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Photo CEO/Founder of Soter Technologies

Derek Peterson is the Founder and CEO of Soter Technologies.  Mr. Peterson leads a growing team technology experts who devoted to the practical application of technology to improve and save lives. Using advanced sensor and software technology the company develops and delivers innovative solutions for environmental intelligence – to make the world a safe place. Mr. Peterson’s software and innovations have received numerous awards as well as national media attention.  Soter’s Fly Sense vaping detection and anti-bullying sensor has attracted national attention and was featured on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Fox 5 New York and many other media outlets across the United States. Mr. Peterson is regularly interviews by the media about entrepreneurship, technology and how it is being used to reduce vaping and prevent bullying  at schools.


bob williams

Photo President of IVMatters Inc.

IVMatters was formed in pursuit of providing advisory, strategic planning, marketing, product development and regulatory support to med tech companies. Bob is an active angel investor in the medical device and healthcare information technology space. Prior to founding IV Matters, Bob has served in executive roles for Bracco S.p.A and ACIST Medical Systems INC.  Other career highlights include product development and business management of Bracco’s highly successful Empower CT & MR contrast injector lines, novel angiographic injection technologies, patient monitoring systems, CT colonography accessory products, gastroenterology products, medical consumables, invitro diagnostic devices and Healthcare IT product lines. Bob is  also an inventor of 17 issued U.S. medical device patents with numerous pending applications.


dipita chakraborty

Photo Client Partner at Fractal Analytics Inc.

Dipita Chakraborty leads AI & Analytical Transformation Engagements with clients, driving solution design, consulting and activation. She drives continued development and deployment of Marketing Effectiveness & Strategic Revenue Management Solutions at Fractal. Ms. Chakraborty has over 20 years of global experience in Marketing Effectiveness & Other Advanced Analytics as well as extensive CPG experience including BMS, P&G, PepsiCo, Kraft Heinz, Mondelez, Unilever, J&J, Hershey, The Coca-Cola Company, ConAgra, Reckitt Benckiser and Kellogg's. Dipita is passionate about driving action & activation from insights.  Ms. Chakraborty is a member of the College of Business Dean’s Advisory Board and has been involved with the student chapter of the Stony Brook University American Marketing Association, most recently as a panelist at their Fall 2018 Marketing Panel and Networking Event.   She was also the COB Convocation Guest Speaker this past May.