Meet our team
The foundation of Specific ™ is built upon brilliant, passionate people with an untiring commitment to patient care and microbiology diagnostics. We all strive to make a difference and positively impact human life.
Dr. Paul Rhodes, PhD CEO
Dr. Rhodes founded Specific to transform microbiology diagnostics by developing new paradigms based upon the detection of volatiles emitted from microorganisms as they grow. He defines the vision for Specific’s novel and important applications and leads the selection and development of the company’s most important collaborative research relationships. Dr. Rhodes also established Specific’s first overseas office in the BioData Innovation Centre on the grounds of the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, which houses the Sanger Institute. Prior to Specific, Dr. Rhodes founded Evolved Machines, where he was PI for the DARPA RealNose program, directing a team of 8 universities and corporations to deliver an end-to-end artificial olfaction device capable of canine-competitive sensitivity in real-world conditions. During this project Dr. Rhodes oversaw the successful development of the first integrated nanotube FET sensor array, along with advances in the engineering of the Suslick sensor that is the heart of the Specific Technologies products. Dr. Rhodes’ education includes an AB in Physics magna cum laude from Harvard University, an MS in Physics from Stanford University, and a PhD in Neuroscience from NYU Medical School.
Rob Lozuk President
Prior to joining the company, Mr. Lozuk served as Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations of Sequenom from 2012 to 2016. Previously, Mr. Lozuk was Director of Business Development, Director of Advanced Staining Operations, and Director of Business Development and Americas Marketing for Thermo Fisher Scientific, having served as Director of Sales and Marketing for Fisher Scientific before its merger with Thermo Electron. Prior to his tenure at Thermo Fisher Scientific, Mr. Lozuk had positions of increasing responsibility within the commercial and research and development organizations at Dako (Agilent). He has a wealth of experience in general management, operations, international business, mergers and acquisitions, strategy, and sales and marketing leadership. He holds a degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Ray Martino COO
Ray brings to Specific a track record of successful business leadership and technology development. Prior to joining Specific, Ray served as CTO of Motorola’s $2B enterprise business. Prior to Motorola, Ray held increasing roles including CTO and General Manager at Symbol Technologies as the company grew from $20M in sales to over $2B before being acquired by Motorola in 2007 for nearly $4B. As a pioneer of WiFi, Ray’s team was first to market WiFi products. His development record includes many first-in-the-world, category-creating products including: the world’s first mobile computer with WiFi, world’s first WiFi network infrastructure switch and the world’s first wearable mobile computing system.
Dr. Sung Lim, PhD CSO
Dr. Sung H. Lim has over 20 years of research experience in synthetic chemistry and sensor technology. His broad technical background includes organic chemistry, ink formations, coating and material science. After his Ph.D., he spent four years at LGChem as a senior scientist, developing new functional coating materials. Later, he joined the laboratory of Professor Kenneth Suslick at the University of Illinois, and co-invented the nanoporous pigment-based sensor array technology. Since then, he has been involved with the sensor development for various applications. Dr. Lim has been overseeing the sensor development at Specific Technologies since its inception. He received his B.A. from Northwestern University and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has coauthored about 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and patent/patent applications.