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Steve Fowkes

Steven W. Fowkes is Co-Founder of Nanopolymer Systems, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer pro tem and Chief Science Officer, where he is responsible for envisioning and implementing the overall corporate direction. As the inventor of its technology, he has created and manages its extensive IP portfolio involving numerous applications. As temporary CEO, he is learning the art and skills of coordination and management for all aspects of corporate affairs.

Steve’s background in organic chemistry along with his unique 3-D visualization skills have enabled him to envision a new means to create polymers that “self-assemble” with nanostructured precision. This has led to the design and invention of a new general system for harnessing the vast field of organic chemistry for producing supramolecular nanostructures and to enable bottom-up manufacturing of novel materials and structural subassemblies. This system potentially solves the major problem holding back the nanotechnology industry.

Steve’s background in organic chemistry began at Reed College (BA 1975). He subsequently applied this to understanding problems in multiple fields including biochemistry, metabolism, nutrition, neurochemistry and aging. He was a founding principal in a nutrition company, Vitamin Research Products (1979), and managed their research, new product development, manufacturing, data processing and shipping departments until 1983. During that time, the company grew from three people to 22 people, with $2M in annual sales.

After leaving VRP, Steve became a writer, publisher, graphic artist and business software consultant. Although his foray into writing magazine articles was brief, one of the two articles written won an award for best presentation of technical scientific material and was subsequently reprinted in the Social Issues Resources Series (SIRS) volume on Aging. His writing interests then shifted to “closing the gap” between scientific discoveries and medical practice, which led to his writing and editing two technically oriented health newsletters. His interest in aging and longevity has led to many newsletter articles on that subject, and appearances on television aging documentaries.

His expertise in translating technical topics for the public led to TV appearances on People are Talking, a San Francisco-based TV talk show and The Dr. Dean Edel Show, a nationally syndicated TV talk show. Following this, he appeared in front of two million people on CNN’s Larry King Live.

To date, he has written five books and served as Editor, Technical Editor and Guest Editor on many more. He has completed writing his sixth book.

He has done volunteer work for the HIV+ and Down’s syndrome communities. In the latter capacity, he helped formulate Nutrivene-D, a dietary supplement specifically designed for correcting metabolic imbalances caused by over-expression of the 21st chromosome.

In 1992, he founded and directed the Cognitive Enhancement Research Institute, which he continues to direct on a part-time basis.

In 2002, as a chemical consultant to Array Bioscience Corporation (Oakland, CA), he applied his 3-D visualization skills and knowledge of organic chemistry to polymer design. Patent applications from Array were subsequently purchased and became the basis for Nanopolymer Systems. In 2003-4, this was extended into a generalized system of nanoassembly for producing supramolecular structures.  Multiple patents are now pending on these inventions.

In 2015, 2016 and 2017, Steve was invited to the Foresight Institute's (https://about.foresight.org/) Invitational Conferences on Atomic-Precision Manufacturing (https://about.foresight.org/we-catalyze-research/) for energy, biomedical and artificial-intelligence applications.  Watch Steve's presentation to one of those workshops here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYY_Eq3NTAw&feature=youtu.be.


Bachelor’s degree, Organic Chemistry, Reed College, 1975.

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Phone:  650-321-6670