Acknowledgments – NanoInnovation: What Every Manager Needs to Know


I am extremely grateful to the many nano-insiders who devoted time to participate in interviews, discuss their research, share their personal stories, and read portions of my book to ensure I “got it right.” Many nano-insiders generously provided referrals and introductions to colleagues who allowed me to expand my network of nanotech professionals in science, business, government, and media.

I especially want to thank Michael Terlaak, founder of the Nanotechnology Research Foundation in San Diego, who provided referrals to numerous colleagues at the beginning of my research. This helped jump-start the interview process. Lynn Foster also opened his contact network to me and provided some excellent insights. My friend and colleague Brent Segal, cofounder of Nantero, provided a wonderful entree to critical issues in nanotechnology – by inviting me in 2007 to help organize and serve on the senior leadership of the IEEE/IEC project developing standards for the use of nanomaterials in electronics.

Several university colleagues at the Wharton School and University of Pennsylvania played an important role in my “academic development.” I want to thank Jerry Wind, Saikat Chaudhuri, and the Mack Institute's Core Group for giving me an informed vantage point on a wide array of emerging technologies during my more than 18 years at the Wharton School. I joined Wharton in 1995 to help launch the Emerging Technologies Management Program, which in 2001 became the Mack Center for Technological Innovation and in 2013 became the Mack Institute for Innovation Management. Throughout these changes I was privileged to provide managerial leadership as Managing Director, which kept me thinking constantly about radical innovations including nanotechnology.

I started writing this book while studying for my master's degree in environmental studies at the University of Pennsylvania. The research methodologies I learned during my graduate studies were immensely valuable. Yvette Bordeaux, who chaired the Master of Environmental Studies (MES) program at the University of Pennsylvania, helped me tailor my graduate studies to include nanotechnology in my curriculum, including a superb course on nanotechnology taught by Dr. Jody Roberts from the Chemical Heritage Society. My graduate advisor Stan Laskowski was extremely helpful and supportive.

I'm especially grateful to my editors at Wiley-VCH: Heike Noethe, my terrifically patient and absolutely awesome editor, and Martin Preuss who championed the book when I first presented the concept and got me started on the project. Dr. Noethe was patient, encouraging, generous, professional, constantly enthusiastic, and supportive. As an author, I couldn't ask for a better editor/publisher.

Having started my career as a journalist, I greatly appreciated the availability of Google, Google Scholar, LinkedIn, Gmail, and other tools that gave me instant access to emerging innovations and allowed me to contact virtually any nano-insider I wanted to interview, including some of the world's leading scientists and business leaders.

My mega-thanks and gratitude go to the more than 150 nanotechnology insiders who participated in interviews and provided information, insights, and images, graciously sharing their experiences to help make this book accurate, relevant, and “real.” Many of these pioneers and champions have already made tremendous contributions to the field of nanotechnology, and continue to help drive nanoinnovation forward. Others are toiling 24/7 in laboratories and offices to turn possibilities into solutions. Their enthusiastic participation in this book project allowed me to include observations and opinions that can only come from insiders who truly know what's really happening in nanoinnovation. I also want to thank those who provided or facilitated the use of the images and diagrams included in this book. Thank you again to these remarkable nanoinnovators and champions, with apologies to anyone I may have inadvertently excluded from this very extensive list or whose affiliations/titles may have changed since this list was updated:

Deshamaya Mahesh Amalean – Chairman MAS Holdings, chairman, SLINTEC.

Paul Alivisatos, Ph.D. – Larry and Diane Bock Professor of Nanotechnology, UC-Berkeley; Director, Berkeley Lab, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Peter Antoinette – Cofounder, President and Chief Executive Officer, Nanocomp Technologies.

Anthony Atala, MD – W.H. Boyce Professor and Director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine and Chair, Department of Urology, Wake Forest School of Medicine; founder, Regenerative Medicine Foundation; Scientific Founder and Chairman of R&D at Tengion, Inc.

David Bachinsky, Ph.D. – Founder, CEO, Chief Scientific Officer at Molecular Creativity.

Joe Bailey – Health Care and Life Sciences Business Strategist, Intel Corporation.

Peter Balbus – Founder and Managing Director, Pragmaxis LLC and a Founding Strategic Advisor, Nanotechnology Research Foundation.

Lajos (Lou) Balogh, Ph.D. – Editor-in-Chief of the journal Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine; CEO of AA Nanomed Consulting; former Professor, Roswell Cancer Institute, State University of New York, Buffalo.

Mark Banash, Ph.D. – Vice President of Quality and Regulatory Affairs, Nanocomp Technologies.

Peter Bell, Ph.D. – Director, Cell Morphology Core, Gene Therapy Program, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.

Michael Berger – Cofounder, Nanowerk LLC; Editor,

Parijat Bhatnagar, Ph.D. – Consultant, Biomedical Engineering (Biochips, Microfluidics, BioMEMS Devices); Advisor, Intel Research.

Peter Binks, Ph.D. – Chief Executive Officer, Sir John Monash Foundation; former Chief Executive Officer of NanoVentures Australia.

Dawn Bonnell, Ph.D. – Trustees Chair Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Science; and Vice Provost-Research, University of Pennsylvania.

Mike Boyer – Engineering Teacher, North Penn High School, Lansdale, Pennsylvania.

Sam Brauer, Ph.D., J.D. – Principal in the Consulting Group, NanoBiz, LLC; and founder/consultant at Nanotech Plus, LLC.

Stephen Brobst, Ph.D. – Chief Technology Officer, Teradata.

Darren K. Brock – Senior Staff Research Engineer, Lockheed Martin.

Darrell Brookstein – Managing Director, The Nanotech Company LLC; Executive Director of; author of the book, Nanotech Fortunes (Nanotech Company, 2005).

Charles Brumlik, Ph.D., J.D. – Principal, NanoBiz, LLC.

Ahmed Busnaina, Ph.D. – William Lincoln Smith Professor; and Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center for High-Rate Nanomanufacturing, and the NSF Center for Microcontamination Control (CMC); at Northeastern University.

Stuart Cantrill, Ph.D. – Chief Editor, Nature Chemistry (former editor of Nature Nanotechnology).

Han Cao, Ph.D. – Founder of BioNano Genomics.

Taylor Cavanah – Executive at Zyvex Instruments and DCG Systems (2004–2010); founder and CEO, Locai, Inc.

Thomas Celluci, Ph.D. – Former Chief Commercialization Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, former President/CEO at Zyvex Corporation.

Christopher Chen, MD, Ph.D. – Skirkanich Professor of Innovation, Department of Bioengineering; Director of the Tissue Microfabrication Laboratory; and founding Director of the Center for Engineering Cells and Regeneration at the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering.

Pearl Chin, Ph.D. – Research Fellow (and former President) at the Foresight Institute; Managing Director, Seraphima Ventures.

Daniel T. Colbert, Ph.D. – Executive Director, Institute for Energy Efficiency, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Bill Cook – Principal, Commercialization, Molecular Diagnostics at WECA.

Lance Criscuolo – President, Zyvex Technologies.

Alfred J. Crosby, Ph.D. – Professor, Polymer Science and Engineering and Director of the Crowby Research Group; University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Jeffrey Davis, MD – Director, Human Health and Performance, and Chief Medical Officer, NASA Johnson Space Center.

Joseph DeSimone, Ph.D. – Chancellor's Eminent Professor of Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Pankaj Dhingra – Former CEO, Nanostellar; General Manager-Global Mergers & Acquisitions; Nissan Motor Company.

Robert Dombrowski – President and Principal Scientist, Nanoview Associates, LLC.

Samuel Simon Dychter, MD – Senior Medical Director, Halozyme Therapeutics.

Patrick Ennis, Ph.D. – Global Head of Technology, Intellectual Ventures – former Managing Director at Arch Venture Partners.

Terry Fadem – Former Managing Director, Corporate Alliances, Office of Science and Technology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.

Omid Farhokhzad, MD – Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and Director, Laboratory of Nanomedicine and Biomaterials, Anesthesia, Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Guillermo Foladori, Ph.D. – National Autonomous University of Mexico and Co-Coordinator of the Latin American Nanotechnology and Society Network (ReLANS).

Lynn E. Foster – Emerging Technologies Director of the Law Firm, Greenburg Traurig, LLP; Editor and Coauthor of Nanotechnology: Science, Innovation and Opportunity (Prentice Hall, 2005), one of the best “insight books” on nanotechnology.

Robert A. Freitas, J.D. – Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Molecular Manufacturing; Co-Chair, Nanotechnology Track, Singularity University.

Stephanie Getty, Ph.D. – Spectrometer Instrumentation Engineer, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; researching application of nanotechnology solutions to instrument designs.

Patricia Glaza – Principal, Arsenal Venture Partners, former CEO and Group Publisher of Small Times, the pioneering micro and nanotechnology publication and Executive Director/CEO of the Clean Technology and Sustainable Industries Organization.

Anita Goel, MD, Ph.D. – Founder, Chairman and CEO, Nanobiosym, Inc.; MD, Ph.D., Harvard–MIT, Division of Health Sciences and Technology.

Piotr Grodzinski, Ph.D. – Director, Nanotechnology for Cancer Programs, Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer, National Cancer Institute.

Mary Gros – Director, Business and Academic Relations, Teradata.

C. William Hanson, III, MD – Director, Surgical Intensive Care, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and author of The Edge of Medicine: The Technology That Will Change Our Lives.

A. John Hart, Ph.D. – Assistant. Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Art+Design, Director of the Mechanosynthesis Group, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Jason Hartlove – CEO, Nanosys Technologies.

Patti D. Hill – Founder and Managing Principal, Penman Public Relations, Inc.

Damien Hoffman – Editor-in-Chief, Wall Street Cheat Sheet.

Gregory Horowitt – Cofounder and Director of Global CONNECT™, University of California, San Diego.

Peter M. Hughes – Center Chief Technologist, Goddard Space Flight Center; NASA.

Sarah Hurst, Ph.D. – Director's Postdoctoral Fellow, Argonne National Laboratory, Center for Nanoscale Materials and Editor, Biomedical Nanotechnology (Springer, 2011).

Duncan Irschick, Ph.D. – Professor of Biology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Matthew Jaffe – Partner in the international practice group of the Washington, DC law firm, Crowell & Moring; his practice includes issues related to regulatory control of nanotechnology and nanoscale materials.

Helia Jalili, Ph.D. – Application Scientist, PANalytical B.V.

A.T. Charlie Johnson, Ph.D. – Professor of Physics, Director, Charlie Johnson Group, Experimental Nanoscale Physics, University of Pennsylvania.

Hai-Yong Kang, Ph.D. – Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, UC-Davis.

Fred Klaessig, Ph.D. – Manager, Pennsylvania Bio Nano Systems.

Jerry Kolbe – Director of Marketing, Murata Electronics N.A.

Joseph Kunze, Ph.D. – President, SI2 Technologies, Inc. (spinoff of Triton Systems).

Stephanie Lacour, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor, Institute of Microengineering at EPFL, Switzerland.

Robert L. Langer, ScD – David H. Koch Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); cofounder, BIND Biosciences.

David Lashmore, Ph.D. – Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Nanocomp.

Michael Lefenfeld – Cofounder, President and CEO, SiGNa Chemistry Inc.

Judith Light Feather – President, The NanoTechnology Group Inc.; founder/president, Nano NEWS TV; cofounder, CANEUS.

Wenbin Lin, Ph.D. – Professor of Chemistry and Molecular Pharmaceuticals, Eshelman School of Pharmacy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Hod Lipson, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University.

Michal Lipson, Ph.D. – Associate Professor, Nanophotonics Research Group, Cornell University.

Michael LoCascio – Senior Manager, BASF; Former Senior Analyst, Lux Research.

Dan Luo, Ph.D. – Professor of Biological and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University.

Les Makepeace – Managing Principal, Les Makepeace Consulting.

Kevin Maloney – President, CEO and cofounder, QuantumSphere.

Annette Mason – Director, Strategic Collaboration, BAE Systems.

Michael Mayberry, Ph.D. – Vice President, Technology and Manufacturing Group and Director of Components Research, Intel Corporation.

James McGonigle – Director of Education and Outreach, Nano/Bio Interface Center, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Pennsylvania.

John Miller – Vice President, Intellectual Property, Arrowhead Research Corp.; cofounder/former Senior Vice President of Intellectual Property, Unidym; coauthor of The Handbook of Nanotechnology Business, Policy and Intellectual Property (Wiley, 2004).

Bevey Miner – Advisor and cofounder, Tenzing Group; formerly President and Chief Operating Officer, Nanotechnology Research Foundation.

Chad Mirkin, Ph.D. – Director of the Nanoscale Science & Engineering Center and the International Institute for Nanotechnology, George B. Rathmann Professor of Chemistry, Northwestern University.

Scott Mize – Consultant and Entrepreneur; former President of the Foresight Institute.

David Model – Acting CFO, ADuro Biotech; Senior VP, Finance at iSonea; Executive VP, Triton Systems.

Tanya Monga – Business Development Manager, Roche Professional Diagnostics; formerly Business Development and Marketing Manager at Intrinsiq Materials and a Research Analyst at Credit Suisse.

Kara Morgan, Ph.D. – Director of Public Health Measurement and Analysis, Office of Planning, U.S. FDA.

Valentina Morigi – Consultant, PricewaterhouseCooper (Milan, Italy); previously Visiting Research Fellow at Methodist Hospital Research Institute, and at the University of Texas Science Center.

Mark Morrison, Ph.D. – Chief Executive Officer, Institute for Nanotechnology, Glasgow, Scotland, UK.

Chris Murray, Ph.D. – Richard Perry Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science and Engineering, University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering.

Mike Nemeth – Director of Commercial and Defense Applications, Zyvex Technologies.

Heike Noethe, Ph.D. – Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH.

Leo O'Connor, Ph.D. – Vice President of Global Research, Frost & Sullivan's Technical Insights Business Unit.

Geoffrey Ozin, Ph.D. – Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Materials Chemistry, Distinguished University Professor at the University of Toronto; Founding Fellow of the Nanoscience Team at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.

Krsto Pandza, Ph.D. – Professor in Strategy and Innovation; Subject Group Leader Strategy, Innovation and Leadership, Management Division, University of Leeds; Coordinator, Marie Curie Research Training Network, Management of Emerging Technologies for Economic Impact (ManETEI).

Mike Patterson – CEO, Graphene Frontiers, LLC.

Christine Peterson – Cofounder and Vice President, Foresight Institute.

Martin Preuss, Ph.D. – Commissioning Editor, Materials Science, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH.

Jaideep Raje – Analyst, Lux Research; previously a researcher in molecular engineering of nanomaterials for biotherapeutic applications at UC-Santa Barbara (UCSB).

Ben Reeve, Theo Sanderson and the other members of the 2009 Cambridge University iGEM team (Anja Hohmann, Bill Collins, Emily Knott, Hannah Copley, Paul Masset, Peter Emmrich, and Will Handley).

Todd Rider, Ph.D. – Senior Staff Scientist, Bioengineering Systems and Technologies Group, Lincoln Laboratory, MIT.

Mihail “Mike” Roco, Ph.D. – Senior Advisor for Nanotechnology, National Science Foundation (key architect and founding chair of the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative).

Mario I. Romero-Ortega, Ph.D. – Associate Professor, Bioengineering, University of Texas-Arlington; University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Jeffrey H. Rosedale, Ph.D. – U.S. Patent Attorney/Partner and Co-Chair, Nanotechnology and Cleantechnology Practice Groups, Woodcock Washburn LLP.

Paul W.K. Rothemund, Ph.D. – Senior Research Associate, Computer Science, Bioengineering (Systems and Synthetic Biology), Computation and Neural Systems; Caltech.

Albert Sacco, Jr., Ph.D. – George A. Snell Distinguished Professor of Engineering; Director of the Center for Advanced Microgravity Materials Processing; Northeastern University; former U.S. Astronaut (NASA).

John Saiz – Chief Technologist, Johnson Space Flight Center.

Paol Samori, Ph.D. – Visiting Professor and Director of the Nanochemistry Laboratory, Institut de Science et d'Ingenierie Supramoleculaires (ISIS), Universite Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France.

Christie Sayes, Ph.D. – Program Manager, Nanotoxicology & Nanopharmacology, RTI International; formerly Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University.

Greg Schmergel, Ph.D. – Chief Executive Officer and cofounder, Nantero, Inc., a leading nanotechnology firm.

Nadrian (Ned) Seeman, Ph.D. – Margaret and Herman Sokol Professor of Chemistry, New York University (NYU).

Brent Segal, Ph.D. – Cofounder, Nantero, Inc.; Director, Lockheed Nanosystems; General Partner, Atomic Venture Partners.

Jaymin Shah, Ph.D. – Research Fellow, Pharmaceutical R&D, Global Research & Development, Pfizer.

Philip Shapira, Ph.D. – Professor of Innovation Management and Policy at the Manchester Institute for Innovation Research, Manchester Business School; and Professor of Public Policy at Georgia Institute of Technology; former Congressional Fellow, Office of Technology Assessment, US Congress.

Kimberly Hamad Shifferli, Ph.D. – Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Biological Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Robert D. “Skip” Rung – President and Executive Director, Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI).

Shay Soker, Ph.D. – Professor of Regenerative Medicine, Cancer Biology, Physiology & Pharmacology and Surgical Sciences; Director of Cellular Therapy Programs, Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

Christopher Stanley, Tatiana Perevozchikova, and Valerie Berthelier – University of Tennessee.

Bill Tai – General Partner, Charles River Ventures; an investor in Nantero, Inc.

Ennio Tasciotti, Ph.D. – Associate Member, Interim Co-Chair, Department of Nanomedicine, The Methodist Hospital Research Institute; and Co-Chair, Regenerative Medicine Director, Spine Advanced Technology Lab; Houston Methodist Hospital.

Michael Terlaak – Founder and CEO/Executive Director, the Nanotechnology Research Foundation and Senior Partner/VP at NEXUSBioMed/NEXUSNanoTec.

Andrew Thompson, Ph.D. – Cofounder, President and Chief Executive Officer, Proteus Digital Health; Managing Member, Spring Ridge Ventures.

Richard Thorpe, Ph.D. – Pro-Dean for Research, Professor of Management Development, Deputy Director of the Keyworth Institute, University of Leeds.

James Tour, Ph.D. – T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Computer Science, and Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Rice University.

Hiran Vedam, Ph.D. – NanoConsulting Pte., Ltd., Singapore.

James R. Von Ehr, II – Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Zyvex Corporation, one of the most successful of the early nanotechnology ventures.

Terry Wilkins, Ph.D. – Chair of Expert Advisory Group FP7 Programme, European Commission; CEO, Nanomanufacturing Institute and Professor of Nanomanufacturing Innovation, University of Leeds.

James M. Wilson, MD, Ph.D. – Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine; Director, Gene Therapy Program, University of Pennsylvania.

Josh Wolfe – Cofounder of the NanoBusiness Alliance, a columnist with Forbes Magazine and Editor of the monthly Forbes/Wolfe Emerging Tech Report.

Shane Woody, Ph.D. and Bethany Woody, Ph.D. – Cofounders of Insitutec.

Tyler Wry, Ph.D. – Associate Professor of Management, the Wharton School.

Peidong Yang, Ph.D. – Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Peidong Yang Group, University of California, Berkeley.

Shu Yang, Ph.D. – Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; School of Engineering, University of Pennsylvania.

Youseph Yazdi, Ph.D. – Executive Director, Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design, Johns Hopkins University; formerly Director, Science and Technology, Johnson & Johnson.

Dominick Yee, Ph.D. – Researcher, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California-San Diego; Founding Scientific Advisor, Nanotechnology Research Foundation.

Thomas M. Young – Director of Government Affairs, Nanotechnology Research Foundation.

Richard Zhang – Cofounder and CEO of IdentifIED Technologies.

Naiqin Zhao, Ph.D. – Chair of the Department of Metallic Materials, School of Material Science and Engineering, Tianjin University.

Thanks also to various contacts at IBM-Zurich, the European Commission's Joint Research Center, NASA, the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Energy, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, University of Leeds, and University of Pennsylvania.

Most important – I want to thank my incredible wife Nancy for making it possible for me to write this book, patiently and encouraging me to keep writing and helping in so many ways too numerous to mention. She drove us to work each morning so I could work on my book during our morning commute, never complained about the tap-tap-tapping and multitasking while watching a movie or TV program, and the countless times she waited patiently while I attended evening courses so I could earn my second master's degree. Nancy continues to be my creative inspiration and is my most passionate and beloved fan.

Michael S. Tomczyk