Xina Quan is Co-founder and CEO of PyrAmes and has been developing PyrAmes’ technology with Stanford Professor Zhenan Bao since 2015. Prior to starting PyrAmes, Xina led the R&D efforts at Artificial Muscle Inc., a venture-backed start-up spun out of SRI, which resulted in the first commercial application of electroactive polymers. She played a critical role in the acquisition of AMI by Bayer MaterialScience in 2010 and by Parker Hannifin in 2014. Before joining AMI, Xina was the Vice President of R&D at Cambrios, a venture-backed start-up where she led the efforts to pioneer the use of silver nanowires in transparent conductive inks. At Lumileds Lighting, a joint venture of Philips and Agilent Technologies, she managed the product development and release of novel high-power white LED products which are now used ubiquitously as cell-phone camera flash chips. The first start-up Xina worked with was DigiLens where she led the technical development of materials and processes for switchable holographic gratings. She was responsible for DigiLens’ acquisition by SBGLabs.
Before moving to start-ups, Xina was a Director at AT&T Bell Laboratories where she led the Polymer & Chemical Engineering Departments. She has SB and SM degrees from MIT and a PhD from Princeton, all in Chemical Engineering, is a registered patent agent with the USPTO, and has more than 30 issued or pending US patents.