AZUL 3D’s High Area Rapid Printing (HARP)™ technology was born nimble, but built from extraordinary talent.
From that point, much like our HARP™ technology, we’ve scaled at a rapid pace—honing & expanding our offering, perfecting our printing, all while focusing a launch strategy to ensure we personally shepherd our solution in the best way possible.
Dr. Chad A. Mirkin is the Director of the International Institute for Nanotechnology and the George B. Rathmann Prof. of Chemistry, Prof. of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Prof. of Biomedical Engineering, Prof. of Materials Science & Engineering, and Prof. of Medicine at Northwestern University. He is a chemist and a world-renowned nanoscience expert, who is known for his discovery and development of spherical nucleic acids (SNAs) and SNA-based biodetection and therapeutic schemes, the invention of Dip-Pen Nanolithography (DPN) and related cantilever-free nanopatterning methodologies, On-Wire Lithography (OWL), Co-Axial Lithography (COAL), and contributions to supramolecular chemistry and nanoparticle synthesis. He is the author of over 740 manuscripts and over 1,100 patent applications worldwide (over 330 issued), and the founder of multiple companies, including AuraSense, Exicure, TERA-print, and Azul 3D.
Mirkin has been recognized for his accomplishments with over 210 national and international awards.
Mirkin served as a Member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science & Technology (Obama Administration) for eight years, and he is one of very few scientists to be elected to all three US National Academies (Medicine, Science, and Engineering), and in addition, he is a Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Academy of Inventors, the American Chemical Society, and more, and he has co-edited multiple bestselling books.
Mirkin holds a B.S. degree from Dickinson College (1986, elected into Phi Beta Kappa) and a Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from the Penn. State Univ. (1989). He was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at the MIT prior to becoming a professor at Northwestern Univ. in 1991.
Cody has 14 years of experience in operations and product development leadership, at multiple Fortune 100 companies. He led large teams at both John Deere and Raytheon Technologies. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, an M.S. in Engineering Management, and an M.B.A. from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.
John Hartner joined The ExOne Company as Chief Operating Officer in November 2018, and became Chief Executive Officer on May 15, 2019. He was elected to the Board of Directors on May 13, 2020.
Mr. Hartner has led technology companies around the world for 30 years in the electronics, cleantech, automation and digital printing industries. For almost half of this time, he lived and worked in Asia and Europe.
Mr. Hartner founded Digital Industrialist LLC, a company that advises and invests in digital manufacturing businesses. In the 3D industry, he served as Chief Operating Officer of EnvisionTEC, a healthcare 3D printing leader. Previously he had a 14-year career leading business units of Dover Corporation, most recently as President and CEO of Dover Printing & Identification Segment. Prior to that, he served in various leadership roles with FMC Technologies and Rockwell International. He received an MBA from the University of Chicago and a Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering from Villanova University.
Dr. James Hedrick is currently the Chief Product Officer and co-founder of Azul 3D, which is commercializing the first 3D printing technology capable of competing with the speed, strength, and economy of scale of injection molding.
Dr. Hedrick started his first company at the age of 16. The profits paid for his college tuition at MIT, where he was also a NCAA student athlete. He went on to receive his PhD at Northwestern University with Professor Mirkin, during which he developed seminal technology at the core of Azul 3D. He was both a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate and Ryan Fellow. Dr. Hedrick has authored 16 manuscripts and has 5 patents. He was also named to Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2020.