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Nan Newell, Former President and CEO, Naiad Technologies, Inc. Nan Newell
Former President and Chief Executive Officer
Naiad Technologies, Inc.
Portland, OR


Nanette Newell is the former President and CEO of Naiad Technologies, Inc., an environmental technology firm specializing in reducing and solidifying toxic liquid wastes. From 1992 to 1995, Dr. Newell was the Executive Director of the Oregon Biotechnology Association and Foundation, private nonprofit groups responsible for economic development and education in biotechnology. From 1985 to 1995, Dr. Newell was also the President of Newell Consulting Group, a biotechnology consulting firm specializing in technical and strategic issues with expertise in agricultural, environmental, and health care areas.

From 1987 to 1991, she founded and helped build the Synertech Group, Inc., a business development group in Research Triangle Park, NC that grows new biotechnology companies. During that time, she founded and was the first President of EnSys, Inc., an environmental biotechnology company until recently traded on NASDAQ. From 1984 to 1985, she was Director of Research Administration and Regulatory Affairs at Calgene, a major agricultural biotechnology company. Dr. Newell was the Project Director for the U.S. Congress Office of Technology Assessment's report entitled Commercial Biotechnology:  An International Analysis, published in 1984. 

Dr. Newell received her Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and her MBA at the Kenan-Flagler School, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Nan Newell's Suggested Reading List

The Fifth Discipline
Peter Senge,
Published by Doubleday, 1990.
The Entrepreneur's Manual: Business Start-Ups, Spin-Offs, and Innovative Management
Richard M. White, Jr.,
Published by Chilton Book Company, 1977.
Competitive Strategy: Techniques for Analyzing Industries and Competitors Strategy
Michael Porter,
Published by Free Press, 1984.
Getting to Yes
Roger Fisher, William Ury, Bruce Patton (Editor),
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company, 1992.
Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companiest
James C. Collins and Jerry I. Porras,
Published by Harperbusiness, 1997.
How to Make Meetings Work
Michael Doyle and David Straus,
Published by Berkley Publishing Group, 1993.

Nan's Current Personal Favorites

Buddha's Little Instruction Book
by Jack Kornfield,
Published by Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing, 1994.
Sixteen Pleasures
by Robert Hellenga,
Published by Soho Press, 1994.
The Coming Plague
by Laurie Garret,
Published by Farrar Straus & Giroux, 1994.
On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen
by Harold McGee,
Published by Collier Books, 1997.
by Toni Morrison,
Published by New American Library Trade, 1994.

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