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Michael D. Ramage

President/CEO

 

Background

EXPERIENCE


Overview

Mr. Ramage has been an entrepreneur and business leader throughout his career, starting with the founding of his first commercial enterprise in 1982. He subsequently founded or acquired three additional companies and ran them simultaneously until 2002. Since then, he has served in leadership roles in a several organizations working at the cutting edge of science, technology, and innovation. Mr. Ramage’s contributions to these businesses include financial turn-around, development of strategic alliances, evaluation of technologies for their suitability for market applications, fund-raising, and technology development and commercialization strategies.


Positions Held

Asemblon, Inc.

  • President/CEO (current)

  • Strategic Consultant


November, 2008 to present – Mr. Ramage joined Asemblon, Inc. initially as a strategic consultant and subsequently assumed the role of President and CEO of this advanced technology start-up company. Asemblon Inc. has developed a technology which binds hydrogen atoms to a liquid, thereby eliminating the need for it to be pressurized. This reduces the cost of hydrogen, making it a viable fuel that can compete economically with gasoline or diesel.


Decision Sciences Corporation

  • Executive Director of Science and Technology

October 2006 to October 2008 – At a research level, Mr. Ramage vetted security technologies focused on detection and mitigation of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive threats. He has extensive experience in Washington, D.C. promoting state-of-practice technologies, and was Project Manager at Los Alamos National Laboratories for a “best of breed” nuclear material detection device to help assure the nation’s ability to provide 100 percent screening of vehicles/containers at vulnerable ports and borders.


Frontier Geosciences, Inc.

  • President/CEO

  • Member of the Board of Directors

In August 2004, as a Member of the Board of Directors for Frontier Geosciences, Inc., (an ultra-low detection trace metals laboratory), Mr. Ramage was asked to assume the President/CEO position in order to stabilize the Company pursuant to a series of poor management decisions resulting in financial distress. Mr. Ramage stabilized the company financially and organizationally, including hiring a permanent CEO by December 2005.


EDUCATION

University of Washington Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Psychology (1978).


SKILLS

Mr. Ramage has extensive management experience and is expert at contract review and negotiations, ROI assessments, feasibility studies, development of Management/Staff, and the construction of mutually beneficial joint-venture relationships. Mr. Ramage has received numerous awards for Marketing and the introduction of many new technical products.

INTERESTS

Mr. Ramage has performed pro bono work for scientists with viable technologies all over the World at the behest of the Gates Foundation and others. He has trained in the martial art Tsun Jo for 15 years, writes, composes music, and travels extensively. He is married and lives in West Seattle.

 

Esmaeel Naeemi, PhD.

Chief Technology Officer

Inventor and principal investigator of the Asemblon technology.

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Background

EDUCATION

Ph.D. 1992 Organic Chemistry, New Mexico State University

M.S 1989 Organic Chemistry, New Mexico State University

B.S 1983 Chemistry, South West Texas State University


WORK EXPERIENCE


Aug 2006 to present: Co-Founder and Lead Scientist, Asemblon Inc.

  • Represented and oversaw the scientific activities of the company

  • Directed research and development of the Hydrogen division

  • Directed research and development of the organic molecules used for hydrogen storage

  • Directed research and development for high surface area catalysts

  • Directed research and development of different test beds to evaluate catalysts

  • Oversaw design and development of reactors for the hydrogen release

  • Designed synthetic schemes for molecules used for our technology


Sep. 1998 to Sep. 2020: Professor Emeritus, Seattle Central College

  • Director of RECCS (Research Experience for Community College Students)

  • Taught organic chemistry courses and relate laboratory experiments

  • Mentored students on their research projects

  • Designed the course syllabus


July 2016 to present: Principal Investigator on a Gates Foundation Grant

  • Developed a method to generate the strong oxidizer "ferrate" in a semi-batch reactor for sanitation and waste water treatment

  • Was responsible for the chemical production and optimization of ferrate under various conditions

  • Developed chemical and biological test beds to evaluate ferrate stability and efficacy

  • Designed an automated ferrate generator

  • Implemented a prototype reactor

  • Identified stable precursors to ferrate in order to generate ferrate on demand


May 1996 to August 2006: Research Scientist, University of Washington, UWEB (University of Washington Engineered Biomaterials), Seattle, WA

  • Multi-step synthesis of functionalized thiols for self-assembled monolayer (SAM)

  • Purification and molecular elucidation of organic molecules

  • Assembly of monolayers on gold surface

  • Mentored students on their research projects


Jan. 1998 to April 1998: Research Scientist, Patho Genesis Inc., Seattle, WA

  • A limited project on multi-step synthesis of heteroaryl derivatives of monocyclic beta-lactam antibiotics


Oct. 1992 to March 1996:  Research Scientist , Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, Kuwait

  • Chromatography and Spectroscopy Section

  • Supervised six lab personnel and assign tasks

  • Synthesized, purified and characterized organic molecules

  • Developed analytical methods using chromatography and spectroscopy techniques

  • Maintained accurate records of analysis, documents and lab procedures


AFFILIATIONS

National Hydrogen Association

American Chemical Society,

ACS Organic Chemistry division

ACS Ceramic Society

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  1. “Hydrogen storage using heterocyclic compounds: The hydrogenation of 2-methylthiophene” Zhao, H.Y.; Oyama, S.T.; Naeemi, E.D. Catalysis Today, Vol: 12, Issue: 1, pp 172-185, 2010

  2. “Preparation of 16-Mercapto-N-isopropylhexadecanamide (C16 NIPAM thiol): A “Smart” Molecule for Cell Sheet Engineering Substrate” JURBE, 5(1), 36, 2005.

  3. ”Albumin adsorption on Cibacron Blue F3G-A immobilized onto oligo(ethylene glycol)-terminated self-assembled monolayers” J Mater Sci Mater Med. Nov ;14 (11), 945-54, 2003

  4. "Surface Characterization of Mixed Self-Assembled Monolayers Designed for Streptavidin Immobilization." Langmuir, 17(9), 2807-2816, 2001 "Antimicrobial effects of novel siderophores linked to β-lactam antibiotics." Bioorg.Med.Chem, 8(1), 73-93, 2000

  5. "An improved method for determination of light hydrocarbons in stabilized crude oil." Chromatographia 1994, 39(5/6), 363-5


SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

  1. “ A Journey from Self Assembled Monolayer to a Hydrogen Storage Device” Chemical Engineering Department, Clemson University, March 25th 2010

  2. “Optimizing Conditions of Protecting and Deprotecting Alkanethiols for Use in Self-assembled Monolayers” Presented at UWEB summer Symposium August 17, 2006