Astralis Group is a dynamic team of talented and seasoned professionals with a wide variety of expertise and perspectives. All of the Astralis professionals have hands-on experience in building, financing and growing technology-based companies. We use those skills in partnership with established companies to maximize their potential for growth and success.
From product development, to manufacturing scale-up, international and government relations, and venture funding, we know what it takes to achieve success. Our professional networks efficiently and effectively get opportunities to the right audiences. And we have a large pool of professionals who work with us in building our companies.
Astralis Group is the catalyst for successful high growth companies.
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Scott Faris is the Founder and President of Astralis Group LLC which he started in 2002. Mr. Faris is also the Founder and CEO of Planar Energy Devices, Inc., a newly formed energy storage company based upon a portfolio of innovative technologies from several national labs. Mr. Faris was previously Managing Director of Corporate IP Ventures, a specialized investment company that starts and invests in companies created from corporate research activities. He also served as the Chairman and CEO of Waveguide Solutions, Inc., a leading developer of planar lightwave circuit and microsystem products based upon sol-gel material matrices.
Mr. Faris has been involved in the start-up of over 20 technology companies and brings together a background of finance, technology commercialization and operating experience to emerging growth technology companies. At Ocean Optics, a precision optical component and fiber-optic instrument company, he was a Founding Director and the Chief Operating Officer. Scott attracted financing, led acquisitions, and was responsible for establishing the company's precision optical components division which was based upon a proprietary technology to pattern thin film filters. Scott was also involved with the company's sol-gel optical sensor group in identifying OEM opportunities for the technology.
Prior to Ocean Optics, Scott was the Founder and CEO of Enterprise Corporation, a technology accelerator organization that raised over $50 million in capital to new and existing technology firms through a private investment forum. Scott was also the Director of the State Venture Capital Fund in Florida, and the Director of Technology Commercialization at the Center for Microelectronics Research. He began his career as an Associate with Zero Stage Capital.
Mr. Faris is active the Florida technology community. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Florida High Technology Corridor Council, Metro Orlando Economic Development Council and the Greater Orlando Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Faris is also a Founding Board Member of the Central Florida Technology Forum.
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Richard Fox has twenty years of experience in the creation of new companies from well funded defense and aerospace technology.
Richard's first company was a spin-out of an operation of Westinghouse, with a machine vision system derived from a military target recognition system. Based on that success, Richard pioneered innovative concepts for nurturing and growing entrepreneurial high tech businesses. As President of the Central Florida Innovation Corporation, Richard guided the launch of several companies based on military technologies.
Richard Fox was also the co-founder of MetaTech Ventures, LLC. MetaTech works with existing corporations to identify core competencies, adjacent market opportunities, and potential spin-outs. Client companies have included Lockheed Martin, SAIC, Agere Systems, and high growth potential entrepreneurial companies.
Fox was a member of the senior management team of ENDOlap, Inc., a medical products company that designed and marketed products used in minimally invasive surgery. Six years after its founding, ENDOlap was recognized as the 13th fastest growing company in the State of Florida, and three years later, it was acquired by Cardinal Health, Inc., a Fortune 100 company.
Richard served on the Florida Seed Capital Board and has been a member of several task forces for the State of Florida on venture capital and seed capital investing. He is presently a member of the board of the National Association of Seed and Venture Funds.
Richard is a frequent speaker on the subject of new company creation by professional teams. He earned his B.S. degree in physics from M.I.T., and holds 16 patents on the application of computers to industrial processes, and on medical devices.