Meet The Team
Ashok C. Khandkar, PhD
Ashok C. Khandkar, Ph.D. has a 25+ year track record of leadership in founding, capitalizing ventures and launching groundbreaking products. Xenocor is his third venture where he leads its efforts to disrupt the laparoscopy markets. He has 38 U.S. and international patents. In January 2010, he won the Utah Governor’s Science & Technology Medal for successfully pioneering a new class of biomaterials for orthopedics and growing a venture- backed high-tech industry. He won the HAP Paul Award of the International Society for Technology in Arthroplasty in 2007 for his silicon nitride hip implants. He also leads Elute Inc., an emerging antibiotic eluting bone graft company. On the side, he is an Adjunct Professor in the Materials Science and Eng. Dept. of the University of Utah and is an avid mountaineer. Dr. Khandkar earned his Ph.D. in Materials Science from Arizona State University in 1985.
John Langell, MD, PhD, MPH, MBA, FACS
John Langell, MD, PhD, MPH, MBA, FACS is a Stanford-trained minimally invasive general surgeon. He is the inventor of the concept for a new cost-effective laparoscopic platform which led to the development of the XenoscopeTM. Dr. Langell currently serves as both President and Chairman of the Board of Directors for Xenocor Inc. He is also Vice Dean for Innovation and Executive Director of the Center for Medical Innovation at the University of Utah School of Medicine. His research efforts are focused on the translation and commercialization of medical technologies and digital medical therapeutics. His work has resulted in the development of many innovative new devices and software applications in the fields of laparoscopic surgery and patient care access for advanced and resource-poor regions.
Lane Brooks, PhD
Lane Brooks received his B.S., M.Eng., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He has worked as the lead engineer in camera and image sensor design in various successful startups for 15+ years. He has over 10 issued patents and over 10 publications in peer-reviewed journals. In 2013, he led the system design for the miniature microscope that was awarded the Innovation of the Year by the TheScientist.com. In 2007 he was awarded the National Defense Science and Engineering Fellowship. In 2002, he led the design for a camera awarded the distinction of World’s Thinnest Camera by Guinness World Records and Best of Show at CES. In 1999 his team won first place in the annual MIT Robot Competition.
Dennis Muhlestein has been developing software and hardware solutions for over 15 years. He specializes in embedded systems firmware for data acquisition systems. In addition, he has experience with a number of camera and image sensor systems and has developed custom software for video relay and display across a wide variety of platforms. He originally completed a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at Utah Valley University and then completed a Masters degree in Computer Science at Utah State University. He enjoys tinkering with lots of different technologies including ham radio, radio control, 3d printing and also enjoys spending time outdoors hiking and camping.