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.
Louis Simpson is currently Chairman of Gulf Shore Private Capital, LLC, established July 2019. Previously Mr. Simpson was Chairman of SQ Advisors LLC, a registered investment advisory co-founded in January 2011, which closed in June 2019. Both companies were established and based in Naples, Florida.
Louis A. Simpson was elected President and Chief Executive Officer, Capital Operations, of GEICO Corporation in May 1993 and retired in December 2010. From 1985 to 1993, he served as Vice Chairman of the Board. Mr. Simpson joined GEICO Corporation and Government Employees Insurance Company (GEICO) in September 1979 as Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer.
Prior to joining GEICO, Mr. Simpson was President and Chief Executive Officer of Western Asset Management, a subsidiary of the Los Angeles based Western Bancorporation. Earlier in his career, Mr. Simpson was a partner at Stein, Roe and Farnham, a Chicago investment firm, and was also an instructor of Economics at Princeton University.
Mr. Simpson is Lead Director of VeriSign, and in 2006 was named an Outstanding Director by the Outstanding Directors Exchange (ODX). Formerly he was director of a number of publicly traded companies: AT&T, Chesapeake Energy, COHR Inc., Comcast, GEICO, HNC Software, Magma Power, MediaOne, Potomac Electric Power, National Bank of Washington, ResMed, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), Salomon Inc., Thompson BPE, U.S. West and Western Assets Funds. Mr. Simpson is a Life Trustee of Northwestern University and serves as a Trustee Emeritus for the Urban Institute and the Museum of Science and Industry, and is a former Director of The Economic Club of Chicago. Previously, Mr. Simpson served as Vice Chairman of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and as of September 2016, he was appointed as a Senior Fellow and an Adjunct Professor of Finance at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Mr. Simpson began his college career at Northwestern University in 1954-5, and in 2018 was awarded the Northwestern Alumni Medal. He received a B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1958 (Hon. LL.D. 2013) with highest honors and received a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship, followed by a Master’s Degree in economics from Princeton University.
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.
Paul Decker, Chief Executive Officer, is a transformative, global CEO with multiple successes leading, and growing innovative industrial technology companies. He was previously the CEO and Chairman of ABP Induction, a global manufacturer of high-powered electrical heating equipment acquired from ABB. Under Paul’s leadership, ABP’s sales doubled while expanding from five to nine countries organically and through acquisition. ABP also built the world’s most powerful induction furnace systems, introduced next-generation steel heating technology, and launched an industry leading digitalization platform before being acquired by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Primetals Technologies in 2019.
Prior to ABP, he was the CEO of Cobotics, another Northwestern spin out where he raised venture financing and led the development and commercialization of the first Cobots (collaborative, human-interactive robots) used by global automotive manufacturers and which was acquired by Stanley. Before Cobotics, Paul was President of MST Analytics, the inventor of digital life safety systems and disposable electrochemical sensors for the global semiconductor industry that was sold to ATMI and is now part of Honeywell.
Paul received a Master of Management from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.
John Martin is the Chief Operating Officer of Azul 3D, Inc, a 3D printing company. For over twenty years, he has focused on providing operational consulting services to early stage, growing for-profit and non-profit companies. In this capacity he has worked with, or advised, over 15 organizations, mostly as a full-time or interim Chief Operating Officer or Board Member.
Throughout his career, John has been brought in by the CEO/Entrepreneur or Board of early stage/high growth for-profit companies as an executive to create and implement the operational and financial foundations for the company. He has had great success in moving these types of companies from concept to profitable, self-sustaining companies.
John has also run five technology-based companies as Chief Operating Officer, where he was responsible for day-to-day activities and raising over $45 million in equity and debt.
John received his B.S. in Management Information Systems from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA in Finance and Marketing from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Dr. David Walker is the CTO and co-founder of Azul3D. He has over a decade of research expertise in the fields of nanotechnology and physical chemistry, and is one of the inventors on the seminal technology at the core of Azul 3D.
Dr. Walker completed his PhD in Chemical Engineering at Northwestern University studying interfacial-phenomena and nano-scale materials. For his graduate work, Dr. Walker was awarded the Foresight Institute’s 2013 Feynman Student Award. Following his graduate studies, Dr. Walker was a Post-Doctoral Researcher in the International Institute for Nanotechnology (IIN) and an Adjunct Professor in the Chemical & Biological Engineering Department at Northwestern University. After pioneering new research directions in computer driven chemistry and 3D-printing, Dr. Walker transitioned to the role of Entrepreneur in Residence within the IIN, co-founding Azul 3D in 2016.
Dr. James Hedrick is currently the Head of Business Development 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.