Lewis E. Johnson, Ph.D.Lewis E. Johnson, Ph.D.

Chief Scientific Officer
11 years research experience in nanotechnology, computational chemistry, and materials design. 28 peer-reviewed papers, two patents, one co-authored textbook, and numerous conference presentations. Research Scientist in the University of Washington Department of Chemistry. Co-founder of a prior UW CoMotion-supported biotech startup. Postdoctoral research at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and postdoctoral teaching/research experience at Pomona College. Dual Ph.D. in Chemistry and Nanotechnology from the University of Washington.

Gerard Zytnicki - Chief Executive OfficerGerard Zytnicki

Chief Executive Officer
30 years technology experience: definition and implementation, software engineering, innovation and design, strategy and execution. 27 years at Microsoft in products and engineering roles: General Manager in the Windows Organization, Senior Director of engineering in the Microsoft Startup Business Group and other high-level positions. Startup experience: Advisor to biotech project for the UW CoMotion incubator program; Original member Seattle Angel Fund; Senior strategic advisor to numerous startups in the Seattle area. Industry experience: Various roles in high-tech, IT, healthcare, security, biotech and consumer software solutions; Strategic advisor and consultant to heads of technology. Master’s degree in International Business from the SKEMA business school in Sophia Antipolis, France.

Paul H. Nye - Chairman and PresidentPaul H. Nye

Chairman and President
35 years technology startup experience in leading edge technologies. Partner Triad Venture Foundry incubating novel medical devices. Co-founder CEO Information Optics Corporation, a high speed optical memory company utilizing sub-micron diffractive optics, phase change materials and custom error correcting signal processing imagers. Founder and CEO of The Prime Root Company developing and patenting novel approaches to AI. Education electrical engineering, computer science and finance Montana State University.

Delwin ElderDelwin L. Elder, Ph.D.

Director of Materials Development
18 years experience in chemistry and materials science research and development. Research scientist in the University of Washington Department of Chemistry specializing in design and synthesis of organic electro-optic molecules, characterization of optical and viscoelastic properties, and thin film device fabrication for measuring EO performance. 2 years with biotech startup supported by UW CoMotion incubator program. 10 years at Air Products and Chemicals focusing on conducting polymers, lithium battery materials, surfactants, and catalysis. Ph.D. in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology.​

Photo of Stephanie Benight Pd.D.Stephanie Benight, Ph.D.

Consulting Director of Materials Strategy
Dr. Benight is a leader in Materials. She is President and Principal Scientist of Tactile Materials Solutions, assisting clients with strategy, marketing, and technical analysis. Dr. Benight has a B.S. in Chemistry from Stanford University and a dual Ph.D. degree in Chemistry and Nanotechnology from the University of Washington. She has performed research in the areas of liquid crystals, electro-optic materials, organic electronics (e.g. sensors, transistors), semiconductors, and 3D printing, and 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. Benight has a demonstrated track record in building strategic partnerships and business development.​

Scott R. Hammond, Ph.D.Scott R. Hammond, Ph.D.

Director of Process Development​
Scott R. Hammond received his B.S. in Chemistry with High Honors from University of California, Berkeley in 2002. In 2007, he received his Ph.D. in Chemistry and Nanotechnology from the University of Washington, Seattle, working with Prof. Larry R. Dalton. Dr. Hammond served as a postdoctoral scholar for 3 years at the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), working on organic photovoltaic materials, devices, and packaging. He then served as Principal Scientist for 6 years at SolarWindow Technologies, Inc., leading all aspects of development of their proprietary semi-transparent electricity-generating coatings. Dr. Hammond has coauthored more than 20 scientific publications & book chapters, and is a named inventor on several awarded and pending U.S. and International Patents.

Photo of Michael Mrejen, Ph.D.Michael Mrejen, Ph.D.

Director of Optical Engineering
Michael Mrejen obtained his Ph.D in Applied Science and Technology (AS&T) under the supervision of Prof. Xiang Zhang at University of California, Berkeley (2015), and his M.Sc. in  Applied Physics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2007). He holds a B.Sc. in Optical Engineering (2003) from the Technion- Israel Institute of Technology. His interests focus on exploring ultrafast light-matter interactions in plasmonic nanostructures, Silicon Photonics and 2D materials as well as applying Machine Learning to nanophotonics. Michael Mrejen has published 17 peer-reviewed articles and holds 4 patents.