Grafoid is a graphene research, development and investment company partnered with Focus Graphite Inc., owner of the high-grade Lac Knife, Quebec graphite deposit. It invests in, manages, and develops markets for processes that produce economically scalable, pristine graphene that is used in graphene development applications by leading corporations and institutions.
The company’s leading investment produces high-energy bilayer and trilayer graphene from a safe, non-destructive extraction process leaving the lowest possible ecological footprint. The game-changing process results in a new global standard for economically scalable graphene products — trademarked under the MesoGraf trade name — that can be tailored to both industrial and commercial applications.
Grafoid brings knowledge in graphene, resolves scalability issues, adapts graphene for unique applications, and; provides solutions for achieving success.
Grafoid invested its scientific expertise and financial support that led to the co-development of a unique process for transforming graphite ore to graphene.
This unique process has led to the bulk production of MesoGraf™, a suite of economically scalable graphene products that can be tailored to both industrial and commercial applications.
Independent testing confirms MesoGraf’s performance is peerless in terms of its high-energy density and unique physical characteristics. It is a product that sets the global standard for stable, reliable, economically scalable and reproducible graphene.
In May 2013, Grafoid announced its global platform and introduced MesoGraf™ to the global graphene community. The mine-to-MesoGraf™ platform of Focus Graphite, Grafoid, Graphite Zero Pte Ltd., and the National University of Singapore is the strategic key that unlocks the investment door to the next global economic and industrial revolution.
- Focus Graphite is a source of high-grade, high-purity graphite
- Graphite Zero manages research and development and MesoGraf™ production, linking with NUS Graphene Centre
- Grafoid is responsible for managing MesoGraf’s marketing and business development, and corporate and investor relations
Focus Graphite owns a significant stake in Grafoid and Grafoid holds a majority stake in Graphite Zero.
Focus Graphite profile
This platform offers the most direct, clearest, fastest, affordable way towards graphene’s commercialization on a global scale.
Grafoid has just completed an exhaustive two-year process to prove its scientific and commercial viability:
In material science: it has validated its patent-pending one-step process of creating graphene directly from graphite ore. It is now producing graphene on a scalable, mass production basis. The quality of its graphene has been tested by major corporations and academic institutions and has been evaluated by an experienced third-party.
In commercial development: it has embarked on a comprehensive program to:
- Raise awareness of the revolutionary process to produce affordable, scalable and reproducible graphene for industrial application purposes
- Profile Grafoid’s corporate brand, as an emerging and significant entrant in the graphene space
In testing market acceptance: it has proven significant market potential by attracting named joint venture partners to development graphene applications. Rutgers University, Hydro Quebec and CVD Corporation have been announced; others are under development and have yet to be announced.
In attracting investment funding: the company raised $10 million in private placement funding in 2013 and will be raising more from private placement funding in 2014.
Launched a Global Platform: Grafoid has launched a global platform — including Focus Graphite, Graphite Zero and National University of Singapore’s Graphene Center — to deliver a mine-to-market scalable suite of MesoGraf ™ graphene products.
In December 2013, Grafoid opened the doors to its new facilities at Queen’s University’s Innovation Park in Kingston, Ontario. The facility includes Graphite Zero’s laboratories and MesoGraf™ production facilities. Those facilities are now operational.
Grafoid’s second North American facility is being retrofitted and is expected to be operational during the first quarter of 2014.
In addition to hosting some of Grafoid’s application development joint venture partners and it will afford the company with opportunities to undertake new research initiatives with Queen’s University.
Innovation Park, the company says, provides it with access to the engineering know-how to move its scientific developments to the commercialization stages for MesoGraf™-based materials and products.
Research and development and MesoGraf™ production will reside with Graphite Zero’s facilities in Singapore in cooperation with NUS’ Graphene Research Center.
With headquarters in Ottawa, Grafoid has offices in Montreal, Kingston, New York, London, Munich, Athens and Singapore.
Jeffrey York — Chairman and Co-Founder
As Chairman of the Board and co-founder of Grafoid, Mr. York is an activist director in terms of shaping the company’s business growth and development. He graduated from Princeton in 1986 with a degree in Economics and obtained his Chartered Accountant designation in 1989. Mr. York is currently Chairman of Focus Graphite Inc., and Chief Executive Officer of Farm Boy stores, named one of the best managed companies in Canada in 2011.
A chartered accountant, Mr. York began his professional career with Ward Mallette, Chartered Accountants, before joining Giant Tiger Stores, a regional retail chain which he grew into a national, billion dollar company. During his 20-years with Giant Tiger, he served as President and CEO of the company for 10 years. Mr. York is an active member of the Young Presidents Organization and has been involved in that executive network since 2002.
Gary Economo — President, CEO and Co-Founder
Gary Economo is President, Chief Executive Officer and a co-founder of Grafoid Inc., and servces as CEO of Focus Graphite, the owner of the high-grade Lac Knife, Quebec technology graphite deposit.
Mr. Economo has a distinguished business career, serving as CEO for a number of public and private high technology companies during the last 20 years. He enjoys a long history of graphite marketing and sales for high-tech applications.
Over the span of his business career, Mr. Economo provided strategic consulting and representation services to technology companies in North America and Asia. In particular, he has a track record of success and expertise in building shareholder value when tasked with bringing discovery companies to market. Born in Greece and raised in Montreal, Mr. Economo lives with his family in Ottawa.
Dr. Gordon Chiu, B.Sci., M.Sci.,MSTP recipient, ND. — Vice President and Co-Founder
Dr. Gordon Chiu is Vice President and a co-founder of Grafoid Inc. Described as an “execution-driven businessman,” Dr. Chiu has combined domestic and international experience in the biomedical, chemical, cosmetic, medical, and technology industries. A lecturer and corporate advisor, Dr. Chiu is engaged in the discovery and research of graphene, graphene derivatives and the development of MesoGraf™-based industrial applications.
Dr. Chiu is a former research scientist at Pfizer Inc. and Merck & Co., Inc. and has healthcare and marketing experience with strong links to Wall Street and Asia. He holds a B.S. degree summa cum laude in chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; graduated with an M.S. degree in chemistry from Seton Hall University with honors, and is globally distinguished by his acceptance as an MD/PhD candidate under the National Institutes of Health’s Medical Scientist Training Program at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He jointly combined his cumulative training with an ND degree in naturopathic medicine from the University of Bridgeport.
Judith Mazvihwa-MacLean — CFO and Secretary-Treasurer
A Vancouver-based geologist and accountant, Ms. Mazvihwa-MacLean has more than 16 years of experience in mineral exploration, mining, management and corporate finance. She is also the Chief Financial Officer at Focus Graphite Inc. Prior to joining Focus Graphite, Ms. Mazvihwa-MacLean was the CFO for Golden Harp Resources Ltd., Logan Resources Ltd., and Acme Resources Ltd (formerly International KRL Resources Corp.).
She also served as a member of the Board for both Logan Resources Ltd., and Acme Resources Ltd. Judith has a significant academic background. She holds a B.Sc. (Geology) from the University of Zimbabwe, a M.Sc. from Brunel University in England and earned her MBA at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. She was accredited a Certified Management Accountant by the Certified Management Accountants Society of British Columbia.
Chester Burtt, Corporate Communications
Mr. Burtt is a consultant providing communications-related services to Grafoid. He is President of Chester Burtt & Associates Ltd. (“CBAL”), a corporate and public affairs advisory firm that specializes in connecting private and public companies with domestic and international opportunities. CBAL also arranges for the provision and supply of financial services in mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. Working through an international network and associate firms, CBAL has a 25-year history of offering a full range of services to assist companies with strategy development and decisions to best suit their investor and corporate relations. Mr. Burtt graduated with a B.A. (Hons.) from Waterloo Lutheran University and M.A. from Wilfred Laurier University in Political Science. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Focus Graphite.
Wayne Onello, Vice President of Operations
As a member of Grafoid’s management team, Mr. Onello brings many years of management and leadership experience. Prior to joining Grafoid in 2013, Mr. Onello spent over 10 years with the United States Department of Homeland Security. In his role as Vice President of Operations, Mr. Onello is actively involved in Grafoid’s business development, mergers and acquisitions, and overseeing the production process within our North American operations, which includes securing Grafoid’s proprietary technologies and access throughout the supply chain. Mr. Onello graduated from St. Peter’s University with a B.S. degree in Marketing and Economics.