Dr. Lewis E. Johnson has 13 years of research experience in nanotechnology, computational chemistry, and materials design, and is passionate about making a better future. He has published 31 peer-reviewed papers, secured two patents (with others pending), co-authored one textbook, and given numerous conference presentations. In addition to NLM, Lewis is a Research Scientist at the University of Washington (UW) Department of Chemistry and has extensive experience with transferring academic research in technology into the private sector. He conducted postdoctoral research at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and taught at and conducted postdoctoral research at Pomona College. Lewis has a dual Ph.D. in Chemistry and Nanotechnology from UW.
Gerard Zytnicki’s technology experience spans 30 years and many disciplines, from definition and implementation, software engineering, innovation and design, and strategy and execution. He worked at Microsoft for 27 years in products and engineering roles. Most notably, Gerard served as General Manager in the Windows Organization and Senior Director of Engineering in the Microsoft Startup Business Group, where he felt the incredible impact of Windows 95 on the world while at Microsoft and dived into the startup ecosphere. He served an advisor on a biotech project for the UW CoMotion incubator program, which is where he met Lewis and Delwin. Gerard is an original member of the Seattle Angel Fund and is a senior strategic advisor to numerous Seattle area startups. He has a master’s degree in International Business from the SKEMA Business School in Sophia Antipolis, France.
David A. Sparks has led technology startups focused on wireless network development for the past 20 years. He was the Founder and CEO of three consecutive successful startup entities from inception to exit and integration. Mr. Sparks is known for his leadership in national wireless network development and engineering entities. He is currently an elected commissioner for a King County Utility District in Washington state and principal at Davis Bay Consulting (telecom consulting). He has a B.A. in Finance and Accounting from Western Washington University and an MBA in Corporate Strategy from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.
Dr. Delwin L. Elder has 20 years of experience in chemistry and materials science research and development, and he thrives on discovering novel and pragmatic solutions with partners and collaborators. As a Research Scientist at the University of Washington Department of Chemistry, he specializes in the design and synthesis of organic electro-optic molecules, characterization of optical and viscoelastic properties, and thin-film device fabrication. Previously, Delwin spent two years with CoMotion and ten years at Air Products and Chemicals, focusing on conducting polymers, lithium battery materials, surfactants, and catalysis. He has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology.
With a demonstrated track record in building strategic partnerships and business development, Dr. Stephanie Benight is a leader in materials. She is President and Principal Scientist of Tactile Materials Solutions, assisting clients with strategy, marketing, and technical analysis. Stephanie has a B.S. in Chemistry from Stanford University and a dual Ph.D. in Chemistry and Nanotechnology from the University of Washington. She has performed research in the areas of liquid crystals, electro-optic materials, organic electronics, semiconductors, and 3D printing. Stephanie has conducted numerous root cause and failure analysis investigations of plastics, adhesives, and coatings used in commercial products such as building materials, consumer electronics, and medical devices. Her experience includes building the supply chain for various materials and establishing processes for quality control and material validation.
Dr. Scott R. Hammond has over 13 years of experience in the design, synthesis, and characterization of organic nanostructured optoelectronic materials, and is passionate about the promise such materials hold for humanity. He specializes in organic nanostructured optoelectronic materials design, synthesis, and characterization. Scott has co-authored more than 20 scientific publications and book chapters and is a named inventor on several awarded and pending U.S. and international patents. Before NLM, he served as Principal Scientist for six years at SolarWindow Technologies, Inc., leading all aspects of the development of their proprietary semitransparent electricity-generating coatings. Scott spent three years as a postdoctoral scholar at the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), working on organic photovoltaic materials, devices, and packaging. He received a dual Ph.D. in Chemistry and Nanotechnology from the University of Washington in 2007, working with Prof. Larry R. Dalton, and first dove into optical computing. Scott received his B.S. in Chemistry with high honors from the University of California, Berkeley in 2002.
Dr. Kevin O’Malley has 11 years of experience in soft materials R&D, organic electronics, device physics, and conductive elastomers. For NLM, he brings specialized expertise in materials characterization and instrumentation design. Kevin believes passionately in the value of engineering solutions to major modern-day challenges by applying nanotechnology and materials innovation and spent several years teaching college-level fundamentals of materials science and chemistry in Seattle to the next generation of scientists. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Washington in 2013 and his dual Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Philosophy from Boston College in 2005.
Oghale Agbro has 15 years of financial management experience. At NLM, she manages our financial operations, ensuring it’s running smoothly as we expand and grow our business. Oghale owns her own business A.O.A. Bookkeeping. Previously, she worked in accounts payable at e-commerce giant Blue Nile where she often partnered with IT and sales to improve systems for internal and external customers.
Erica McGillivray specializes in crafting brand experiences, communication, and community. Over 15 years, they’ve worked with and founded b2b startups, nonprofits, and e-commerce shops, while honing brand messaging, marketing them, fostering community, and building trust. Communication, storytelling, and writing are Erica’s lifelong passions. They are a published author, podcast host, and avid gardener. Erica received their B.A. in Creative Writing (English) from the University of Puget Sound in 2006.
Dr. Bruce H. Robinson is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Washington and has been on its faculty since 1980. He designs molecules for electro-optic applications and develops and uses theoretical modeling methods to optimize their performance. Dr. Robinson has written over 200 peer-reviewed papers and has published in the fields of magnetic resonance, quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, and electrodynamics. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and currently holds the Larry R. Dalton Chair in Chemistry.
Dr. Arka Majumdar is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Physics at the University of Washington. He received his B. Tech. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, in 2007, where he was honored with the President’s Gold Medal. Dr. Majumdar completed his M.S. (2009) and Ph.D. (2012) in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. Dr. Majumdar then spent one year as a postdoc at the University of California, Berkeley (2012–13) and then Intel Labs in Santa Clara, CA (2013–14). His research interests include developing a hybrid integrated nanophotonic platform using emerging material systems for applications in ultra-low-power optical information science, imaging, and microscopy. Dr. Majumdar is the recipient of the Young Investigator Award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (2015), Intel early career faculty award (2015), Amazon Catalyst Fellowship (2016), Alfred P. Sloan research fellowship for physics (2018), and NSF CAREER Award (2019).
Dr. Philip A. Sullivan received his B.S. with honors in Chemistry from Montana State University in 2000, and his Ph.D. in Chemistry and Nanotechnology in 2006 from the University of Washington while working with Professor Larry R. Dalton. His dissertation research focused on organic materials for nonlinear optics applications. In 2006, Dr. Sullivan co-founded Seattle Polymer, LLC., a consulting firm focusing on solving materials and chemical technology problems of commercial interest. In 2010, he joined Intellectual Ventures Labs and co-developed the tunable metamaterial technology behind Kymeta Corporation’s flat-panel satellite antenna. In 2011, Dr. Sullivan joined the faculty at Montana State University as a Research Assistant Professor focusing on fundamental organic materials research, funded mainly by the U.S. Department of Defense. He has authored more than 50 scientific publications and book chapters and is a named inventor on many important U.S. and international patents.
Dr. John Jaffe has a Ph.D. in physics from Cornell University and 34 years of experience in theoretical and computational solid-state physics, most recently at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He also taught physics at Michigan Technological University and presently teaches mathematics at Columbia Basin College.
A veteran marketer and entrepreneur, Natalie Angelillo is currently Vice President of Community and Communications at OfferUp, overseeing the company’s brand strategy and business partnerships. For nearly 20 years, she has built, led, and advised community-driven startups with experience across a wide breadth of technologies and industries. Ms. Angelillo was the Founder and CEO of SwopBoard, Co-Founder of Swink Style Bar, and CEO at Photozone. She previously was the VP of Content and Product and SVP of Business Affairs at Getty Images. Ms. Angelillo received her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and M.A. from the University of Washington. She is on the Advisory Board of Directors at the Henry Contemporary Art Museum and advisor to Seattle startup Stylyze.
Ken Block is the Manager of Block Capital LLC and based in Seattle. As an investor, he’s interested in learning about and supporting cutting-edge technologies that will enhance all of our lives in the years ahead. Formerly, Ken was the Chairman of Block and Company, Inc. (sold in 2018), a manufacturer and distributor of office/security products through Staples, Office Depot, Amazon, and Wal-Mart. He’s an active angel investor and non-profit champion. Ken currently sits on Stylyze, Inc.’s board and previously been part of the butter LONDON LLC, Primus Knowledge Solutions, and University Preparatory Academy boards. He earned a Masters in China Studies from the University of Washington and a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College.
Fabien Mousseau has over 18 years of experience as a finance leader, generating strategic insight, driving smart financial and business planning and decisions, designing pricing strategies, managing risk, optimizing cost structure, and establishing reporting processes. He’s currently Senior Vice President, leading Financial Planning & Analysis at Core Scientific, which delivers blockchain and AI infrastructure and software solutions. During his 15-year tenure at Microsoft, Fabien worked directly with the CEO to build a revenue growth framework. He was also CFO for Windows Business Group, a $15B+ business for Microsoft. There Fabien transitioned offerings to an enterprise SaaS model and analyzed acquisition opportunities for commercial enterprise growth. He received a Master of Engineering in Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a BS in Engineering from Ecole Polytechnique in France.