Bud Brainerd

Chief Executive Officer

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Gusten R. (Bud) Brainerd has over thirty years of successful experience as a leader of leaders in both corporate and non-profit arenas. In addition to having served and chaired numerous boards his work has included serving as founder and CEO of two technology companies, coaching senior level executives in small and mid-sized privately held companies, and consulting for rapid growth companies. 

Mr. Brainerd earned his BA from McKendree University, his M.Div. and D.Min. from Columbia Theological Seminary writing his dissertation on W. Edward Deming’s management theory. He is certified by the Center for Executive Coaching as an Executive Coach and as a Gallup Coach. 


Cliff Wright

Founder & Chairman, Board of Directors

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Cliff Wright is the Founder of Octet and the inventor of OMEA. Mr. Wright is an accomplished entrepreneur with over 96 patents published, 84 patents granted, and 30 patents pending. He has been published in the Journal of Medicine for the first design of a medical transport delivery system published in the journal of pulmonary medicine for the heated filtration system extracorporeal membrane oxygenation.

Mr. Wright is the founder and chief technical officer of Victory Innovations where he had created the world’s first cordless electrostatic sprayers which has been commercialized into 50 states and 40 countries. Mr. Wright has served on several medical device boards where he has used is experience in manufacturing and engineering to increase shareholder value.

Mr. Wright earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Arizona State University.


Dan Ortuno

Chief Science Officer

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Mr. Ortuno has 25 plus years of academic and pharmaceutical experience and has been involved in early therapeutic target validation to first in human trials and eventual FDA approval. He has held leadership positions in the scientific function at Arena Pharmaceuticals, Amgen, and Novartis.


Dan Ortuno graduated from the University of California San Diego, with an emphasis in Cell Biology and Biochemistry. He continued his academic endeavors at the Salk Institute working with Professor Greg Lemke in the Molecular Neurobiology Lab. 


Ron Lawrence

Chief Technical Officer

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Mr. Lawrence has over 40 years of product development in Mechanical Engineering for the Commercial and Medical fields. Ron has extensive knowledge in moving ideas to the marketplace with respect to the mechanical packaging, he has a rich understanding of the anthropometric interface between users and devices, foremost knowledge in plastics technology, injection molding, and parts design.

Mr. Lawrence is also a veteran of manufacturing processes, machine shop, sheet-metal, printed circuit design and plating technologies necessary to bring products to life. Ron has worked and consulted with over 200 large firms and small startups while collecting 16 patents and ghosted over 100 patents for clients.