Dr. Burks began his career in a research laboratory at UC Santa Barbara, where he earned his PhD in Chemistry under the guidance of Prof. Peter C. Ford. After graduation, Peter’s passion for turning laboratory science into products that improve people’s lives led him to find Active Life.

Since joining the team in 2014, Peter has played an integral leadership role across nearly all functions of the company. He began in sales lead generation and market education, but quickly ascended to become the head of sales, research support and clinical development. Since late 2014, Peter has brought in over $1M in revenue while also working closely with Active Life’s customers and collaborators to facilitate their research success. During this period, publications using Active Life’s technology grew from less than 30 peer-reviewed articles to over 90. Peter’s timeline-driven management style and research skill set played a critical role in the commercialization of OsteoProbe for Research Use Only; he worked closely with the engineers to transition an academic laboratory prototype into a research instrument used by top institutions around the world. Recently, Peter has led efforts to map OsteoProbe’s regulatory pathway as well as explore initial commercialization applications. Since becoming CEO, Peter has emphasized strategic focus, team cohesiveness, and accountability. He works closely with the team to drive the company towards achieving the targeted regulatory and commercial goals.

During his PhD, Peter published 6 scientific articles and was recognized with several honors and awards including the Corning Inc. Foundation fellowship, multiple National Science Foundation fellowships, as well as a University Award of Distinction and the B.R. Baker Memorial Award, a top award in his program. While earning his PhD, he simultaneously participated in UCSB’s Technology Management Program where he earned a certificate in Entrepreneurship and was selected as the graduate commencement speaker.