About Us

We are dedicated

…to solving the global health crisis caused by microbe-contaminated drinking water. Millions of children die needlessly every year due to waterborne diseases. Our founders, staff, board members, and investors are all dedicated to helping eradicate this scourge.

The world has struggled to make progress on drinking water. Our technology will provide a powerful new tool to combat this crisis by enabling the deployment of a new generation of practical, affordable, and foolproof consumer water purification solutions that can be used anywhere and in almost any situation.

Our history

The foundation for Liquidity’s advanced technology comes from cutting edge research in materials science and deposition processes conducted at the State University of New York, Stony Brook on Long Island.

We are a great international team

…of chemists, process engineers, materials scientists, manufacturing engineers, product designers, researchers, creators, organizers and innovators working to eliminate waterborne illnesses. Liquidity has launched a new era for home drinking water purification enabling anyone to take the safety of their drinking water into their own hands. Liquidity’s products will allow people to make sure they are providing their family with healthy drinking water rather than depending on fallible or non-existent water utilities.

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We work with great partners

…that support our mission to solve this global health crisis. We are grateful to be working with customers, research partners, investors, NGOs, and philanthropic organizations all motivated by a desire to improve global health.

Team

Key team members bring over a century of experience successfully running water purification companies and bringing new innovations to life.

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Dean Spatz

Chairman and Founder
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Victor Hwang

Executive Chairman, CEO, Founder and Board Member
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Mark Kachur

Founder and Advisor
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Michael Hawes

CTO

Dean has more than 44 years of management experience, including more than 32 years as a chief executive officer of a publicly traded company. He currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Watasso Ventures. In that capacity, he serves on the boards of four portfolio companies, including Liquidity. Previously, Dean served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Osmonics, Inc. (NYSE listed company), an international manufacturer and marketer of water purification, fluid separation and sea water handling products and equipment; a company he founded in 1969. He left Osmonics in 2003 after the company was acquired by GE Infrastructure, for 248 M$. In addition, he is a former Director at the Water Quality Association and is a current Director at Sigma-Aldrich Corp. Dean is a licensed chemical engineer and is extensively published on reverse osmosis membrane technology, a breakthrough that he pioneered. Dean earned his M.S. in Engineering Management, B.S. in Engineering and B.A. from Dartmouth College.

Victor is the CEO, co-founder and Managing Director of T2 Venture Creation, a Silicon Valley firm that builds startup companies and designs the ecosystems that foster entrepreneurial innovation. Victor first identified the amazing commercial potential of Professors Chu’s and Hsiao’s technology and assembled the core team that launched Liquidity. Victor’s focus is on helping build great companies and his expertise at the intersection of business, capital, government, academia, entrepreneurship, technology, and public policy fosters that. Victor is Executive Director of the Global Innovation Summit, a conference on building innovation ecosystems that attracts delegates from nearly 50 countries. Victor is past President of Larta Institute, a leading organization commercializing technology from key government agencies, such as the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. Earlier in his career Victor was a corporate attorney and worked in a variety of legal areas including negotiating venture capital investments. Victor is a Kauffman Fellow and has a B.A. in Government from Harvard University and a J.D. from the University of Chicago.

Mark is the former Chairman of the Board of Directors, President and Chief Executive Officer of CUNO, Incorporated, the market leader in microfiltration and residential water filtration. Mr. Kachur was a director of CUNO from July 1996 through its sale to 3M Company in 2005. During the period of Mark’s leadership, the market capitalization of CUNO increased from $210 million to $1.35 billion and the Company acquired both private and public companies. Mark worked closely with the CUNO board on these acquisitions and on the ultimate sale of the Company. Prior to joining CUNO, Mark was President of Biotage, Inc. and before that, he was a Group Vice President with Pall Corporation. Mark currently is a director of The Connecticut Water Company. Overall Mark has more than 40 years in leadership roles in pioneering filtration and purification technology companies. Mark earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and an M.B.A. from the University of Hartford.

Michael has over 20 years of experience in General Management of filtration and water purification companies. Before Liquidity, Michael led 3M’s Worldwide Water Group where he was responsible for a sales, marketing, business development and R&D for a department with over $220 M in annual revenue. Michael’s position at 3M followed their acquisition of CUNO, a major international manufacturer of water filters and purification technology. At CUNO Michael led the Asia-Pacific region as General Manager quadrupling the region’s revenue and doubled the staff during his tenure. While working in Asia he developed distribution agreements, built up sales relationships, and managed strong growth of a water company. Michael’s relationships from that period provide Liquidity with great access to key decision makers at water purification OEMs throughout the region. Michael has a B.E. in Chemical Engineering from the University of New South Wales and a Post-Grad diploma in Marketing at Charles Sturt University.

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Sylvie Chavanne

Senior Director of
Technology & Engineering
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John Friedl

Director of
Production Engineering
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Elliott Gansner

Commercial Director
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Ravisankar Vaithilingam

India Country Manager

Sylvie has a wealth of highly applicable experience. She has worked both for potential customers and competitors of Liquidity which provides her with a highly educated perspective on customer requirements as well as the competitive landscape. She spent more than 16 years at major multinationals in technical leadership roles in membrane, water purification and consumer product development. As the Technical Head at Brita Americas, the largest supplier of water purifiers in the USA, she initiated research that led to rollouts of new consumer drinking water products. At Millipore, a membrane manufacturer, she worked on market-focused R&D that led to the development of new membranes and associated fabrication processes.

John has spent over 24 years designing, building and commissioning innovative production equipment. Give him an end product and he will figure out how to build and automate a production system. John is drawn to finding production-capable, systems-level solutions to challenging manufacturing problems. He has experience in a range of industries including telecommunications, photovoltaic, automotive, logistics automation, business operations and consulting. Prior to joining Liquidity, John led the development of Solyndra’s unique solar manufacturing process and their manufacturing scale-up process. He also spent over ten years in the telecommunications industry supervising equipment manufacturing and logistics. John’s love for production process and manufacturing machines started at an early age as he worked on his family’s cars. John has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo.

Elliott has extensive executive experience at start-ups in the cleantech space as well as in private equity and consulting. He has a robust international tracked record, having worked and lived in 7 countries over the past 10 years. Before joining Liquidity, Elliott was the GM/President of sologico Inc. , an e-commerce start-up in the solar energy industry. While there, he prepared the company for its first VC round and led the company’s entry into North America. As GM he was responsible for all aspects of the business including business development, sales, marketing, supplier relations, and product management.
Prior to entering the start-up world, Elliott was at Bain & Co. where he focused on private equity and corporate operations projects. He has a bilingual MBA from IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain and a B.A., with honors, from Williams College.

Ravisankar  has over 22 years of experience in the filtration industry. He spent 17 of those years with Millipore, where he specialized in lab water purification systems. He has a track record of working with large corporate customers, including two years in Dubai servicing Parker Hannifin. During that period he had a broad experience across air, hydraulic, and fuel filters. He has also worked in the industrial water filtration area while at Doshion Veolia Water Solutions. His work at Liquidity completes a cycle of moving from ultra-pure lab water to pure water to filtration of non-water liquids, to industrial water and now domestic water purification. Ravisankar has a degree in Electronic Engineering from Madras University and a M.H.R.D. from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai.

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Dr. Hua (Richard) Li

Product Engineer

Prior to joining Liquidity, Richard worked as a R&D scientist at Advanced Hydro Inc., where he focused on development and commercialization of anti-fouling membranes and water treatment systems. His earlier academic work involved development of gas separation membranes and oxygen scavenging polymer films.
Richard has a B.S. in Applied Chemistry and a M.S. in Macromolecules Chemistry and Physics from Fudan University, China and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from The University of Texas, Austin.

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Lee Comb

Business Development

Lee has 40 years of experience dealing with water filtration and water processing in a wide variety of applications, ranging from potable water to addressing the very specialized needs of the pharmaceutical industry and many other critical areas calling for high quality water. With a BS in Biochemistry from the University of Minnesota, he has applied his technical education to the development of new applications for microfiltration, ultrafiltration, reverse osmosis and other forms of filtration. He is the author of more than a dozen published articles covering water treatment and filtration.

Other Founders & Board Members

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Kevin Fong

Board Member
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Dipender Saluja

Board Member
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Dr. Benjamin Hsiao

Founder
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Dr. Benjamin Chu

Founder

Kevin Fong is a special advisor to GSR Ventures, which he helped start in 2004 to focus on investments in China. He has a 23-year track record of supporting entrepreneurs in early-stage companies to build industry leaders. Prior to GSR, Kevin was at Mayfield Fund for 20 years as a Managing Director, where he contributed to the creation of companies with an enterprise value of US$13.4 billion—achieving more than $1 billion in returns to limited partners in the past 23 years. His recent exits include 3Par, which was acquired by HP for $2.35 billion. While at Mayfield Fund, Kevin’s focus was on investments in the communications, wireless, semiconductor, software, and consumer media sectors. He has also served as an operating executive at David Systems, HP, and Nortel/Bell Northern Research. Kevin earned an MBA and an M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University, and a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Dipender Saluja is Managing Director at Capricorn Investment Group, a private investment firm headquartered in Palo Alto, California, where he helps incubate companies and oversees investments in energy technology, clean tech, and IT. Dipender is also President & CEO of Automatiks Inc, a Capricorn portfolio company developing electronic connectivity platforms for electric & hybrid vehicles, storage and smart grids. Before Capricorn & Automatiks, he was Chief of Staff at Cadence, a global market leader in electronic design. Prior roles at Cadence included Corporate Vice President of Technical Field Operations and GM of Worldwide Services, in which he led a 1200 person global organization. He was also GM of Asia Pacific field operations, and Vice President of Applications Engineering. Prior to Cadence, Dipender worked at Data General (now EMC), Honeywell, and ROLM (now IBM). Dipender is an electrical & computer engineer by training, and attended UND, the University of Minnesota, and Stanford.

Ben is a Professor of Chemistry and the former Vice President for Research and Chief Research Officer at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. In his former role he has been responsible for the campus-wide advancement of Stony Brook’s research mission through strategic planning. He oversaw the Research Foundation, supervised all Stony Brook University research administration activities and functions. Ben’s recent work has focused on understanding the structural, morphological development and manipulation of complex polymer systems during preparation and processing in real time at both molecular and nanoscopic scales. For his research in polymer physics, including the basis of Liquidity’s technology, Ben was elected a fellow to the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Before joining the faculty at Stony Brook, Ben worked for DuPont in their Pioneering Laboratory department as well as a post doctoral research fellow at the University of Massachusetts. Ben has a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the National Taiwan University and a Ph.D. in Polymer Science from the Institute of Materials Science at the University of Connecticut.

Ben is the Distinguished Professor of Physical Chemistry, Polymer Physics, and Material Science in the Department of Chemistry at State University of New York, Stony Brook. Ben actively teaches at Stony Brook as well as continues to conduct ground breaking research. The main thrust of his recent activities is closely related to materials chemistry, including polymer physics and colloid science. Ben is particularly interested in solving fundamental problems that have useful applications of benefit to society, like Liquidity’s unique nanofiber membranes. Ben is interested in the integration of mechanical and spectroscopic measurements as well as processing methods, that can stretch, spin, and draw fibers. A world-class instrumentation facility has been established, specifically to investigate materials research problems, including nanocomposites of modified carbon nanotubes/nanofibers with polymers, molecular filters, and modifications of nanostructured materials. Ben has a B.S., Magna Cum Laude, from St. Norbert College and a Ph.D. from Cornell University.

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Kevin Fong

Board Member

Kevin Fong is a special advisor to GSR Ventures, which he helped start in 2004 to focus on investments in China. He has a 23-year track record of supporting entrepreneurs in early-stage companies to build industry leaders. Prior to GSR, Kevin was at Mayfield Fund for 20 years as a Managing Director, where he contributed to the creation of companies with an enterprise value of US$13.4 billion—achieving more than $1 billion in returns to limited partners in the past 23 years. His recent exits include 3Par, which was acquired by HP for $2.35 billion. While at Mayfield Fund, Kevin’s focus was on investments in the communications, wireless, semiconductor, software, and consumer media sectors. He has also served as an operating executive at David Systems, HP, and Nortel/Bell Northern Research. Kevin earned an MBA and an M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University, and a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

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