Leadership Team

Lewis E. Johnson, Ph.D.

Lewis E. Johnson, Ph.D.

Chief Scientific Officer

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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

Gerard Zytnicki

Chief Executive Officer

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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.
Paul H. Nye

Paul H. Nye

Chairman and President

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With 35 years of startup experience in leading-edge technologies, Paul H. Nye loves innovation and helping small companies grow and transform. In addition to NLM, he’s a Partner at Triad Venture Foundry, which is incubating novel medical devices, and a Founder and CEO of The Prime Root Company, which is developing and patenting novel approaches to AI. Paul was previously the Co-Founder and CEO at Information Optics Corporation, a high-speed optical memory company using submicron diffractive optics, phase-change materials, and custom error-correcting signal-processing imagers. This is where he first started believing in the power of optical computing. He has degrees in electrical engineering, computer science, and finance from Montana State University.
Delwin Elder

Delwin L. Elder, Ph.D.

Director of Materials Development

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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.
Stephanie Benight, Ph.D.

Stephanie Benight, Ph.D.

Consulting Director of Materials Strategy

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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.
Scott R. Hammond, Ph.D.

Scott R. Hammond, Ph.D.

Director of Process Development​

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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.