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CEO – R3 Fusion, Inc.
Keith Blakely is a serial entrepreneur, having started
his first company, Advanced Refractory Technologies, Inc. (ART), in Buffalo,
NY in 1981 at the age of 24 after spending four years at the Carborundum Company
in Niagara Falls, NY. For the next twenty years, he served as ART’s Chairman,
President & CEO, overseeing its growth from a 2 person operation to over 320
people with two international joint ventures and three domestic facilities.
During his tenure, he established relationships with General Motors, Bekaert,
Mitsubishi, Westinghouse, Siemens, McDermott International, United Defense,
and many others. The company was recognized as a worldwide leader in advanced
materials when it was acquired by a subsidiary of Tyco International in June,
2001. In 2001 he founded The InVentures Group which provides technology assessments,
business planning, and technology commercialization assistance to organizations
on a global basis. He also founded First Wave Technologies, Inc., an organization
dedicated to the commercialization of innovative products and technologies
developed in upstate NY. In 2002, Blakely started NanoDynamics, Inc., a leader
in the commercialization of nanomaterials and nanotechnology-enabled components
and systems. He served as its CEO until 2009, overseeing the development and
commercial launch of disruptive new products for the energy, environmental,
and infrastructure markets. In 2009, Blakely partnered with Dr. Roshan Jachuck
to lead the commercial transition of R3 Fusion – a cleantech company that has
developed one of the most interesting and impactful water treatment technologies
in the world. Mr. Blakely, who was elected a Fellow of the American Ceramic
Society in 2001, has significant board-level experience and has served on the
boards of several public and private organizations, including the Buffalo-Niagara
International Trade Council, the Western New York Technology Development Corporation,
and the Buffalo Economic Renaissance Corporation. He is a two time winner of
Research and Development Magazines “IR-100” award for the 100 most technologically
significant new products, holds several US patents, was profiled in Figaro
magazine, has appeared on CNBC’s Squawkbox business program, and is the author
of numerous technical and business articles. In 2007, he was named Business
Leader of the Year by Small Times Magazine.
THE HONORABLE KELLY H. CARNES President and Chief Executive Officer, TechVision21
Kelly Carnes is an entrepreneur, and nationally recognized technology policy expert and thought leader. She has served the high tech industry for over 20 years, holding leadership positions in technology business, law and government.
She is President and CEO of TechVision21, a Washington, DC-based technology strategy firm. TechVision21 leverages technology, business and government expertise to help companies: pinpoint and secure research and technology funding; forge critical alliances with business and government leaders; and promote and protect their interests in Washington. TechVision21 clients include global companies, leading U.S. research universities, government, and science and technology non-profit organizations.
Before founding TechVision21, Ms. Carnes served eight years at the highest levels of the U.S. government, working first as an aide to then First Lady Hillary Clinton, and later, as a senior technology policy advisor to four Secretaries of Commerce. Most recently, Ms. Carnes served four years as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Technology Policy. As a Presidential appointee, confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Ms. Carnes represented the Administration before Congress, and was a liaison to, and advocate for, the technology business community. Ms. Carnes also represented the United States in negotiations with foreign governments, and in multi-lateral fora, including the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Ms. Carnes also provided strategic direction and management oversight for a large Federal agency; spearheaded sophisticated, highly-leveraged public-private partnerships to promote technological innovation; and led numerous Presidential and Cabinet-level technology initiatives. Private sector partners—including Warner Brothers, Scientific American, the National Association of Manufacturers, and DeVry University—invested $50+ for every Federal dollar invested in these ventures.
Ms. Carnes served as a key point person on numerous high profile issues affecting technology businesses, including regulation of E-commerce, H-1(b) visas, the R&D tax credit, securities litigation reform, financial accounting standards, and the high tech work force shortage. She also helped lead the Administration’s efforts to increase the representation of women and minorities in the nation’s technology work force.
Ms. Carnes directed several Presidential-level technology programs and initiatives, including the National Medal of Technology, America’s highest award for technological innovation. She also created GetTech, an award winning national public awareness and information campaign to encourage teens to pursue technology careers. GetTech features celebrity endorsements, radio and television public service announcements, and an interactive web site. GetTech ads have been broadcast more than 45,000 times, and have reached students in 14,000 public middle schools.
Ms. Carnes is known as a dynamic speaker and forceful advocate for industry on technology and competitiveness issues. She is a frequent keynote speaker at technology and business conferences around the nation, and has been widely quoted in the media, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, CNN.com, Business Week.com, Information Week, CIO Magazine and The National Journal. She has been a featured guest on National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation, and appeared on television and radio broadcasts nationwide.
Ms. Carnes has served on numerous Boards and Commissions, including the Comptroller General’s Advisory Board (Government Accountability Office), the Senior Advisory Group for the Director of National Intelligence, a National Governors’ Association Commission on Technology and Adult Education, and the Steering Committee for the Commission on the Advancement of Women and Minorities in Science, Engineering and Technology (the “Morella Commission”). Ms. Carnes also has served as an advisor to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and BEST: Building Engineering and Science Talent. In 2000, Ms. Carnes was selected by the Center for the Study of the Presidency to join an elite group of experts making recommendations to President Bush on improving the federal government’s ability to develop technology and competitiveness policy.
Ms. Carnes previously enjoyed a highly successful technology business career. As an attorney at a top national law firm, Ms. Carnes structured and negotiated more than $1 billion in technology business transactions. These included joint ventures and strategic alliances, venture capital transactions, technology development, licensing and marketing agreements, systems integration projects, and large-scale computer outsourcing transactions.
Ms. Carnes graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She also graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law School, where she served as Topics Editor for the Georgetown Law Journal.
Mr. Jankowski joined the board in February 2009. He has served as the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer since that time. After joining the Company in 1995, Mr. Jankowski held offices including Vice President of Finance, Chief Financial Officer, Secretary, Treasurer and Controller. From 1990-1995 he served as Controller for two building and public works contractors in the Chicago area, during which time he had significant business development responsibilities. From 1986 to 1990, he worked for Kemper Financial Services in their accounting control corporate compliance unit, serving as unit supervisor during his last two years. Mr. Jankowski holds a B.S. from Northern Illinois University and an M.B.A. from Loyola University. He has served on the TechAmerica Midwest Board since 2008 and was an active member of the TechAmerica Midwest CFO Committee from 2006 through 2008. He was appointed to the Advisory Board of the Nanobusiness Commercialization Association in 2009. Mr. Jankowski was also appointed to the Romeoville Economic Development Commission and served from 2004 to 2010. He has also served on the advisory board of NITECH (Formerly WESTEC), an Illinois Technology Enterprise Center focusing on the commercialization of advanced manufacturing technologies from 2003 to 2008. In 2009, Mr. Jankowski was appointed to the board of directors of the Northern Illinois Technology Foundation, an economic development and technology transfer entity that is part of Northern Illinois University. The Company believes that Mr. Jankowski’s long-term and intimate experience with Nanophase operations, along with his financial and management expertise, makes him a valuable member of its Board of Directors.
SCOTT B. LIVINGSTON Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Livingston Securities LLC
Mr. Livingston has been working on emerging technologies at Wall Street firms for over 18 years and has specialized in nanotechnologies since 2002. Mr. Livingston has been called "sharp and highly connected" by the Forbes Wolfe Nanotechnology Report (July 1, 2005) and has been a keynote speaker on advanced technology investment trends at MIT, the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), the Nanobusiness Alliance, Brookhaven National Labs, Rice University Center for Nanotechnology, the Lawrence Berkeley Labs, Albany Nanotech, Hillary Clinton's Jobs for New York, the US Congress Nanotechnology Caucus and the US Congress High Tech Caucus, and at conferences on economic development and job creation through investment in advanced technologies in over a dozen states across America. In addition, Mr. Livingston is also the creator of the annual "Livingston Nanotechnology Conference," Wall Street's largest annual nanotechnology investor conference since 2005.
From 2005 to 2009 Mr. Livingston was a Managing Director at Axiom Capital Management, Inc, and head of the Livingston Group, a division within Axiom focused on nanotechnology. From 2000 to 2005 Mr. Livingston was a Director in the Private Investment Management Division at Lehman Brothers. While at Lehman in 2002, Mr. Livingston began his focus on nanotechnology and started to cover the field for institutional and individual investors. From 1996 to 2000, Mr. Livingston served as a Director in the Private Client Group at Cowen & Co (later renamed SG Cowen Securities), where he was a member of the Chairman's Club from 1998 to 2000 the firm's highest honor for private client management. While at Cowen, Mr. Livingston focused on emerging technology trends, including genomics, Y2K preparedness and defense technologies. From 1993 to 1996 Mr. Livingston was a Senior Vice President in the Private Client Group at Smith Barney Inc. Mr. Livingston was named a Senior Vice President in 1993, at the age of 24, one of the youngest appointees for the firm at that time. While at Smith Barney Mr. Livingston focused on emerging technology trends, including biotechnology, data networking and telecommunications services. From 1992 to 1993 Mr. Livingston was a Vice President at Shearson Lehman Hutton, Inc. Smith Barney Inc. acquired Shearson Lehman Hutton in March of 1993. From 1989 to 1992 Mr. Livingston was an investment representative with Citigroup Global Markets.
Mr. Livingston graduated from the State University of New York at Albany with a B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in International Economic Relations. Mr. Livingston is a Board Member of the Nanobusiness Alliance and a founding Board Member of the New York Nanobusiness Alliance. Mr. Livingston is also a founding member of the Water Innovations Alliance. Mr. Livingston sits on the Board of the Dolan DNA Learning Center of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and the NanoEthics Group. Mr. Livingston's registrations include Series 4, 7, 24, 53, 55, 63 and 65.
KENNETH E. RUSSELL, PH.D
Enterprise Strategy, CISCO
Ken is focused on building executive level relationships with Cisco’s customers and their partners, providing guiding experience as a trusted advisor for CIOs and their staffs.
His experience includes developing and implementing enterprise programs (Enterprise Strategy, Organizational Leadership, Change Management, Enterprise Architecture, Bioinformatics,) and forging necessary relationships with Legal, IT, Senior Leadership, and Lines of Business to ensure necessary commitments for success. Ken leads with a combination of technology expertise, organizational acumen, and a keen understanding of the importance of precise communication and practical governance. He leverages coaching and mentoring to assist with behavior and culture change efforts (including organization architecture, situational leadership, leader vs. manager, and communication skills coaching).
This approach blends traditional areas of Operations and Applications with Technology, Architecture, and Integration to provide oversight and specific attention to the areas of:
• IT Leadership
• Financial Value
• Technology Innovation
• Organizational Leadership
• High Performing Team Development
Prior to joining Cisco, Ken was Chief Information Officer for the David H. Murdock Research Institute (DHMRI) in Kannapolis, North Carolina where he provided executive leadership to drive delivery and execution of the technology requirements for developing and implementing a green-field life sciences research facility. His experience includes several years as director of IT Strategy & Consulting with Duke Energy, leader of the Enterprise Architecture program at Bank of America, as well as technology and strategy engagements with Fortune 500 organizations (including financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, and retail), academic institutions, non-profits, and innovative startup companies. Specific areas of value include:
• American Express (Enterprise Architecture, Organizational Consulting, Assessment & Certification)
• Bank of America (Enterprise Architecture, Organizational Leadership, Coaching, Governance, Compliance)
• Duke Energy ( Organizational Leadership, Coaching, Governance, Compliance)
• Family Dollar Stores (Enterprise Architecture, Mentoring, Coaching, Organizational Consulting)
• Lowe's Home Improvement Stores (Enterprise Architecture, Coaching, Organizational Consulting)
Ken has a BA in English, and MS and PhD degrees in Education and Organizational Leadership. Ken lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife Ann and their two children, Christian and Alison. He serves on the Board of Advisors for the College of Computing & Informatics and is chairman of the Bioinformatics Professional Science Masters program at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte. His research has explored the impact successful leaders have on their organizations and how a leader's individual style can impact an organization's transparency.
Joel Serface is a seventh-generation Texan who, after starting his career in the Texas energy and policy arena, made a round-trip of the leading technology (and cleantech) communities including Boston, Silicon Valley, Austin, and currently Boulder, Colorado. In the process, Joel became one of the early cleantech voices, investors, community-builders, and policy-supporters.
Over the past 11 years, Joel has created or funded more than 20 cleantech companies, non-profits, and policy organizations. Most recently, Joel served as the first Entrepreneur in Residence at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory with venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Joel previously headed renewable energy efforts at the Austin Clean Energy Incubator, Eastman Ventures, and Sierra Ventures.
Joel is currently focused on building start-ups, advising companies, and supporting policies that will massively scale energy efficiency and renewable energy deployment. His personal passion is helping close the energy financing and philosophical gaps between Silicon Valley and Texas.
Joel serves on the boards of the Clean Economy Network, the CleanTX Foundation, and the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association where he also served as Policy Director for the 2010 legislative session. Joel also serves on advisory committees for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy.
Joel has previously founded the Pecan Street Project, the nation’s first SmartGrid 2.0 test implementation supported by the Department of Energy, served on the California Blue Ribbon Task Force on Nanotechnology, the board of the California Nanosystems Institute, a joint research program between UCLA and UCSB, and founding board member of the MIT Club of Northern California’s Cleantech Speaker Series which yielded the California Cleantech Open.
Joel received his B.S. in Chemical and Environmental Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and M.B.A. from the MIT Sloan School of Management where he was the recipient of the first Patrick McGovern Award for Entrepreneurial Leadership for starting the first MIT Venture Capital Conference.
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Manager of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (IEC),
Richard Adams oversees the teams accountable for the Engineered Innovation Initiative, the Industry Growth Forum, the Venture Capital Advisory Board, Investor Networking Initiatives, Regional and National Incubator Programs, and the NREL Commercialization Assistance Program. He also coordinates IEC's work with the Mentor-Protégé program, the Small Business Subcontracting program, and the development of the Center for Renewable Energy and Economic Development. Prior to joining NREL, Richard was the CEO/President of Warralong Group, and his background also includes executive positions with Novations Group. Before moving to the United States, Richard lived and worked in Australia where he founded and ran Arts Capital, an investment bank. Prior to this he held a variety of senior positions in financial services institutions including Rothschild and Westpac Banking Corporation. He also served as a Director and Shareholder of Virtuosity, a sales training consultancy. He is a graduate of the University of New England (Australia), with a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics, and holds a Graduate Diploma of Business from the Phillip Institute of Technology (Australia).
Founder, President and CTO of ALD NanoSolutions
Dr. Buechler is a domain expert in Fluid Bed Processing and Materials Science. As founder, President and CTO of ALD NanoSolutions she develops and implements strategies to commercialize the novel Particle ALD and Polymer ALD coating technologies. She and her partners built ALD NanoSolutions by raising more than $7M in SBIR/STTR funding and more than $3M in commercially funded product development projects. She is a former Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the Dept. of Chemical Engineering at CU-Boulder where she was instrumental in developing and patenting ALD NanoSolutions technology. She is very active in the nanotechnology community and currently serves on the board of directors of the Colorado Nanotechnology Alliance. Karen has a proven track record in project management and research execution. She has received a number of academic awards including an NSF Minority Graduate Fellowship and a Ford Foundation Graduate Fellowship. She is an author of five peer-reviewed publications and is named inventor on two U.S. Patents. Karen received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Vanderbilt University (1994) and her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from CU-Boulder (1999).
VINCENT CAPRIO Executive Director, NanoBusiness Commercialization Association
Mr. Caprio www.vincentcaprio.org is the Executive Director of the NanoBusiness Commercialization Association www.nanobca.org. Mr. Caprio is one of the foremost advocates for government funding of emerging technologies at both the State and Federal levels. Mr. Caprio has testified before the state legislatures of New York and Connecticut, and has participated in NanoBusiness’ Washington, DC Roundtable for the past nine years. Mr. Caprio is the founder and event director of the 10th Annual NanoBusiness Conference which will be held in Boston, MA on September 25-27, 2011. During the past five years (2006-2011), Mr. Caprio was an invited speaker and guest lecturer on Nanotechnology at over 50 conferences. In addition, Mr. Caprio has appeared on numerous Connecticut TV and radio stations, including WICC 600AM http://www.annkarrick.com/ThisWeek, discussing the impact of Water and Nanotechnology.
Mr. Caprio graduated from Villanova University in 1979 with a B.S in Accounting and completed a MBA from Northeastern in 1987. Mr. Caprio is a member of Villanova University’s Financial Club and serves as an active member of Villanova’s President Club. Mr. Caprio serves on the Board of Trustees for the Easton Community Center and the Easton Learning Foundation in Easton, CT. In the summer of 2008, Mr. Caprio was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Fabricators & Manufactures Association Communications, Inc. based in Rockford, IL.
JIM EGERTON Executive VP, Product Development, Magnolia Solar Corp.
Mr. Egerton is executive vice president for product development at Magnolia Solar. Mr. Egerton has over thirty years of experience in development of microelectronics, optoelectronics and nanotechnology specifically in silicon, GaAs, HgCdTe, ZnO devices and processes. Mr. Egerton has the experience and the expertise in taking R+D technologies and transitioning it to manufacturing and reducing product costs. He has developed both electronic and optical devices and associated fabrication process while improving yield and lower cost for several technologies.
He has a broad range of experience including IBM, Draper Lab, Honeywell, Loral, Nantero and Lockheed Martin. Mr. Egerton holds a bachelor degree in physics from the Evergreen State College, a Masters in Government and Management from Harvard University and an Advanced Diploma in Entrepreneurship from the University of Cambridge. He also attended Stanford University studying electronic device design and processing and sustainable energy conversion and storage. Mr. Egerton is co-inventor on 4 patents and five pending patents. He has authored and co-authored twenty two publications in technologies that can be applied to photovoltaic solar cells.
DON EWERT, IH, Field Services Director, nanoTox, Inc.; Past-Chair, AIHA Nanotechnology Working Group
The year 2010’ marks Don’s 3rd decade as a practicing Industrial Hygienist beginning with Radiation Safety at North Dakota’s largest radioisotope laboratory. During his tenure with NDSU, Don completed his BS in Chemistry and worked towards an MS in Business Administration along with a PhD in Biochemistry. In 1985, Don founded HTI Laboratories and Industrial Consultants, an environmental engineering and consulting firm. This start-up venture gained national recognition and in 1990, the company boasted more than 100 professionals working from 5 offices nationwide. As a leading field & laboratory services organization, HTI served some of our country’s largest corporations as well as a Who’s Who of institutional, industrial, and governmental cliental. Through HTI, Don oversaw environmental sampling of the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers, remediation of medical facilities at Guantanamo Bay Cuba, creation of the first EPA-NIST Mobile Laboratory, and development of major environmental laws. Following years as an expert witness in the area of forensic toxicology, Don accepted a position as Research Scholar in the Center for Environmental Toxicology & Technology at Colorado State University and furthered his graduate work in Environmental Health and Toxicology. Upon leaving CSU, Don began work with the Fort Peck Tribes of Northeastern Montana. There, he led this tribal nation toward satisfaction of a major consent decree. Upon conclusion of this work, Don returned to Colorado where he served as the EH&S Manager for NanoProducts Corporation, a venture capitalized manufacturer of high volume nanopowders. In this position, he provided guidance to an anxious health community concerned about the toxic effects of nanoscale material exposures. More recently, Don joined OSO BioPharmaceuticals, formerly Catalent Pharma Solutions, in their New Mexico based corporate operations. With OsoBio, Don provides global EH&S management over FDA-cGMP Risk Management Programs while overseeing Industrial Hygiene and Toxicology services within the companies highly potent compounds group. In addition to his work with OsoBio, Don is also the Director of Field Services for nanoTox, Inc of Austin, Texas where his vast industrial hygiene and environmental experience is available to support and develop Occupational Health Programs for a wide range of nanotechnology concerns. Don is also Past-Chair of the American Industrial Hygiene Association’s Nanotechnology Working Group where he continues to lend his leadership skills in benefiting the professionals and public served by this important organization.
Director of Innovation Projects,
Center of Innovation for Nanobiotechnology
Laura was on the team that launched COIN. She has stewarded multiple programs to accelerate commercialization of nanobiotechnology. She is currently directing COIN's Industry Outreach Program, a single-point of entry to the nanobiotech ecosystem providing access to innovators, critical business intelligence, and open innovation opportunities. Laura has over five years experience in research ranging from bench science to clinical. Laura completed her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2009 and a BS in Forensic Science from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2004.
M. FINLEY II
COO, MemPro Ceramics Corporation
Seth Finley is Chief Operating Officer of MemPro Ceramics Corporation and
is responsible for day-to-day operations. Mr. Finley joined MemPro in 2006
as Vice President of Marketing and has since positioned MemPro as the leading
company for ceramic nanofiber materials in global markets. He has created
the company’s corporate image for customer and shareholder communications
and kept the company’s web presence fresh and effective.
Recently he led the optimization of the company’s PreciseFiber production
process. He then began interfacing with new, global customers while setting
up production of novel ceramic materials for developmental customers. Mr.
Finley received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Colorado
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Electricity, Resources, and Buildings Integration Center (ERBSIC)
Rob Guglielmetti joined NREL in May of 2009, bringing over 15 years' experience in architectural lighting design and simulation to the lab. Most recently Rob was a Daylighting Analyst & Designer and Group Leader for Architectural Energy Corporation in Boulder, CO. Prior to that he spent many years working at lighting design firms in New York City. In total, Rob has over twenty years’ experience in lighting, from lighting for the stage, to lighting some of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world. Rob’s passion, however, is in physically-based lighting simulation, the integration of lighting simulation with whole-building energy simulations, and the application of high dynamic range imaging (simulation- and photography-based) toward more pleasant –and energy-efficient – built environments.
GRIFFITH A. KUNDAHL Executive Director, Center of Innovation for Nanobiotechnology (COIN)
In addition to his role at COIN, Griff is a member of the Colorado Nanotechnology Alliance. He was a founding member of the NanoBusiness Commercialization Association, served as its General Counsel, and continues to serve as a member of its Board of Directors. Griff is co-author of The Handbook of Nanotechnology Business, Policy and Intellectual Property Law (Wiley 2004) and serves as Associate Editor for the Nanotech Law & Business Journal.
Griff is co-author of The Handbook of Nanotechnology Business, Policy and Intellectual Property Law (Wiley 2004) andserves as Associate Editor for the Nanotech Law & Business Journal.
Mr. Keledjian brings to VG Energy his experience in founding and managing our parent company, Viral Genetics, Inc., where he has been instrumental in guiding the growth and development of that company, having acted as its Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President since the 1995 founding. He has overseen the completion of our parent’s human clinical trials, the creation of its global intellectual property portfolio – including the in-licensing of our Metabolic Disruption Technology from the University of Colorado and the University of Vermont – and all financing activities. He oversaw the operations and development of VG Energy while it was a division of Viral Genetics and now assumes the head of the newly-formed subsidiary as it establishes itself as a separate entity. Mr. Keledjian is a California attorney and prior to joining Viral Genetics, he practiced tax and estate law.
GEORGE C. LEWIS, P.E. Copyright and Trademark Law, Merchant & Gould P.C.
George emphasizes developing and managing patent and trademark portfolios to support the business
goals of his clients. Whether coordinating the IP clearance and protection for a new product or handling the
ongoing management of an existing corporate intellectual property (IP) portfolio that spans multiple
product lines, George focuses on creating a coordinated portfolio of IP assets (encompassing patent, trade
secret, trademark and copyright protection as appropriate) that supports his clients' strategic business
plans and goals. Drawing on his extensive experience as an engineer in research, design, operations and
project management, George develops and integrates IP protection programs that suit his clients and their
products, business models and markets to aggressively protect their market positions and provide a strong
foundation for future growth. Because of his diverse experience and his training in both electrical and
chemical arts, George is uniquely suited to assist clients in responding to the modern IP challenges
confronting corporate counsel, challenges that include not only protecting a company's core business and
brands, but also must address IP issues associated with the ancillary technologies and corporate functions
necessary to a modern business, such as manufacturing techniques, environmental concerns, IT
infrastructure, business methods, internet presence and supply chain management.
In his legal practice, George relies heavily on the experience gained in his prior career as a consulting
engineer in Electrical and Chemical Engineering. As an electrical engineer, George worked for ITT's Antarctic
Services on advanced sensors including magnetometers, photon counters, radio frequency receivers and
ultraviolet radiation sensors and for a small electrical consulting firm on lighting and power distribution
technologies. After earning his Master's degree in Chemical Engineering, George worked as a consultant
primarily to the mining, railroad and oil and gas industries designing and building chemical process
systems including the electrical control systems. This work focused on manufacturing processes, water
treatment, hazardous waste treatment and air quality treatment but also included industrial process development, environmental remediation projects and hazardous materials emergency response. His
engineering consulting career has provided George with first-hand experience with most major industrial
processes including food processing; brewing; oil refining; natural gas production; hard rock, coal and
commodity minerals mining operations (surface and underground); railroad, shipping and transportation
operations; silicon chip manufacturing; aluminum manufacturing; research facilities; and consumer
As one would expect, George has provided legal assistance to a similarly diverse group of clients over the
years including medical device manufacturers; software developers; pharmaceutical and chemical
manufacturers; plumbing fitting manufacturers; natural gas transportation clients; mining companies; water
storage and treatment clients; mass media clients; and consumer product clients including clothing,
consumer electronics and sporting goods to name but a few.
George also practices copyright and trademark law for media and entertainment clients in the Rocky
Mountain region. His work includes clearance of trademarks for nationally-broadcast television and internet
programs and assisting writers and artists with registration and enforcement of copyrights on their works,
including internet enforcement against pirates and counterfeiters. George has extensive experience in the
seizure of domain names from cybersquatters (both via ICANN proceedings and where that is not possible
through court action) and taking down webpages and websites that contain infringing copies, works or
counterfeit goods. His work also includes clearing trademark usage in screenplays, clearing copyrighted
song and other work usage in videos and films, analyzing script clearance reports for filmmakers and
supporting filmmakers during the filming and distribution process.
For consumer product clients, George assists his clients in determining the best mix of copyright, design
patent, trademark and patent protection for each product and product line. By the very nature of the
consumer product markets, this determination is made in light of the anticipated foreign and US
competition and also takes into account the realities of overseas contract manufacturing so common in the
LINO S. LIPINSKY de ORLOV McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, Partner - Denver
Lino Lipinsky de Orlov represents corporate clients, including those with Fortune 500 pedigrees, in all aspects of commercial litigation, mediation, arbitration, and appeals. Mr. Lipinsky has litigated cases in state courts, the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, and the U.S. Court of Appeals. He has developed particular experience in complex business cases, particularly those involving creditor’s rights, real estate, trade secrets, and employment disputes. In addition to handling state and federal litigation, Mr. Lipinsky counsels clients and writes on legal issues arising from technology. He is a leader of MLA's Technology practice group.
Among his notable cases, he defended a major food company in one of the largest age discrimination cases ever filed in the District of Colorado; represented a national financial services corporation in multi-million dollar trade secrets litigation; and assisted a Fortune 500 retailer in several complex real estate cases.
A former member of the New York University Law Review, Mr. Lipinsky practices in both Colorado and Washington, DC, where his wife, Diana DeGette, serves as a member of the United States House of Representatives for the First Congressional District of Colorado.
Mr. Lipinsky has been recognized as a “Colorado Super Lawyer” by the publishers of Law and Politics. He served two terms on the firm's Board of Directors, from 2007 through 2010.
ANDREW LOGAN VP Research and Development, Oberon FMR, Inc.
As a co-founder of Oberon, Andrew leads Oberon's product development research. Andrew traveled to Norway during graduate school where he gained experience in the aquaculture industry. Together with Seth Terry, he formed the concept of generating single cell protein (SCP) from food by-products shortly after his return in 2000. From that point until 2003, Andrew and Seth jointly conducted laboratory-scale SCP research. From 2003 to 2005, Andrew worked as a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow in Norway.
There, Andrew conducted pilot-scale research related to SCP production, handling, and feed manufacturing methods.
Andrew holds a B.S. in biology with a microbiology focus from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. His M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are in Environmental Science and Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado where he researched wastewater and drinking water microbiology and engineering.
CarbonSync is a forward-thinking company developing commercial opportunities for products and technologies in the renewable energy and water sectors. The Company is creating long-term partnerships to deliver these advanced solutions where the impact can be greatest. In addition to its own renewable energy projects in South America and the Caribbean, CarbonSync provides market development expertise to entrepreneurial companies seeking new revenue from the Americas, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia.
Over the past 25 years Jeff has led projects and market development initiatives in the U.S. and several foreign countries, with a total of 15 years spent abroad. Jeff has a proven track record of successfully moving innovative ideas and technologies into the marketplace. While Executive VP of The Baby Einstein Company, he directed a domestic distribution network and international licensing program that increased sales from $1 million to $25 million in less than three years, up through sale its sale to The Walt Disney Company.
During his 12 years in Japan, Jeff co-founded and led Comtec Co. Ltd., a specialty media publisher and distribution company acquired by Disney Japan. He also served as Director of International Development for EFG, a Japanese non-profit foundation with operations in Japan, the U.S., New Zealand and Australia.
Jeff holds a B.A. in Economics (cum laude) from St. Lawrence University. He is fluent in Japanese, with a working knowledge of Spanish.
M. KAREN NEWELL-RODGERS, Director of the Texas A&M Health Science
Center, Chief Scientist, Viral Genetics/VG Energy
Since March of 2010, M. Karen Newell Rogers, Ph.D., has held the Raleigh R. White, Jr. Endowed Chair of Surgery Research at Scott and White Hospital, as well as Professor in the Department of Surgery/Research, at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine in Temple, Texas. She is the Director of the Scott & White/TAMHSC COM Center for Cell Death and Differentiation and also serves as Scientific Advisor for a biotech company, Viral Genetics. Dr. Newell attended the University of Texas in Austin as an undergraduate, and pursued her doctorate in Microbiology/Immunology at the University of Colorado Health Science Center. Her post-doctoral work was carried out at McGill University in Montreal, Canada (1991) and later at National Jewish Center and UCHSC in Denver (1994), both in Immunology.
Dr. Newell’s research has brought critical insight into the cell’s energy strategy and the impact of that strategy on the immune response. By targeting metabolic disruption in tumor cells, she and her group have determined how to limit the cells’ options for energy, rendering them unable to survive and/or unable to “hide” from the immune system. They have applied this technology to plants, and found a simple, profound method of increasing oil yield from algae and other plants, as an alternative energy source without the drawbacks of cost and waste. A third arm of research utilizes peptide replacement strategy to reverse the effects of chronic inflammatory disease, such as HIV/AIDS, MS, Lyme and Crohn’s disease. Her work was honored in January of this year when she was nominated as a 2011 TAMEST innovator protégé, and again in April, when she received the 2011 Hope Award from the Time for Lyme Foundation.
Dr. Rae has worked in the electronics, ceramics, nanotechnology and “clean tech” industries for over 25 years in the UK and USA, managing global businesses and technology development at a startup, operating company and corporate level. He currently runs TPF Enterprises LLC, a technology commercialization and business development company he founded in 2009, based at the UB Technology Incubator.
Alan is active in industry associations and standards work with iNEMI, ISO, SMTA, IMAPS, IPC, and JISSO.
He holds Director and VP positions with 4 new companies and consults for two Fortune 100 companies in alternative energy. He is Technical Editor for Global Solar Technology, a leading alternative energy publication, is an Entrepreneur in Residence with NYSERDA and a member of the Directed Assistance Committee for Directed Energy.
Robert Tenent came to NREL after spending five years with ZettaCore, Inc., a nanotechnology-based, start-up company focused on integrating molecular charge storage into semiconductor memory devices. Dr. Tenent was the first technical hire at ZettaCore and led several company efforts ranging from initial deposition of electroactive charge storage layers to thin-film electrolyte development and final metallization. He developed several processes that moved the company’s technology from academic laboratory environments into large-scale semiconductor fabrication facilities.
Dr. Tenent received his Ph.D. in Chemistry with a specialization in Electrochemistry from Mississippi State University under the direction of Dr. David Wipf. His postdoctoral work focused on the application of metal nanoparticles in electronic, as well as sensing, devices in the laboratory of Dr. Daniel Feldheim at North Carolina State University.
Partner, Research 2.0 and NanoBusiness Commercialization Association’s Director of Strategy and Research
Stephen Waite is currently a partner at Research 2.0, a boutique research and strategic advisory firm specializing in emerging technology. Steve is a noted institutional investment manager, strategic corporate advisor, professor and author, with over 25 years of experience on Wall Street. He was a co-founder of a multi-billion dollar investment management firm.
Steve has extensive experience in global economic and financial market issues with tenures at Morgan Stanley & Co, The Capital Group, Merrill Lynch, and CSAM/BEA Associates. In addition, he helped found ThelnfoPro, Inc., an independent technology research firm, and served as the company’s Chief Knowledge Officer and was a member of the Board of Directors. Steve also served on the Strategic News Service Future in Review (FiRe) Technology Conference Advisory Board, NanoDynamics, Inc. Scientific Advisory Board, and has worked with the partners at GaveKal Research. He is currently assisting the NanoBusiness Commercialization Association and is a member of its Advisory Board.
A highly-rated Adjunct Professor of Finance at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, Steve is the author of the book Quantum Investing and co-author of the book, Boomernomics. He has a Masters Degree in Economics from The Pennsylvania State University and is a past participant at the Santa Fe Institute.
Executive Director, Colorado Center for Biorefining and Biofuels (C2B2), University of Colorado (Boulder)
Alan (“Al”) W. Weimer is the Executive Director of the Colorado Center for Biorefining and Biofuels (C2B2) located at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado. He also is the H.T. Sears Professor in the Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering at the University of Colorado. Previously, he worked a research scientist for over fifteen years at The Dow Chemical Company in Midland, Michigan.
Al’s education includes, a Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Colorado, 1980 M.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Colorado, 1978 B.S., Chemical Engineering (Summa cum Laude), University of Cincinnati, 1976.
Among other accomplishments, Al received the Excellence in Bio-Derived Technology Commercialization Award from the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association in 2010, the AIChE Excellence in Process Development Research Award in 2010, the University of Colorado Physical Science Company of the Year Award – Sundrop Fuels - in 2009, the AIChE Thomas Baron Award in Fluid-Particle Systems, the 2007 University of Colorado Physical Science Company of the Year Award – ALD NanoSolutions, a 2005 United States Department of Energy Hydrogen Program R&D Award, a 1995 Dow Chemical Company Excellence in Science Award, a 1993 Dow Chemical Company Research Inventor of the Year Award and the 1976 University of Cincinnati Herman Schneider Medal.
Bettina Weiss, as Executive Director, PV Group, oversees the global photovoltaic program (PV Group) for SEMI. She is responsible for global PV strategy and operations for member engagement, expositions, Standards, information products, EHS initiatives, policy and other activities for photovoltaics and is the PV interface to the SEMI International Board of Directors as well as the industry worldwide.
Weiss joined SEMI in 1996 and worked in several Standards positions in SEMI Europe in Brussels Belgium and in global headquarters in San Jose, CA. From 2005 to 2008, she was Director, International Standards, overseeing SEMI's International Standards Program operations. From 2008 to 2010, Weiss helped build SEMI's PV Group initiatives in North America and, later, worldwide.
Prior to joining SEMI, Weiss worked in sales and marketing positions at Metron Semiconductor and Varian Semiconductor in Munich, Germany. She holds a B.A. in English from the Interpreters and Translators Institute in Munich, and is a certified translator for Anglo-American Law and Economics.