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Umit Gokce, Head of Research and Design /Co-Founder

Umit Gokce has been focused on interactive media, eLearning and youth development. He was Head of Design of UBG LLC (, an award-winning Seattle area interactive media agency. Umit served as Vice President of UBG International Inc, a 100-person distributor of mobile, cellular and satellite equipment operating in Europe and the Middle-East. Umit is a regular guest lecturer on entrepreneurship at the University of Washington. He mentors undergrad and graduate students and has been on the advisory board of the UW Business School since 2005.
Michael Irwin, Sr VP, Sales & Marketing
In 1996, Mr. Irwin founded and served as CEO of Harbor Medical Systems, a distributor of orthopedic, spine and trauma implants and musculoskeletal devices for major manufacturers. Previously, he was the Western VP of Sales for InLight Corporation's computerized patient education, consent and outcome system. Over the past 25 years he has been associated with corporations such as Stryker, Zimmer and Smith & Nephew. Mr. Irwin is the holder of a U.S. patent.

Andrew J. Cole, M.D., Medical Director
Dr. Cole is the Medical Director of the Spine Center at Overlake Hospital Medical Center and has a private practice with Northwest Spine and Sports Physicians. He was the Director of Spine Rehabilitation Services at Baylor University Medical Center from 1993 to 1996. He is a past president of the Physiatric Association for Spine Sports and Occupational Rehabilitation. He was the Assembly Chairman of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the International Federation of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation's Annual Assembly, Washington, DC, in 1999. Dr. Cole has edited four textbooks and written over 60 articles on spine and musculoskeletal topics. He has received research grants for work on spinal pain and is currently a clinical investigator for a number of research projects. He is the holder of two U.S. patents.

Phillip Downer, M.D., VP, Business Development
Dr. Downer is an orthopedic surgeon at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle specializing in hip joint preservation and replacement surgery. At Swedish he also serves on the committee for Orthopedic Department strategic initiatives. He is a clinical instructor at the University of Washington's Medical School. Dr. Downer has a MBA from INSEAD in France. He has formed and led businesses and project teams in various entrepreneurial and product development activities.

Akitoshi Ito, VP, International Business Development
Mr. Ito is the former CEO and President of Pearl Corporation, the world's largest manufacturer of percussion instruments. He has in-depth experience developing business ventures in China, Taiwan, Thailand, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, France and the U.K. His range of skills also include managing and producing concert series for international recording artists.

Anthony Robins, M.D., Frmr. Chief of Orthopedics, Overlake Medical Center
Since 1992, Dr. Robins has enjoyed a successful orthopedic surgery practice, specializing in joint replacement surgery and has served four years as Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue, WA. He is a biotechnology advisor to the private sector with ties to the fields of research, genetics, and manufacturing. A High Honors graduate of the University of Washington School of Medicine, he completed orthopedic training and research at the University of Utah and fellowship at University of California, San Diego. He is a Clinical Instructor at the University of Washington Dept. of Orthopedic and Sports Medicine.

Thomas H. Castle, M.D., Frmr. Chief of Staff, Overlake Medical Center
Dr. Castle is the former Chief of Staff of Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue, WA and chairman of the Department of Orthopedics, as well as a long term Trustee of the institution. A partner in Orthopedic Consultants of Washington, Dr. Castle has maintained an active private practice in surgical Sports Medicine over the last 13 years, caring for athletes of all ages. After medical school, he pursued orthopedic training at the University of Connecticut and at the Midwest Institute for Sports Medicine under the direction of Dr. Frank Noyes.

James Crutcher, M.D., Asst. Chief of Orthopedics, Swedish Medical Center
Dr. Crutcher is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in hip and knee joint replacement surgery. His practice is based at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, where he serves as Assistant Chief of Orthopedic Surgery. Dr. Crutcher attended Princeton University and the University of Washington School of Medicine. He is active in many national and regional orthopedic organizations and has served on the board of directors of the Western Orthopedic Association and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons.

Peter R. Mandt, M.D., Surgeon/Team Physician, U.S. Ski Team
Dr. Mandt has over 15 years experience specializing in sports related injuries of the knee and has served as team physician for the United States Ski Team since 1988. For the past 15 years he has been an orthopedic surgeon at Virginia Mason Sports Medicine Clinic in Seattle and is a Clinical Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Washington School Of Medicine. Dr. Mandt annually performs over 100 ACL reconstructions as well as hundreds of other arthroscopic procedures and teaches advanced arthroscopic knee surgery techniques nationally.

Donald Marrs, R.P.T., Physical Therapist/Consultant to NFL, NBA, MLB
Mr. Marrs has been a licensed physical therapist in the state of Washington for 25 years. He has treated sports injuries as a PT consultant since 1975 for NFL, NBA, and MLB teams including current and former athletes from the Seattle Seahawks, Miami Dolphins, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Supersonics and Seattle Mariners. He was trained at the University of Washington and has been on the clinical faculty at the University of Washington since 1979.

William A. Moynihan, R.P.T., Physical Therapist/Ergonomic Consultant
A Cum Laude graduate of the University of Washington Physical Therapy Program, Mr. Moynihan initially practiced in outpatient orthopedics and chronic pain programs. In 1993 he co-founded Human Performance in Industry, an industrial rehabilitation company. Mr. Moynihan has in-depth experience in the construction, manufacturing, and nursing home industries. His diverse experience in ergonomics education and analysis has included work with clients ranging from office staff and surgeons to heavy material handlers and truck drivers.

Mika Salmi, Founder/CEO - AtomShockwave
Mr. Salmi is Founder and CEO of AtomShockwave (formerly AtomFilms), a leading next-generation entertainment company awarded the 2000 Webby for Film and Broadband, Forbes Magazine Best of the Web 2000, and Top Entertainment Site 1999 by US News and World Report. The company is focused on discovering, creating, marketing and distributing new entertainment formats. Previously he served as the Director of Business Development at Getty Images/Photodisc, reporting to the chairman. Prior to that he was at RealNetworks where he was in charge of business development for the media and entertainment industries.

Tom Eckmann
, Founder/Managing Director - Absolute Business
Absolute Business is a management consulting organization comprised of seasoned business executives. Prior to founding Absolute, Tom spent more than 25 years as a consultant and senior executive in start-ups and fast growing technology-based companies. His consulting experience includes senior positions within A.T. Kearney, Arthur D. Little, and Pittiglio, Rabin, Todd & McGrath. He also served as VP of Operations for Anova Electronics and VP of Operations, Customer Support and Engineering for Digital Systems Intl. Tom has also been founder and CEO of four software and Internet companies. He serves on the Board of the Northwest Venture Group and Washington State Telework Coalition.

Glenn Thomas
, Co-Founder/Director - Smashing Ideas
Mr. Thomas is Co-founder and Director of Smashing Ideas, an acclaimed high-end Web development company. Their clients include Intel, Cnet, Macromedia, Third Age,, RealNetworks, Launch Media and Nickelodeon. Mr. Thomas works with Macromedia as a member of various Technical and Product Advisory Boards. He has spoken at numerous conferences on Macromedia Flash and Generator, written articles about Flash for the Macromedia Developer's Web site, and is currently writing a book about Flash and Generator to be published by IDG Books.


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