Steve Witt named CEO of OptiEnz Sensors, will help guide product commercialization

By: Steve Thursday May 16, 2013 0 comments Tags: Fort Collins, Ken Reardon, OptiEnz Sensors, Steve Witt

Steve Witt
FORT COLLINS - Steve Witt, a veteran entrepreneur who has served as president of Compressor Controls Corp. and VP and GM for Agilent Technologies in Colorado Springs, has been named CEO of OptiEnz Sensors LLC.

OptiEnz is a spinoff from Colorado State University and a client of Rocky Mountain Innosphere incubator. The company is a local startup developing biosensors for continuous monitoring of organic chemicals in food and beverage processing, industrial fermentations and water supplies.

"Steve brings an ideal blend of technical and business expertise, along with experience in large and small companies," said Ken Reardon, CTO and company co-founder and a CSU professor of chemical and biological engineering.

"With Steve on board, we can really accelerate our progress toward commercialization."

OptiEnz's prototype for continuous monitoring is in customer trials in two primary markets, industrial control processes and environmental water monitoring, the company said.

"OptiEnz is a great company and I'm excited to lead us toward commercialization," Witt said. "CSU Ventures has been very supportive of the company. They've enabled us to put two patents in place, and we have six more pending.

"Being a client company of Innosphere has also set up a great ecosystem for us. There's a lot of entrepreneurial energy that comes with being surrounded by other high-caliber startups."

For more information, visit www.optienzsensors.com.

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