Welcome to Picocyl
Picocyl is a forward-looking organization which is singularly focused to envision and bring to market new products and solutions which solve today’s and tomorrow’s medical and specialized high-quality application delivery system challenges. Through a full lifecycle of experiential design and engineering services, unique rapid product development approach, state-of-the-art cleanroom manufacturing facilities (ISO Class 8), and commitment to unsurpassed quality, performance and efficacy, Picocyl has earned a reputation as one of the medical industry’s premier innovators and thought leaders for delivery systems.
A pioneer in developing unique energy sources for drug delivery, the Company’s flagship Pico-Cylinders have become the industry standard for single use, gas-powered cylinders. Designed and built from the ground up for the strict requirements of medical, quality compliance, Pico-cylinders are leak free, with superior performance, energy and power density, and low noise impact. Produced in cleanroom manufacturing facilities in the United States of America, Pico-cylinders come in multiple standard form factors. Pico-cylinders can also be completely customized for unique size, weight, fill requirements, pressures, puncture forces and gas types.
Picocyl is ISO 13485:2016 certified, has been audited and approved by numerous medical device and pharmaceutical firms, and has been FDA Inspected.
Our Value Proposition
Picocyl enables the future of drug delivery and other special applications through innovative device design and gas-powered solutions for the medical and pharmaceutical markets. Every product, application and solution we deliver is built from the ground up in our USA-based, state-of-the-art, cleanroom manufacturing facilities (ISO Class 8).
Our extensive methodologies are holistically aligned for medical-grade quality, performance, reliability, efficacy, compliance and for optimal manufacturability. It is our Team of original thinkers, thought leaders and master engineers who lead Picocyl and our organizational core competency to envision and bring to market new, modern applications and solutions which solve today’s and tomorrow’s drug delivery challenges.
Bob is the CEO and CO-founder of Picocyl. Mr. Barron is a proven business leader with a strong Operating background, along with experience in transactions and investments. He has led businesses from start-ups to Fortune 1000 firms, and was a Venture Partner at a leading venture capital firm. He has served on various Boards, numerous Advisory Boards, and guided entrepreneurs to the successful launching of their companies.
As CEO of Chromatis Networks, Bob was responsible for a $4.5B M&A transaction that led to him being featured on CNBC for leading the largest Small Cap transaction in U.S. history. Bob also lead a highly successful commercial spin-out of a government contract manufacturing business, MQA, facilitating a 500% market capitalization increase.
Throughout his career, Bob’s focus and success was based on building and motivating teams to develop strategies for growth, and to execute successfully through proven business processes. Mr. Barron began P&L responsibility in 1986 as Group Vice President of Stanford Telecom, a public technology company. Today, Bob enjoys flying his Bonanza, backcountry skiing, getting off-the-grid in Alaska, and being married to his wife.
Jack is a Co-Founder of Picocyl and well-established in the medical device industry. Jack’s passion is leading smart people to creatively solve real-world problems with innovative solutions that yield effective, high-demand products and processes. Prior to founding Picocyl, Jack worked extensively with retina surgeons to deeply understand their objectives, identify their needs and translate those needs into current market-leading, state-of-the art, handheld surgical instruments. His fifteen successful years in motorsports and specialty vehicle design/development with the Toyota off road racing team and MillenWorks taught Jack to flourish at solving challenging problems in fast-paced, team-centric environments. He currently holds 51 US and 100 International patents.
Jack graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He is happily married with two great twenty-something children, active in the outdoors with a passion for hiking, lightweight backpacking and riding motorcycles.
VP of Operations
Chris has over 20 years of manufacturing operations experience in consumer products, automotive, and medical device and disposables manufacturing industries. Chris brings to Picocyl a wealth of knowledge in areas of manufacturing engineering, project management, process automation, quality systems, and organizational leadership.
Chris is a Colorado State University graduate and a certified Project Management Professional. In his free time, Chris designs, builds, and races sports cars with the Sports Car Club of America, where he has won eight National Championships.
Manufacturing, Process, and Applications Engineer
Yule has over 8-years of engineering experience in medical device industry, and has developed knowledge and skillsets in both R&D and manufacturing world. This allows Yule to make contributions to Picocyl in many different ways including development of new applications, and improving and maintaining manufacturing efficiency and quality. All of Yule’s professional career has been with start-up companies, so he enjoys and fits well to a fast-paced medical-device manufacturing environment.
In his free time, Yule enjoys being outdoor for traveling, hiking and snowboarding.
Sr. VP of Plastic Injection Molding
Mr. Welikala has a lifelong love of plastics that has only grown with his decades of experience focusing on injection molding for medical devices. Starting with the founding of Apec in 1997, he built the company from the ground up to focus exclusively on injection molding of medical parts and successfully grew the business until it was acquired by Helix Medical in 2007, where he continued to serve for another 6 years as the Executive Vice President Global Business Development. In 2014 he cofounded Medacys, an injection molding company based in Shenzhen, China that flourished and eventually merged with EG Gilero.
Foundational to his life is his family. In his free time he enjoys cultivating new types of plants in his garden and his relentless curiosity has inspired him to pursue education in bee biology and Beekeeping to better understand the fascinatingly complex insects that help his garden thrive.
VP of Gas Solutions
Mr. Bliss has over 35 years of experience in medical device and industrial gas equipment design and manufacturing. He holds numerous patents and is an author of studies published in peer reviewed medical journals as well as abstracts and conference presentations. He is currently a principal in the consulting firm Techniflow Inc. Peter received a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. He has been with the industrial gas equipment firm Minnesota Valley Engineering (now Chart Industries), Chief Engineer of the custom valve manufacturer Wair Products Inc, and partner in the consulting firm Valley Inspired Products. Peter was co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of the start-up device firm, Oxytec Medical which introduced an innovative and industry leading portable oxygen concentrator for respiratory patients. After acquisition of Oxytec he stayed on as Principal Engineer with Philips Healthcare for 7 years.
Peter lives with his wife Joan and three children near Minneapolis, MN.
Regulatory Affairs and Quality Engineering
Jamie has a background in Biomedical Engineering and over 5 years of experience in quality and regulatory roles. She started her career performing clinical drug studies, gaining experience in navigating FDA requirements, and later acquired quality expertise working in biologics and drug therapies. Jamie joined Picocyl to pursue her interests in medical device innovation, where she has applied her high standards of quality to the medical manufacturing environment.
Outside the office, Jamie enjoys exploring Denver, venturing into the mountains, and chasing powder days on the ski slopes.
Finance & Administration
With over 17-years in medical manufacturing, Kirsten has successfully executed site objectives while growing partnerships with customers and suppliers. Her unique combination of production planning, supply chain optimization, operational management, and finance skills allows her to support Picocyl’s strategic business plans, grow internal and external relationships while providing insight to day to day manufacturing operations.
Although dedicated to her professional development, she enjoy camping, river rafting, fly fishing and snowboarding with family and friends.
Henry has over 8 years of service in the manufacturing industry. First 4 years he was on the Manufacturing Maintenance team at Triangle Mfg. and was responsible for preventive maintenance, repairs, and maintaining validations of medical manufacturing equipment. After leaving Triangle Mfg. and moving to Colorado he expanded his service knowledge by working for Haas Automation for 4 years. Along with servicing all Haas equipment he trained new engineers and would give support to technicians in need.
In his free time Henry loves to be outside camping, playing sports like basketball or frisbee, and in the wintertime snowboarding. When he’s at home he enjoys playing guitar and making music.
Peter has 10 years of medical manufacturing experience. He has seen and worked in a wide variety environment and learned many different trade skills. Peter has been able to implement these skills here at Picocyl and help contribute to our current production processes and on-going engineering builds.
On his free time, he enjoys running, being outdoors, cooking, watching sports and spending time with his family and friends.
Innovation in everything we do.
Driving innovation with our leak-free cylinder designs and sub-systems through thought leadership, a commitment to experiential design and rapid development, and state-of-the-art cleanroom manufacturing facilities.