VFT’s leaders are a highly distinguished team with each member bringing expertise from broad backgrounds in key areas critical to VFT’s success. The team is comprised of PhD-level scientists trained in chemistry and biology, chemical/mechanical/structural engineers, technology entrepreneurs experienced in building IP-centric enterprises, as well as many others with diverse experience and professional accolades in their respective fields.



John is a finance professional with two decades of experience, principally working with technology enterprises. Previously, John was a Managing Partner at Gramercy Hill Partners. Before that, he spent 13 years with Silicon Valley Bank working with global technology companies where he helped form, hire and lead three new business units, as well as fund and advise companies ranging from startups to large multi-national corporations. In his last role, he led SVB's cross-border business between Asia and the U.S. John received his bachelor’s degree from Westminster College.



Andrew worked nearly 20 years with Arkema, a world leading specialty chemicals and plastics manufacturer. Andrew advanced through the organization and in his last role, managed the global Dimethyl Disulfide business from the Arkema corporate office in Colombes, France. Andrew graduated from Northern Illinois University with a degree in Biology and with a minor in Chemistry, and has a Master’s degree in Business from Temple University in Philadelphia, with an executive certificate from INSEAD in France.


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