Daniel Button, Ph.D., President & Chief Executive Officer
Dan Button is a seasoned technology company executive with over 25 years of specialized experience in high growth manufacturing industries spanning displays, printed electronics, and cleantech. Dan has enjoyed broad success in leading, launching, defining, financing and growing new businesses that now anchor sustained market leadership in technology, global share and profitability at Fortune 500 companies (DuPont, Corning) and MIT Start-ups (E Ink, QD Vision). Through design-in with top Asian / electronics manufacturers (SONY, Toyota, Sharp, Samsung), Dan has repeatedly established novel materials-based products as new industry standards. Dan most recently served as President & CEO of QD Vision, President & CEO of Boston Microsystems, and VP & General Manager at E Ink, following Director and General Manager roles at DuPont, Corning, and Rohm and Haas. Dan received his Ph.D. in Materials Science from MIT and his BS in Materials Science from Cornell University.
Arjun Srinivas, Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer
Arjun Srinivas brings experience in nanotechnology research and private equity investments in the technology space. As one of the original members of Livingston Securities, the first nanotechnology focused investment bank, he advised a top 3 pharmaceutical company on nanotechnology-enabled medical solutions. Mr. Srinivas' business and finance experience also extends to trading and private equity investing at Susquehanna International Group, where he worked on the floor of the New York Board of Trade, and Susquehanna Private Equity Investments, where he was involved in acquisitions, sourcing and valuing deals, and advising portfolio companies. Mr. Srinivas' nanomaterials research experience spans functional polymer composites and nano-fluidics at Florida Atlantic University, where he initiated the research and commercialization of a nano-fluidics enabled consumer-oriented blood viscosity measuring medical device. His experience also includes work with nanowire characterization at the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University under Dr. John E. Fischer. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology Program with a BS of Economics in Management from the Wharton School and a BS of Engineering in Materials Science Engineering.
Michael Young, Co-Founder & Director, Technology Development
Michael Young is a technology entrepreneur devoted to the development and commercialization of optical, electronic, and biologically-active advanced materials. He is co-inventor of the Innova Dynamics advanced materials technology porfolio, and founding member of IonArmour and Hydros. He oversees as Principal Investigator over several million dollar contracts awarded by the US Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command for next-generation antimicrobial protection of medical systems, the US Navy Naval Air Systems Command, and the National Science Foundation. He is active as an advisor or board member to startups, including Hydros, and brings experience from IBM Microelectronics and previous startup companies. He has received international recognitions for his engineering work, including seed capital and the top international Gold prize from UNESCO for disruptively low-cost materials for sustainable development. In addition, his previous nanomaterials engineering work has focused on metamaterials, plasmonics, optical cloaking devices, and nanocircuits. His background spans the MS/PhD program in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University (drop-out), BA in Physics, and BSE in Materials Science Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
Nicholas Darby, Ph.D., Chairman
Nicholas Darby, Ph.D., brings expertise in new business development and shaping innovative technology companies. Dr. Darby was a founding member and Director for more than twelve years in the Corporate Venture Capital Group at Dow Chemical, one of the most successful corporate venture groups in the world in capital deployed, profitability and longevity. He was responsible for numerous investments in corporate spin-outs and university-based start-up companies, primarily in the Physical Sciences. Prior to his work with Dow's venture group, Dr. Darby was an executive in Dow Chemical Canada's Research and Development and Corporate New Business Development groups. He directed programs in many industries and diverse markets including energy generation, advanced materials and electronics (including displays, data storage, compound semiconductors, organic electronics, and packaging/interconnect). Dr. Darby received post-doctoral training at the University of British Columbia and was a Fellow at University College, London. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta, and a B.Sc. with Honors from Queen's University, Canada.
Wes Davis, MBA, Independent Director
Wes has served as CEO/President of six technology companies (public and private), four with multiple business units, and two start-ups, and has acted as an Outside Board member to six companies. Wes has successfully positioned and sold four companies for $276 million. Wes is a growth oriented leader that has led companies to #1 market position by implementing new strategies, changing culture, and upgrading infrastructure to support rapid growth. Wes is experienced in raising financing, building and mentoring strong management teams (over 20 managers became GMs), and managing senior OEM relationships. His recent prior roles include senior executive experience at Sionex Corporation, Radiant Images (acquired), MicroTouch Systems (acquired by 3M), and Lasertron (acquired). Wes received his MBA from Harvard Business School and his BSE from Princeton University.
Alexander Mittal, Co-Founder & Board Director
Alexander Mittal brings expertise in new business development, technology development, and technology startup management, and served as Innova Dynamics' founding CEO. Mr. Mittal recently served as co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Crederity, a multinational information technology and services company he helped grow from idea stage to high growth stage that was recently named to Red Herring's Asia 100 Winner's List. Mr. Mittal helped architect key technology products used by IBM, Nike, Bacardi, Toshiba, and other clients, and aided with marketing and sales, strategy, and business planning. As President of Penn Engineers without Borders from 2004-2007, Mr. Mittal helped grow a seven person team into a full organization conducting engineering and development work in North and Central America and West Africa, with projects benefitting over 15,000 individuals worldwide during his tenure. Mr. Mittal also previously conducted project management for institutional clients and startups. Mr. Mittal has also conducted notable advanced materials science and engineering research at New York University, for which he was invited to present at the 2002 Nobel Prize ceremonies, and he has received international media attention for his accomplishments--he was named an Intel Young Scientist, Intel Science Talent Search Finalist, and Siemens Westinghouse National Finalist--and he and his work has been featured or mentioned in USA Today, NBC News, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, and The Philadelphia Inquirer, amongst others. Mr. Mittal was a Joseph Wharton Scholar, Benjamin Franklin Scholar, and M&T student at the University of Pennsylvania, simultaneously receiving a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of Business and a B.S. in Engineering from the School of Engineering and Applied Science.