Vice President of Research and Product Development
Stuart Yaniger is an inventor and technologist with more than 25 years of experience in polymer science and high-volume product development. He was the founder and chief technical officer of Neocork Technologies, which invented, licensed, marketed, and manufactured the synthetic wine cork. Before his ventures in the beverage packaging business, Yaniger was one of the founders, vice president of research and development, and chief scientist of Interlink Electronics, where he invented, patented, and commercialized their core technologies in polymer-based force and position sensing. Yaniger’s experience includes stints at Lockheed Advanced Aeronautics, where he patented and licensed some of the first commercially viable electrically conducting plastics, and Nicolet Instrument Corporation (now part of Thermo-Fisher), where he developed advanced methods of probing molecular interactions at electrode surfaces in batteries and electroplating processes. Yaniger received his academic training in chemistry and physics at the University of Utah and University of Maryland Baltimore County, and he was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Alan MacDiarmid (Nobel Laureate, 2000) at the University of Pennsylvania.