BioSurplus Team

In order to offer a high quantity of quality laboratory equipment that has been used, we needed to assemble a core management team that not only understood the equipment, but how to track it, evaluate it and manage an ever-changing inventory. To that end, every BioSurplus core team member has at least 18 years of skilled experience — with in-depth experience that includes operations, scientific instrumentation, biotech, high-tech, and software architecture and development.

Bill VanDeWeghe, President and CEO

Bill was appointed to serve as the President and CEO of BioSurplus in June 2016, bringing over 30 years of management, financial and legal experience.  He is focused on ensuring that customers benefit and grow their businesses through superb service and maximizing the value of their equipment.

Prior to joining BioSurplus, Bill co-founded and served as CEO of RippleNami, Inc., which provides a sophisticated but easy to use mapping platform for businesses, NGO’s and emergency management groups.

Bill also served as a Managing Director at RA Capital Advisors, an investment banking firm located in San Diego, where he assisted in developing strategies for clients and executing M&A transactions and financings.

Bill was previously a shareholder with a law firm, Klinedinst PC. While practicing law, Bill worked with a broad variety of corporations throughout southern California, advising executives and business leaders on numerous issues involving their companies.

Bill served as an artillery officer on active duty in the Army from 1983-1987, followed by a position commanding a firing battery in the Virginia National Guard. Bill was the Republican Party nominee for U.S. Congress, 53rd Congressional District, in 2002. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Princeton University, and his law degree at the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary.

Octavio Espinosa, VP of Sales, Auctions, & Marketing Operations

Octavio leads the inside sales, operations and product marketing teams at BioSurplus.  Prior to joining the company, he was a biotechnology industry scientist for nearly 25 years and held numerous senior-level positions in the areas of R&D, manufacturing, marketing and customer relations.  The core of his technical career was as Senior Microbiologist with the Dow Chemical Company, where he headed bioprocessing and scale-up operations, QC analytical capabilities and technology transfer collaborations.

Prior to Dow, Octavio contributed to the development of Mycogen Corporation, and was instrumental in equipment asset disposition upon its acquisition.  Octavio received his marketing and undergraduate microbiology education and training at the University of California, San Diego.  He is a member of American Society of Microbiology (ASM), Society of Industrial Microbiology (SIM) and the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE).

Dawn Hocevar, VP of National Business Development

Dawn is instrumental in growing relationships with equipment manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies and other supply channel and auction partners throughout the country. She also serves as National Program and Development Chair at Women in Bio, where she guides outreach and promotional efforts for the programs that the organization offers to its members.

Prior to joining BioSurplus in 2007, Hocevar held various positions while employed at Fisher Scientific for 20 years, including senior sales representative and corporate account manager. She managed sales representatives in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as Utah. Prior to Fisher Scientific she also worked as a Licensed Medical Technologist at Stanford Medical Center. Hocevar received her Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in biology and minor in chemistry from San Jose State University.