leadership

Whether you’re looking for collaborative research projects, access to technology experts or sophisticated instruments, early-stage funding or investment opportunities, ONAMI staff can assist you. They’re business people, scientists and engineers with practical experience and proven success at transforming ideas into viable research and market-ready products. 

ONAMI’s board members are academics, industry executives and government professionals—experts who provide the organization with critical oversight and advice. Click here to view our Board of Directors listing.

Robert D. “Skip” Rung

Robert D. “Skip” Rung

President and Executive Director

Skip Rung is a senior high-technology research and development (R&D) executive with over 25 years of engineering and management experience in complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) process technology, integrated circuit design and packaging, MEMS, microfluidics, and inkjet printing.

Prior to founding ONAMI in 2003, Skip established an innovation consulting practice in 2001. He was the director of Research and Development at Hewlett-Packard’s (HP) Corvallis facility, which is both the headquarters for HP’s world-leading thermal inkjet printing technology and the company’s most advanced technology R&D and manufacturing site.

Skip has a Bachelor of Science and a Master’s degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University.
 

Phone 541-231-4883 Email skip@onami.us

Cindy Dahl

Cindy Dahl

Vice President, Operations

Cindy joined ONAMI in 2006 as the vice president of operations, with 25 years of experience as a consulting engineer to industrial and governmental clients throughout the country. She spent 18 years with CH2M HILL in Corvallis, Oregon, including 6 years as the area manager. In that role, she worked with other business and governmental agencies to plan and promote economic development in Oregon.

Cindy is a licensed professional engineer; she has Bachelor of Science in civil engineering and a Master’s degree in environmental engineering from the University of Illinois. Her areas of expertise include Superfund site remediation, regulatory strategy and negotiation.
 

Phone 541-713-1327 Email cdahl@onami.us

Len Blackstone

Len Blackstone

Director, ONAMI Technology Labs

Len assists ONAMI’s signature research universities connect with industry, while also helping businesses develop and introduce new products, acquire new customers, increase sales, and expand into new markets.He has helped companies grow for over 30 years, working with Fortune 500 companies and entrepreneurial startups—both for-profits and non-profits. He is a master marketer whose work has gained national media attention such as on 60 Minutes. He has been a college instructor and is a recurring guest lecturer at major universities.

Len is an expert at exploring and assessing new market opportunities, identifying effective marketing strategies and developing go-to-market tactics. Prior to starting his consulting firm in 2001, Len worked in advertising and sales promotion, leading numerous national and international marketing campaigns. He has expertise in several industries, including technology, life sciences, biotech, health care, medical devices and consumer package goods.

Phone 541-942-3870 Email len.blackstone@onami.us

Jay Lindquist, Ph.D.

Jay Lindquist, Ph.D.

Director, ONAMI Commercialization

Jay has over 20 years of experience in developing nanotechnology-based businesses in industries ranging from capital equipment and aerospace to advanced materials. As ONAMI’s commercialization director, he has helped Oregon start-up companies raise over $150 million to date from just $8.5 million in Gap funding. Jay holds a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of California, Irvine; an Executive MBA from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Puget Sound.

Phone 503-522-7031
 Email jlindquist@onami.us

John Brewer, Jr.

John Brewer, Jr.

Entrepreneur-in-Residence
Specialties: 
advanced materials, engineering, energy


John’s 28 years in the wireless industry extend across the disciplines of engineering, marketing and executive management. His tenure includes leadership roles at SIGe Semiconductor, where he helped direct the company’s IPO filing and eventual sale to Skyworks Solution. John has a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Santa Clara University. 

Phone 503-453-2765 Email jbrewer@onami.us

Augie Sick

Augie Sick

Entrepreneur-in-Residence
Specialties: 
biotechnology, life sciences


Augie’s deep experience in biotechnology and life sciences stems from an 18-year career at Invitrogen Corporation & Life Technologies, now part of Thermo Fischer Scientific. Today, he advises start-up and early-stage biotechnology companies on operations management and deal expertise. Augie holds 34 U.S. patents and a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry and cell biology from the University of California, San Diego.

Phone 541-521-8834 Email asick@onami.us

Michael Tippie

Michael Tippie

Entrepreneur-in-Residence
Specialties: life sciences, water

Michael brings broad life science expertise to ONAMI, specifically with operations and venture financing. He was instrumental in facilitating acquisitions, public offerings and venture funding at six early-stage companies spanning the therapeutics, diagnostics, life science tools, health care services and medical devices markets. Michael has Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees from Reed College and the University of Washington, respectively, both in Chemistry, as well as an MBA from the Sloan School at MIT.

Phone 425-830-5805 Email mtippie@onami.us