The Experts Behind BIOS
BIOS Lighting is where science and service meet to optimize light solutions for life. We combine our collective experience of more than 50 years in this industry with our access to cutting-edge research to engineer and customize the perfect LED lighting system for any environment.
Meet the BIOs Lighting team, industry leaders focused on developing and building world-class solutions for the biological lighting market.
Sean Tegart M.B.A.
An experienced global executive, Sean Tegart has participated and presented in numerous panels and events regarding business strategy, marketing trends and global expansion. Sean has worked with several Fortune 100 companies including Anheuser-Busch, Robert Bosch GmbH, Weber-Stephen Products and at equity-backed Lighting Science Group. He holds an MBA in Management, Strategy and Marketing from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and a BSBA from the University of Denver. Passionate and pragmatic, Sean understands what it takes to create products and services benefiting the environment while also providing significant business-growth opportunities.
Shane Sullivan M.B.A.
VP Operations and Sales
As VP of Operations and Marketing, Shane Sullivan is an accomplished product development executive, known for creating and executing LED lighting product plans in a timely manner. With an exceptional record of bringing cutting-edge products to market, Shane can effectively and simultaneously lead multiple product strategies. He has managed teams that have developed and commercialized the first UL-certified LED replacement lamp and the first Energy Star recognized LED replacement lamp and is listed on 29 LED lighting technology patents. Shane has worked with several major lighting companies, including Acuity Brands, Philips Lighting and Lighting Science Group. He holds an MBA in strategic marketing and international business from DePaul University’s Kellstadt School of Business, and a BSBA from Kent State University. Shane has spent his career striving to develop best-in-class, energy-efficient lighting products to benefit the environment, improve quality of life and increase productivity.
Neil Yorio M.S.
VP Lighting Research, Agriculture
Neil Yorio leads the research and development of LED Agricultural Lighting for BIOS. For more than two decades, Neil worked at NASA and participated in several agricultural lighting research programs with bio-regenerative life support programs. He is an internationally recognized expert in electrical lighting systems and controlled environment crop production. Neil most recently worked with the Lighting Science Group, where he held positions as VP of the Advanced Projects Group and as Director of Agricultural Lighting. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Cellular and Molecular biology from the Florida Institute of Technology. With his extensive background in plant-related lighting research, LED design and manufacturing, Neil is an enthusiastic advocate behind the quality improvements LED technology offers and how it can integrate with existing horticultural practices.
Eric Thosteson Ph.D.
VP Lighting Technology
Eric Thosteson is VP of lighting technology at BIOs and an adjunct professor of Ocean Engineering at the Florida Institute of Technology. His research has been published in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, and he has designed sensor technology that has been featured in The Scientist and Ocean News & Technology. While principal engineer at the Ocean Research & Conservation Association, Eric designed a network of remote sensors that are still used to report measurements from the Indian River Lagoon to the NGO’s website. He most recently directed intelligent lighting development at Lighting Science Group. Eric holds a B.S. in Engineering Physics from West Virginia Wesleyan College, an M.S. and Ph.D. in coastal engineering from the University of Florida, and is a licensed P.E. in electronics engineering in Florida. He looks for opportunities to apply his electronics and software development expertise to advance scientific applications to improve society and the planet.
Robert Soler M.S.
VP Human Biological Technologies and Research
Robert Soler leads the Human Biological Technologies and Research at BIOS. Prior to his work with BIOS, his most prominent work was with Kennedy Space Center, where he helped design and build the first LED light for use on the International Space Station (ISS) and collaborated with scientists to use LED light for photo biological purposes in space. Robert’s years of experience as an electrical and lighting engineer have led him to become an inventor of 73 issued patents in the U.S. He has authored several published papers on light and its use for air and water disinfection and for human health benefits, with an emphasis on its use in spaceflight applications. After his work at NASA and before joining BIOS, he led the research team in the development of the ISS photobiologically corrected white light that is responsible for circadian entrainment of astronauts and the spectrally tunable adaptable light that manipulates spectrum based on its surrounding environment. He holds a Master of Science degree from the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the premier master’s level graduate degree offered in the lighting field, and is finishing a PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of California, San Diego.
Wei Sun Ph.D.
VP of Operations for BIOS
Wei Sun is a highly regarded expert on LEDs and Thermal. In this role, he focuses on product development and supply chain management. Wei’s responsibilities include bringing advanced design to product and mass production. His extensive experience and knowledge are also in LED lighting including Energy Star, UL, LM79, and TM-21. Wei holds a Ph.D in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Miami and has more than 10 years in LED lighting product development, marketing technology support, supplier management and inventory control.
Eliza Balestracci has spent the last 7 years in lighting, after earning her B.S. degrees in Math, Physics, and Applied Physics Engineering. She brings a strong technical background and a streamlined approach to Product Development. Her main focus has been research and products focusing on the biological effect of lighting on humans and plants, where she has been named on 13 design patents related to the lighting industry. Eliza has provided expertise to customers like the US Antarctic Program for plant growth lights and NASA for the biological lighting on the ISS. Eliza’s focus is on bringing quality products to market that will help restore the health of modern society on a broad scale, from nutrition to physical and mental health.
Rebecca Knight Ph.D.
Technical Marketing Director
Rebecca is an engineer and R&D scientist with experience in a broad range of fields: science, engineering, marketing, business… She holds a Ph.D. in Plant Biology from the University of Texas, a M.S. in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Purdue, and Chemical Engineering and Japanese undergraduate degrees. She is passionate about vertical farming, horticulture LEDs, plant secondary metabolic pathway gene expression, and sustainable food production. As the Technical Marketing Director she is focused on finding creative ways to engage and educate the vertical farming, greenhouse, and indoor agricultural communities about photobiology and the innovative product development BIOS Lighting has to offer. With her own photobiology research background and love of analytics, she works closely with the engineers and scientists that make up BIOS Lighting and provides integration and cultivation expertise during regular customer site visits.