PEN, Inc. is a company created to harness the incredible potential of nanotechnology in real-world products for real-world users. That drive to develop, commercialize and grow the market is in our DNA. In fact, it’s in our name: PEN stands for Products Enabled by Nanotechnology.
We’re uniquely positioned for the challenge. PEN is the combination of Nanofilm, Ltd. and Applied Nanotech Holdings, Inc., two nanotechnology pioneers.
Nanofilm was founded in 1985 by Scott Rickert, CEO of PEN. The start-up built on Dr. Rickert’s advanced research and grew to be a company with a leading market position for specialty optical coatings, cleaners and nano-composite products. Nanofilm now serves a global market with a variety of products for consumer, commercial and industrial use.
Applied Nanotech Holdings, Inc., a global leader in nanotechnology, has become the PEN Design Center. It has more than 25 years in the industry, holds more than 250 patents, and has partnered with organizations like the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Army Research Office and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to find nanotechnology-based solutions to challenges.
Through our companies – present and future – PEN is committed to developing nanotechnology-based innovations to redefine products, reinvent categories, and – most important – improve people’s lives.
We have a wide vision of nanotechnology’s immense potential to transform products, improve performance, solve problems. That drives an aggressive pursuit of innovation and new opportunities across all the scientific fields and product categories.
A product that’s not in the hands of a customer is of no value to anyone. We focus on moving nanotechnology out of the lab and into product leadership. We’re poised to achieve that goal through a growing family of companies committed to rapid product development, market development and commercialization.
One of the defining characteristics of PEN products is a focus on the sustainability life cycle – work better, use less material, last longer, reduce waste. That sustainability commitment extends to a long-standing culture of concern for the health and safety of our employees, customers, suppliers and the larger community. From product design process to research lab to manufacturing to customers, it’s a promise we pursue every day.
Dr. Rickert brings to PEN more than 25 years of experience in commercialization of nanotechnology-enabled products. He built a depth of expertise in nanotechnology beginning with his work as a professor and noted researcher at Case Western Reserve University. In 1985, he founded Nanofilm, launching his first commercial product within two years and growing Nanofilm to a leading market position in its fields.
Dr. Rickert frequently lectures and writes on topics in the field, including being a resource to federal legislators and authoring a column on commercializing nanotechnology in industry. He also holds positions on a number of key industry groups, including the Global Advisory Board of the NanoBusiness Commercialization Association. Dr. Rickert holds a B.S. from Cornell University and a Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University.
Mr. Berman has been a Director since 1996. Mr. Berman serves as the President of R.J. Berman Enterprises, Ltd., a real estate development company. He began his career in the private practice of law from 1980-1987. Mr. Berman co-founded Rock Financial (now Quicken Loans) in 1985 and was a member of its Board of Directors. He co-founded BEG Enterprises, Inc. and served as its President from 1989 to 1998. Mr. Berman earned a Juris Doctor degree in 1980 from the University of Detroit. Prior to 1989, Mr. Berman was an attorney in private practice
Mr. Holmes is an investment banker and Member of Holmes Hollister & Co., having offices in Cleveland and New York City. He has been an investment banker since 1978, associated with Lazard Freres & Co., The First Boston Corporation, Kidder, Peabody & Co., Key Corp and others before starting founding of Holmes, Hollister & Co.
Mr. Holmes has a wide range of merger and acquisition experience, advising both domestic and international corporations. His corporate finance experience includes public equity and debt offerings, structuring new asset based securities with complex tax structures and privately placing all forms of capital. Mr. Holmes received a B.A. from Kenyon College and an M.B.A. from Dartmouth College.
Ms. Jeanne M. Rickert joined Nanofilm as General Counsel in 2014. She was Of Counsel with the international law firm of Jones Day in 2013, and was a partner of the firm for the 25 preceding years. Her practice focused on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and general corporate and commercial matters. Ms. Rickert experience ranges across a wide range of industries and sizes of transactions and a variety of related financing transactions. Her undergraduate degree is from Cornell University and her law degree from Case Western Reserve University.
James Sharp is President and Chief Executive Officer of Zeiss, and he is also President of Carl Zeiss Microscopy. Mr. Sharp began his career 40 years ago as a Zeiss service technician with an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering. Over the years he has held a number of regional and national managerial positions, becoming President of the Microscope Division in 1991. After spending four years at Carl Zeiss Jena GmbH in Germany as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Microscopy Business Unit, Mr. Sharp returned to the U.S. as head of Carl Zeiss MicroImaging. He also serves on the board of several Carl Zeiss companies and is a trustee of the Marine Biological Laboratories.
Mr. Westerman has been a director since 2007. He is a current Director and former President and CEO of JW Operating Company, a privately held energy development and energy services company headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Under his leadership the company achieved record earnings in every business unit. Mr. Westerman is also a member of the Board of Directors of Peerless Manufacturing Company, a global provider of environmental and separation filtration products, listed on the NASDAQ Global Market Exchange. Mr. Westerman also serves on numerous charitable and community boards.