Team

David Soane, Ph.D., Founder, Chairman

Dr. Soane is a serial entrepreneur and prolific innovator in the fields of polymer chemistry and nanotechnology. Applying nanotechnology and chemical engineering to a variety of mature industries, he has founded a number of successful companies: ACLARA (NASDAQ:ACLA), in the diagnostic testing industry; Nano-tex, a fabricator of textile materials; 2C Optics, an eyeglass lens manufacturer; ZMS, a contact lens manufacturer; and ICBM, a building materials and wallboard producer. Before his commercial ventures, Dr. Soane was a tenured Professor of Chemical Engineering at UC Berkeley, with hundreds of scientific articles and patents in his resume. Dr. Soane received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from UC Berkeley.

Robert P. Mahoney, Ph.D., Vice President of Research

Dr. Mahoney has spent 25 years leading the development of disruptive new products and processes for water and process treatment, oilfield, pharma, agriculture, and mineral processing industries. He served as VP of R&D at Soane Energy, leading to the successful deployment of an innovative self-suspending proppant technology. Prior to joining Dr. Soane, he was VP of R&D at Polymer Ventures, designing and commercializing many new specialty polymer products. Previously, Dr. Mahoney was responsible for development of next-generation performance additives at Nalco (now part of Ecolab), the global leader in water and process treatment chemicals. He received his Ph.D. in physical organic chemistry from the University of Colorado at Boulder and has authored numerous patents, publications, and presentations.

Martha Groves, Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Groves has over 25 years of experience in finance and operations, and over the past 10 years has served as the chief financial executive in a number of venture-backed technology startups. Before joining Dr. Soane, she served as CFO for Openera Technologies, a global mobile software company; prior to that, she was CFO for SnowShore Networks, a VoIP telecom equipment company. Before joining SnowShore, Ms. Groves was operations director for CRVelocity, the incubator arm for Charles River Ventures’ portfolio companies. She also served as the Vice President of Finance for Novera Software, a venture-backed software company. In the early part of her career, Ms. Groves held various positions in finance and management at Analog Devices, Sun Microsystems, and AT&T. Ms. Groves holds an A.B. in Chemistry from Middlebury College and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School at Dartmouth College.

M. Sharon Webb, MD, PhD, Vice President Intellectual Property

Dr. Webb has been helping companies and investors with IP strategies for over ten years, focusing on investor-side diligence and company-side portfolio development and technology transfer. Before joining Dr. Soane, she was Of Counsel for Vantage Counsel LLC in Honolulu. Previously, Dr. Webb was a partner at Goodwin Procter LLP in Boston MA. Before entering the legal field, Dr. Webb was a board-certified surgeon, Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, with teaching positions at Harvard, Tufts and the University of Pennsylvania. She received her M.D. degree from Duke, her Ph.D. from Yale, and her J.D. from Harvard.
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