SuperMetalix Names Research Head

Los Angeles-based SuperMetalix, a UCLA technology spinout developer super-hard metals, said today that it has named Dr. Kesh Keshavan as the company's Director of Development, to head up the company's research and development efforts. Keshavan was mot recently Technology Advisor for Schlumberger's Drilling Group, and also served at SII Mega Diamond. SuperMetalix says it is developing the world's hardest metals for use in oil and gas drilling, construction, aerospace and defense and other applications, and says its metals are hard enough to scratch a diamond. The company's technology was originally developed at UCLA, in the lab of Dr. Richard Kaner, one of the company's founders. The company's other co-founder is Jack Kavanaugh, who was the Chairman and CEO of ZetaRx (acquired by Juno Therapeutics).