Co-Founder, Chief Technology Advisor

Gregory Kovacs

Gregory Kovacs is Co-Founder and Chief Technology Advisor of MalibuIQ. He works with technologies for commercialization from both inside and outside of HRL. In this role, he considers maturity, market relevance, technical feasibility, intellectual property issues, synergies with other technologies/markets, and other factors. His efforts span such identification and evaluation efforts through helping MalibuIQ companies develop downstream technology and intellectual property portfolios strategically.

In addition to his role at MalibuIQ, Greg is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. Currently his research areas include biomedical instruments and sensors, cardiac physiology, in vitro models for stem cell tissue repair, and medical diagnostics. He has more than 160 scientific publications, 40 patents and has written a textbook on MEMS.

From 2008 through 2010, Dr. Kovacs was on leave from Stanford to serve as Director of the Microelectronics Technology Office at the U.S. Defense Department’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). He also has extensive industry experience including co-founding several companies, including Cepheid in Sunnyvale, CA.

In 2003, he served as the Investigation Scientist for the debris team of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board, having worked for the first four months after the accident at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida. He later served as Engineering/Medical Liaison on the Spacecraft Crew Survival Integration Investigation Team (SCSIIT) of the Johnson Space Center.

Dr. Kovacs received a National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award, held the Noyce Family Chair, and was a Terman and then University Fellow at Stanford. Kovacs is a Fellow of the IEEE and of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and of the IEEE.

Dr. Kovacs received a B.A.Sc degree in electrical engineering from the University of British Columbia, an MS degree in bioengineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and a PhD in electrical engineering and an MD degree from Stanford University.