Brent Segal

Brent Segal is a member of Echelon Ventures of Burlington, Massachusetts, where he focuses on investments involving combinations of disciplines leading to explosive growth potential. Some of his primary areas of expertise include chemistry, biochemistry, biology, semiconductors, and nanotechnology. He is a Co-founder and part-time Chief Operating Officer of Nantero, a leading nanotechnology company, where he oversees operations roles focusing on partnerships, involving companies such as LSI Logic, BAE Systems, and ASM Lithography. He continues to assist Nantero with intellectual property management and government programs involving the Navy and various agencies.

Segal is an active member of the steering committee of the Massachusetts Nanotechnology Initiative (MNI), executive member of the Massachusetts NanoExchange (MNE), a member of the New England Nanomanufacturing Center for Enabling Tools (NENCET) Industrial Advisory Board, and a member of the planning board for Nanotech 2006. He sits on the board of directors of Coretomic, of Burlington, Vermont, and ENS Biopolymer, Inc., of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

He is an active fund-raiser, helping Nantero to raise more than $36 million in three private equity rounds and government programs. He previously ran laboratory operations at Metaprobe LLC, where he also assisted in raising more than $5 million in private equity financing. He was a Research Associate at Nycomed Salutar, Inc., where he secured several new patents involving novel X-ray contrast agents for medical imaging.

He received his Ph.D. in chemistry from Harvard University in 2000 and has published frequently in journals, including Journal of the American Chemical Society, Inorganic Chemistry, and various IEEE publications, including one in which Nantero was named one of the top ten companies for the next ten years. Segal is co-author of more than 50 patents and has worked extensively on intellectual property creation and protection issues at both Nycomed and Metaprobe. He is a graduate of Reed College, with a degree in biochemistry.

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