Abiche Dewilde, Ph.D.

Co-founder, Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology

Abiche Dewilde Abiche H Dewilde, Ph.D, received her Bachelors of Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Biotechnology, her Masters in Science from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in Biology and Biotechnology and her Ph.D. from University of Massachusetts in Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology. She conducted her postdoctoral fellowships in radiation mitigation biology and biosensor development at University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Abiche has conducted research on multiple grants on tissue and limb regeneration, cancer treatment using nanoparticle conjugated targeted therapies, nanotoxicology research and cancer research using the Quartz Crystal Microbalance (QCM).

Abiche’s doctoral dissertation research involved developing the QCM as a whole cell biosensor for the detection of toxins and other physiological changes within the cell. She successfully developed the cell based QCM biosensor to measure nanotoxicity of different nanomaterials as well as toxins like sodium azide. She published a first author paper showing for the first time that QCM can sense subcellular organelles.

During Abiche’s postdoctoral fellowship she developed in conjunction with Berk Akinci a multi-well cell-based QCM Biosensor for phenotypic cell drug discovery, toxicity testing and cancer diagnosis. During this time, with the team, Abiche filed a patent for multi-well quartz crystal microbalance mass and viscoelastic sensor. She also conducted research into mitigators of radiation induced lung pneumonitis in in vivo models using gamma and neutron radiation at the UMass Lowell research nuclear reactor.

Berk Akinci

Co-founder, Electrical Engineer

Berk Akinci Berk is an electrical design engineer with extensive experience in microprocessors, network devices, storage devices, and biomedical devices. Berk has a B.S. in electrical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), and he is currently wrapping up his M.S. requirements at University of Massachusetts (UMass) Lowell.

Berk has been producing successful designs for over 13 years. He has designed as an individual contributor at a large multi-national company (Oracle), a start-up company (Nauticus Networks), and most recently at a small publicly-traded company (Corero Network Security).

Berk has a passion for biomedical devices and bioelectric phenomena. Berk has been working in collaboration with UMass Lowell research labs since 2013. Berk’s Quartz Crystal Microbalance (QCM) design work started as part of his Master’s Thesis project at UMass Lowell. He has since been continuously developing the multi-well cell-based QCM, and he is one of the inventors on the provisional patent recently filed with UMass Lowell teams.