Gerard is a Principal Advisor at Larta Institute. He offers more than 25 years of professional experience in technology innovation and commercialization. His technology experience includes clean technologies such as solid state lighting, fuel cell technologies, and clean energy and electronics technologies. His business experience includes incubating early stage businesses, raising equity capital, government grants, business development, market strategy, licensing and business planning.
In 2009, Gerard became CEO of Lightscape Materials Inc. (LMI), a specialty materials business which he spun-off from The Sarnoff Corporation (previously known as, RCA labs, now part of SRI International). He secured more than $10m in equity and grant funding to develop high performance phosphor materials for application in the LED industry for use in displays and solid state lighting. In 2012 the business was sold to Dow Chemical, becoming a wholly owned subsidiary, where Gerard continued to lead the commercialization efforts of LMI as Commercial Director until October 2015.
Prior to spinning off LMI, Gerard worked for 15 years in various Business Development and Commercialization Leadership roles at the Sarnoff Corporation. With the legacy innovation of the RCA labs, Sarnoff develops cutting edge technologies through both government funding as well as commercial contract R&D relationships. Gerard was responsible for developing new business through establishing commercial R&D contracts as well as managing the proposal grant process to secure funding from various government agencies.
More recently, Gerard is also providing consulting services to start-ups through GF Consulting LLC, and working with Larta Institute as an advisor in a variety of sectors, including ultra-low energy building technologies, filter membranes for fuel cell systems and low energy water filtration systems, passive solar, optical communications, electronics, digital healthcare, and sensor technologies.
Gerard earned an MBA from Monmouth University and a BA in Electrical Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University.