Soane Mining is an early-stage materials science company that develops innovative chemistry for the mining industry. Soane Mining designs specialized, cost-effective, robust treatments to increase mining productivity and reduce the environmental impact of mining waste streams. Our coal recovery platform improves the overall yield of mining operations by selectively recovering coal product normally lost to waste streams. Our waste stream treatment platform captures dissolved and dispersed fines through high-affinity complex formation between specially-designed polymers and the targeted contaminants. Soane Mining's platform technologies can be tailored for specific mine conditions to provide optimized solutions for an individual customer's needs.
Soane Mining is developing technologies for increasing productivity and/or treating waste streams for the following mining industries:
• Rare earth elements
• Specialty metals
David Soane, Ph.D., Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Soane is a serial entrepreneur and prolific innovator in the fields of polymer chemistry and nanotechnology. At Soane Mining, he spearheads the company's creative problem-solving to provide novel answers for difficult industry problems. Applying nanotechnology and chemical engineering to a variety of mature industries, he has founded a number of successful companies: ACLARA (NASDAQ:ACLA), in the diagnostic testing industry; Nano-tex, a fabricator of textile materials licensed by L.L. Bean, Eddie Bauer and many others; 2C Optics, an eyeglass lens manufacturer; ZMS, a contact lens manufacturer; and ICBM, a building materials and wallboard producer. Before his commercial ventures, Dr. Soane was a tenured Professor of Chemical Engineering at UC Berkeley, with hundreds of scientific articles and patents in his resume. He received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from UC Berkeley.
Nathan Ashcraft, Ph.D., Vice President of Research
Dr. Ashcraft brings expertise in polymer chemistry, materials science, and surface science to the Soane Mining team. As the lead scientist at Soane Mining, he has been instrumental in developing the company's core technology platforms. While pursuing his doctorate, Dr. Ashcraft conducted extensive research on developing functional polymer materials and nanoscale processing techniques. He received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he authored a number of patents, publications and presentations.
Martha Groves, Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Groves has more than 25 years of experience in finance and operations, and over the past 10 years has served as the chief financial executive in a number of venture-backed technology startups. Before joining Dr. Soane, she served as CFO for Openera Technologies, a global mobile software company, and as CFO for SnowShore Networks, a VoIP telecom equipment company. Ms. Groves was also the operations director for CRVelocity, the incubator arm for Charles River Ventures' portfolio companies. Additionally, she served as the vice president of finance for Novera Software, a venture-backed software company. In the early part of her career, Ms. Groves held various positions in finance and management at Analog Devices, Sun Microsystems, and AT&T. She holds an A.B. in chemistry from Middlebury College and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School at Dartmouth College.
Jeff Price, Vice President of Business Development
Mr. Price has been building businesses for nearly 25 years with extensive experience in business development, sales and marketing. Whether as startups or large, multi-national organizations, Jeff has had P&L responsibility that has topped $1.5B. Mr. Price has focused much of his career in energy, mining & metals, and minerals and has international experience in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Prior to Soane Mining, Mr. Price worked for a number of domestic and international companies including Rio Tinto, plc, Électricité de France, Level 3 and Commonwealth Edison. After completing his undergraduate studies at the University of Missouri, Mr. Price received an MBA from the University of Denver.
M. Sharon Webb, M.D., Ph.D., J.D., Vice President of Intellectual Property
Dr. Webb has been helping companies and investors with IP strategies for over ten years, focusing on investor-side diligence and company-side portfolio development and technology transfer. Before joining Dr. Soane, she was Of Counsel for Vantage Counsel LLC in Honolulu. Previously, Dr. Webb was a partner at Goodwin Procter LLP in Boston, Massachusetts. Prior to entering the legal field, Dr. Webb was a board-certified surgeon, Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, with teaching positions at Harvard, Tufts and the University of Pennsylvania. She received her M.D. from Duke, her Ph.D. from Yale, and her J.D. from Harvard.
Soane Mining has received funding from Intervale Capital, a private equity firm investing in the upstream energy sector, with a particular focus on middle-market manufacturing and service businesses. Intervale Capital currently holds investments in nine companies with operations in oil and natural gas producing regions around the world. Professionals in the firm have managed over 100 transactions in the oilfield services space over the last twenty years. More information is available at www.intervalecapital.com.