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  • Eric Donsky
    Eric DonskyCEO and Co-Founder

    Eric Donsky has over 20 years experience in building cleantech and life science companies as a founder and senior manager.  Eric was the founding CEO of TearLab Corporation, a publicly traded, in-vitro diagnostics company (NASDAQ:TEAR) that has successfully commercialized the world’s first point-of-care, testing platform capable of measuring disease markers in tears for the rapid diagnosis of eye diseases. The Company’s patented TearLab™ system has obtained FDA approval, CLIA Waiver, CE Mark, broad reimbursement in the United States, and is marketed in over 25 countries worldwide. Eric was also the founding Chairman of Singularis, a biotechnology company commercializing a highly lubricating, recombinant protein for a number of therapeutic indications, including Dry Eye Disease, vaginal atrophy and interstitial cystitis. The Company has completed several strategic alliances and has its first product in clinical trials. He was the founding CEO of Applied CarboChemicals, Inc. (“ACC”), an industrial biotechnology company that was an early innovator in the development of processes capable of manufacturing chemicals and plastics from renewable resources. ACC, renamed BioAmber (NYSE:BIOA), has developed the 1st process capable of economically manufacturing succinic acid through fermentation at large scale using a novel genetically-engineered bacterial strain original licensed from the U.S. Department of Energy. Succinic acid serves as a chemical intermediate for the synthesis of a vast range of derivative chemistries that function as detergent additives, monomers, polymers, coatings, solvents, among many other applications. BioAmber is building manufacturing capacity in 3 continents around the world and has $4B of contracted revenues. The Company has formed strategic partnerships with DuPont, Cargill, Lanxess, Mitsubishi and Mitsui. The Company is publicly traded on the NYSE. Mr. Donsky graduated from Boston University with a B.S. in Business Administration.

    • Yong Lak Joo, Ph.D.
      Yong Lak Joo, Ph.D.Co-Founder

      Yong Lak Joo, Scientific Founder of Axium Nanofibers, is an associate professor in the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at Cornell University. He received his B.S. degree at Seoul National University in Korea in 1989, and received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at Stanford University in 1993. From 1993 and 1999, he was a senior research engineer at Hanwha Chemical Corporation in Korea. Prior to joining Cornell in 2001, Joo did two years of a postdoctoral research in the Department of Chemical Engineering at MIT. He received a 3M Faculty Award in 2004. He is also a recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER Award and a DuPont Young Professor Award. He also received an Excellence in Teaching Award in College of Engineering, Cornell University. His current research focuses on the development of scalable nano-manufacturing processes and their application to energy storage devices.

      • Greg Mitchell
        Greg MitchellPh.D., Esq. Vice President of IP

        Greg joined Axium as Vice President of Intellectual Property in 2012 after serving as Axium’s outside patent counsel. Greg develops and implements Axium’s aggressive intellectual property strategies for protecting Axium’s revolutionary materials and materials manufacturing programs, as well as the use of these materials in Axium’s battery, coatings, and pipeline applications. Prior to joining Axium, Greg was a patent attorney at top law firm, where he counseled a number of companies and investors in a variety of fields, including leading the company-side IP diligence team during a $1B+ acquisition and leading the underwriter-side IP diligence team during a ~$200M IPO. Greg also served as a Patent Examiner while attending law school at The George Washington University Law School, where he graduated with high honors. He was also recognized for his excellence in the study of patent law by being awarded the Chris Bartok Memorial Award in Patent Law. Prior to law school, Greg earned his Ph.D. in chemistry from UCLA.

        • Kyoung Woo Kim
          Kyoung Woo KimPh.D. Director of Manufacturing

          Kyoung Woo Kim, Ph.D. is the Director of Manufacturing at Axium Battery, LLC. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees at Seoul National University in Korea in 1990 and 1992, and received his Ph.D. in Fiber and Polymer Science at Seoul National University in 1996. He worked in research and development for 6 years at SK Chemicals in Korea. Following that, Dr. Kim worked as a principal research engineer to develop synthetic fibers at Huvis in Korea for ten years. Prior to joining Axium Battery, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at Cornell University. His areas of study included nanofiber processing and the development of electrode materials for lithium-ion batteries. His current research focuses on the scale-up and production of nanomaterials and the application of these materials to lithium-ion batteries.

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