Oxantium Ventures, Inc.

i-donut-lines2Our team has dedicated a lifetime to solving problems within academia, industry and government. In academic and research institutions, we focused on the state of the art in science and technology. In major corporations, we built teams and invested to create new capabilities, open markets, and grow customer base. In government, we shaped advanced technologies by funding, investing, and integrating the state of the art to strengthen defense and security.
We understand the balance between business, innovative technology, and science. Our passion lies in investing and nurturing to bring these together. Innovation today is a global phenomenon. We understand it and we have the experience, the means, and the will to engage partners around the world to capitalize on greater opportunities.

The name “Oxantium” was created to embody our science-centric roots, our view of the marketplace and desire to help shape it by empowering passionate talents from imagination to innovation to commercialization.

Oxantium Management Team

Prof. Newton Howard, PhD, HDR

Newton Howard, Ph.D., HDR, an inventor, scientist, international executive, government leader, and Chairman of the Center for Advanced Defense Studies (CADS), the leading Washington, D.C. National Security Group with a mission to promote security research and innovations such as in cognitive informatics. Dr. Howard is an expert in identifying emerging technologies; he has worked with the U.S. government and intelligence community to invest in and utilize next generation technologies. He has formed and directed several international projects and structured significant deals including multi-billion dollar telecom and border security initiatives around the world.

Richard Wirt, MS, PhD

Richard Wirt, M.S., Ph.D., a senior technology executive with 35 years of experience in the computer industry, was Vice President and General Manager of Intel Corporation’s Software and Solutions Group. He developed and nurtured the Intel software group from when he founded it in 1982 to a 3000 person worldwide operation in 2007. Working closely with Intel Capital, Dr. Wirt made many successful worldwide investments including 10 large acquisitions of software companies. Operating at the highest executive level, Dr. Wirt worked with Intel industry partners such as Microsoft, Dell, Oracle, HP, IBM, NEC, Fujitsu, Redhat, and many others, building ecosystems to grow Intel’s processors’ market while maintaining more than 85% market share. In 2007 Dr. Wirt also served as Chief Scientist and Executive Vice President at In-Q-Tel, a technology investment group that supports the U.S. government.

Board of Directors and Advisors

Robert I. Hanfling, MS, MBA

Robert I. Hanfling, M.S., MBA, a top management executive with more than 40 years of corporate and public sector experience, has worked with hundreds of organizations ranging from startup ventures to Fortune 100 corporations. Mr. Hanfling brings a unique ability to integrate market, economic and social trends in developing alternative opportunities for both corporations and government. He consulted for a $4.5 billion union pension fund focusing on his core expertise in technology and energy. An expert negotiator, he has built an exemplary track record for resolving major business conflicts, and structuring complex business transactions. He has an outstanding public service record, serving as Deputy Under Secretary of Energy in the Carter Administration, and helped in establishing new energy policies and the reorganization of the Department.

Colette Rolland, PhD, HDR

Colette Rolland, Ph. D., HDR, a leading researcher in the area of information and knowledge systems, and Professor of Computer Science in the department of Mathematics and Informatics at the University of Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne. She has extensive experience in leading research projects and conducting co-operative projects with the industry, is an expert on system requirements and technology evaluation, and has extensive connections to early stage software research teams in Europe.

Bruce Lehman, JD

Bruce Lehman, J.D., brings immense experience in intellectual property law, including prosecution, litigation and policy, both domestically and internationally. From August 1993 through December 1998 Mr. Lehman served as Assistant Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks. In 1994 The National Law Journal named Mr. Lehman its “Lawyer of the Year.”

Adam Kamran, MS

Adam Kamran, M.S., a seasoned, successful top executive, project manager and entrepreneur with diversified experience in information technology, business development, international trade and project management. Over the last ten years, Mr. Kamran focused on international projects in Russia has overseen several complex multi-million dollar trade/project management and corporate restructuring assignments for Andrew Corporation and its affiliates in Russia, focusing on business valuations and mergers and acquisitions.

Drew Bewick, MS

Drew Bewick, M.S., with 19 years of experience, was Chief of Technology Tradecraft in the Defense Human Intelligence Management Office of the Defense Intelligence Agency. He was responsible for finding and accelerating the integration of operations-focused new technologies in the areas of biometrics, tagging, communications, remote sensing, novel power sources, language translation, and data management. He participated in the technical and business activities in developing from invention to new use a portfolio of 24 emerging technology equity investments. Prior to that Drew led the development and enterprise management of a next-generation global operations network for the Department of Defense.

Lester S Hyman, JD

Lester S. Hyman, J.D., Founding Partner and Senior Counsel at the prominent Washington, D.C. law firm of Swidler Berlin, part of Bingham McCutchen as of 2006, and Counsel to several Fortune 500 corporations, as well as various countries and major companies abroad. Mr. Hyman brings more than 50 years of experience in business law, government, international politics, and intellectual property. A veteran of the Corporation Finance Division of the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Secretary of Commerce and Development, Mr. Hyman’s broad knowledge empowers Oxantium’s management team.