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Lawrence Firestone

Lawrence Firestone is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Akonni Biosystems since April of 2018. Mr. Firestone draws on over 35 years of executive management experience in both public and private technology companies as a C-level executive.  Most recently, since February 2014, Mr. Firestone was the Chief Executive Officer and President, and is now the Chairman of FirePower Technology, Inc. a provider of power supplies to the high-performance computing market. Prior to FirePower Technology, from June 2012 to July 2013, Mr. Firestone was Chief Executive Officer and President of Qualstar Corporation, a provider of power supplies for high performance computing, instrumentation and tape libraries –  markets where large amounts of electronic data are stored and maintained. From February 2011 to May 2012, Mr. Firestone served as Chief Financial Officer of X-IO Technology Corporation, a supplier of enterprise storage systems. From 2006 to 2010, Mr. Firestone was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Advanced Energy Industries, Inc., a provider of power conversion devices for the semi-conductor and solar inverter markets. From 1999 until 2006, Mr. Firestone served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Applied Films Corporation, a supplier of thin film deposition equipment. Prior to joining Applied Films, from 1996 to 1999, Mr. Firestone served as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Avalanche Industries, a contract manufacturer of custom cables and harnesses. Prior to joining Avalanche Industries, Mr. Firestone held executive management positions at Woolson Spice and Coffee Company, Honolulu, HI, TechniStar Corporation, Longmont, CO and Colorado Manufacturing Technology, Inc., Colorado Springs, CO.  Mr. Firestone’s public company board experience includes CVD Equipment (Symbol: CVV), Qualstar Corporation (Symbol: QBAK), Amtech Systems, Inc. (Symbol: ASYS) and Hyperspace Communications, Inc. (Symbol: HCO). Mr. Firestone received a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Slippery Rock University.