Dr. Owen Lozman VP, Head of Performance Materials Fund Merck Ventures
Dr Owen Lozman FRSC CChem CSci joined as Vice President and Head of the Performance materials fund in February 2018. Previously, Owen was the global head of New Platform R&D for the Performance Materials division of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany and was responsible for leading a world class R&D centre, based in Chilworth, Southampton, UK. Previously Owen worked with FujiFilm, Avecia and the University of Leeds. During his career in R&D, Owen has led many successful projects from concept to commercialisation - working closely with customers and partners to bring disruptive technologies to market. Owen is a recognised expert in liquid crystals, self-assembly and inkjet printing and this expertise has been used to develop commercial products which include novel dyes and pigments for high throughput inkjet printing, organic solar cells, displays, organic transistors and sensors. As well as being responsible for research execution, Owen was actively involved in business development, venturing investments, strategic planning and change management for the global organisations in which he has worked. Owen was selected to represent UK industry on the Advanced Materials Leadership Council which advises the UK government on R&D investment and innovation strategy and was invited to give the Ben Sturgeon lecture at BLCS 2018. Owen graduated from Leeds University with a BSc in Chemistry in 1997, and obtained his PhD in Self Assembling Organic Semi Conductors (Physical and Organic Chemistry) in 2000 and has published more than 50 papers and 15 patents. Outside of work, Owen’s hobbies are brewing (and drinking) craft beer, hiking and outdoor activities, traveling and cooking.