Harry Owen Raman Consulting

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For 2019 my new mentoring program "Thought Challenging and Thought Changing" focuses on developing individual Skills to improve Job Performance, Self-Development, Skills Development and Leadership Development.

The "Skills" Program reviews and discusses each of the 8 individual skill modules outlined below during biweekly, one-on-one, hourly meetings over a 16-week period.

Skills Program

Investing in mentoring is a cost-effective way to develop your top emerging talent and keep your most knowledgeable and experienced performers engaged and reenergized.

My experience and expertise gained through holding a series of senior company positions in research and development, product development, engineering, manufacturing, sales, marketing, business development with a proven record for creating intellectual property via a patent portfolio offers a mentee access to a uniquely qualified mentor.

Testimonial

“As a leader Harry has always brought a grand vision backed with boundless enthusiasm, and a desire to find and investigate all new opportunities for Raman. Working with major companies Harry identified the performance specifications and feature sets required to build a new type of Raman instrument incorporating our holographic components that offered the functionality required by research scientists. This led to the release of the original Kaiser HoloProbe in 1993. This was followed by the introduction of our RXN range of instruments that included our PhAT technology expanding the use of Raman to complex static solids. The greater science community honored Harry’s contribution to Raman at the 2003 Pittsburgh conference recognizing him as one of four pioneers in The Fourteenth James L Waters Annual Symposium for the development of Scientific Instrumentation incorporating Raman Spectroscopy. We owe Harry a debt of gratitude for everything he has done to begin our commercial business journey and push us to the heights we have achieved.”

Tim Harrison
President and CEO
Kaiser Optical Systems, Inc.

Harry Owen

Recognized Industry leader, numerous awards and patents, speaker & mentor

Biography

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Harry Owen a recognized expert in the field of Raman spectroscopy is now director of his own consulting company where he focusses on pursuing his passion for mentoring and business development by creating new Raman products and applications for existing and new markets. He was Born in Manchester, UK, is married to Susan has 3 sons and is currently residing in Michigan, USA.

As Vice President and Director of Business Development he founded a very successful new commercial business utilizing Raman spectroscopy to develop a range of disruptive spectroscopic components and instruments. The importance of these achievements was supported by the award of being “Recognized as a pioneer in the Development of Scientific Instrumentation: Raman Spectroscopy” at The Fourteenth James L Waters Annual Symposium at the 2003 Pittsburgh Conference.

Departmental Manager at the Pilkington subsidiary PPE, ST Asaph, UK (1985–1989) with responsibility for completing the transfer, scale up, and operation of the full-scale holographic production facility. This business unit was very successful in supplying sets of holographic combiners to support the LANTIRN Head Up Display (HUD) project as part of the F16 program. The importance of this work supported the award of the prestigious Queens Award to Industry for the development of holographic technology to manufacture holographic combiners for advanced Avionic Display Systems.

In parallel an image hologram-based project led to an invitation to meet with Prime Minister Thatcher at Downing Street in 1985. Discussions related to Holography and its application to 3D Image based displays. This was a special honor and a very rewarding experience.

R&D Project Leader at Pilkington PLC, UK (1980–1985) with responsibility for the Volume Phase Holographic (VPH) Technology program to research, develop, optimize and produce prototype holographic combiners for use with advanced avionics display systems.

Project Scientist at Pilkington PLC, UK (1971-1979) R&D Laboratory, with responsibility for developing new more advanced photochromic glasses by improving reaction rates and creating new complex crystalline structures. This work supported the award of the prestigious Queens Award to Industry for the development of the next generation of photochromic glasses.

Education

(1975-1976) MSc. Solid State Physics, University of London

(1970-1974) Grad. Inst. Physics, John Dalton College of Technology

Experience

Experience and expertise have been acquired by holding a series of senior company positions in most company functions including R&D, product development, engineering, manufacturing, sales, marketing, and business development. Responsible for recruiting, managing, and mentoring team members associated with the Raman business unit.

(1989-2017) Vice President and Director of Business Development for Kaiser Optical Systems

Product Development:

Responsible for conceiving, developing and commercializing Raman Spectroscopy to create a new business unit based on this technology. Responsible for determining customer needs to identify the product specifications and performance requirements necessary to generate the value proposition required to create and establish a successful new product.

The development of holographic notch filters, holographic laser bandpass filters, and holographic volume phase transmission gratings including the HoloPlex grating created the foundation to design and build a whole new family of innovative RXN range of Raman instruments.

The first fully integrated, fiber optic-based Raman instrument using holographic filters and grating components was introduced in the early nineties and provided flexible sampling with state-of-the-art combination of spectral coverage and spectral resolution with spectral precision that allowed both the identification and measurement of complex samples.

Identifying the need for Raman spectroscopy to measure static or moving solid samples led to the development of PhAT technology, fiber bundles imaged on to a large array detector created large sampling spot sizes (1mm to 6mm) giving representative sampling and significantly lower laser energy densities.

To solve the problem of fluorescence from certain types of sample a new instrument was conceived and developed that incorporated an NIR laser with a wavelength operating close to 1000nm and InGaAs detector. This now allows the collection of high-quality Raman spectra from natural materials such as food ingredients and additives.

Sales and Marketing:

Established and managed the global sales channels for all of our Raman products. Set up and directed our European subsidiary based in Lyon, France. Identified and managed partners to develop our Asian sales channels in Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan and India. Ongoing responsibility and strong interest to assess market competition by comparing our product to competitor’s products.

Business Development: Academic Partnerships

Founded and supported a Center of Excellence (COE) program designed to develop partnerships with major Universities and Academic Institutes around the world. The business objective was to discover new commercially viable Raman applications in new, emerging or established market sectors such as pharma, biopharma, chemical, or polymer. Successful partnerships include University College Dublin, National University of Ireland, Hanyang University, Heinrich-Heine-University, Reutlingen University.

Business Development: Corporate Partnerships

Conceived, set up and implemented synergistic partnerships with major companies to:

  1. Incorporate our Raman technology into their products via OEM agreements.
  2. Licensed and upgraded third party software to allow entry into new markets and better penetration into existing markets.

(1985-1989) Departmental Manager, PPE, Pilkington PLC, United Kingdom.  

Departmental manager responsible for completing the transfer, scale up, and operation of the full-scale production facility at PPE, ST Asaph. This business unit was very successful in supplying sets of holographic combiners to support the LANTIRN Head Up Display (HUD) F16 program.

(1980-1985) Program Manager, R&D Laboratory, Pilkington PLC, United Kingdom.  

Program manager for the Volume Phase Holographic (VPH) technology program. With responsibility for research, development, prototyping and preproduction manufacture of wide field of view holographic combiners for advanced avionics display systems.

(1979-1980) Product Manager, Insulation Division, Pilkington PLC, United Kingdom.  

Acting product manager for a one 1-year loan to a sister division as part of a career development program. The main objective was to look at product improvement opportunities for existing insulation related products.

(1971-1979) Project Scientist, R&D Laboratory, Pilkington PLC, United Kingdom.  

Responsible for developing advanced photochromic glasses by improving reaction rates and creating new complex crystalline structures. This work supported the award of the prestigious Queens Award to Industry for the development of the next generation of photochromic glasses and resulted in three patents being awarded.

(1966-1970) Scientist, Analytical Laboratory, Pilkington PLC, United Kingdom.  

Responsible for applying Chemical and Physical analytical methods to determine the properties of a wide range of raw material and process-based samples.

Awards

My scientific contribution in the UK has been recognized by the award of the Queens Award to Industry for both Photochromic Glasses and Holographic Optical Elements, an invitation to meet with prime minister Margaret Thatcher at Downing Street to discuss holography was a great honor and very rewarding experience.

The significant contribution made within the field of Raman spectroscopy was recognized by the receipt of the James L Waters and Williams-Wright Awards. These awards represent the high point of scientific achievement in Raman spectroscopy.

2006 Pittsburgh Conference: Williams-Wright Award from the Coblentz Society. For work on the development of novel holographic optical components designed to enable the development of a new generation of compact and robust Raman instruments.

2003 Pittsburgh Conference: The Fourteenth James L Waters Annual Symposium Recognized as a pioneer in the Development of Scientific Instrumentation: Raman Spectroscopy.

1990 Pilkington PE was awarded the prestigious Queens Award to Industry for the development of holographic technology to manufacture holographic combiners for advanced Avionic Display Systems. As Program Manager was responsible for the research, development, process optimization, product development and product manufacture. (1980-1989)

1985 Invited to meet with Prime Minister Thatcher at Downing Street to discuss Holography and its application to displays. As one of the few scientists to be Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher’s personal interest in Holography was a very rewarding experience.

1978 Pilkington PLC was awarded the prestigious Queens Award to Industry for the development of the next generation of photochromic glasses. As team scientist was responsible for developing improved reaction rates and new complex crystalline structures. (1971-1979)

1975 He received a Master of Science degree in Solid State Physics from the University of London, UK.

Williams-Wright Award
Williams-Wright Award
James L. Waters Award
James L. Waters Award

Patents

A proven track record for innovation across 4 different scientific fields is supported by the award of 11 US patents from 1977 to 2018. Innovative, out of the box thinking applied to materials science, holographic optics, Raman instrumentation and Raman Applications have led to successful and profitable commercial implementation.

Raman Applications

US Patent Number: 10,139,329
Particle Size Determination using Raman Spectroscopy

Issued: November 27, 2018

US Patent Number: 6,867,858
Raman spectroscopy crystallization analysis method

Issued: March 15, 2005

Raman Instrumentation

US Patent Number: 5,377,004
Remote optical measurement probe

Issued: December 27, 1994

US Patent Number: 5,011,284
Detection system for Raman scattering employing holographic diffraction

Issued: April 30, 1991

US Patent Number: 8,675,190
Large-collection-area Raman probe with reduced background fluorescence

Issued: March 18, 2014

US Patent Number: 7,148,963
Large-collection-area optical probe

Issued: December 12, 2006

Holographic Optical Elements

US Patent Number: 5,559,597
Spectrograph with multiplexing of different wavelength regions onto a single opto-electric detector array

Issued: September 24, 1996

US Patent Number: 5,530,565
Holographic transmission bandpass filter

Issued: June 25, 1996

Photochromic Glasses

US Patent Number: 4,349,634
Method of preparing photochromic glass

Issued: September 14, 1982

US Patent Number: 4,290,813
Photochromic boro-silicate glass

Issued: September 22, 1981

US Patent Number: 4,102,693
Photochromic boro-silicate glass

Issued: June 25, 1978

Publications

The technical publications listed below describe the functionality, performance and benefits of using volume phase Holographic Optical Elements (HOE) for spectroscopy applications. Raman instruments incorporating Holographic Notch Filters and Volume Phase Holographic (VPH) gratings enable the design of more rugged and compact platforms, offer higher throughput (f/1.8) and provide state of the art imaging for fiber bundles on large format array detectors. Earlier work looked at Dichromated gelatin based holographic technology as applied to Holographic Optical Elements (HOE's) and Image Holograms.

Measurement of Spatial Resolution and Sensitivity in Transmission and Backscattering Raman Spectroscopy of Opaque Samples: Impact on Pharmaceutical Quality Control and Raman Tomography. Applied Spectroscopy Vol. 64, Issue 5, pp. 476-484. Neil Everall, Ian Priestnall, Paul Dallin, John Andrews, Ian Lewis, Kevin Davis, Harry Owen, Michael W. George. (2010)

The impact of Volume Phase Holographic Filters and Gratings on the Development of Raman Instrumentation. J. Chem. Educ., 2007, 84 (1), p 61. Harry Owen. (2007)

"Volume Phase Holographic Elements" section. H. Owen. Handbook of Vibrational Spectroscopy. John M Chalmers, Peter R Griffiths, John Wiley. (2002)

Density Mapping in Poly(ethylene terephthalate) Using a Fiber-Coupled Raman Microprobe and Partial Least-Squares Calibration. Applied Spectroscopy Vol. 50, Issue 3, pp.388-393. Neil Everall, Kevin Davis, Harry Owen, M.J. Pelletier, Joe Slater. (1996)

New Spectroscopic Instrument based on Volume Holographic Optical Elements. SPIE Proceedings, Volume 2406, 260-267. H. Owen, D.E. Battey, M.J. Pelletier, J.B. Slater. (1995)

Performance Analysis of an Integrated Process Raman Analyzer Using a Multiplexed Transmission Holographic Grating, CCD Detection, and Confocal Fiber-Optic Sampling. Applied Spectroscopy Vol. 49, Issue 5, pp. 610-615. Neil Everall, Harry Owen, Joe Slater. (1995)

High-performance Raman spectroscopic system based on a single spectrograph, CCD, notch filters, and a Kr+ laser ranging from the near-IR to near-UV regions. Applied spectroscopy, Vol. 47, Issue 11, pp. 1780-1783. M. Kim, H. Owen, P.R. Carey. (1993)

Axial transmissive f/1.8 imaging Raman spectrograph with volume-phase holographic filter and grating. Appl. Spectrosc.,47, 1913-1919. D.E. Battey, J.B. Slater, R.S. Wludyka, H. Owen, D.M. Pallister, M.D. Morris. (1993)

Principles and spectroscopic applications of volume holographic optics. Anal. Chem., 65, 441-449. J.M. Tedesco, H. Owen, D.M. Pallister, M.D. Morris. (1993)

Performance of a holographic supernotch filter. Appl. Spectrosc.,47, 1913-1919. C.L. Shoen, S.K. Sharma, C.E. Helsley, H. Owen. (1993)

Raman Microprobe with Holographic Beamsplitter for Low-Frequency Operation . Applied Spectroscopy Volume: 46 issue: 10, 1469-1473. David M. Pallister, Kei-Lee Liu, Anurag Govil, Michael D. Morris*, Harry Owen, Timothy R. Harrison. (1992)

Holographic Raman sensor for process-control application. Harry Owen. SPIE Proceedings, Volume 1681, Computer and Optically Generated Holographic Optics. (1992)

Holographic notch filter. Harry Owen. SPIE Proceedings, Volume 1555, Computer and Optically Generated Holographic Optics. (1992)

Holographic notch filter for low-wavenumber Stokes and anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy. Appl. Spectrosc.,45, 1533-1536. B. Yang., M.D. Morris, H. Owen. (1991)

Achromatic Display Holograms in Dichromated Gelatin. Harry Owen, Andrew E Hurst. SPIE Proceedings, Volume 600, Progress in Holographic Applications. (1986)

Holographic Optical Elements in Dichromated Gelatin. Harry Owen. SPIE Proceedings, Volume 523, Applications of Holography. (1985)

Presentations

A selection of conference presentations are listed below looking at Applications of Raman spectroscopy within Pharma, BioPharma, and Chemical Industries. Holographic Optical elements and their benefits provided when incorporated within Raman instrumentation. Dichromated gelatin based holographic technology as applied to display markets.

Harry Owen, "Real Time Monitoring and Control of Mammalian Cell Culture using Raman Spectroscopy" The Cortona Conference on QbD/PAT: Advanced Technological Developments Impacting Pharmaceutical Manufacturing and Control (2012)

Harry Owen, "Raman Spectroscopy for Chemical Development, Formulation Development, and Fermentation Applications" The Cortona Conference on QbD/PAT: Advanced Technological Developments Impacting Pharmaceutical Manufacturing and Control (2009)

Harry Owen, "The Development of Raman Instrumentation Suitable for the Quantitative Analysis of Liquids and Solids" Williams-Wright Award Symposium PITTCON (2006)

Harry Owen, "The Impact of Volume Phase Holographic Filters and Gratings on the Development of Raman Instrumentation" The Fourteenth James L Waters Annual Symposium, PITTCON (2003)

Harry Owen, Andrew E. Hurst, "Multicolor Image Holograms in Dichromated Gelatin" Third International Symposium on Display Holography, Lake Forest College (Illinois) (1988)

Harry Owen, Andrew E. Hurst, "Achromatic Display Holograms in Dichromated Gelatin" SPIE Conference (1986)

Harry Owen, "Display Holograms in Dichromated Gelatin (DCG)" Second International Symposium on Display Holography, Lake Forest College (Illinois) (1985)

Consulting

Experience and expertise gained through holding a series of senior company positions in research and development, product development, engineering, manufacturing, sales, marketing, and business development allows me to support your company with the development and commercialization of new and existing Raman products or projects for existing and potentially new markets.

Business Development

The key to successful business development is the understanding and need to focus on determining customer needs, customer benefits and size of the addressable market of any new or improved product before making a major investment. Existing and potential new projects can be evaluated, discussed and strategic plans jointly created for implementation.

Mentoring

"There is nothing permanent except change". - Heraclitus

Investing in mentoring is a useful and cost-effective way to develop your top emerging talent and keep your most knowledgeable and experienced performers engaged and energized. Mentoring helps to develop a pipeline of future leaders who understand the skills and attitudes required to succeed within the company.

Contact

Harry Owen

(248) 933-6935
harry@howenramanconsulting.com