Since joining Newry in 2012, Sylvan Shank, PhD, has focused on helping our advanced materials and components clients leverage their technical and commercial advantages to pursue large opportunities in new markets and with new customers. He has also led numerous efforts to evaluate and prioritize technical development pathways, and to fill client capability gaps through M&A. His work has covered industries ranging from automotive to consumer electronics to medical devices; in the medical device industry, he helped a large components developer and manufacturer pursue and complete a billion-dollar acquisition to make them a market leader across a number of new product categories.
Sylvan has a doctorate in Biopsychology from the University of Chicago, and has published the results of his original research in several scholarly journals, including Nature and the Journal of Neurochemistry. Prior to joining Newry, Sylvan worked at an energy consulting firm he founded to advise architects and builders on design and implementation of energy-efficient building components and systems. He also developed his own energy-efficient condominium buildings, selling 13 Energy Star-certified units.
Sylvan has written about the importance of customer intimacy in new product development here.