Meet the team

SafetySpect has assembled a blue chip team of executives and advisors that have a deep understanding of how to deploy the SafetySpect service throughout the world. The SafetySpect founders have brought together recognized members of the science community, government regulators, the business community and food / agriculture industries. All have proven successes in their respective fields of expertise.

President & CEO

Kenneth Barton

Mr. Kenneth Barton has over 20 years of experience as a seasoned business development professional in the technology sector, specializing in growing new companies from concept to inception. Through his creation of formal business relationships with both domestic and International business partners, Ken has grown start-up companies to over $40 million in enterprise value while driving business development as a platform to dramatically increase shareholder appreciation.  These partnerships include Symantec Corporation, USPS and international government agencies and ministries. Mr. Barton has initiated agreements with ministry level organizations forming branding and joint venture relationships around the world such as the Universal Postal Union, a U.N. organization. Mr. Barton has also secured domestic communication services contracts through multi-national corporations and Federal agencies including the GAO (General Accountability Office), the United States Postal Service (USPS), AT&T, Sprint, Qwest, Accenture and other system integrators and defense contractors. Mr. Barton has a B.S. in Economics from the University of Maryland and holds a J.D.

Program Manager

Dr. Nicholas Booth, PhD

Dr. Nicholas Booth Ph.D. technology advisor, is the inventor of numerous optomechanical and microfluidic systems currently under development he earned his B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne (UK) in 1993, his M.Sc. in Surface Science and Engineering from Loughborough University (UK) in 1994 and his Ph.D. in Physics from Warwick University (UK) in 1999. He was a senior research associate in the department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Houston where he was responsible for the design and development of a novel phase-shifting interferometer used to characterize non-linearities during rapid crystal growth from solution in real time. During this project he demonstrated methods to modify solution flow within small channels of a compact crystallization chamber to enhance the quality and speed of production of solution-grown crystals and developed prototype space-flight hardware for NASA. Prior to joining SMI he was Director of Research and Development at Chromologic responsible for product design, testing and development of a Non-Invasive Ocular Hydration Meter for field deployment with the Army, a novel pressure monitoring chest seal for the Navy, a surgical debridement assistance device for the Army, a microfluidic blood preservation system for NASA, an optical tinnitus monitor and an oxidative stress monitor. Dr. Booth is a US citizen.

Chief Financial Officer

Thomas Burke

Mr. Burke has spent the majority of his career in investment banking and principal finance with Lehman Brothers (11 years), Dresdner Kleinwort (3 years) and Wachovia/Wells Fargo (3 years). Over his career, he has executed more than $20 billion of public and private debt and equity transactions. Mr. Burke has substantial management and corporate finance experience.He has a wide range of experience and has completed numerous public and private transactions in industries as diverse as property, infrastructure, entertainment, theme parks, waste management and regulated utilities. Mr. Burke has sat on the board of large portfolio companies as a director or board observer in connection with mezzanine debt / preferred equity and/or equity principal investments in companies such as Odeon Cinemas (Europe’s then largest cinema chain) and Pubmaster Group (a £1.2bn / $2.0bn, 3,100 pub UK company). In connection with these investments, Mr. Burke exercised board level responsibilities for overall company and financing strategy, follow-on company acquisitions, the integration of acquisitions and developing exit strategies. He holds an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and an MBA in finance from Columbia University.


David Carroll

Mr. Carroll brings experience gained while serving as a CPA
in the Big 4 Los Angeles practices of Deloitte and EY. His experience includes being entrusted on highly sensitive clients including audits spanning the aerospace and manufacturing sectors including GM-Hughes, Boeing-Rockwell, and Nissan, and attest/acquisition/litigation services, including KKR, Penn Central, and specialized NYSE level engagements. Mr. Carroll has performed contract compliance services for DARPA, DoE, DoD, DoC, Treasury, State agencies, and multinational tax authorities, and will lead SafetySpect’s accounting and DCAA level government contract compliance. Mr. Carroll has served on several elected boards, including the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce, and appointments to the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation Golden Strike Partnership, and the Special Resources Council of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
Mr. Carroll holds a BBA degree in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and an MBT degree
from the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California.

Chief Technology Officer

Fartash Vasefi, PhD

For more than ten years, Dr. Vasefi’s academic and industrial work has ranged from basic fundamental research in electrical and optical engineering to translational cancer diagnostics applications. In particular, Dr. Vasefi is interested in commercially adoptable technologies that use innovative optical imaging systems, image processing algorithms, and integrated micrometer and nanometer scale optical devices in biological sensing and imaging systems. Dr. Vasefi received his doctorate degree in Biomedical Engineering from Simon Fraser University, Canada. His publications include conference papers (60), journal articles (20) and U.S. patent applications (4). During the doctoral and postdoctoral trainings, he has received a number of international and Canadian awards from SPIE, Canadian Institute of Health Research, and Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems institutions. As CTO at SafetySpect, Dr. Vasefi manages the coordination of internal personnel, contract manufacturers, academic collaborators, software developers, and strategic partners to bring a new medical device to market under quality system requirements.

EVP Software Development

Stanislav Sokolov

Mr. Sokolov is leading our systems integration between optical design, electronic design, and image acquisition and processing elements.  His background includes building and architecting several commercially successful high performance, fault tolerate and redundant scalable enterprise grade systems.  His experience in artificial intelligence, neuronets (neural networks), and data structures, will be of direct use in SafetySpect’s implementing proprietary data processing algorithms for digital signatures at a molecular level of analyzed food, and Blockchain integration and data harvesting through machine learning. Mr. Sokolov will also lead the device user interface and user experience programming.  Mr. Sokolov holds a both an MS and BS in Computer Science from MSMU (Moscow State Mining University).