Advancing innovations from early-stage technology to market-ready products

Research and Development

AxNano is a Strategic Research & Development (SRD) company focused on water sustainability. This wholly-owned subsidiary of Triad Growth Partners venture studio performs research, development and engineering (RD&E) to translate science into commercial products.


Our capable, diverse scientific team works with public sector (government agencies, academia) and private sector (corporate) clients, impact investors and research partners to solve the technical and market risk associated with early-stage innovations. We use our proprietary “Businical” (Businical [adj]: a balanced focus on reducing both business and technical risk) development methodology to solve market adoption problems and launch new products into the marketplace.

Anyone who can solve the problems of water will be worthy of two Nobel prizes- one for peace and one for science.

– President John F. Kennedy

Our Focus Areas

Technology Sourcing & Vetting

AxNano identifies, analyzes and acquires breakthrough sustainable technologies from across the globe.

Product Development & Testing

Our diverse team of experts is purpose-built for rigorous design thinking, formulation, experimentation, engineering and testing.

Prototype & Pilot Deployment

AxNano excels at demonstrating and deploying new technologies and products to prove real world performance.

Research & Development Collaboration

We artfully manage and mobilize a global network of universities, federal laboratories, corporations, non-government organizations, service providers and industry experts.

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Open Innovation Labs

Open Innovation professionals and technology scouts know that corporations need a stronger pipeline of products in order to grow. Internal product development is simply not enough to meet growth targets. Thus, external innovation and acquisitions are an imperative.


AxNano collaborates with Open Innovation offices to fill your pipeline with relevant, vetted, tested and proven products.

Federal government

The AxNano team has a seven (7) year track record of successfully delivering value and results to government agencies. We have been awarded over $4.5M USD in federal, non-dilutive funding to advance new innovations from the lab to the marketplace.


Our success rate for contract awards speaks volumes. Our team has won nearly sixty percent (60%) of all competitive proposals submitted to SBIR/STTR offices at five (5) federal agencies.

AxNano has received R&D contracts and grants from the following institutions:

Water is the most critical resource issue of our lifetime and our children’s lifetime. The health of our waters is the principal measure of how we live on the land.

Luna Leopold

Meet our team

Chief Executive Officer

Doug Speight

Serial Tech Entrepreneur

Chief Innovation Officer

Alexis Wells Carpenter, PhD

Research Scientist and Inventor

Chief Financial officer

Don Joyner

Experienced Finance Leader

Assistant Scientist

Laura Grace

Research Scientist and Inventor

Research manager

Julia Darcy, PhD

Research Scientist and Inventor

Operations Specialist

Shari Hazel

Associate Scientist

Ryan Rains




Office manager

Hanna Ward

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