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Carlson: Promoted from Sarnoff to SRI
Curtis R. Carlson has received a dramatic promotion:
He is now executive vice president of Sarnoff Corporation but soon
will be president and CEO of Sarnoff’s parent company, SRI
He and his wife, Dudley (the much-lauded children’s librarian who
just retired from Princeton Public Library), are expected to move
to SRI’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California. Carlson will succeed
William P. Sommers, who is retiring after four years in the position.
Carlson’s move may well have been planned for some time. SRI is one
of the world’s largest independent technology innovators, and at
Carlson was in charge of both ventures and licensing. A graduate of
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Carlson has master’s and doctor’s
degrees from Rutgers. He has been issued more than 15 United States
patents in the fields of image quality, image coding, and computer
SRI was founded in 1956 as Stanford Research Institute. Sarnoff
was founded in 1942 as RCA Laboratories but has been a wholly owned,
for-profit subsidiary of SRI International since 1987.
The combined companies have founded 16 new companies that are in
stages of development. Carlson helped found more than 10 of them,
at a rate of two or three per year, and he was a key member of the
board created for each spin-off. In the seed stage he acted as the
"Grand Entrepreneur" while other Sarnoff executives took the
roles of venture capitalist, human resource officer, and patent
This spinoff model worked for such Princeton-based firms as Sensar,
PyramidVision 1, Orchid Biocomputer, Delsys Pharmaceuticals, and
Real-Time Corporations. Other spin-offs have been California-based
DIVA Systems Corporation; Sarif Inc. in Vancouver, Washington; Sarnoff
Digital Communications in Cambridge, Massachusetts; and Secure
in Summit, New Jersey (U.S. 1, April 2, 1997).
Carlson also started and helped accomplish the digital high definition
television (HDTV) Grand Alliance system that was established as the
United States Standard. That won an Emmy for the firm, and it led
to a partnership with Motorola to commercialize HDTV.
Eight years ago Carlson helped establish the National Information
Display Laboratory, which supports the federal government’s need for
information processing and display. It has been called a "new
collaborative model for research, development, and commercialization
between the government and commercial industry." For instance,
the NIDL’s immersive technologies can let experts — doctors or
generals — use stereo glasses to show what is termed a "God’s
eye view" of the data, which might be a battle field or a cancer
He served on scientific advisory boards for both the Air Force and
the Army, and in 1996 he participated in the Joint Civilian Operations
Conference sponsored by Secretary of Defense William Perry. As a
member of the Highlands Group, he makes recommendations about
of importance to the federal government.
"Curt Carlson’s achievements at Sarnoff will be a tremendous asset
to SRI as the research institute pursues its strategy of creating
world-leading technologies and bringing these developments to the
marketplace," says Samuel H. Armacost, chairman of SRI
James E. Carnes, president & CEO. 609-734-2000; fax, 609-734-2040.
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Delsys, the privately-held developer of automated drug
manufacturing and drug delivery systems — a spinoff of the Sarnoff
Corporation — keeps on growing. Earlier this month Delsys, based
at Vaughn Drive, announced a $14.5 million private placement of
The syndicate completing the placement included what the press release
described as "important new institutional investors,"
PrismVenturePartners, based in Westwood, Massachusetts, and
Ventures in Dallas, Texas. "We are particularly pleased to
a relationship with CenterPoint," said Delsys CEO Martyn
"a fund specializing in software technologies and semiconductors,
which reflects the growing recognition of the high-tech nature of
our cutting-edge process technology."
Meanwhile, the company expanded physically with the transfer of its
R&D and engineering departments to 307 College Road. The
staff remains at Vaughn Drive.
Sue DiBlassio, administrative assistant, recalls that she was the
third employee when she was hired in August of 1997. Now, she reports,
there are 24 people on board.
Suite 305, Box 8738, Princeton 08543. Martyn Greenacre, president
and CEO. 609-720-0033; fax, 609-520-6692.
Another Sarnoff spinoff is also expanding: Orchid
has announced the acquisition of a Baltimore-based research and
company, Molecular Tool, a subsidiary of GeneScreen Inc.
While financial terms were not disclosed, Orchid stated that it will
receive "full assignment" to Molecular Tool’s proprietary
"genetic bit analysis" or GBA capabilities, including
and know-how." Orchid said it was hiring the entire Molecular
Tool staff of about 15 — bringing its total staff size to about
60 — and relocating Molecular Tool’s operations and facilities
to Princeton within the next 12 months.
Orchid recently opened a satellite location at 7 Deer Park Drive,
and continues to maintain laboratory space at the Sarnoff Corporation.
It hopes to consolidate its operations in the first quarter of next
year in 30,000 square feet at 303 College Road. That space has just
been vacated by I-Stat, which has moved to Windsor Center Drive off
Route 571 in East Windsor.
"The pharmaceutical industry has expressed great interest in
subgroups of patients based on their individual genetic differences
to improve therapy through the use of existing drugs and the
of new drugs that have greater efficacy and fewer side effects,"
said Orchid CEO Dale Pfost. "By combining Molecular Tool’s
with our microfluidics expertise we are building a [platform] that
will enable Orchid to become a major player in these rapidly emerging
Michael Boyce-Jacino, former president of Molecular Tool, joins Orchid
as vice president of genomics research and development. "Our GBA
technology is the preferred approach," he said. "It’s
robust, and well validated. Our patent position is strong — it
dates back to the beginning of the DNA array era."
Founded in 1995, Orchid aims to leverage the same technologies used
to design computer chips to develop and commercialize micro-fabricated
systems for chemistry and the biosciences.
Earlier this year the firm announced an exclusive licensing agreement
to use Sarnoff technology to create microfluidic products —
systems for chemistry and other sciences, for products used in drug
development, pesticides, herbicides.
Box 2197, Princeton 08543-2197. Dale R. Pfost Ph.D, chairman and CEO.
609-514-0303; fax, 609-514-4083. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cooper Tire signed a lease for 270,000 square feet at
200 Docks Corner Road, where it will put its new East Coast
Center. Cooper will be moving from 62,500 square feet in New Brunswick
and plans to add 15 employees to accommodate new shifts at the new
facility. The firm produces tires for cars, trucks and motorcycles,
inner tubes, vibration control systems, automotive sealing, and hoses.
The facility features 32-foot ceilings, 30 dock doors,
sprinklers, and frontage on the New Jersey Turnpike. It is owned and
managed by a joint venture between Matrix Development and AMB Property
Corporation, a New York City-based real estate investment trust. The
deal was brokered by Joel Lubin and Charles Fern of Weichert
Realtors in Piscataway.
"We have identified this facility as an important element in
our service to customers more efficient and timely," says Bill
Woeste, director of operations and planning at Cooper.
Also leasing space at 200 Docks Corner Road is Total Logistic Control,
of Zeeland, Michigan, which leased 89,000 square feet. No move-in
date for either company has been announced yet.
West Trenton. Gary Hoyer. 609-716-6700; fax, 609-671-0661.
Sterling Eagle Capital Corp. has opened at 340 Scotch Road with Gary
Hoyer at the helm. Hoyer is an alumnus of Syracuse University, Class
of 1980, and has a Wharton MBA. He had worked at Deloitte Haskins
& Sells, First Boston, and Prudential Bache and had been a principal
at Princeton Capital Finance at 38 Washington Road (U.S. 1, December
In 1996 Princeton Capital Finance was a $600 million commercial
firm with 12 offices providing untraditional asset-based loans to
small and growing businesses that had difficulty in getting financing
in a tight market. Then it moved to a different niche, warehouse
of residential mortgage loans plus shorter term bridge loans,
for the asset-backed securities marketplace.
Hoyer did not return several calls requesting information about
Plainsboro Plaza, Plainsboro 08536. Andrea Pagiazitis, assistant vice
president/branch manager. 609-750-0200; fax, 609-750-0188.
Another branch has opened in Plainsboro, on the site of the former
Howard Savings Bank, which went under in June, 1992, and was absorbed
into First Fidelity, which was purchased by First Union in 1995. 1st
Constitution was started as a mutual thrift bank in 1989 and has since
become a publicly held bank with shares traded over-the-counter on
the Electronic Bulletin Board under the symbol FCCY.
Hopewell 08525. Mary Innocenzi, owner. 609-737-7877; fax,
May Innocenzi closed her child care center on Pennington Road in Ewing
to open at this new location, which will open on Saturday, September
26, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with pony rides, a petting zoo, and a
Ron Rheaume was the architect and John Lovero, the builder, for this
ranch-style building on a side street off Route 31. It has the
for 86 children from ages six weeks to eight years, with full-day
kindergarten plus gymnastics, music, and computers.
Innocenzi was an art major at the College of New Jersey (Class of
1977) and taught art before opening her first Toddler’s Village
Center in 1982. She has 60 credit hours towards her master’s in early
childhood and special education. In 1987 she contracted with the state
Department of Transportation to operate its child care center, Dot
Tot, the first state-sponsored center in New Jersey.
"The area really needs good quality childcare," says
Twelve of her 16 cribs for infants are available.
Street, Box 1655, Trenton 08607-1655. Anne S. Li, executive director.
609-989-7766; fax, 609-393-9401.
The statewide, nonprofit community development financial institution
has renovated a building on Lafayette Street and has moved in. One
of its functions is to use capital from the New Jersey Housing and
Mortgage Finance Agency to make loans for affordable housing,
facilities and small businesses. The fund is able to provide hands-on
technical assistance and flexible loans to small projects, young
and to projects undertaken by less experienced community groups.
50 West State Street, Suite 1010, Trenton 08608-1220. John M.
partner. 609-396-2121; fax, 609-396-4578.
This Morristown-based law firm, citing a "growing client base
in Trenton and central New Jersey," has expanded its Trenton
Relocating from Morristown are partner John M. Pellecchia, who serves
as legislative agent for many national and international companies,
and associate Kathryn Roberts, previously chief of staff and
liaison of the New Jersey Department of Banking under Governor Florio.
Richard P. De Angelis Jr., former executive director of Bergen
Republican State Committee, also joins the Trenton office as an
Road East, Princeton 08540-6692. Donald G. White, executive director.
609-452-7700; fax, 609-987-8523. E-mail: email@example.com. Home page:
The trade association that represents the metal powder producing and
consuming industries took an additional 1,000 square feet of space
at Forrestal Center. A tenant since 1980, it now occupies 7,000 square
Princeton 08540. Sheryl Olitzky, general manager. 609-514-9700; fax,
Migliara/Kaplan nearly doubled its size, expanding its lease to 15,000
square feet at 101 College Road. The medical market research firm
is a division of National Family Opinion Research, and has offices
in Maryland and London.
08512. 609-655-3631; fax, 609-655-3654.
Altec, the kitchen sink import/exporter, moved to 5,000 square feet
at Campus 130 from Princeton Meadows Office Center in Plainsboro,
where it moved in 1995 from Edison. It needed new warehouse space,
says Tyler Byun, the president.
Trade-named Enex International, Altec sells the imported sinks and
other miscellaneous plumbing supplies to retail chains in Kentucky
and Wisconsin. The firm also exports some industrial technologies
to the Mideast.
Square Road, Box 8188, Trenton 08690-8188. Dale Baver, managing
609-890-9189; fax, 609-890-6235. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Klatzkin & Company has formed an independent computer consulting firm,
Klatzkin Technologies LLC, a full-service consulting, sales,
and training operation with expertise in accounting software.
The operation will be located in the Klatzkin & Company suites at
1670 Whitehorse-Hamilton Square Road and at 680 Middletown Boulevard
in Langhorne, PA. It will be headed by Dale P. Baver, a partner at
Klatzkin & Company. "Klatzkin Technologies is a natural extension
of something we’ve been doing successfully for 15 years," says
Baver. "We have provided clients with computer consulting services
on ACCPAC and other accounting software since 1983."
Its specialities are using ACCPAC for Windows, ACCPAC for DOS business
accounting systems, and integrating ACCPAC for Windows accounting
software with Microsoft’s Professional Office Suite. Klatzkin also
has experience with Incolan, the anti-virus network program, Quick
Books, Arisoft Xtra Mail and I-Share programs, Microsoft NT, and Novel
John R. Rinaldi, president and CEO. 609-395-9500; fax, 609-395-9778.
The disposable diaper and training pants manufacturer acquired Breger
Gibson Ltd., a private-label disposable diaper maker in North Wales,
United Kingdom. This marks Arquest’s first foray into European markets
and the firm plans to make significant investments to upgrade its
manufacture and market its wares.
181, Princeton 08542-0181. Marc Rubinstein, president. 609-921-1770;
The management consulting firm moved from 13 Tamarack Circle.
Center, Suite C, Cranbury 08512. Richard G. Nowalk CPA, president.
609-655-4100; fax, 609-655-5273.
The certified public accounting firm moved from suite A, which it
shared with other tenants, to its own space in suite C in Cranbury’s
08536. 609-750-9700; fax, 609-750-9603.
The attorney moved from 101 Interchange Plaza, Jamesburg, to a
house on Plainsboro Road. The phone and fax are new. 609-750-9700,
Camp Meeting Avenue, Skillman 08558-0151. Morris Mosse, president.
609-466-9400; fax, 609-466-9292. E-mail: email@example.com. Home
The warehouse and computer repair and sales building was destroyed
by a fire that spread through the structure in the early morning on
Thursday, September 17. Fire companies from nine municipalities fought
the fire for three hours and extinguished it at about 6 a.m. All the
computer equipment was lost, but 40 percent of the building was saved.
The cause of the fire was not immediately determined.
Road, Suite 400, Hamilton 08619. Stephen J. Souza Ph.D., associate
vice president. 609-588-5441; fax, 609-588-5515. E-mail:
Home page: http://www.pbsj.com.
The Hamilton office of the environmental remediation firm, which is
headquartered in Miami, has been closed. Formerly Coastal
Services Inc., Post Buckley specializes in ecological and engineering
aspects of environmental issues.
637 South Clinton Avenue, Roebling Center, Box 18550, Trenton
Deborah De Santis, executive director. 609-278-7400; fax,
Deborah De Santis has been appointed executive director of the
mortgage organization, a quasi state agency. She replaces Timothy
J. Touhey, who left to be director of national development for a
firm, Franklin Group of West Paterson.
A business administration major at Babson College, De Santis had been
deputy chief of staff in Governor Whitman’s office. She joined this
agency in January 1998.
Pennington 08534. Lyle D. Rigg, headmaster. 609-737-1838; fax,
Lyle D. Rigg, 53, has assumed the position of headmaster at the
independent school, which is owned by the Southern New Jersey
of the United Methodist Church. An alumnus of Miami University of
Ohio, Rigg has master’s degrees from West Texas State and Harvard’s
Graduate School of Education. His installation as headmaster also
marked the arrival of a record number of incoming students, 390 from
11 states and 10 foreign countries.
Rigg previously had been headmaster at the American School in Surrey,
England, and he has also taught in El Salvador and Brazil. He is
to Sharon Creech, whose children’s novel "Walk Two Moons"
won the Newbery Medal in 1995.
08648. 609-219-1680; fax, 609-546-5123. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aimee P. Rudman, formerly an associate with the law offices of Cynthia
Sharp Jenkins, has joined Jenkins as a partner and the new name of
the firm is Sharp Rudman. Its primary practice areas are estate
and elder law. Sharp went to Ball State University and has law degrees
from Georgetown and New York University, where she earned a master’s
degree in taxation. Rudman went to Brandeis and has an MBA and a JD
from the University of Pittsburgh. This law firm’s headquarters is
at 208 White Horse Pike, Haddon Heights 08035, 609-546-5666.
Junction 08852. 732-329-0800; fax, 732-329-1500. Home page:
Vertex Technologies was doing business as Win Laboratories . As a
Microsoft partner it makes IBM-compatible desktop computers and has
expanded to 20 employees.
08540. John H. Puha, president. 609-921-6754; fax, 609-921-0704.
Reflecting a less-active role by its founder, Maurice Benton, M.
& Associates Inc. Consulting Engineers changed its name to J.A.R.
Engineering Inc. The new president is John H. Puha.
Only recently incorporated, the 30-year-old firm designs HVAC, fire
suppression, plumbing, and mechanical systems.
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