporter, and development of the Motoczysz Digital Drive product line. Previously, Nick pioneered Fuel Cell technology at Adaptive Materials Inc. where he set world record flights for small UAVs. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Nick's diverse engineering background and systems-thinking approach streamlines the design process of 2nd Sight products.

Monika Cetnarowski
Director of Business Development

Monika graduated summa cum laude from Whitworth University in 2013 with a B.A. in International Business and French. During her time at Whitworth, she received a scholarship for academic excellence from the World Languages & Cultures Department as well as the International Business Outstanding Senior Award from the Whitworth School of Business. Monika also studied Psychology and is a lifetime member of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society of Psychology. Fall semester of her senior year, she studied International Commerce at the Université de Savoie in France. Her research and presentation experience spans from analyses of French literature to researching new applications of genetic modification in crops. Currently, she plays an active role in the Northeast Spokane Kiwanis club as a board member and President Elect. She joined the 2nd Sight team in August 2014 as the company's first employee and Director of Business Development.

Hermann G. Thoennissen
Scientific Adviser

Hermann received his degree in Horticulture and Pomology in Geisenheim, Germany. He has owned HTG International LLC for 30 years and has 35 years of experience in various orchard management positions in Washington State. He has 20 years of experience using aerial imagery in permanent crop production and has been on the team at FarmCloud since 2012. His experience and knowledge of the tree fruit and nursery industries extend to Europe, South America, and China. Hermann provides consulting services to some of the largest organizations in the global tree fruit and agricultural industries. He has been invited as a guest lecturer to speak at several colleges and universities in the US and abroad. His work has been published in the US and Europe, as well as translated and published in China. Serving on industry and civic commissions and committees further exemplify the active role Hermann has played, and continues to play, in the industry.

Matthew E. Taylor
Scientific Adviser

Matthew E. Taylor graduated magna cum laude with a double major in computer science and physics from Amherst College in 2001. After working for two years as a software developer, he began his Ph.D. work at the University of Texas at Austin with an MCD fellowship from the College of Natural Sciences. He received his doctorate from the Department of Computer Sciences in the summer of 2008, supervised by Peter Stone. Matt then completed a two year postdoctoral research position at the University of Southern California with Milind Tambe and spent 2.5 years as an assistant professor at Lafayette College in the computer science department. He is currently an assistant professor at Washington State University in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER award. Current research interests include intelligent agents, multi-agent systems, reinforcement learning, transfer learning, and robotics.

 

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