|Management Team


Richard Rifredi – Co-Founder and CEO

Rich RifrediMr. Rifredi has over 25 years experience identifying new market opportunities and defining products that exceed customer expectations. As a product manager at Apple, Mr. Rifredi wrote product specifications for several award winning Apple PowerBook Computers. As VP and Program General Manager at Firefly Mobile, a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) for kids, he led the development of over-the-air programming services and content distribution platforms. Prior to Firefly, Mr. Rifredi served as interim CEO for Wheels of Zeus, a location-based services company founded by Steve Wozniak. As a founding team member of Pixo (acquired by Sun Microsystems), Mr. Rifredi served as VP Marketing and Corporate Development and defined the Pixo OS, which was licensed to leading mobile device manufacturers including Apple for the original iPod product line.

In 2001, Mr. Rifredi’s son was born 12 weeks premature and placed on an infant apnea monitor. It was that experience which led to the creation of the BAM Labs Touch-free Life Care Smart Bed System.

Mr. Rifredi has a B.Sc. in Economics and an MBA from Santa Clara University and has held board of director and advisory board seats with several emerging high technology companies in the Silicon Valley.

Steve Young – Co-Founder and CTO

Steve YoungMr. Young is responsible for cofounding and developing the product vision for BAM Labs. In his previous role at Digeo, he served as Vice President of Hardware and Operations and responsible for innovation in engineering and manufacturing to drive the development of Digeo’s consumer products.

Before Digeo, Mr. Young co-founded Cepheid, where, as lead engineering architect, he ran product development from inception through production. While at Cepheid, Mr. Young developed patented DNA analysis instruments to accurately and quickly diagnose dangerous diseases. Cepheid has become an invaluable biological agent detection system for the U.S. Government’s analysis of Anthrax and other biological warfare agents. In 2000, Mr. Young led Cepheid through a successful initial public offering.

His pioneering work in the computer field led to the development of the groundbreaking PowerBook® Duo sub-notebook during his more than ten years at Apple Computer. While there, he managed a team of more than 100 professionals and was responsible for PowerBook Duo’s architecture, engineering and manufacturing. During his tenure, PowerBook won numerous accolades, including Business Week’s prestigious Product of the Year award.

Mr. Young also spent six years at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, where he secured his first patents as a research design engineer. He holds more than 30 patents for advanced electronics systems, DNA analysis techniques, robotic hands and other technologies.

Mr. Young holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.


Todd Austin – Vice President, Operations

Todd AustinMr. Austin has over 20 years of experience in product design, R&D, regulatory compliance and operations within the computer and molecular diagnostic fields.

Prior to joining BAM Labs, Mr. Austin served as the COO of Microfluidic Systems, engaged in the development of automated, DNA based, biological detection systems for defense and diagnostic applications. Prior to Microfluidic Systems, Mr. Austin was the Senior Director of Operations for Digeo where he established highly scalable production capabilities at Hon Hai/Foxconn and led the successful launch of cable DVR products for Motorola and Charter Communications.

Mr. Austin has extensive experience in early stage ventures and has managed successful development programs, product launches and regulatory oversight at several companies. During his tenure at Cepheid, Mr. Austin was the Program Manager for the SmartCycler molecular diagnostic platform and managed the successful development and launch of that product line through the Cephied IPO. As Director of Operations within the Internet Radio division of 3Com, he built the supply chain and established production overseas for one of the first Internet appliances. At Power Computing, he was the Hardware Project Manager for the initial Macintosh clones and delivered multiple products from engineering to manufacturing. At Apple Computer, Mr. Austin supported the successful launch of several high volume portable computing products as a Hardware Project Manager, including the PowerBook Duo.

Mr. Austin holds a B.S. in Industrial Technology from California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo.

Mike Hanson – Vice President, Strategic Partnerships

Mike HansonMr. Hanson has more than 20 years of experience in building companies, business units, and in conducting corporate strategy, corporate development and market intelligence for technology companies in global markets. He has held senior positions at Cambridge Technology Partners, Guidance Solutions, Octane Ventures, which he also founded, and Niko Partners.

Mr. Hanson was Senior Manager at Deloitte & Touche Consulting Group responsible for practice development. His clients included Amgen, Ivax, Wellpoint, Kaiser Permanente, McKesson, Nestle, Dole Foods, Pioneer Electronics, Neutrogena and Canon. He is frequently invited to speak at conferences and to educate the public about smart bed technology and touch-free healthcare solutions. He also has taught in the California State University system.

Mr. Hanson holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Arizona State University.


Carl Hewitt – Vice President, Software Engineering

Carl HewittMr. Hewitt has over 20 years of experience developing world-class products in the computer and consumer electronics industry. Prior to joining BAM Labs, Mr. Hewitt was Senior Director of Technology for the Internet Radio division of 3Com. This division was formed after its acquisition of Internet Radio developer Kerbango, where Mr. Hewitt was a co-founder and CTO. At Kerbango, he hired and managed a 35 person engineering team and was responsible for the architectural design of the Linux-based radio software and server-side tuning service for which two patents were issued.

Between 1994-1997, Mr. Hewitt also managed the software engineering teams responsible for Power Computing’s award-winning Macintosh clones as Director of Software Engineering. As primary liaison with Apple Computer, he developed the initial licensing relationship and procedures, which Apple Computer then used with subsequent licensing partners.

Before joining Power Computing, Mr. Hewitt was at Apple Computer for eight years, and led several complex and high-profile software projects at Apple, including the firmware and CPU OS development for the first RISC-based Power Macintosh computer.

Mr. Hewitt holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he graduated with Honors.

Adam Schader – Vice President, Finance & Corporate Controller

Adam SchaderMr. Schader has over 16 years of Accounting and Finance experience with public software and hardware companies. Prior to joining BAM Labs, Mr. Schader served as VP of Finance at Tessera Technologies where he was responsible for the company’s global FP&A, Purchasing, Project Accounting, and Business Finance Systems teams. While at Tessera Mr. Schader was heavily involved in the company’s M&A efforts including valuation, diligence, and integration efforts and helped the company grow from $200M to $300M in annual revenues.

Prior to Tessera, Mr. Schader served in successive accounting and finance roles at both Sonic Solutions and Roxio. He was heavily involved in the acquisition and integration of Napster (a peer-to-peer music file sharing technology) and played a lead role in selling the Roxio software division to Sonic Solutions. In his time at Sonic Solutions and Roxio Mr. Schader developed deep experience in analyzing and understanding markets and formulating pricing strategies.

A Certified Public Accountant, Mr. Schader received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Accounting from Brigham Young University.

Advisory Board

Jed Black, MD, Medical Advisory Board Chairman
Director Sleep Disorders Clinic
Stanford University Medical Center
Jonathan S. Lewin, MD
Chairman, Radiology and Radiological Science
Johns Hopkins Hospital
Ron Harper, PhD,
Brain & SIDS researcher
UCLA Geffen School of Medicine
Robert Berg, MD,
Pediatric cardiologist
University of Pennsylvania College of Medicine
Anthony Cagle
Former VP Technology
Bob Dobkin,
Technical Advisory Board Chairman
Co-founder and CTO
Linear Technology