About Us


Clayton & associates was founded in 2005 by Rick Clayton, with the goal of providing a service bridging the gap between the Science and Technology Innovators and the Business and Financing Specialists. A particular interest is in providing realistic analysis and evaluation of the potential capabilities and market opportunities for the innovation as a pre-qualification step prior to full blown market analysis.


Rick Clayton: Principal

Rick Clayton has over 20 years experience in optical and opto-electronic technology, predominantly in the telecommunications domain. Currently an independent consultant, he has worked for the University of British Columbia, Bell Northern Research, Nortel, and Bookham.

His primary technical experience encompasses bulk optic system design and implementation, semiconductor device design and characterization, component packaging, electronic circuit design and analysis, and test and measurement design and implementation (systems and instruments, including electronics, optics and software).  At a higher level, he has extensive experience in telecommunications component design and engineering and is familiar with most aspects of optical networks.

His business experience includes group and project management, technology management of a broad range of telecom component related technologies (including strategy development and program oversight, IP management, and product strategy support), university and external R&D management, M&A opportunity evaluation and due diligence, and commercial partnership support.

Most recently Rick was VP in an early phase venture backed start-up, where he built and grew the core technology R&D organization and capability.

Rick has published 12 papers, been granted 4 patents, given 7 invited presentations, and was co-author of the chapter on III-V integration for the MIT Microphotonic Center consortium's Communications Technology Roadmap and the contributing editor of the Optoelectronics chapter of the 2007 iNEMI roadmap. He has served on the board of the Canadian Photonics Consortium and is a member of the MIT Communications Technology Roadmap editorial advisory board.  Rick has a BASc in Engineering Physics from the University of British Columbia.

Rick’s consulting practice focuses on technology and market applications and Intellectual Property management. He is particularly interested in implementing early phase technologies through developing optimized products and market penetration strategy.

Click here for a Short CV (pdf)   or   here for a list of Patents & Publications (pdf)


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