He was awarded the 2001 International Award for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Research by the Swedish Foundation for Small Business Research.

Gene Banucci

Gene Banucci, a founder of Advanced Technology Materials, Inc., has served as Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Board, and as Director since 1986. At its inception, ATMI focused its core expertise on materials for Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) technology and has since developed a unique portfolio of leading-edge materials technologies for innovative packaging, productive delivery systems, accurate solid-state sensors, low-impact environmental equipment, and engineered services that are combined into materials solutions.

Before co-founding ATMI in 1986, Gene Banucci served as a Director for American Cyanamid's Chemical Research Division, where he directed more than 400 scientists and engineers in new product research and development for this $1 billion unit. He also created and directed Cyanamid's Discovery Research Department where he managed the creation of new specialty chemical and materials technologies, leading to new business ventures.

Dr. Banucci holds 21 issued U.S. patents and is an author of numerous published scientific articles. He is a founding member of the Connecticut Technology Council, a member of the Board of Directors of Precision Combustion, Inc., and a member of the Board of Trustees of Beloit College. He received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Wayne State University, and his B.A. in Chemistry from Beloit College.

Jon Baron

Jon Baron is the Executive Director of the Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy, a project launched under the sponsorship of the Council for Excellence in Government in September 2001 to promote government policymaking based on rigorous evidence of program effectiveness.

Before joining the Council, he served as the Executive Director of the Presidential Commission on Offsets in International Trade (2000-2001). In that position, he developed and built consensus for a major Commission report to Congress that was approved by the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, with the concurrence of all Commission members.

From 1995-2000, he was the Program Manager for the Defense Department's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, which provides over a half-billion dollars each year to small technology companies to develop new commercial/military technologies. In that position, he initiated and led major program reforms that greatly increased the effectiveness of the program in spawning successful new companies and technologies. The reforms received the Vice President's Hammer Award for reinventing government and were recognized by Harvard University’s Innovations Awards Program as one of the top government innovations in the United States.

From May 1993 to May 1994, he was a special assistant for dual-use technology policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. From 1989-1994, he served as counsel to the House of Representatives Committee on Small Business, where among other activities he initiated, led, and worked successfully to secure enactment of legislation establishing the federal Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program. The program funds cooperative R&D projects involving universities and small technology companies, and was recently reauthorized by Congress and expanded to $130 million per year.

Mr. Baron holds a law degree from Yale Law School, a master's degree in public affairs from Princeton University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Rice University.

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