The Team

Founded by three friends whose unique combination of skill, tenacity and just the right amount of crazy make for an incredible team capable of amazing things.

Mission Control

Dylan Vance

Dylan is a proven startup team builder, leader, and business relationship builder as exemplified when he led Summit Semiconductor & WiSA’s multi-company efforts to build up standards and products with companies such as Bang & Olufsen, Klipsch, LG, and Sharp. His work with Jupiter has already garnered attention as a finalist for the Wyatt Starnes Entrepreneurship award, and as a semi-finalist presenter in the 2016 Diabetes Innovation Competition.

Dave Catania

People are usually surprised at the breadth and depth of knowledge Dave imparts in conversations and meetings alike, but it's no surprise when you consider how Dave’s career and training spans a diverse cross section of disciplines that has enabled him to create an amazing array of sensors and instrumentation for mission critical applications in the aerospace, medical & life science research, and consumer electronics fields. For example, his work on aerospace projects combined physics with HW and FW design for Inertial monitoring instrumentation and control electronics for aerospace sounding rockets and satellite payloads at MSU, and then Ultra low noise laser control electronics and power monitoring instrumentation for remote sensing at ILX Lightwave corporation. His work at the Western Transportation Institute drew from his training in chemistry to design HW and FW for automated remote site monitoring of water quality powered by advanced microbial fuel cell technology, as did his work at ARX Instruments where he designed Instrumentation for real time gas chromatography of metabolic byproduct gas measurement in the agriculture industry. Dave’s work in RF theory and signal dynamics was utilized through his work at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory where he designed a network attached consumer appliance power monitoring and data collection instrumentation, and again at Summit Semiconductor where he did RF design for high performance, high fidelity, real time audio transmission and reproduction for home theater and commercial use.

Tim Weaver

Tim has been a Principle Engineer and Sr FPGA/ASIC Designer for nearly twenty years at companies such as Stexar, Pixelworks, Radisys and Summit Semiconductor. His FPGA/ASIC designs have been used everywhere from telecom and televisions to lumber mills, and most recently in a high end wireless audio chip set used in production by companies such as Klipsch and Bang & Olufsen. At Summit Semiconductor he lead an engineering team that built automation and production programming systems. Tim believes there are few things more exciting than three people in a room working tirelessly to change the world.


We have an amazing group of advisors who have helped and continue to help get Jupiter off the ground.

Dr. Jessica Castle, MD

Dr. Castle is an Assistant Professor at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, OR. She works as an adult diabetologist at OHSU in the Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center. The majority of her time is spent conducting clinical research, with a focus in advanced treatments for type 1 diabetes, the impact of exercise on type 1 diabetes, new sensor technologies, rapid-acting insulin formulations, and stable glucagon formulations. She is collaborating with Peter Jacobs, PhD on the development and clinical testing of the OHSU artificial pancreas system in adults with type 1 diabetes, an NIDDK funded project. The OHSU AP system incorporates exercise detection with the use of heart rate and accelerometry and has the ability to deliver insulin alone or insulin and glucagon. Dr. Castle is also passionate about advocacy for people with diabetes and is on the JDRF board, Oregon & Washington Chapter.

Duffy DuFresne, MBA

Duffy has 40 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical and medical device industries. He currently works as an advisor to several early stage life science companies and is a partner in Alignment Ventures. He previously served as CEO of Ischemix, Pacgen, Zelos Therapeutics, ConjuChem Inc, and Anika Therapeutics. He has raised ~$250 million in equity for the companies that he has run and negotiated a large number of partnering/licensing agreements. Duffy's medical device and pharmaceutical industry experience includes general management stints at Baxter Laboratories and Boots Pharmaceuticals. He serves on several corporate boards as well as the Board for the Portland chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth. He previously chaired the strategic advisory group for OHSU and the annual conference for the Oregon Bioscience Association. Duffy received his MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Ralph Makar, R Ph, MBA

Ralph Makar is a successful Life Sciences executive with both US and Global experience in strategic leadership, business development and general management, as well as raising capital for both startup and established organizations. Ralph is currently engaged as an Executive and Board Level Advisor providing consulting services to various Life Sciences organizations. Mr. Makar is on the Board of the Oregon Bioscience Organization and Mesa Therapeutics, and also serves as an Advisor to a number of other firms. He most recently served as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Azure Biotech Inc. Prior to that, Mr. Makar was President and CEO for Bioject Medical Technologies Inc., a public company. In addition to working with startups, Ralph also has significant large Pharma experience, having served as Vice President and General Manager of the Therapeutics Business Unit at Berlex Labs (currently part of Bayer HealthCare). Mr. Makar’s 30+ years of industry experience has included roles of increasing responsibility at Novartis, Parke-Davis and Schering AG. He has a BS in Pharmacy from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Michael Phillips, JD

Michael Phillips is a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP and serves as general counsel to the Oregon Bioscience Association. He represents domestic and international clients in securities, mergers and acquisitions, general corporate and business law, the life sciences, outdoor recreation, and high tech industries. He assists clients in initial and secondary public and private offerings, formation of joint ventures and ongoing compliance with state and federal securities laws. Michael also provides corporate governance and business advice to boards of directors and executive officers and provides pro-bono legal services to entities such as Oregon Bio. . He has authored articles on federal and Oregon securities laws, Oregon corporations, and general business issues. Michael's clients include operating companies such as Accelitech, , Aronora, Lipidomics, Northwest Medical Isotopes, Najit Technologies, Neuralexo, NorthShore Bio, OmnEcoil, , RevMedx, Sympano, , Urology Diagnostics, Viti, Yecuris and investors such as Alaska Venture Partners, and Kaiser Permanente Ventures.