Partner Profiles:

Robert Carnes, MD (Co-founder)

  • BS, University of California, M.D., University of Southern California, Board Certified, Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine, Harvard Medical School/Mass General.
  • Former Program Manager, DARPA (DoD).
  • Former Chairman and Program Director, Anesthesiology.
  • Former Director of Surgical Services.
  • Former co-director of a Level 1 Trauma Unit.
  • Former Director of Internal R&D, Battelle Memorial Institute.
  • Former senior VP, biotech consulting


James Sonnett, PhD (Co-founder, Managing Partner)

  • BS, University of Virginia, MS, University of Massachusetts, PhD, University of Delaware, all in chemical engineering
  • Former Vice President – Science and Technology, Battelle Health & Life Sciences
  • Former R&D Leader – W. L. Gore & Associates and E. I. DuPont
  • Built and led high impact innovation organizations in aerospace, electronics, and life sciences
  • Former Board Member – Velocys, Ventaira, Battelle Ventures
  • Adjunct professor – Ohio State University Fisher School of Business


Bhima Vijayendran, PhD, MBA (Co-founder, Managing Partner)

  • BS, University of Madras, MS, University of Madras, PhD, University of Southern California in Polymer and Surface Science, MBA, University of New Haven
  • Former Senior Research Leader and Vice President Business Development, Battelle Memorial Institute; Chief Research Officer, Battelle Science and Technology, Malaysia
  • Former Director, Discovery Research, PPG Industries
  • Recognized as one of the leading authorities on advanced materials, special chemical and polymer systems in numerous markets including: Renewable and clean technology, Energy, Nano Technology and Industrial Products.
  • Recipient of six R&D 100 awards and over 100 patents and numerous other awards.


John McArdle, Chemical Engineer, MBA Finance (Principal Partner)

  • BE, Manhattan College, MS, Northeastern University, Chemical Engineering
  • MBA, Finance / International Business, University of Chicago (Booth School of Business)
  • Former Business Development Manager for Water Technologies, Battelle
  • Former Commercial Development Director – Koch Membrane Systems
  • Former North American Sales Manager, Aquatech Systems, Allied Signal Corporation
  • Recognized expert in water and wastewater treatment technologies including physical, biological and chemical processes.
  • Successful track record of introducing new water and wastewater treatment products for municipal and industrial customers in a variety of applications in domestic and overseas markets.


Peter Kleinhenz, MBA (Partner)

  • BA, Loyola University of Chicago, History
  • MBA , Case Western Reserve University, Finance
  • Fletcher Spaght Ventures, CID Capital
  • 14 years as a senior executive and board member of Life Sciences start-ups
  • Former CEO of product development firm specializing in medical devices and industrial controls
  • Former VP of business develop for Neoprobe Corporation
  • BioOhio board member of 25 years

Susan Stanton, PhD (Partner)

  • BS, Millersville University, Chemistry
  • MPh, Syracuse University, Organic Chemistry
  • PhD, University of Rochester, Organic Chemistry
  • Personally developed 12+ products and led new product development teams at Mobay, Alcoa & Nexicor
  • Holder of 10+ patents
  • Former VP National Technology Transfer Center
  • Over 10 years as an evaluator for Ohio Third Frontier funds including IOF, CALF and TIP.




Contact Information:


Peter Kleinhenz –; 614.314.2949

John McArdle –; 978.427.8475

Jim Sonnett –; 614.783.9535

Bhima Vijayendran –; 760.331.3274