Brent Townshend is currently doing Synthetic Biology research in Stanford's Bioengineering department. He was formerly CEO of Ordinate Corporation & President of Townshend Intellectual Property. At TIP, Brent was the inventor of the 56k modem, which was subsequently licensed to 3Com, Conexant, IBM & others. Brent has held appointments as a Consulting Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University & McGill university. Primary technical interests are biotech, signal processing, software engineering, & intellectual property issues.