Diane Hickey

Diane is a Principal Advisor for Larta’s Commercialization Assistance Programs. She is a commercialization expert with over 20 years of experience translating technology into products and revenue. In addition to strong communication skills, Diane has deep technical expertise in the microscopy, semiconductor, photonics, and material sciences industries. Her business expertise lies in commercialization, sales strategy, new product introduction, start-ups, and strategic marketing with a proven a track record of quickly growing revenue for established companies and start-ups.

Diane is currently Principal of Diamond Chameleon Group LLC (DCG), a strategic marketing firm for successful scientists and engineers. Clients of DCG have seen success in brand thought leadership leading to acquisition exits by Fortune 500 companies, launched new products confidently into niche synchrotron markets, and secured multiple government SBIR grants via solid technical and commercialization strategies. Prior to DCG, Diane was the Sales Director for the Central U.S. and Canada of Nanoscience Intruments, an established microscopy distributor, increasing revenues and launching product lines into the Canadian market. Diane was one of the original employees of Advanced Diamond Technologies (ADT), a spin-out of Argonne National Lab commercializing a thin-film diamond technology. While at ADT, she moved the thin-film company from grant-revenue only to product revenue balance in five years, setting up distributor networks and launching products into four disparate markets. She also created a global distributor network (Japan, Europe and Australia) during a global recession. Diane began her career in strategic business consulting at Accenture and C-bridge, a tech spinout of MIT. She has published extensively in both technical and industrial literature, including being a regular contributor to the Commercial Micro Manufacturing magazine, a global media outlet serving 46 countries and a print readership of 3,000+ worldwide.

Diane holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Auburn University, an MS in Materials Science & Engineering and a partial-MS in Science Communication from the University of Florida, and a PhD in Materials Science & Engineering from the University of Florida.