About Our Team
Co-Founder, Chairman and Acting CEO Mark S. Deuser is one of the two co-founders and owners of IKOTECH. As Chairman, he brings significant management and organizational skills to IKOTECH having also co-founded Techshot, Inc., another small entrepreneurial technology-based company, nearly twenty years ago. Mr. Deuser continues to serve as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Techshot, which is a provider of high-tech product development and engineering services to federal, university and private sector clients. Under his leadership, Techshot has become Indiana’s leading recipient of SBIR awards with more than 90 awards to date. He has guided and successfully grown Techshot to prominence, as acknowledged by numerous national awards and regional recognition, including being listed two consecutive years as Inc. Magazine’s 500 fastest growing companies. Mr. Deuser is a registered Professional Engineer, and was graduated with honors from the University of Evansville (Evansville, IN) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.
John C. Vellinger
Co Founder John C. Vellinger is the other co-founder and owner of IKOTECH. He also co-founded Techshot, and has since served as the company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Vellinger has extensive design management experience in developing innovative products for both commercial and government applications. His project managers and their teams have designed innovative products for governmental agencies such as NASA, NIH, Army, Navy, and Air Force, as well as Fortune 100 companies such as Procter & Gamble and the Coca-Cola Company. His design teams developed and provided equipment that was used to conduct life science experiments on 7 space shuttle missions and the International Space Station. Under his leadership, intellectual property has been generated in various high-tech fields, resulting in 6 USPTO patents issued to date and 5 applications in review. Mr. Vellinger is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with a specialty in biomedical design.
Paul Todd, PhD.
Chief Technology Officer Dr. Paul W. Todd is a world-renowned expert in the field of bioseparations and cell technology. His CV includes over 300 scientific articles in cell biophysics, biochemistry, and chemical engineering, including authorship of a textbook in bioprocessing. Dr. Todd’s career is a combination of service in both industry and academia, including director of the Bioprocessing and Pharmaceutical Research Center in Philadelphia and positions at Penn State and the University of Colorado. Dr. Todd has served as Techshot’s Chief Scientist. Dr. Todd has been the principal investigator on a number of SBIR grants funded by DoD, NASA, NIH, and NSF. Dr. Todd holds a BA degree from Bowdoin College, SB from MIT, MS from the University of Rochester, and PhD in Biophysics from the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to his role as Chief Scientist, Dr. Todd also chairs IKOTECH’s Scientific Advisory Board.
Stuart K. Williams II, Ph.D.
Director of Cell Biology Dr. Stuart Williams received his Ph.D. in cell biology from the University of Delaware, followed by postdoctoral training in pathology at the Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Williams’ research interests have focused on medical devices, regenerative medicine and infection control. He developed and patented the first methods to use fat-derived stem cells for therapeutic use. He has maintained continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health since 1979. Dr. Williams has authored over 300 scientific publications. His entrepreneurial spirit has resulted in 16 issued US patents with numerous patents pending. He has founded three biotechnology companies, maintained active managerial positions and has been an active consultant to the medical device and pharmaceutical community. He is a fellow of the American Heart Association and a fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering.