Our Team

Founded in 2003 and based in Santa Ana, California, QuantumSphere has assembled a world-class business and scientific team. These seasoned veterans were selected for their demonstrated ability to successfully develop, build, scale and launch products and run successful businesses.

Since our founding, QSI has established a proven reputation for innovation and results that no one can match. We deliver superior, advanced catalysts and integrated solutions for chemical production and clean energy applications. We continue to demonstrate high capital efficiency, and attract blue-chip partners and customers.


Kevin D. Maloney, MBA
President & COO

Mr. Maloney is a serial entrepreneur responsible for QSI's operational execution and creating shareholder value. Since the Company’s inception, he has raised more than $30 million in private equity funding and secured brand name global partners in the chemical and battery sectors along with multiple government agencies. He also led an IP strategy resulting in several issued patents and has developed and taken multiple revenue-producing products to market.

Prior to QSI, Mr. Maloney was vice president of institutional sales and marketing at First American Corp. (NYSE:FAF) working in the Capital Management and Trust Division. Previously, Mr. Maloney served as Principal and Compliance Officer at Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO), an institutional investment advisory firm with over $1.5 trillion in assets under management, where he also held NASD Series 7, 26, 63, and 65 securities licenses.

With a lifelong passion for health, fitness, and marketing, Mr. Maloney co-founded a health food company that created a “Ready-to-Blend” all natural fruit smoothie product, which grew into a leading pre-packaged solution for convenient, healthy, freshly blended beverages on-the-go. More than 10 million units were sold nationally before being acquired. He was also a co-founder of a social media technology company that was acquired by a public company.

Mr. Maloney has been involved with eight start-ups and has consulted with and raised capital for numerous private equity transactions ranging from bio-tech, clean energy, chemicals, and software to health food and social media. He also sits on the regional board of directors of Gen Next, an OC-based non-profit focused on economic growth, education, and national security, and is a member of the International Executive Committee for the Internet Marketing Association (IMA). Mr. Maloney has been awarded several U.S. patents and earned his B.A. from the University of California, Irvine and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

Vito A. Canuso, Esq.
VP, Intellectual Property

Mr. Canuso joined QuantumSphere in 2008 from Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear (KMOB), where he had been practicing as an IP lawyer since 1990 and partner from 1995 to 2008. While his practice has historically focused primarily on IP litigation and IP prosecution matters, Mr. Canuso more recently spent a great deal of his time assisting start up companies in IP strategy. During his career, he has handled numerous IP litigation matters dealing primarily with the enforcement and defense of patent infringement and trademark infringement issues. The technology involved in those litigation matters has included consumer electronics, semiconductor processing equipment, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, telephony, motorized watercraft, controllers, and circuit board devices. He has litigated cases before district courts throughout the United States and before the ITC, as well as appeals to the Federal Circuit. His patent prosecution docket has focused primarily on clean technology, including electrochemical applications, and medical devices for numerous life science applications in the cardiovascular and pulmonary fields. Mr. Canuso's clients have ranged from international conglomerates with huge IP portfolios, to small domestic companies looking to build upon emerging technology.

Mr. Canuso received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego. He earned a master's of science degree in Environmental Health Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Villanova University.

Bill Collins
VP, Business Development

Bill Collins is a managing director of Starboard Venture Partners, LLC and is an executive committee member of the Tech Coast Angels in LA. Bill started his career at Intel Corporation, quickly becoming a lead sales person on the IBM account and helping to establish the Intel-IBM relationship. He was a key executive for International Rectifier, ramping the company from $60M to over $700M. Collins was instrumental in taking IR's power MOS technology from the early adopter phase to global market leadership in multiple market segments. He then became an angel investor and is a prolific deal lead with a successful portfolio. He serves in multiple BOD and advisory roles and is a certified corporate director. He is a frequent industry panelist and guest lecturer at Caltech, USC and LARTA. Bill has an EE degree from Clarkson University.


Business Advisory

Francis C. Poli, Esq.

Francis C. Poli, is executive vice president, general counsel and secretary of Cohen & Steers, Inc. (NYSE: CNS), a diversified financial services firm with $50 billion in assets under management. He is a member of the firm’s executive committee and is president of their broker dealer. Mr. Poli is also secretary of Cohen & Steers Funds, a director of the firm’s non-U.S. funds and affiliates, and is a member of the Internal Audit and Risk Committees.

Prior to joining Cohen & Steers in 2007, Mr. Poli spent nine years with PIMCO/Allianz Global Investors, one of the world’s largest asset managers, as managing director, chief legal officer and director of compliance. He was chairman of AGI’s Compliance Committee, and served on the Operating Committee and Risk, Oversight and Controls Committee.

Previously, Mr. Poli was an associate general counsel at J.P. Morgan and a securities attorney for Kelley Drye and Warren.  He began his securities career in the sales and trading department of a boutique municipal bond-dealer and later performed fixed-income portfolio management and equity investing for a regional asset management firm. Prior to making his way to Wall Street, Mr. Poli worked for IBM in the company’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center and he founded and operated a sports recreation company.

Mr. Poli is a financial industry adviser to the Metropolitan Corporate Counsel and he recently co-authored a C-Level business and legal book entitled, Inside the Minds: Understanding Legal Needs of Financial Service Companies. He earned his undergraduate degree at Boston College and law degree at Pace University. Mr. Poli serves as Trustee of the Leopold Schepp Foundation, is a member of the New York and Connecticut Bars, the New York City Bar Association and maintains series 3, 7, 24, and 63 licenses.

Gregory L. Hrncir, Esq.

Mr. Hrncir serves as our Chief Strategy Officer and has been involved with QSI since 2004. For the past 20 years, he has served as a strategist for a broad range of emerging growth technology companies, principally focusing on the software and clean tech sectors. In 1994, Mr. Hrncir commenced his career in private law practice in Los Angeles. Mr. Hrncir’s practice included securities and corporate transactional matters, including IPOs, M&A, private placements, and other complex business transactions, Mr. Hrncir currently serves as a member of the board of directors of PayScan America, Inc. and Mobilogix, Inc., each of which are privately held. Mr. Hrncir received a Bachelor of Science from Arizona State University and a Juris Doctor from Whittier Law School. Mr. Hrncir is a member of the Arizona and California State Bars and numerous philanthropic and industry associations.

Stephen Gillings, MBA
Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Gillings has over 25 years’ experience in management positions, primarily with publicly traded companies. Mr. Gillings rejoined QuantumSphere in September 2013. From 2011 through August 2013, Mr. Gillings served as Controller of AllDigital, a publicly traded company that provides digital broadcasting solutions. Mr. Gillings was responsible for the accounting department, cash reporting, preparation of quarterly reviews and annual audits, and the preparation of 34’ Act reports. Mr. Gillings previously served as Vice President, Finance for QSI during the period 2007 through 2010, and had responsibility over all accounting functions, cash reporting, monthly management reports, and preparation of quarterly reviews and annual audits. Prior to initially joining QuantumSphere, Mr. Gillings was with I/OMagic Corporation, a publicly traded company for over eight years serving in the capacity of Controller, VP Finance, and ultimately as Chief Financial Officer for the final three years. Mr. Gillings earned a B.S. degree with an emphasis in accounting from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA in finance from California State University at Fullerton.


Technology Advisory

Jared Cohen

Jared Cohen is the Founder and President of Jigsaw, a technology incubator at Alphabet Inc. previously known as Google Ideas. He also serves as the Senior Advisor to Alphabet's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. From 2006 to 2010 he served as a member of the Secretary of State's Policy Planning Staff and a close advisor to both Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton.

Cohen is the New York Times bestselling author of four books. His books include The New Digital Age: Transforming Nations, Business, and our Lives (Knopf), which he coauthored with Eric Schmidt. His other books include Children of Jihad (Gotham/Penguin), One Hundred Days of Silence: America and the Rwanda Genocide (Rowman & Littlefield), and the forthcoming The Accidental Presidents (Simon & Schuster).

His recent Foreign Affairs article, "Waging a Digital Counterinsurgency Against ISIS," offered a strategy for countering ISIS as a multidimensional threat. His writing has appeared in The New York Times , Wall Street Journal,, Washington Post, LA Times, and TIME Magazine, and covers a range of topics from national security issues to artificial intelligence . He has a longstanding interest in international security issues, including countering violent extremism. He has traveled to more than 100 countries, including Iran and North Korea, and conducted interviews with members of extremist groups including Hezbollah, AlQaeda, the Taliban, AlShabab, Asbat alAnsar, Somali pirates, and former ISIS fighters.

He has been named to the "TIME 100" list, Foreign Policy' s “Top 100 Global Thinkers,” and Vanity Fair's "Next Establishment." He serves as a member of the National Counterterrorism Center’s (NCTC) Director’s Advisory Board and on the board of the Tribeca Film Institute. Cohen is on several advisory boards, including Rivet Ventures, Redbird Capital, and ASAPP. He is a member of Gen Next and was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

John Faiz Kayyem, Ph.D.

Dr. Kayyem was born in Los Angeles and attended local schools, graduating from Harvard (now Harvard-Westlake) School in 1981. He then attended Yale University and received his combined Master and Bachelor of Sciences in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry in 1985. He went on to graduate school at The California Institute of Technology and received his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology in 1991. He remained at Caltech as a Senior Research Fellow for several years before launching his own venture.

Throughout his education, Dr. Kayyem's research in molecular and cellular biology, genetics and DNA analysis has been focused on the development of powerful tools for the emerging genomics field. While at Caltech, Dr. Kayyem received several research awards including the Beckman Institute Research Fellow in Biology, the Helen G. and Arthur McCallum Fellow and the Office of Naval Research Predoctoral Fellowship.

Dr. Kayyem is a distinguished scientist with many research publications to his credit in such respected journals as the Journal of Organic Chemistry, Journal of American Chemical Society, Journal of Cell Biology, European Journal of Biochemistry, and Chemistry and Biology. Most of these publications address issues of electron flow in organic molecules. His other works have involved the development of new MRI contrast agents and studies of DNA using a novel chemical force microscopy system.

In 1995, Dr. Kayyem founded Clinical Micro Sensors, now called GenMark Diagnostics, Inc., to commercialize technical innovations he developed while at Caltech. GenMark uses advanced electronics and biochemistry to create electronic detectors of specific DNA sequences. These "biosensors" have been used in the diagnosis of disease, the detection of environmental pathogens and in monitoring food safety. A novel use for these sensors is emerging in the field of personalized medicine, where these sensors are being used to identify genetic signatures in individual patients that can help in the determination of which drug at what dosage is best for this particular individual.

GenMark Diagnostics is emerging as an important player in the new field of applied genomics. The company has 3 FDA approved tests for its XT-8 platform and intends to continue to launch and market new tests in such areas as genetic diseases, cancer, infectious diseases and personalized medicine.

Since 1997, Dr. Kayyem has been awarded 32 U.S. patents in nucleic acid detection technology, all licensed to or owned by Clinical Micro Sensors. The intellectual property describes the bio-electronic detection of DNA and numerous methods and compositions for detecting and analyzing DNA.

Dr. Kayyem serves on various private company boards, including an AIDS gene-therapy company and a Web 2.0 company developing web-based tools for business and personal presentations. He co-produced a soon-to-be completed feature-length film titled "Nobel Son," about a "Cal Sciences" Professor and the kidnapping of his son on the eve of the Professor's receipt of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He is also Executive Producer on "The Ground Truth: After the Killing Ends," a feature-length documentary about the emotional and psychological effects of war on US soldiers. "The Ground Truth" was well received by critics and audiences, including those at the Sundance Film Festival. This film also made the "short list" of Oscar potential nominees in 2006.

Dr. Kayyem serves on the Board of Trustees of Caltech. He recently served on the Board of Trustees of The Art Center College of Design. Finally, in support of his passion for renewable fuels, he is a founding board member of Green Depot, a non-profit organization supporting sustainable transportation. Green Depot seeks to build alternative fueling stations that will provide much-needed distribution points for biodiesel, ethanol and other renewable fuels and also serve as educational centers for those seeking information about energy, climate, pollution and transportation.

Chemistry Nobel Prize Winner, George Olah, Ph.D.

Chemistry Nobel Prize Winner in 1994; currently Director of the University of Southern California's Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute and Distinguished Professor in Organic Chemistry. Dr. Olah served on the QSI Board of Advisors from December 2005 through his retirement in December 2014.

One of the world's preeminent scholars of hydrocarbon chemistry, Professor George Olah received the 1994 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for groundbreaking work on superacids and his observations of carbocations, a fleeting chemical species long theorized to exist but never confirmed. Olah devised a way to "freeze" the chemical process in time, enabling chemists to study their properties. What he found has revolutionized organic chemistry, leading to new discoveries, new fields of research and countless applications. Olah has made significant research contributions to the practical development of improved lead-free gasoline, cleaner high-octane gas and other promising nonpolluting fuels, as well as many chemical processes now used in pharmaceutical and industrial chemistry.

Focus on Fuel Cells - Fuel Cells have long been a research interest of Dr. Olah. His discoveries have led to the development of a new kind of fuel cell, called the direct liquid methanol fuel cell, that is a highly efficient and convenient source of electricity. His most recent research centers on the conversion of two greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide and methane, into useful fuels and products, investigations driven by his long-standing interest in energy and environmental issues. To find new solutions to these pressing issues, Olah is working to develop new, cleaner and renewable energy technologies, based on methanol, to replace diminishing oil reserves while reducing levels of greenhouse gases.

Dr. Olah is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a member of foreign academies and societies. He has published some 1300 scientific papers, 15 books and has been issued some 120 patents. In 2003, he was awarded the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun of Japan for his continued work promoting chemistry in Japan. In addition he was awarded the Priestly Medal in 2005 from the American Chemical Society.

Interview with QSIM CEO, Kevin Maloney
Our Team

Founded in 2003 and based in Santa Ana, California, QuantumSphere has assembled a world-class business and scientific team. These seasoned veterans were selected for their demonstrated ability to successfully develop, build, scale and launch products and run successful businesses.

Since our founding, QSI has established a proven reputation for innovation and results that no one can match. We deliver superior, advanced catalysts and integrated solutions for chemical production and clean energy applcations. We continue to demonstrate high capital efficiency, and attract blue-chip partners and customers.

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