July 20, 2022, Baltimore, MD – Materic, a custom manufacturer of advanced materials, today welcomed Kurt McWilliams – a seasoned Intellectual Property (IP) attorney, polymer scientist and organic chemist – as Director of R&D.

McWilliams’ career has centered on managing innovation and R&D projects. In his most recent position, McWilliams served as Market Differentiation Manager with Sasol where he was accountable for driving differentiated products through Sasol’s US commercialization process, developing criteria for project generation and selection.

Over the long course of his career, McWilliams has worked with startups plus mid-sized companies to identify and develop innovative product/process projects for C-suite management approval.

With his science and research background, he’s developed sustainable pipelines of industrial scale, plus value-driven innovations covering global businesses and assets.

As part of his duties with Materic, McWilliams also will serve as IP Counsel for Early Charm, Materic’s parent company. As an experienced patent attorney, McWilliams’ legal work has encompassed the identification, protection and licensing of IP.

In addition, as an inventor, McWilliams has assisted numerous individuals and organizations in understanding patent landscapes, prior art, IP protection strategies and IP valuations.

“Kurt brings a collection of talent and experience to Materic that really is extraordinary,” said Ken Malone, CEO of Materic. “With his unique background as a scientist and lawyer, Kurt’s skills and leadership abilities will go a long way to helping Materic companies continue to grow.”

McWilliams earned a B.Sc. in Polymer Science from the University of Southern Mississippi and a PhD in Organic Chemistry from Texas A&M. He later completed a JD with an emphasis in IP and Transactional Law from the South Texas College of Law Houston.

About Early Charm:
Early Charm creates, owns and operates businesses that convert science into revenue. We are the management team, the operators and the entrepreneurs. We don’t write checks and just pop in for board meetings. We show up to our labs, our production facilities and our offices every day to do all the heavy lifting in our portfolio companies. Learn more: www.earlycharm.com

About Materic:
Based in Baltimore, MD, Materic custom designs and manufactures advanced materials. We apply our expertise in electrospinning, nanoparticle separation, textile treatments, 3D printing materials, specialty inks and microencapsulation to our own product lines as well as taking on custom manufacturing projects for our customers. Learn more: www.matericgroup.com

Media Contact:
Ken Berlack
Materic
ken.berlack@earlycharm.com