Soliton Reach is an innovative startup technology company based in Ohio, USA, focused on the development of motion sensors for use in multiple fields.  The company is seeking strategic partners for the next stage of growth, including VR/AR/MR application developers and innovators for possible collaboration.

Dr. Robert Lee is a founder and COO of Soliton Reach, also a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Ohio State University.  Additionally he is a co-founder of Ikove Capital Partners and helped found Nikola Labs. The R&D team is led by co-founder Dr. Furrukh Khan, Ph.D., a distinguished software/hardware expert and Emeritus Professor from the Ohio State University.  Flavio Lobato, Chairman of the Board, has over 25 years of experience in alternative investments and traditional capital markets. Previously, Flavio was Executive Director at Liongate Capital Management, a $7 billion alternative investment manager acquired by Principal Global Investors.  Jessie Zhao, co-founder, Lead Engineer and faculty at the Ohio State University, is an embedded systems and firmware expert, focused on driving continued innovation.  Jon Dean joined the team in 2016; an entrepreneur and games industry veteran, Jon has been an executive with major interactive software companies including Electronic Arts, Midway and Activision.  


Dr. Furrukh Khan

Dr. Khan got his Ph.D. from SUNY at Stony Brook and worked as a postdoc at Cornell University as a theoretical physicist before joining the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The Ohio State University. He has also worked for the Max Plank Institute for Condensed Matter Physics in Stuttgart, Germany, as well as for the Department of Physics at Brookhaven National Laboratories, on Long Island, NY.

Dr. Khan has been interested in and has extensively published in the fields of theoretical physics, condensed matter physics, superconductivity, molecular dynamics, semiconductor surface reconstruction, supercomputing, software engineering, services oriented architectures, enterprise software systems, and medical applications of computer gaming. His projects have been funded by OSU medical center, Texas Instruments, Microsoft, Cray, Lucent Technologies, Qwest, Department of Defense, Air Force Research, Office of Naval Research, and the National Science Foundation. He has won multiple college and department awards on innovation in teaching. Dr. Khan retired from The Ohio State University in 2015 to join IKOVE Venture Partners as a Managing Director. He also holds an Emeritus Professor position at The Ohio State University and continues to take part in teaching and research.

Jessie Zhao

Ms. Jessie Zhao obtained her undergrad degree with Honor Distinction in Electrical Engineering from the Ohio State University, Followed by a degree in Master of Science. She joined IKOVE Venture Partners as Project Manager shortly after graduation in 2015. As an undergrad student she participated in many research as well as educational projects. She helped the department in setting up a novel sequence of sophomore and junior level courses and labs for which she got a special award from the College of Engineering. She also helped the college in forging a strong relationship with Texas Instruments and acquiring funding for the new courses and labs. Her interests as an undergraduate student were centered around mixed signal embedded systems, software engineering, use cases analysis and software patterns.

As a graduate student Ms. Zhao continued to be involved in multiple research projects. She took important roles in collaborating with the OSU Medical Center to work on funded research projects involving novel Therapy system for stroke patients. She took critical roles in the development of hardware - game engine interface, gaming content creation and interfacing between the patients and the engineering team. She has also been involved in developing light weight full body motion capture systems and collaborating with the Nationwide Children’s Hospital on various engineering projects. Ms. Zhao interned at Texas Instruments, as well as Lakeshore Cryotronics located in Columbus, Ohio.


Ikove Venture Partners (IVP) bridges the gap between University funded R&D and VC funded rounds by providing not only capital, but by acting as a “Startup Nursery”. IVP has installed a multi-layered due diligence process aimed at vetting the most promising technologies, and creating the right teams to bring those to market.