Ben Rollins

About Me

Currently co-founder and managing partner at Axon Optics, a spinout of the University of Utah that addresses the multi-billion dollar migraine market by developing a simple solution--eyeglasses and that relieve migraine pain. Love being involved in the Utah tech startup community and chairing the Silicon Slopes Farmington Chapter committee. Speaker at TEDxSaltLakeCity. Street taco aficionado. Previous: • Founder and CEO of Vaporsens: An SBIR/DOD/Angel backed spin-out of the University of Utah developing an "electronic dog's nose" that helps public safety officials sniff out explosives, chemical agents, and narcotics. Raised over $2.5M and continues to progress. • Entrepreneur in Residence: Worked with researchers at University of Utah via USTAR (Utah Science Technology and Research initiative) to commercialize their technologies. • Founder and CEO of Bombyx Technologies: A spin-out of Cornell University developing biomaterials to treat dry-eye and ocular injury. Company was awarded $1.3M from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense. Company is now Silk Technologies. • Corporate World: Learned the ropes at product marketing and management at Johnson & Johnson and Gap Inc. • Founder of Gorilla Furniture: Opened, owned, and managed two retail storefronts and an online storefront in The Bay Area, CA. • Volunteer: International experience includes two years as a full-time volunteer missionary in Monterrey, Mexico.