Meet The Celltrio Management Team

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Charlie Duncheon, CEO and Cofounder

Charlie Duncheon has spent over thirty executive years in the robotics and factory automation industry. He joined Adept Technology at its inception and as the chief commercial officer led Adept to a successful IPO and over $100M in annual revenue.


Duncheon's consulting business led to his CEO and founder roles including Artificial Muscle, Inc. (acquired by Bayer) and venture-backed Grabit, Inc.  He currently serves on the Silicon Valley Robotics Board and as a robotics and IoT mentor at Plug and Play.


He was elected as President and Board Chairman of the Robotics Industries of America (RIA) and received RIA's distinguished Joseph Engelberger Leadership Award.


Duncheon holds a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering from Purdue University and a master of science degree in business administration from Southern Illinois University.  He is a registered professional engineer. In his spare time, he is an author and volunteer youth basketball coach.

To learn more, click on the link below for the the Pransky interview: Charlie Duncheon, robotics serial entrepreneur, CEO and cofounder of Celltrio

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Jin-Oh Kim, Ph.D., CTO, and Cofounder

Dr. Kim is a well-recognized leader in robotics and factory automation, having worked in the industry for over 30 years as a scientist, educator, author, and entrepreneur. 


Early in his career, Dr. Kim worked as a senior leader in Secom Intelligent System Lab, Japan, and as the Director of the robot business for Samsung Electronics. Since 1999 he has been a professor at the School of Robotics at  Kwangwoon University, Seoul, Korea. He has also served as a visiting associate professor of computer science at Stanford University. From 2003 to 2008 he was a national director of the steering committee of robotics in Korea.


Over the years, Dr. Kim has worked with many companies and lead the development of more than 400 robots and systems in fields from semiconductors to the bio/medical industry. Recognized as a leader in the robotics industry, he also published two books: “Robots, the Society and Economy” and “Defense Robotics”.  He is now working on two more books: “Robot Design Methodology” and "Future with Robots" based on his industrial experience and knowledge.


Kim earned his BS and MS degree in mechanical engineering from Seoul National University, and his Ph.D. degree in Robotics from Carnegie Melon University. His doctoral study was “Task-Based Design of Robot Manipulators”.  


In 2008, Dr. Kim received the Robot Industry of America's (RIA) highest award: the Joseph Engelberger Award for Leadership.

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Jeff Baird, Vice President of Engineering

Jeff Baird has enjoyed over 26 years as a leader in the robotics, factory automation, and manufacturing industries. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, he joined GE Aircraft Engines as a software and controls engineer. His love of combining software with mechanical solutions Inspired him to join Adept Technology where he worked his way up from an Applications Engineer to the role of VP of Engineering and Operations. 


After helping Adept successfully navigate its acquisition by a private equity firm, he became the VP of Worldwide Automation for Flextronics, Inc. where he Introduced automation across 130 factories in over 30 countries. He was also the technical liaison in evaluating Investments for VC groups and corporate acquisitions.


Prior to joining Celltrio, Jeff served as the Chief Technology Officer for F

P International where his leadership helped Introduce new innovative products and a successful sale at 13x EBITDA. 


Jeff currently serves on the Mechanical Engineering External Advisory Board for the University of Kentucky.

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Chau Chavez, Corporate Controller

Ms. Chau Chavez joins Celltrio as Corporate Controller, responsible for financial and accounting functions at the company. Ms. Chavez brings more than 20 years of finance and accounting experience across private and public companies to Celltrio. Prior to joining Celltrio, Ms. Chavez was the Corporate Controller of Grabit, Inc.

Prior to Grabit, Ms. Chavez held positions in finance and accounting at Loral Aerospace, Applied Materials, Cisco, Mattson Technology, and Advenira.

Ms. Chavez holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration from California State University in Hayward, and an MBA in finance from


Santa Clara University.

She is a certified public accountant licensed in the State of California.


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Raphael Kim,  Product Manager, and Cofounder

Raphael Kim started his career at the founding of Comprehend Systems, as a full-stack engineer creating web applications for visualizing and monitoring clinical data for pharmaceutical companies. Raphael’s work helped Comprehend grow to ~80 employees, receiving rounds of funding from Sequoia Capital and Lightspeed Venture Partners.


Raphael later transitioned to the robotics industry, joining Robots and Design Co., Ltd. As a product manager/developer he handled multiple projects creating robots for several different industries, including Dental, Pathology, Biology, and Lab Automation.


Raphael holds a bachelor of science degree in Computer Science and a bachelor of science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He also holds a master of science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon.

Steve Laflin, Vice President of Manufacturing and Supply Chain 

Laflin’s passion for next generation technology is reflected in his conference-speaking and his collaborations with vendors in the design and development of lab of the future technology.  Steve has been in demand as a guest speaker at both conferences and board of directors’ meetings.  His innovative ideas have been used both internally and externally for over 20 years.


Steve is a many times nominee and recipient of the Lilly top 100 innovators.  As a Senior Director at Lilly, he worked with all levels of management, automation teams, IT, operations, facilities, and researchers to integrate these new technologies within Lilly labs globally.  The next generation technologies increased research throughout, decreased human error, and allowed for around the clock work to be conducted. 


Prior to his role as a Lilly Senior Director, he served in roles supporting manufacturing, research and development, facilities, health, safety, and environmental, capital management, and global-shipping logistics,


Steve’s wide and deep-spread leadership and knowledge have yielded many new products that are either in development or in the market now.  In his new role at Celltrio, he will continue leading and driving technologies that are first and best in class. 


Steve and his wife currently live in the San Diego metropolitan area and enjoy cycling.  They are the owners of 3 active border collies and a Great Pyrenees. 

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