About Us

Founder/CEO - Anthony Chobot, MBA
Tony Chobot brings over fifteen years of engineering project management expertise to the Asta team. Mr. Chobot is responsible for executing Asta's mission.
Founder - Sumita Pennathur, PhD
Dr. Pennathur is Associate Professor in the UCSB Mechanical Engineering Department. Her fundamental discoveries and contributions to the fields of micro and nanofluidics for biodetection applications landed her the 2010 Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering. Dr. Pennathur provides technical oversight to fluidic design of the detection platform.
Founder/CTO - Alex Russell
Alex Russell combines engineering and entrepreneurship to drive technology and intellectual property development.
Founder - Alex Soffici, MD
Dr. Soffici is the Director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine for the Cottage Health System and a teaching faculty at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. His department emphasizes both prenatal diagnosis and the care of high-risk obstetrical patients. Dr. Soffici will provide clinical oversight through all product development and into device commercialization.
Legal Counsel - Thiele & May, LLP