La Jolla, CA, May 20, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- Diomics Corporation, a leading bioscience company focused on the development of Diomat™ technology for a range of life science, aerospace and specialty products, today announced the appointment of former NASA Astronaut Dr. Leroy Chiao as Special Advisor.
“We’re pleased to have Dr. Chiao join our leadership team as Special Advisor. He’s an extraordinary spokesman for innovation and the life science and aerospace industries,” said Diomics Corporation CEO Jeff Morhet. “It’s a big task to describe his career, first with Lawrence Livermore Labs, his tremendous success as a NASA Astronaut and his contribution to the National Space Biomedical Research Institute and the Center for Space Medicine. The team is excited to have him on board.”
Dr. Chiao has already begun his role, working with Diomics’ research and commercial partners and contributing to the strategic efforts of the company.
About Leroy Chiao, Ph.D.
Educated as an engineer, Chiao works in business and academia. He is also a consultant, speaker and former NASA astronaut. Chiao grew up in Danville, Calif., and earned a Doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara. A native English speaker, he also speaks Mandarin Chinese and Russian.
His Space Shuttle missions include:
‣STS-92 Discovery, Oct. 11- 24, 2000
‣STS-72 Endeavour, Jan. 11 - 20, 1996
‣STS-65 Columbia, July 8 - 23, 1994
In addition, he flew as Flight Engineer 1 aboard Soyuz TMA-5 to the ISS, where he served as Commander and NASA science officer during Expedition 10. Chiao received the NASA Distinguished Service Medal in 2004. After a 15-year career with NASA, he left in 2005 to work and consult on a number of projects. In 2009, he served as a member of the Review of United States Human Space Flight Plans Committee, and currently serves on the NASA Advisory Council. He holds appointments at Rice University and the Baylor College of Medicine, and is involved in educational programs. An instrument-rated pilot, Chiao has logged over 2,900 flight hours in a variety of aircraft. He enjoys flying his Grumman Tiger airplane, and downhill skiing.
About Diomics Corporation
Diomics is a bioscience company based in La Jolla, California, focused on the development of Diomat™ technology for a range of life science, aerospace and specialty products. Diomat™ is a novel class of nano-composite material. Because of its small size, unique structure and extreme stability, Diomat™ combines the advantages of traditional high-speed manufacturing processes with the key features and potential of nanotechnology. For more information about Diomics Corporation, please visit www.diomics.com.