Lawrence B. Friedman, PhD

20 years of experience translating research to commercial opportunities

University of Minnesota (BS Chemistry and Mathematics)
Harvard University (PhD Chemistry)


Lawrence B. Friedman has held senior management and scientific roles in both university and industrial settings over a 35+ year career.

Industry experience includes individual contributor as well as technical manager at both Polaroid Corporation and Bayer MaterialScience (BMS)/NAFTA, the materials business of the global company Bayer AG.  As Head of External and University Relations for Bayer, Larry was responsible for evaluating new technologies of interest to the company in both universities and start-up companies.

Larry also has significant academic experience, teaching, conducting research, and developing and administering academic programs.  Academic leadership includes Associate Director of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Associate Director of the Beckman Center, both at the University of Pennsylvania, and Assistant Chair of the Chemistry Department at the University of Pittsburgh. After retiring from Bayer he returned to Pitt as a Visiting Research Professor funded by a National Science Foundation Senior Discovery Corps Fellowship that focused on research on CO2 sequestering polymers.  Early in 2010, Larry became Managing Director of a DOE-funded center at the University of Massachusetts that focuses on polymer-based materials for harvesting solar energy, and he retired from that position in January, 2014.

Larry has been active in a number of professional organizations including the American Chemical Society, the Industrial Research Institute, and the Council for Chemical Research

Check out a few of Larry's articles & presentations

Osman, Todd M.; Rardan, Daniel E.; Friedman, Lawrence B.; Vega, Luis Fanor. "The Commercialization of Nanomaterials." JOM (2006), 58(4), 21-24 (PDF)