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Dr. Alan Kersey has over 30 years of experience in the development and product commercialization of fiber optic sensors & instrumentation for the Military, Oil & Gas, Industrial, Infrastructure and Biotech applications & markets. In 1997, Alan was the founding CTO with CiDRA, which focused on industrial process applications of Bragg grating sensors. In 2003, he became CEO at CyVera Corp, which was a biotechnology-focused spin-out from CiDRA. Following the acquisition of CyVera by Illumina in 2005, Alan served as Vice President and General Manager with Illumina through 2010. In 2011 Alan rejoined CiDRA to drive the company's growth through targeted acquisition of new technologies, products & services. He is currently an independent consultant and sits on several company and technical advisory boards. Alan received his BS degree in Physics and Electronics from the University of Warwick and his PhD in Optical Spectroscopy from the University of Leeds in the UK. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America.