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Etaphase brings new Nobel-prize-winning materials architectures to enable high performance in photonic devices in datacomm and solar.

  • Stage Product In Development
  • Industry Other
  • Location Hōlualoa, HI, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded June 2012
  • Employees 4
  • Website

Company Summary

Etaphase is a spinout from Princeton University. We are commercializing two breakthroughs in material structure, Quasicrystals and HUDS. Quasicrystals were the subject of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Etaphase has exclusive license to the underlying patents to architecture and design of these material forms. Both HUDS and Quasicrystals bring valuable new capabilities and performance to products in datacomm, solar, displays, lighting.


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    Christopher Somogyi

    30 years experience in technology commercialization. Founder, CEO, or chairman of 5 technology start-ups in medical devices and tissue engineering. Senior Strategist and Portfolio Manager for Intellectual Ventures. Active angel investor. Venture capital positions with Pacific Rim Ventures (Japan), UTTI (University Tech Transfer Inc.), and CommTech (SRI’s spin-out fund). Licensing Associate at Stanford’s Office of Technology Licensing. Holde

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    Ruth Ann Mullen

    30 years photonics technology experience as engineering innovator, business development leader, IP strategist. Wide-ranging organizational experience including some of the world’s leading research laboratories and universities, two large optical networking companies, the world’s largest invention capital firm. BS in Applied Physics from Caltech, MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering from USC. 4 issued US patents, 1 pending patent.

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    Ben Shaw
    VP BD / CFO

    20 years experience as engineer, strategy consultant and investment banker. Ran business development for Credit Suisse in the Middle East. Raised $25 million in capital for 5 early stage technology businesses. Managed M&A exits for 5 start-ups realizing over $100M in capital for investors. Manager, McKinsey & Co for on industrial and technology clients. BEng Aerospace Engineering, Bristol University & MBA, Tuck School at Dartmouth College.

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    Joe Koepnick
    VP IP

    30 years experience in intellectual property management, technology commercialization, licensing, and new product and company formation. Senior licensing and business development positions at Stanford's Office of Technology Licensing, USC Stevens Institute for Innovation and Hewlett Packard. Founding CEO and board member of Stanford spinout Staccato Systems (acquired by Analog Devices).

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    John Gustavson
    Board Director

    Former Chief Product Architect at AMD
    Former Intel Director and Senior Architect
    2011 Atanasoff Discovery Award
    1989, 1991,and 1995 R&D 100 Awards

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    Paul Steinhardt
    Founder and Scientific Advisor

    Albert Einstein Professor in Science. Director of the Center for Theoretical Science at Princeton University. Fellow in American Physical Society and member of the National Academy of Sciences. 2002 Dirac Medal from International Centre for Theoretical Physics for the inflationary model of the universe. 2010 Buckley Prize from American Physical Society for quasicrystals. B.S. in Physics, Caltech. M.A. and Ph.D. in Physics, Harvard.

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    Marian Florescu
    Founder and Photonic Scientist

    Senior Lecturer at University of Surrey
    PhD in Theoretical Quantum Optics at the University of Toronto

Previous Investors

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    Private individual angel Investors in Seattle, Boston, and Silicon Valley