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Michael Tzannes
Chairman and Co-Founder, Accusonos, USA

Michael Tzannes has spent his career working at companies that improve the way people process and communicate digital information. From 1990 to 2012, he was with Aware, Inc. (NASDAQ: AWRE) as Executive Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Technical Officer. After a successful IPO in 1996, Aware became a widely recognized communications technology pioneer and the leading supplier of silicon intellectual property to the digital subscriber line (DSL) industry. Michael also founded Aware's patent management operations and led the sale of DSL, networking and signal processing patents to Intellectual Ventures, Intel, Techquity and others for over $100M.

Since 2012, Michael has been active in the start-up community in Greece as an angel investor and adviser. He is currently Chairman and Founder of Accusonus, with locations in Patras and Athens, which builds human-friendly audio software focused on democratizing the creation of content. He also serves on the Board of Directors at Athroa Innovations, Irida Labs and Yodiwo.

In 2012, he and Marcos Tzannes founded Tzannes Patent Management (TzPM) to provide guidance in the strategic development, assessment and monetization of high-quality patent assets. TzPM provides thought leadership in integrating intellectual property strategy with overall corporate strategy. TzPM has experience in technical due diligence of patent claims, infringement and evidence-of-use analysis, inter partes review cases, claim construction and validity analysis.

Michael is a lifelong innovator with over 75 US and foreign patents addressing core technologies in multicarrier DWMT communications, MP3 audio, DSL, Wi-Fi, LTE and IoT communications. Michael is on the Advisory Board for the Electrical Engineering department at Tufts University. He is a member of classic rock cover band French Lick that performs at charity events throughout the Boston area. Michael was valedictorian at the University of Patras, Greece and holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. from Tufts University, all in Electrical Engineering.