meta \ μετά \ - "after" or "beyond"
MetaShield produces advanced materials that are customized with embedded nanoparticles and other functional materials. These unique ingredients offer a variety of desired and scalable effects, tailored to specific industry applications.
The company was founded in 2016 with the mission of developing innovative advanced materials that would be both cost effective and practical for rapid market entry. Our core technologies are the result of several years of research and development using the combined work of theoretical physicists, chemists, and engineers. We employ a multi-disciplinary approach, often using sophisticated mathematical and particle forecast models to develop products and enable rapid prototyping and testing. Industry leading ISO certified manufacturing is used to produce and package our products.
MetaShield is at the forefront of a 'materials revolution' that is transforming the physical world and reordering the global economy. Concrete, steel, and silicon made the modern era possible; advanced materials represent the next stage of development, fulfilling technology’s fundamental promise of doing more with less.
Martin began his career at branding giant Bonjour Group International, where he was integrally involved in its reshaping of the retail apparel industry via the seminal DTR [direct-to-retail] concept, collaborating with large retailers such as Wal-Mart and Kmart in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
During this period, Bonjour Group’s licensing division achieved over (US)$50,000,000,000 in retail volume of branded goods sold, and was ranked #3 by License Magazine behind only Disney and Warner Bros.
After the company’s acquisition by Wal-Mart Stores, Martin spent several years as managing director of Glory Capital, a NYC-based private equity fund engaged in real estate and alternative asset investing. In that capacity, he served as lead principle in over 100 transactions with combined enterprise values exceeding (US)$1,500,000,000.
Martin studied finance at the NYU Stern School of Business. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and is the father of five active boys.
As Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of MetaShield, LLC, Bill’s drive for innovation and extensive experience in the generation of novel intellectual property, has led the development of the company’s revolutionary technology. His responsibility as CTO is to build and execute strategic plans to further develop the technology, advise and mentor all technical staff of new standards and the creation of innovative initiatives, to create and write patents, and to maintain the core principles of this technology originally set forth by both himself and Martin Ben-Dayan.
Bill has been a strong leader and innovator in the technology field for the past 50 years. Bill has authored multiple patents and is an active member on multiple boards, such as DxNA, where he led the design team in development of the GeneSTAT PCR device. Between the years of 1970-1975, he served as Executive VP of a successful startup company founded with three professors that was acquired by General Electric.
During his time at Del Monte, Bill was a manufacturing engineer serving the technical needs of five plants throughout Utah and Idaho, handling specification and factory automation systems. He was specially mandated by the company’s president to assist in the reduction of overhead requirements through automation.
Bill is a recognized expert in holograms, at one point designing an automation system to reduce labor factor by 99%, which was later acquired by DuPont. Twice a delegate for the UN IAEA Pandemic Prevention Forum in Vienna, Austria, and a winner of the U.S. Army Commendation Medal, Bill has spent the larger portion of his career diversifying his already extensive experience throughout multiple industries.
Bill obtained multiple degrees in Finance, Economics, Electrical Engineering and Biotechnology from Utah State University and was top of his class at the Army Signal School, in Fort Monmouth, N. J.
Andrew’s role as COO for MetaShield gives him the opportunity to use his 37-plus years of operational and engineering background to develop and maintain protocols and procedures for the company, as well as to generate an exceptional level of performance initiatives throughout the company.
Andrew began his career with Texas Instruments, where he was involved with implementing CAD/CAM tooling for military equipment contracts, then served as a CAD/CAM engineer at McDonnell Douglas. He later served as Director for IT Operations for McDATA Corp, President of Advanced Building Systems and General Manager of LDS Building Specialties.
He came to MetaShield as the VP of Manufacturing, where his capabilities for strategic development, inventory planning and project management earned him the role as COO in 2017. Andrew graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelors of Science in Design and Graphics Technology.
VP, Strategic Partnerships -MBA-
Vicki Ragavanis is VP, Strategic Partnerships at MetaShield. She supports OEMs and Fortune 1000 organizations, incorporating MetaShield solutions to advance their existing products and prototypes. Her ability to harness a 360-view based on her extensive business to business knowledge, coupled with her entrepreneurial mindset, continues to shape business strategy fostering organizational advancements for internal as well as external customers.
Vicki's expertise focuses on client acquisition and strategic alliances to increase company value and generate revenue. Previous positions include Fortune 500 companies across various industries, including Real Estate, Beverage, Automotive, Global Mobility, and Entertainment. She holds a Masters of Business Administration from Hofstra University with a specialization in International Marketing.
Vicki is an avid volleyball player and adventurer. She loves dancing, traveling, sports.
Materials Chemist -PhD-
Materials Chemist Jacob Schliesser, PhD, has an integral role in the development of vast applications for the MetaShield formulation and technology. His work focuses on the mechanical properties of ceramics and enhancing various forms of glass with coatings.
Jacobs’ career began as a teaching assistant at Brigham Young University, where he earned his PhD in Physical Chemistry, with an emphasis on materials physics.
In his research, Jacob used many characterization techniques to identify physical properties of materials ranging from nanoparticles to polymers. In his four years at BYU, he has authored 22 peer-reviewed publications which have been cited at least 150 times.
Jacob was awarded the Charles E. and Margaret P. Maw Research Fellowship, recognizing advanced chemistry graduate students for outstanding scholarship achievements in research. He also won the Nicole-Maw award in 2014.
Jerrett Holdaway, Synthetic Chemist at MetaShield, is responsible for designing, proposing, and implementing research strategies pertaining to the development of novel organic compounds and click chemistries to use as thin film coatings.
He began his career as a research associate at MetaShield while working towards his undergraduate degree in Integrated Studies in Biology and Chemistry.
As a graduate researcher at Boise State University, Jerrett focused his studies towards the synthesis and chemical characterization of antitumor anthracycline analogs. This required working independently to devise new synthetic routes and methods as well as the implementation of necessary experiments.
Jerrett earned his Master's Degree at the Boise State University, where he concentrated on organic synthesis.
Finance Administrator -MBA-
Carmen brings to MetaShield over 12 years of experience in finance and administration. She began her career with contract negotiation and startup marketing strategy, later diversifying through managing government accounts, budget and financial analysis.
As the Budget Manager for Bolivariana de Aeropuertos, Carmen oversaw implementation of new IT systems to manage and consolidate the financial operations for 7 airports. She was primarily responsible for securing approvals from the Minister of Transportation and President of Venezuela for $7,000,000,000 in new investment projects to improve infrastructure, managing teams in different cities throughout the country to implement project oversight.
While at Contalfa, a major outsource/admin firm in Venezuela, Carmen managed end to end finance operations for 8 companies simultaneously.
Carmen earned an advanced accounting degree in Venezuela and lived several years in Manchester, NH while completing her MBA with a concentration in finance from Southern New Hampshire University.
Charles serves as a principal advisor in the electronic industry. He comes to MetaShield with 30 years of experience in advanced materials and engineering working with companies such as Apple, Amazon, Google, and Microsoft.
Charles spent 2000-2011 as Lead Materials Engineer for Apple where he was tasked with CMF development for all plastic, metal, coatings, textiles, cables, packaging etc.; including supplier selection and development in all global regions and Sourcing and Commodity Management support for cost reductions and supply chain efficiencies.
As Advanced Material and Process Engineer for Google, he was responsible for supplier selections and development of the Google Chrome Pixel notebook.
At Amazon, his core responsibilities involved optical light pipe development including clear adhesive, power source and accessory development.
As a Sourcing and Supply Base Engineering Director at Microsoft, he worked on the Surface Tablet’s cosmetic and functional development. He additionally was focused on the supplier and mass production process development as well as sustainability support.
Charles has held consulting positions with Alcoa for manufacturing and surface finish, with Xm-Squared for materials processing, for Sonos Inc consulting on materials, processing and manufacturing and Jones Tech PLC working on graphite thermal management, EMI shielding, EMC, and battery development applications.
Dr. JUEPTNER GUENTER
PhD, Industry Expert
Dr. Guenter Jueptner brings his combined knowledge in chemistry, chemical engineering, and polymer science, based on roughly 30 years of experience in industrial process and product-research.
He began his career at Dow Chemical Company and rose to become global R&D technology leader for polycarbonates. He holds several patents in the field including the development of novel polycarbonate processes and new species. He was responsible for global support and production of 5 start-up plants worldwide. In 2010, he began working with Stryon & Trinseo developing innovative polycarbonate procedures and product technology.
Guenter earned his PhD at the Technical University of Berlin (Germany). The topic of his thesis was X-ray initiated adsorption polymerization of styrene at porous silica. Previously he had finished his diploma studies in chemistry and chemical engineering, where he worked on the kinetics of adsorption polymerization as well as the preparation of semi-conductive ferricen-ferrocen polymers respective.
Professor of Theoretical Physics at PSU
Pui Leung is a strategic advisor to MetaShield’s R&D department. With a career in physics spanning more than 35 years, Pui has focused on Plasmonics and Metamaterials Theoretical Optical and Atomic Physics, Theoretical Surface Physics, Numerical Modeling, Semiconductor Surface Cleaning and Processing.
He has been honored and awarded 25 times throughout his research career as well as sat as a panelist and visiting scholar, and has been published in and presented in 128 journals.
Pui is currently a Professor of Theoretical Physics at Portland State University. His research covers both fundamental and applied physics, with the latter to include plasmonics and metamaterials, as well as surface optics.
PhD, Industry Expert
As a technical advisor to MetaShield, LLC, Dr. Bhan consults on the development of the nano-particle based thin film coating system for the application to Photovoltaic Solar Cells and Glass Modules.
Dr. Bhan began his career graduating from the Indian Institute of Technology Institute in Delhi where he earned a PhD in Physics: Semiconductor and Solar Physics, Materials and Thin Film Processing.
He completed his Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Iowa State University working on the processing, development, and characterization of PE-CVD and ECR-CVD deposited amorphous silicon based films and photovoltaic devices – NREL funded project. Semiconductor device and film characterization techniques such as FTIR, UV-Visible-NIR spectro-photometer, quantum efficiency, C/V and I/V set-up were used.
Discovered an innovative new process methodology solution to deposit the PE-CVD based a-Si:H films with a significantly reduced sunlight illumination degradation and improved solar cell efficiency.
Intellectual Property Expert
As Vice President of Intellectual Property for Metashield, Chris is responsible for developing and protecting Metashield’s intellectual property. He has practiced intellectual property law since 1984 with prominent law firms and highly successful biotechnology companies.
As former Director of Intellectual Property of Immunex Corporation (acquired by Amen in 2002), Chris was responsible for Immunex’s patent portfolios covering their LEUKINE and ENBREL products. ENBREL is now one of the world’s highest grossing biologic drugs, with current world-wide annual revenues of approximately $8 billion. ENBREL (and the strength of its patent portfolio) was the principal economic driving force behind Amgen’s $16 billion acquisition of Immunex.Chris also previously served as Vice President, General Counsel, of Myriad Genetics, where he was responsible for the development and enforcement of intellectual property relating to Myriad’s genetic testing business, including Myriad’s patents covering its BRACANALYSIS breast cancer predisposition test, which positioned Myriad to become one the preeminent genetic testing companies in the world.
Chris has also spent a significant part of his career affiliated with highly prominent law firms representing both start-up and international chemical and drug companies.
PhD, Assistant Professor of Physics at DSU
Sam is an Assistant Professor of Physics at Dixie State University.
He holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Physics from Arizona State University as well as a B.S. in Physics Brigham Young University.