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Expert in Technology Commercialization, Business Development, Material Science, Photonics, Business Incubation

Expert ID: 108259 Massachusetts, USA

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In 2006 expert was promoted to Director of Business Incubation at Boston University. He was responsible for incubating new technology companies originating from all disciplines at BU and other major research institutions in the region. In a period of four years under his leadership the BU Business Incubator Program grew to become one of the leading university incubators in the nation. Between 2006 and 2010, twenty incubator companies raised more than $100 million from local venture capital funds and private investors during one of the worst economic periods in history.

As a center of innovation, the Incubator Program demonstrated how a major research university could take on the mission of launching successful companies while simultaneously educating students and future business leaders.

Portfolio companies included FiberGrade, Solx, BioScale, A123 Systems, U.S. Genomics, Verrillon, Progenika, DNA Repair Company, Patient Flow Technologies, MPTV, SpringLeaf Therapeutics (formerly Entra Pharmaceuticals) and Good Start Genetics. FiberGrade, a telecommunications equipment company, was acquired by PXIT Inc. in 2004 and subsequently by Agilent in 2006. Solx, a medical device company, was acquired by Occulogix (NASDAQ: OCCX). A123 Systems (NASDAQ: AONE) raised $378M with an IPO. Patient Flow Technologies was acquired, and eQuilibrium Solutions was acquired by EnerNOC. Good Start Genetics closed an $18 million VC round, SpringLeaf closed a $19 million round and MTPV closed a $10 million series B round.


For the past fifteen years, expert has focused on innovation, technology commercialization and new business ventures. At Boston University he was Assistant Director of the Photonics Center with responsibilities for technology commercialization and corporate relations. He was responsible for sourcing deals, conducting due-diligence and negotiating equity/financing terms with founders and investors for new deals in the Center. He was responsible for developing business partnerships with senior executives, venture capitalists, private investors and government officials at the highest level. He conducted market analysis on the photonics industry and organized numerous business conferences and symposia.

He organized the Photonics Center’s annual Executive Symposium “The Future of Light”, one of the most prominent gatherings of business executives in the photonics industry at the time. Expert has strong interpersonal skills in diplomacy and international relations. He was invited by the Consulate of France to lead a delegation to tour companies, universities and government facilities in France and to consult on technology commercialization. At the invitation of the Canadian government, he established the Photonics Center as a founding member of the International Photonics Commercialization Alliance.

He has presented to high ranking government officials including the Chief Minister of Penang, Malaysia, the Minister of Economy, Finance and Industry for France, the president of the National Research Council of Canada, the Consul Generals of the U.K., Canada, France, China and countless economic development officials from the governments of the U.K., Spain, Switzerland, China, Singapore, Norway, Ireland and Scotland. His work brought international recognition to Boston University.

For more than 20 years, expert has studied and conducted research into thin-film material science. He has published over 40 papers in the field and consulted for government and industry. His research has been in areas covering magnetic, optical, electronic, thermal, and mechanical properties of a wide variety of thin-film materials.

Expert has applied his knowledge of thin films to a wide array of technologies, including electronics, semiconductor devices, data storage media, magnetic recording media, thin film and MR recording heads, and microwave and infrared devices.

Expert has conducted research and published in the area of nucleation and growth of thin films, surface chemistry, organic monolayers, and chemical and plasma treatments of surfaces. He has studied friction and tribology as applied to data storage technology, diamond and DLC coatings, rubber and tire technology, and other applications. Throughout his career, expert has designed, built, modified, and invented vacuum processing equipment for specialized applications in research and development. He has worked with CVD, chemical and physical sputtering, plasma etching, plasma polymerization, evaporation, vapor sources, MBE, and UHV technologies.

Much of his earlier career has been devoted to the chemistry of carbon and its use in various forms in many industrial technologies. This work has centered on diamond-like carbon coatings, pure diamond thin films, graphite, carbon black, and carbon fiber technologies. His efforts have included the analysis of surface treatments for a variety of carbonatious surfaces and applications in bio-medical devices. Expert developed CVD diamond growth technology and conducted fundamental studies of the physical properties of diamond. This work led to the development of the highest purity CVD diamond at the time. At Raytheon, expert was program manager for an Air Force contract in diamond infrared materials technology.

Expert's research has been focused on understanding the relationships between atomic structure and properties of materials. He has made extensive use of such techniques as SEM, TEM, scanning tunnel and atomic force microscopies, RBS, SIMS, Auger, XPS, EXAFS, X-ray diffraction, STEM, thermal desorption, and many other techniques in the pursuit of understanding crystalline, amorphous, and monolayer materials.





Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Boston, Massachusetts - Worcester, Massachusetts - Springfield, Massachusetts - Lowell, Massachusetts - Cambridge, Massachusetts - Brockton, Massachusetts - New Bedford, Massachusetts - Hartford, Connecticut - Manchester, New Hampshire - Providence, Rhode Island

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1998 Degree: M.B.A. Subject: Business Administration Institution: Boston University
Year: 1981 Degree: Ph.D. Subject: Physics Institution: Cambridge University
Year: 1978 Degree: M.Phil. Subject: Material Science Institution: Sussex University
Year: 1976 Degree: B.Sc. Subject: Applied Physics Institution: Sussex University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2006 to 2009 Employer: Boston University Title: Director, Business Incubation Department: Office of Technology Development Responsibilities: Expert was promoted to Director of Business Incubation at Boston University. He was responsible for incubating new technology companies originating from all disciplines at BU and other major research institutions in the region. In a period of four years under his leadership the BU Business Incubator Program grew to become one of the leading university incubators in the nation. Between 2006 and 2010, twenty incubator companies raised more than $100 million from local venture capital funds and private investors during one of the worst economic periods in history. As a center of innovation, the Incubator Program demonstrated how a major research university could take on the mission of launching successful companies while simultaneously educating students and future business leaders.
Years: 1996 to 2006 Employer: Boston University Title: Assistant Director Department: Photonics Center Responsibilities: Expert was responsible for technology commercialization and corporate relations. This included sourcing deals, conducting due-diligence and negotiating equity/financing terms with founders and investors for new deals in the Center. He was responsible for developing business partnerships with senior executives, venture capitalists, private investors and government officials at the highest level. He conducted market analysis on the photonics industry and organized numerous business conferences and symposia. From 1998 to 2006 he organized the Photonics Center’s annual Executive Symposium “The Future of Light”, one of the most prominent gatherings of business executives in the photonics industry at the time.
Years: 1995 to 1996 Employer: Cabot Corporation Title: Member of Technical Staff Department: Responsibilities: Expert Reported to the Corporate Vice President with responsibility for developing new business opportunities for the strategic growth of the $1.8 billion company. He developed the business and technical strategy for entering the lithium battery market in collaboration with Arthur D. Little and other overseas companies. He initiated and funded a collaborative program with TRI Princeton for the development of new advanced carbon fiber composite materials. He worked on new business development involving carbon chemistry and associated technologies..
Years: 1992 to 1995 Employer: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Title: Visiting Scientist Department: Responsibilities: Expert conducted Extended X-Ray Absorption Fine Structure (EXAFS) work at the Brookhaven National Laboratory to understand the atomic structure of magnetic thin films. He initiated entrepreneurial studies and business interests.
Years: 1988 to 1992 Employer: Raytheon Company Title: Program Manager/Senior Project Scientist Department: Research Division Responsibilities: Expert was responsible for defense contract R&D and project management.
This included technical marketing, writing and evaluation of contract proposals and program funding. He managed a company wide program on GaAs electro-optic/microwave integration technology for optical fiber distribution of RF and microwave radar signals. He developed the highest purity CVD diamond ever produced and the most viable commercialization process to date. He was promoted to Program Manager for government funded programs in CVD diamond IR coatings.
Years: 1983 to 1988 Employer: IBM, Research Division Title: Research Staff Member Department: Almaden Research Center Responsibilities: Expert was involved with data storage R&D, thin film material science, technology development, and basic research. He conducted basic research and technology development for advanced optical and magnetic data storage media. He transferred data storage technology from research into pilot production and commercialization. He pioneered the discovery of the origin of magnetic anisotropy in amorphous TbFe magnetic recording materials.
He developed new RF plasma processing techniques involving physical and reactive sputtering and plasma etching. He published and gained international recognition in the fields of thin film material science and plasma processing.
He developed the physical science of hydrogenated amorphous carbon ‘diamond-like’ coatings.
Years: to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Research Staff Department: Research Division Responsibilities: Expert was responsible for VLSI process development, new materials development, SRAM and DRAM development. He developed VLSI engineering processes and conducted product development for advanced, sub-micron, NMOS and CMOS memory integrated circuits. He conducted research in thin film deposition, plasma processing and oxidation of silicide materials.
Years: 2013 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Senior Vice President, Advanced Technology Department: Responsibilities: Expert is a consultant in the area of assisting companies in Europe to establish business operations in the United States.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Expert has been a past member and contributor to the Materials Research Society, American Vacuum Society, Society for Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers, Electrochemical Society and the National Business Incubator Association.
Professional Appointments
Expert has consulted to numerous governments and private industry. In 1988 he was selected to serve the National Science Foundation to review universities for federal funding as part of the Materials Research Laboratory program.
Awards / Recognition
Expert is listed in numerous editions of Who's Who including Who’s Who in the World, Who's Who in America and Who’s Who in Science and Engineering.
Publications and Patents Summary
As a professional scientist, expert has published over forty papers in thin film material science, holds two patents, given invited presentations at countless professional society meetings, organized and chaired international conferences, symposia and refereed papers for archival journals.

Fields of Expertise

business incubator, business innovation, business management, business plan, business valuation, commercialization, entrepreneurship, innovation, management, management consulting, microenterprise development, new technology business value measurement, startup, technical support, technology, technology development, technology innovation management, technology management, venture capital support, team building, business development, business, ideation, laboratory management, laboratory, research and development, research management, economic development, government-industry-education interaction, international development, international relations, international technology transfer, licensable technology, technology evaluation, thin-film technology, thin-film property, thin film, thin-film deposition, thin-film electrical property, thin-film magnetic property, thin-film magnetism, thin-film optical property, advanced material technology, thin-film optics, thin-film memory, magneto-optic data storage, magnetic thin film, plasma surface treatment, vacuum technology, ultra-high vacuum, ultra-high vacuum system, carbon chemistry, diamond-like carbon, diamond thin film, diamond coating material, chemical vapor deposition, material analysis, thin-film analysis, product innovation, process innovation, business model, venture capital, strategic innovation, license agreement, economic research, product evaluation, business analysis, mergers and acquisitions, conventional licensing, small business, cross-functional team, international contract negotiation, vacuum equipment, high-frequency communication, film thickness gage, dry film thickness, surface modification, deposition technology, superhard coating material, synthetic diamond, organizational development, diamond-like carbon coating material, infrared systems engineering, thin-film sensor, transparent optical hard coating, engineering project management, film forming, low-pressure chemical vapor deposition, coating material characterization, valuation, product management, European patent, research and development collaboration, magnetic alloy development, infrared material, electronic packaging, electronic equipment heat conduction, electronics research-and-development management, research and development planning, corporate strategic planning, high-vacuum technology, biomedical product development, thermal plasma diamond deposition, technology innovation, medical technology, engineering economics, nucleation, contract, vacuum deposition equipment, thin-film mechanical property, electrical product development, nanotechnology, device product development, material product development, electronics measurement, electronics engineering, optical-disk storage, magnetic data storage material, infrared radiation energy, plasma processing, new product development management, coating material, amorphous solid, gas plasma, communication satellite, thin-film circuit, surface analysis, plasma physics, optical material, optical film, metallurgy, management decision-making, magnetic film, high vacuum, electronic warfare, electronic countermeasure, electron microscopy, data storage process

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