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Faruq Marikar

Faruq Marikar, Ph.D.

President
Nanobiz, LLC

Scotch Plains, NJ
Phone: (908) 232-5690
fmarikar@nanobizllc.com

Nanobiz, LLC is a consulting group offering business, investment, patent and legal guidance on energy, materials, cleantech and nanotechnology commercialization. nanobiz helps major corporations in their growth initiatives by scoping and planning new opportunities; and small companies grow by advising them on applications, markets, management, and by finding enabling partnerships and financing. "nanobiz helps large companies grow, and small companies grow up". www.nanobizllc.com

In his prior corporate career, Marikar was responsible for planning and developing new business opportunities through cross-sector alliances in a global setting. Working at major global corporations, his purview has included materials, chemicals, electrical/electronics and energy technologies. Product/industry areas of involvement include batteries, capacitors, fuel cells, films, coatings, plating, corrosion, carbon-graphite, plastics, ceramics, and composites.
Most recently, as director of business development Dr. Marikar opened an office for SGL Carbon in New Jersey and built a multi-million dollar business in Fuel Cell Components based on German R&D, playing multiple roles of strategy development, global market assessment, competitive benchmarking, establishing supply chain partnerships and eventually seeking venturing options on a team with AT Kearney. He was the founding chairman of the Materials & Components working group of the US Fuel Cell Council.

Dr. Marikar spent the first four years of his industry career working on advanced batteries at Gould Inc., in Chicago and the next seventeen years at Celanese which later became Hoechst. At Hoechst he was responsible for developing the business in Fuel Cell Membranes, later spun off as a new company and subsequently acquired by BASF. Prior to that, he was on an expatriate assignment at company headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany, seeking technology linkages among the Hoechst businesses in Europe. At Hoechst Celanese, he was manager of External Technology, responsible for assessing and accessing technologies and growing new businesses. He surveyed the technology assets of the corporation and articulated strengths and needs, and visited most major national laboratories and funded programs at universities.

Dr. Marikar served on an industrial advisory committee to the US National Science Foundation. He was the first chairman of the US Industrial Research Institute’s External Technology Directors’ Network; and represented Hoechst on the European Industrial Research Management Association panels on benchmarking and financing R&D. He has written on competitiveness and organized a conference on University-Industry collaboration.

With basic degrees in chemistry and a Ph.D. in engineering (Metallurgy/Materials Science) from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Marikar taught corrosion, and worked at Imperial College, London and RPI in Troy, NY. He has 23 patents, 10 of them in the USA, in batteries, fuel cells, coatings and nanomaterials.

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