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Power Moves: Sonavi Labs cofounder Ian McLane is a Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree

Plus, Delfi Diagnostics expanded its leadership team, new board members at Open Works, Cybersecurity Association of Maryland and Innovation Works, and more.

Ian McLane is CTO of Sonavi Labs.

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1. Sonavi Labs cofounder Ian McLane was named to Forbes 30 Under 30 in healthcare.

Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list for 2022 is out, and a Baltimore engineer is among the entrepreneurs and innovators from North America honored in this year’s list.

McLane, the cofounder and CTO of Baltimore digital stethoscope startup Sonavi Labs, earned a spot in the healthcare category. McLane is a co-inventor of Feelix, Sonavi Labs’ AI-powered stethoscope that combines noise-cancelling hardware and a software platform to detect respiratory disease.

“The device, which received FDA clearance in September 2020, has a 91% accuracy in correctly identifying pneumonia,” Forbes writes of the 27-year-old Johns Hopkins alum. “McClane holds eight patents and is currently validating next-generation algorithms for patients with chronic conditions such as asthma and COPD.”

The Pigtown-based startup has a mission to expand access to healthcare globally. After working to develop the technology at Johns Hopkins, McLane started the company with CEO Ellington West in 2017.

Forbes 30 Under 30 honors 600 people in 20 categories who are “reshaping industries and reimagining business around the world,” the business media brand writes.

“As we enter a new era, the honorees on this list are envisioning a future unlike any we’ve been able to picture previously,” said Randall Lane, chief content officer at Forbes, in a statement. “Rather than building back old paradigms, these gamechangers are architecting a brighter, more equitable, and promising future. The Forbes Under 30 platform is committed to its mission to champion the diverse entrepreneurs and gamechangers who are changing the world for the better, and this list is truly reflective of our goal.”

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2. Delfi Diagnostics expanded its leadership team with three new hires.

The Remington-based company developing liquid biopsy tests to detect cancer early announced three new VP-levels.

Tim McDaniel joined the company recently as VP of tech development, bringing experience as SVP of emerging opportunities at TGen, where he oversaw Ashion Analytics through its acquisition by Exact Sciences in 2021.

The company also said Monique Cadle joined  as VP of people earlier this year, bringing building people-centered initiatives and organizations at companies including GRAIL, Deloitte, US Agency for International Development and 23andMe.

Tobias Mann joined the company over the summer as VP of software engineering. He previously held that title at Adaptive Biotechnologies.

3. Pixelligent added a CFO and a board member.

The Baltimore-based advanced materials company expanded its leadership team this fall, as it looks to boost manufacturing capacity, product development and grow its sales team for its compounds, which are used in consumer electronics.

Tom Werthan joined the company as chief financial officer, bringing more than 25 years and previous CFO experience at Phononic, Solid State Equipment Corp., EMCORE Corp. and New Millennium Solar Equipment Company.

Semiconductor executive Keith Jackson was appointed to the company’s board of directors. He recently retired from onsemi, a supplier of intelligent power and sensing technology, after two decades as president and CEO. Previously, he held leadership roles at Fairchild Semiconductor Corp., Tritech Microelectronics and National Semiconductor Corp.

4. EpiWatch named Michael Singer as executive chairman.

EpiWatch, a digital health company founded out of Johns Hopkins to bring technology to the care of epilepsy, said Singer was appointed as executive chairman. Singer was the founding CEO of Bethesda-based medical neurotechnology company BrainScope, and previously served as president of Revolution Health Investments.

Founded by Drs. Nathan Crone and Gregory Kraus of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the company caught our attention in 2017 for its use of Apple Watch data in an epilepsy study. It has a wider mission to use technology to improve epilepsy care and connect stakeholders. It also developing a capability to detect so-called grand mal seizures.

“Having just achieved the milestone of commencing our validation trial for the seizure detection and alerting feature of our digital health platform for people with epilepsy, we at EpiWatch are positioning the company for growth, and Michael’s experience in the creation of novel medical technology, specifically in cleared neurological medical devices, from concept to commercialization will be invaluable,” said EpiWatch CEO Dean Papadopoulos, in a statement.

5. Howard Bank’s Mary Ann Scully joined the board of Innovation Works.

Social entrepreneurship resource network Innovation Works said Howard Bank CEO and chair Scully is joining its board of directors.

“I’m excited to provide my expertise and connect my network to this growing organization and collaborate with this exceptional board to maximize Innovation Works’ impact,” Scully said in a statement. “Seeing the local entrepreneurs mentored through the Innovation Works program and the amazing social entrepreneurs they are launching is truly inspiring.”

The board also in November appointed new leadership: Inovalon Fellow of Innovation Daniel Rizzo was appointed to the role of chair, while SAGE Dining Services cofounder Tina Rodriguez will serve as vice chair. Rizzo succeeds Innovation Works’  founding board chair and CEO Frank Knott, who will continue to serve on the Innovation Works board.

6. Open Works elected Stephanie Chin to chair its board of directors.

Nonprofit makerspace Open Works said Chin was elected to chair its board of directors. Chin is currently program manager of Hutch, the civic tech incubator founded by Baltimore digital services firm Fearless. She succeeds Robert W. Deutsch Foundation COO Neil Didriksen in the role of chair. Didriksen will remain on the board.

The board also added two new members: Baltimore Arts Realty Corp. Executive Director and former Baltimore City Councilmember Leon Pinkett III and Matthew Youssef, a partner at the law firm Niles, Barton and Wilmer.

7. Cybersecurity Association of Maryland, Inc. (CAMI) appointed new board members.

Cybersecurity ecosystem-building nonprofit CAMI announced the following newly pointed executive committee for its board of directors:

  • Chair: Chris Sachse, CEO of Think|Stack
  • Vice Chair: Shelley Lombardo, COO of Evergreen Advisors
  • Treasurer: John Leitch, president and CEO, Winquest Cybersecurity
  • Secretary: Sarah Woods, founder and president, VenturePotential
  • Assistant Treasurer: Chuck Faughnan III, CEO & strategic advisor, Ascent 14
  • Assistant Secretary: Evan Dornbush, cofounder and CEO, Point3 Security

CAMI also welcomed the following new members to the board of directors:

  • Brian Hubbard, director, commercial and cybersecurity, Edwards Performance Solutions
  • Kate D. Shapiro, SVP of Operations, LaunchTech Communications
  • Ken Kurz, VP of information technology and chief information officer, Corporate Office Properties Trust
  • Timothy Schilbach, CEO, Penacity
  • Tina Kuhn, president and CEO, CyberCore Technologies
  • Tina Williams-Koroma, president and CEO, TCecure

8. Baltimore Homecoming named its 2022 co-chairs, and Homecoming Heroes Awards nominees.

Baltimore Homecoming, the nonprofit gathering bringing notable natives and alumni back to the city, announced the co-chairs for its 2022 event, called Amplify. The co-chairs will play key roles in programming during the May 4 through 6 event series. They include:

  • Cisco Security Chief Strategy Officer Dug Song
  • Nasdaq President and CEO Adena T. Friedman
  • Author and speaker D. Watkins
  • Mayor Brandon M. Scott
  • Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Dr. Sonja Santelises
  • Aspen Institute President and CEO Dan Porterfield
  • Artist, author and social justice advocate Chris Wilson

Voting is also open for the Homecoming Hero awards, which will honor five changemakers in the city during the event.

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