Founded in 2007 by Dr. Winnie Chu, Nanozen Industries Inc. pioneers innovative approaches to aerosol exposure analysis for industrial workplace environments. Nanozen’s mission is to build, test, and market leading edge technologies that drive new, emerging standards for workplace analysis, worker protection and timely corrective action in the Occupational Health and Safety industry.
Nano and Zen came together perfectly to reflect the company’s mission and philosophy. Nano was reflective of the invisible particles the company’s monitors were designed to see, as well as the cutting-edge technology used in our DustCount monitors. Zen reflected the toolmaker’s journey which is guided by the ancient philosophy.
Nanozen – Know the air you breathe!
Peter joined Nanozen in 2014 as Director and CEO. A serial entrepreneur and expert in building world-leading products and product companies, Peter has been guiding technology-centred companies for over 20 years. He is a hands-on leader with expertise in all facets of technology commercialization, including product development, manufacturing, marketing, product management, and standards innovation. Early in his career, Peter developed deep domain knowledge of data and real-time communication products and systems while working for world leaders such as Nortel Networks and Newbridge Networks. He brings a strong combination of large company processes and quality practices for designing and building products, along with a small company can-do attitude. Peter's most recent start-up, Convedia, grew to 130 people on 4 continents and was sold in 2006 for over $US 100M. Convedia developed real-time communication products and systems which captured over 65% global market share and delivered almost $US 500M in lifetime revenues. Peter holds a BASc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.
Dr. Winnie Chu
Dr. Chu is an expert in nanosensor technology and a former faculty member at the University of British Columbia. Winnie spent her early career conducting compliance-based sampling and analysis for the detection and prevention of workplace exposure to damaging aerosols and airborne particulates. Her client base included environmental agencies, occupational agencies, and industrial organizations.
Nanozen was born from Winnie's recognition of a pressing need to improve upon detection practices and technologies. In 2007 she turned her efforts towards the design and fabrication of affordable, wearable, and highly accurate sensors that deliver immediate, real-time results across a diverse mix of environmental and occupational applications. Dr. Chu holds a PhD in Chemistry from Simon Fraser University and MSc in Quantum Mechanics from the University of Manitoba. She currently serves on the environmental sensor review panel at the US National Science Foundation.