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 Cyndi Nickel is Board Member/Founder of DxUpClose, Inc. 

Cyndi Nickel founded DxUpClose, Inc. in 2009 and leads all of the company’s operations and development, and is lead inventor on issued patents. Her background includes twenty-four years of experience at Hewlett-Packard in a variety of leadership roles encompassing business strategy, operations management, product management, marketing, sales and R&D engineering. While at Hewlett-Packard, Cyndi initiated and managed the development of three high-tech product lines using emerging technology created at HP Labs. Cyndi holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Texas.



Dr. James Biard is a founder, inventor of DxUpClose technology and scientific advisor

Dr. James Biard is a co-founder of DxUpClose and one of the inventors responsible for creating the company’s diagnostic sensor. Currently on the staff of Texas A&M University as an Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering, Dr. Biard holds 76 U.S. and foreign patents. Dr. Biard launched Texas Instrument’s transistor business in the 1960’s with his invention of the Schottky transistor. Following his work at Texas Instruments, he co-invented Light Emitting Diode (LED) and MOS ROM technology, and participated in the launch of two companies, Spectronics (acquired by Honeywell) and Finisar. He also served as Chief Scientist for Micro Switches and Optoelectronics at Honeywell, Inc. Dr. Biard holds BS, MS and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University.


Dr. Clois Powell is a founder, inventor of DxUpClose technology and scientific advisor

Dr. Clois Powell, PhD, is a highly-accomplished nano material science researcher, with twenty-eight years of industry experience including experience as R&D director in the private sector.  He is an inventor with a  history of transforming material science industry His creative inventions will enable the final product to be extremely cost effective.  Dr. Powell holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry from Rutgers University, written many books, papers and patents.