Dr. James F. Marten is a distinguished entrepreneur and venture capitalist who hails from Liverpool, England. Immigrating to the United States with his family in 1965, he quickly understood the American business and social climate, and subsequently desired to take an active role. Drawing upon more than 35 years of excellence in his profession, he has notably founded, financed and guided eight companies, as well as chaired public companies on all three national stock exchanges.
A past founder and chief executive officer of Ultracision, Inc., in Rhode Island, Dr. Marten is proudest of his accomplishments with the company including a scalpel that cuts without bleeding, which was developed from a knife that cut into bulletproof vests and was powered with ultrasonic energy. Developing a smaller version of the scalpel soon thereafter, the scalpel was used in endoscopic surgery and bought by Johnson & Johnson, who developed it into a major instrument.
Dr. Marten has also lent his considerable expertise to MedChem Products and Delmed, Inc., as chairman and founder when both companies were listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Likewise, he has dedicated his time to serving in leadership roles with Applied Immune Science, Inc., and Hood Laboratories, where he is a current director.
The recipient of a PhD in biomolecular structure from the University of Leeds, Dr. Marten demonstrated immense versatility in his profession through his contributions to academia. After immigrating to the U.S., he spent time as an associate professor at the Northeastern School of Business. Dr. Marten continues to excel in his avocational endeavors even in retirement. He is an avid painter and figure drawer, possessing an art studio in Rockland, Massachusetts. He also maintains membership with the Fourth Floor Artists Association. A noted philanthropist as well, he founded the Marten Family Foundation with his wife Shirley Barker, where they work directly with immigrants and disadvantaged groups to help them gain advantage of the American system. As a testament to his success, he was featured in the 24th edition of Who’s Who in the East in 1992.
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