March 13th, 2023, Vancouver, British Columbia – Syniad Innovations Inc (“Syniad”) is pleased to announce that R. Miller Adams has joined its advisory board.
Syniad has set out to cultivate a strong advisory board of experts who offer different global perspectives on the business of generating high-impact value from ground-breaking research. Miller’s appointment is a great example of Syniad’s corporate culture and its ambitions to build a truly world-class team.
Miller is the co-founder of Pier 70 Ventures, a US venture capital firm headquartered in Seattle, WA, with a focus on disruptive technologies that, from the outset, have the potential to contribute to a better, more equitable world.
Miller’s current role at Pier 70 comes in the wake of a distinguished career that began in legal practice (he holds a BA and JD from Seattle University). After practising law, he spent a decade as a senior executive within The Boeing Company. At Boeing, Miller instigated a broad technology strategy that included both internal technology planning for the Phantom Works business unit and an external enterprise technology acquisition strategy. Core components of his strategy included: a technology-focused global venture capital fund, a technology sourcing unit that brought a portfolio of technology to Boeing valued at over $1 Billion; a robust industrial participation technology strategy; and a global R&D strategic partner strategy that included partnerships and joint ventures with companies, universities, research laboratories and other technology providers throughout the US, Europe, and Asia. After leaving Boeing, Miller joined Integral Systems, which specializes in the management of data and information from space and terrestrial-based platforms into networks for military, government and commercial satellite and aerospace customers. Integral Systems was acquired by Kratos (NASDAQ; KTOS) in 2011. Miller then went on to serve as Managing Director of Triad Capital Partners, a role he has held since 2014. He is also a board member of Accenture Federal Services LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Accenture (NYSE: ACN).
With a long-standing commitment to both higher education and education equity, Miller serves as a member of the Board of the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (a gubernatorial appointment) and as a member of the Board of Regents of Seattle University. He was previously a Trustee of California’s Harvey Mudd College.
Commenting on today’s announcement, Martin Cronin, Syniad’s chairman, said, “it’s been an absolute privilege getting to know Miller over the course of the last 6 months. He is an inspirational business leader of the highest personal integrity, with an obvious passion for technology’s potential to become a tool to create radical, equitable change for our world. His interests span the defence sector, the manufacturing sector, the health-tech sector, venture capital, corporate venture capital, and global corporate governance. He brings an absolutely world-class experience to Syniad, and I warmly welcome Miller to the team.”
In response, Miller Adams replied, “Syniad really digs deep into the business of systematically creating value from foundational research. It’s an important, complex challenge, albeit one with enormous upside. It’s really refreshing to be involved with the Syniad team, who have established the ambitious, collaborative culture that is such a vital prerequisite for success in this area.”
About Syniad Innovations
Syniad Innovations is a company focused on building breakthrough deep tech companies around cutting-edge advances in science & engineering, like quantum networking.
Syniad addresses some of the world’s most pressing challenges by collaborating with exceptional researchers and provides the expertise, capital, and networks to help accelerate their ideas into important new products and services. Founded in 2015 in Vancouver, Syniad possesses a unique pedigree in research commercialization.
Our experience includes projects with various stakeholders, from Fortune 500 companies to governments and universities that want a step change in impact.