Graphene Frontiers

What is your corporation most trying to accomplish with its new innovation?

We are making the world a safer and healthier place with graphene technology.

What do you think sets your corporation’s work apart from the work of others in your field?

Graphene Frontiers is working in an area where leading edge developments in materials, electronics, and biotechnology converge. We're not satisfied with being a world leader in producing and handling graphene; we've identified a specific opportunity to build on our materials expertise to forever change the way chemical and biomolecule detection and measurement is performed.

What or who inspired your corporation to come up with this innovation?

I [Mike Patterson, CEO of Graphene Frontiers] studied under the late Michael S. Mahoney, Professor of History of Science at Princeton University. Through my work with Prof. Mahoney, I began to understand the importance of:  Placing technological innovation in the context of the society in which it emerges; the potential for massive positive impact that thoughtful development can offer; and what it really means for a technology to be "ahead of its time". That has inspired me to focus on those opportunities that will not only have the greatest net present value for our shareholders, but also solve some of the biggest problems we face as a society. Those two goals don't have to be mutually exclusive. On a more tactical note, Graphene Frontiers owes a great deal of gratitude to one of our founders, Dr. A.T. Charlie Johnson. Charlie's and his colleagues' visionary and cross-disciplinary work at the Nano-Bio Interface Center at the University of Pennsylvania paved the way for our breakthroughs in the development of graphene sensors.

What role has serendipity played in the turning points in your corporation’s mission?

Serendipity has played a significant role in the growth of Graphene Frontiers. Two notable examples are the unexpected and timely invitation for our fledgling company to participate in the inaugural National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (NSF I-Corps) program with Steve Blank at Stanford in 2011, and our great fortune in finding and hiring Bruce Willner as our Chief Science Officer.

What have been the greatest challenges that your corporation has encountered in developing your innovation?

Graphene Frontiers continues to battle the widely accepted notion that small companies should focus on quick wins even if it means a diversion or distraction from the long-term plan; this strategy, often espoused by early-stage investors, can lead to small returns at the expense of the successful execution of a larger vision.

Do you believe leaders and innovators have certain qualities that they all share? If so, what?

To put it in a simple equation:  Passion >> Fear. Not all leaders are fearless, and not all innovators are remarkably passionate, but I believe that those who find success and do great things have more than enough passion to not only overcome fear (primarily the fear of failure) but also maintain the drive and enthusiasm to do the hard work required over a long period of time.

How would your corporation most like to change the world through its work?

We will make the world a safer and healthier place with graphene technology. We believe that our graphene-based sensors will revolutionize the way we think about and manage fitness, healthcare, industrial safety, and security. In just one specific example for healthcare applications:  A graphene-based diagnostic will provide comprehensive, ultra-sensitive test results for multiple analytes in minutes using a small sample at point of care. This will allow physicians and first responders to make faster, more accurate diagnoses and provide better, targeted treatments more quickly. This will improve patient outcomes and drive costs out of the healthcare system.

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