Peter L. Antoinette

Peter co-founded Nanocomp Technologies, Inc. in 2004 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Prior to founding Nanocomp Technologies, Peter was the President and CEO of Cambridge Research & Instrumentation Inc. in Woburn, MA, an early stage liquid crystal technology company, where he commercialized optical products for telecommunications and high-performance imaging systems.

Previously, he spent a fifteen-year career with Millipore Corporation, a Fortune 500 leader in separations technology, in Sales, Marketing, Technical Services, and as a Vice President and General Manager.

He is the holder of one patent, and co-inventor of several pending patents. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire High Technology Council, is a member of the National Science Foundation's Center for High-Rate Nanomanufacturing Industrial Advisory Board, and  is a member of United States Senator Jeanne Shaheen's Small Business Advisory Council.

John Gargasz

John Gargasz has over 25 years of experience executing business strategies and maximizing the Return On Investment (ROI) for high-tech business founders and investors.

His early career focused on the growth and management of Codem Systems, a defense/federal high-tech business. John held various roles at Codem from engineering, project management, business development and general management. He helped orchestrate the sale of Codem to DRS Technologies in 2005. 

After 2 years at DRS, John became an investor, director and employee at Innovative Wireless Technologies located in Lynchburg, VA. John helped IWT transition from a service to product centric company and played a direct role in government business development and strategy. 

More recently, John has been active in early stage tech investing and real estate projects. He has been active in the non-profit community as advisory board member at the Entrepreneurs Fund of New Hampshire (EFNH) and past board member of More Than Wheels. John holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder.


James C. Dean

James began his career in engineering, initially with Osomonics in water technology.  Following that, James spent more than 8 years with Boeing managing all aspects of component test engineering on numerous aircraft and space systems.

He left Boeing and subsequently founded or co-founded seven companies: Perceptive Technologies (contract R&D for thermal/flow, fluid dispensing and motion control systems); Cardiac Controls Technology (smartphone-based atrial defibrillation); Dean Holdings (consumer products); Headwater Holdings (water and waste water treatment systems); Quercus (consumer lighting); Building Innovation Technology (heating, lighting and alternative energy sources); and Synergy Research Corporation (motion control, reprographics, engineering and bioengineering).

James moved to water systems first as Chief Engineer for Product Development and then President of ZanAqua (small scale vapor compression distillation systems); Headwaters Holdings (mid to large scale water treatment systems for energy and industrial applications); and then as Market Manager for Layne Christensen (water treatment systems).  Currently, James is a Senior Consultant for Water Wise Systems, a provider of innovative waste water treatment for residential and industrial markets. 

He holds bachelor degrees in forest science (conversion of biomass to energy) and mechanical engineering, both from the University of Minnesota, as well as an MBA from Plymouth State University.

James Barber, Ph.D.

Dr. James Barber is the former President and CEO of Metabolix, Inc., a bioscience company that delivers sustainable solutions to the plastics and chemicals industries. Dr. Barber served as President and CEO from January 2000 until May 2007. During his tenure, he led the transformation of Metabolix from a research boutique to a world renowned, highly regarded leader in “clean-tech” and industrial biotechnology, building the company into a multi-disciplinary, industry leading, publicly traded enterprise with a market cap of over $500 million

Prior to joining Metabolix, he served as global business director for the organometallics and catalysts business of Albemarle Corporation, with global P&L responsibility for that $100+ million business, and as Representative Director of Nippon Aluminum Alkyls, a joint venture company between Albemarle and Mitsui Chemicals, Inc.  During his tenure with Albemarle, he led the development and implementation of strategies that resulted in the strong growth of Albemarle’s polymer catalyst business, including its emerging single-site/metallocene catalyst business.

Dr. Barber serves on the Advancement Council of the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering at the University of Akron, as chairman of the board of Allylix, and as a director of Graham Corporation, Agrivida, and Segetis.  


Jerry Neumann

Jerry is a veteran venture investor, investing in technology startups for the past two decades.

After college Jerry joined IBM and designed part of the CP microcode execution engine for the S/390 series of mainframes. He left IBM for business school and then joined Deloitte & Touche Consulting Group as a management consultant. In 1995, he joined Prodigy Communications, one of the first consumer internet providers.

He left Prodigy to run Omnicom Group's venture capital division, Communicade. Communicade invested in many of the early internet startups. In 2001, Jerry partnered with an outside investor to acquire Communicade, which he ran until its successful liquidation in 2007. In 2005, he co-founded Root Markets,building a marketplace to allow consumers to sell their own personal data.

Jerry formed Neu Venture Capital in 2008 to invest in early-stage technology companies. He was named one of New York City's top early stage investors by Business Insider in 2012.

Jerry teaches Managing Technological Innovation at the Columbia University School of Engineering. He has lectured on entrepreneurship at Columbia Business School, NYU’s Sloan School of Business, and the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. He received a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from Columbia and an MBA from NYU.

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