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Stratos Product Development Welcomes Back John Havard as Vice President of Engineering

Wednesday, April 30, 2008 General News J E 4
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SEATTLE, April 29 Stratos Product Development is pleasedto announce the appointment of John Havard as the company's new vice presidentof engineering. Havard brings more than 21 years experience to the Stratosteam of product development specialists.

Stratos' staff is internationally recognized as some of the best talent incomplex technology product design and development. Despite current economictrends, the company is experiencing a period of extraordinary growth in thetechnology and healthcare sectors.

"John is an incredible leader and one of the most talented engineers Ihave ever known," says Sean MacLeod, president of Stratos Product Development."He has a strong reputation for delivering the highest quality designsolutions on time and under budget. John's leadership will help us continue toattract and develop the best and brightest talent as we grow, so we cancontinue to deliver the value our clients expect to excel in their respectiveindustries."

Havard rejoins Stratos after co-founding EnVision Instruments in 2003. AtEnVision, he led the development of two wireless optical instruments for thebiotech/pharmaceutical industry. The first product to market was a laser-basednear-IR cell density monitor. This was followed by prototype-stage developmentof an in-line UV spectroscopy instrument for purification process monitoring.Both products used a common architecture that allowed the customer to choosebetween a Bluetooth-based Web browser interface or Foundation-Fieldbusinterface. Havard filled the roles of director of engineering, productarchitect and lead designer at the start-up company. He also supervised thecompany's contract manufacturing and production testing. EnVision was acquiredby Finesse Solutions in 2005, and Havard most recently served as the newcompany's chief engineer.

During his previous 10 years at Stratos, Havard was a senior member of theelectrical engineering group. He worked for clients ranging from largecorporations to start-ups. Examples of his contributions include digitalelectronics/computer design for Apple's Powerbook series, motion controldesign on a medical device for Therus Corporation, and high-volume/low-powerhardware design and software architecture on an internet-based fitness devicefor Sportbrain. Earlier in his career, he held electrical engineeringpositions at Applied Microsystems and Loral Electronic Systems.

Havard is named as co-inventor on three U.S. patents and has anotherpending. He earned his Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Engineering and Master ofEngineering degrees from Dartmouth College.

About Stratos Product Development, LLC

Stratos Product Development is a world-class company of experts in all ofthe disciplines required for commercializing technology and bringing productsrapidly to market. Stratos offers comprehensive systems solutions as well asindividualized services ranging from product strategy, research and design toengineering and agency compliance. The company excels in the areas of medicaldevices, software products, life sciences, high performance computing,consumer electronics and industrial instrumentation applications. Clientsbenefit from our extensive background in each of these areas as well as theconvergence of skill sets that fosters creativity, reduces time-to-market andoffers the most compelling solution to the marketplace. Visit us online athttp://www.stratos.com.CONTACT: Kevin Bush (206) 443-9357 Firmani & Associates, Inc. kevin@firmani.com

SOURCE Stratos Product Development, LLC
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