President & CEO
Dr. Quan works with clients to identify and pull together a highly skilled team of professionals to work towards the commercialization of hard science innovations. Our strategically-sourced, lean teams use design thinking as part of our Philosophy on every project.
Dr. Quan is a Harvard-trained Mathematician, Biophysicist, Theoretical Biologist and Strategic Thinker. She helps companies see patterns among seemingly unrelated pieces of information to create order out of chaos, and identify the best business opportunities to attack.
Founder, On Leave of Absence
Dr. Hickey is the founder of the Diamond Chameleon Group. She is currently on a leave of absence from DCG, in a role that accelerates the commercialization of scientific and technological innovations and strengthens the scientist-entrepreneur pioneers of industry today.
With great experience comes great networks. Often, our role as connectors and collaborators are the differentiating factor to our client's success. While other commercialization consultants only consult, we work to set up, vet and moderate calls with our client's potential customers while also gathering together a customized team of experts per project. And when we say 'experts', we mean hard-science experienced commercialization experts - see some of the team below.
The Market Element, a CF Life agency, is a full-service digital marketing agency based in Denver, CO. Our core specialty is in science & technology marketing. We understand how to market to sophisticated buyers using compelling and contextual content while leveraging inbound marketing techniques to reach the right buyer at the right time with the right content. Our clients range from the Fortune 500 to the innovative start-up, where we provide targeted expertise in helping our clients build awareness, drive lead generation, and grow sales. Our team enables your initiatives with everything from in-depth analysis to cutting-edge creative. We are passionate about all business ventures, and our mission is to digitally connect, inspire, and convert future customers for our clients. To find your missing element, visit our website:www.themarketelement.com
threelegdog design has provided DCG with creative services for many of our clients. threelegdog creates visually appealing marketing collateral, often surrounding extremely technical subjects. Their team has an outstanding portfolio , with clients such as the PGA Tour and PGA Superstore, and their work has won awards from the International Association of Business Communications, Print, Horizon Interactive, and a Technical Emmy Nomination.
MagCorp provides access to the world’s magnetic experts to solve industrial problems. Founded by staff from the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, MagCorp understands the challenges facing hard science companies, specifically those addressing today's energy needs. MagCorp's services include feasibility studies, prototyping and product development. MagCorp is your one-stop shop for magnet science solutions.
Subject matter experts - we know many in our networks. As an example, science research and development is often supported by grants and provided to companies or academics who will execute the programs. And oftentimes, these grants will come with requirements of 'outreach', that is, to explain the rocket-science that you do to people who don't know rocket-science. As part of our network, DCG works with science communication and outreach experts, and even a few budding scientists too.
Diamond’s are a girl’s best friend, until a research mistake gas-etches the surface of the single crystal diamond, creating this amazing image in a Scanning Electron Microscope. Our team understands that research is messy, and the path to commercialization of technology is hard.
A resolution target for an x-ray synchrotron beam line, created by an SBIR client. The SBIR program requires commercialization plans - a clear path to bringing you solution to the people who can use it, and will buy it. Like solving puzzles, a methodology combined with experience is key.
A MEMS device created at Argonne National Laboratory, used to measure the weight of material when exposed to extremely cold temperatures, imaged with a 3D Optical profiler. The manufacturer of the optical microscope, our long-time client, was acquired by an industry leader in a successful exit.
Solid Oxide Fuel Cell research material, imaged with the scanning electron microscope in a Focused Ion Beam instrument. Numerous small companies are trying to transition university technology into viable businesses, and we represent their brands to investors, agencies and potential acquisition targets.
Hair (3.5 mil thick) imaged with a scanning electron microscope. Our group works with scientists from particle physicists to skin care formulation specialists, from medical device startups to national labs, all experts working to bridge the chasm to commercialization.
Doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, does it? Doesn’t lend itself to consumer marketing, either. But back to our core mission – executive services for hard science companies – for that, it describes our purpose accurately:
So, that’s the story behind the name. There might also have been some influence from our founder, who studied diamonds for her Ph.D. work, wears a few significant natural and man-made diamonds everyday, has a penchant for lizards as pets, and has been fascinated with both American chameleons (anoles) and Madagascar chameleons (true chameleons) all her life.
As a cool science side note, the naturally occurring “chameleon diamonds” change color with changes in temperature, and some natural blue diamonds, like the Hope Diamond, glow bright red after being exposed to ultraviolet light. Just more examples of how amazing hard science can be.