The Key People Who Help Make e-MSion Successful

e-MSion is a Corvallis-based team with over 50 combined years of experience in mass spectrometry and electron physics. What started as an academic collaboration at Oregon State University is now a team of more than 15 dedicated scientists, engineers, and support staff – and we’re still growing!

Read more about our founding team members in the bio section below.

Founding Team Member Biographies

Joe Beckman


Joe Beckman Ph.D is a University Distinguished Professor at Oregon State University who has used mass spectrometry for two decades to probe the causes of ALS. He has collaborated with Dr. Voinov for nine years and is a co-inventor of e-MSion’s ECD cell technology. He has extensive experience directing large multi-investigator programs and retired from the US Army as a Captain.

Mike Brown


Mike Brown has served in various executive management roles for numerous global corporations (HP, Compaq and W.L. Gore & Associates) all in new business creation. Mike’s 34 years of practical experience in leadership, business management, marketing development, and sales has led to him successfully launching and developing over 19 new businesses. Mike’s global understanding of the business marketplace is one of the key ingredients to his success.
Mike was the past VP of Sales and Marketing for ZAPS Technologies, Inc., past CEO of Pajaggle, and the President of BTCG, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in new business development. Mike holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Delaware specializing in advanced aerodynamics (which he’s never used!). A student of business, Mike completed graduate courses in business strategy, business management, competitive analysis, and marketing from Wharton and Harvard. Mike is a holder of several patents and an advisory board member for three emerging high-tech firms.

Valery Voinov

Chief Technical Officer

Valery Voinov is one of e-MSion’s founders and the principal inventor of its current core technology. For the past almost forty years, he has devoted himself to studying gas-phase interactions between electrons and molecules. As a result of this career-long activity, he has acquired considerable expertise in electron ionization techniques. He started working at The Pacific Institute for Bioorganic Chemistry (PIBOC) in 1979, where he became involved in the instrumental development of a resonance electron capture (REC) mass spectrometer – computer system. Another part of his research at PIBOC concerned the structural investigation of organic substances by REC techniques. After working for two years at the University of Antwerp, where he modified commercially available instruments for operation in the REC mode to study lipids, he moved to Oregon State University in 2002. Working with Doug Barofsky and Joe Beckman for the past years, he has been engaged in the development of a practicable electromagnetostatic electron-capture dissociation (ECD) device. These efforts proved to be exceedingly fruitful – the culmination of which is a new device for performing ECD that can be installed in any type of mass spectrometer.

Nathan Lopez

Manufacturing Lead

Nathan Lopez graduated in 1999 from Oregon State University with a B.S. degree in Microbiology and a minor in Chemistry. After graduation, he worked as a technician and eventually lab manager at OSU. In this time he honed a diverse set of valuable skills ranging from molecular genetics to project management to materials science. As Manufacturing Lead at e-MSion, Nathan’s do-it-all approach has been invaluable for solving technical problems related to design, manufacturing, management, and everything in between.

Yury Vasil’ev


Yury Vasilev Ph.D is a physicist whose expertise spans mass spectrometry and photoelectron spectroscopy. He has many years of experience in the design and construction of electron guns with small energy spreads (also known as electron monochromators). He applies quantum chemical calculations and statistical approaches to understand precisely how electron energies affect ion fragmentation pathways.

Jules Moritz

Design Lead

Jules Moritz has worked in research and development for over 25 years since graduating with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State University (OSU.) He began with physical modeling at OSU and then transitioned to thermal ink jet (TIJ) micro-fluidic design using computational fluid dynamics as well as experimental methods to become the senior TIJ design engineer at Hewlett Packard. He then returned to OSU as faculty research assistant for their College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences designing and maintaining oceanographic equipment. After working in MEI, Llc’s R&D department designing semiconductor wet processing equipment and maintaining more oceanographic equipment at Wet Labs, he became the design lead at e-MSion.