What does working with the Center mean to you?
I am devoting my career to finding ways to quantify our environmental impact and identify innovations that can reduce this impact, which is also Lux’s mission. The relationship with the Center is mutually beneficial from my perspective. I learn about the health aspects of sustainability, which is an important aspect remote from my own expertise, and contribute from my experience in quantitative sustainability and as a clean-tech entrepreneur. The project in Malaga, Spain (Developiong Innovation and Sustainability Investment Communities), is a glaring example of the combination of innovation and clean tech, which I enjoyed seeing.
Ory Zik is VP Analytics at Lux Research, helping research teams that assist clients in various areas such as sustainability, resource productivity, operational resiliency, energy and water. Especially with respect to distributed generation and exposure to price volatility.
Ory has deep entrepreneurial and environmental background. In 2010 he founded Energy Points Inc. focusing on using quantitative metrics for sustainability and resource productivity. The company was acquired by Lux Research in the beginning of 2015.
Prior to Energy Points, Ory was the founding CEO of HelioFocus, Inc. HelioFocus develops solar thermal solutions to augment conventional power plants. It operates in Israel and in China. Ory led the company as CEO from 2007 to 2010 and currently serves on the board of director.
Prior to HelioFocus, Ory was the founding CEO of QuantomiX Inc., which he led as CEO from 2000 to 2006. The company, based on his invention, was the first to visualize cells and tissues in their native wet state using an electron microscope. It was sold to El-Mul Technologies in 2006.
Ory holds B.Sc. (cum laude) in Physics and Mathematics from Tel Aviv University; M.Sc. (cum laude) and Ph.D. in Physics from the Weizmann Institute of Science, where he received the National Amos De Shalit Physics prize. He holds worldwide patents and has extensive experience in founding startups based on academic research.