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About US

Mark Nathan, Founder of Violet Defense was a frequent business traveler for many years.  Falling ill from the bacteria and viruses he encountered on airplanes, in bathrooms, and everywhere in between, he knew there must be a better way to protect us from germs.  

After years of research, Mark discovered a unique way to combine a light source with a highly transmissive lens material to produce greater photonic energy.  Because the lens can withstand direct and immediate contact with the light source, we have the ability to miniaturize the technology deployment.  Mark secured extensive worldwide patent protection for this breakthrough discovery.    

In 2012, Mark founded Violet Defense to research and develop new products using this patented technology that can help protect our world from germs.  The first line, Surface Air Germ Elimination (S.A.G.E.) System, hit the market in May 2017.  The possibilities of where this technology goes from here are endless.

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Discovery consists of seeing what everyone has seen, and thinking what no one else has thought.
— Albert Szent-Gyori, 1937 Nobel Laureate

Meet the Executive Team

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Terrance Berland

Terry brings with him an extensive strategic and operational background, with the majority of his work being in the health care and financial services sectors.  Terry has spent over 20 years driving large scale operational, organization and growth/profit improvement programs. Terry worked extensively in the financial services industry as a senior manager in investment banking, asset management and advisory, and most recently, hedge funds at Bridgewater Associates.  Terry served as COO for Violet Defense before assuming the role of CEO in May 2018.

Terry earned his MBA in Finance & Strategy from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Notre Dame.


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Mark H. Nathan

Mark Nathan is the Founder of Violet Defense and serves as the Chief Science Officer for the company.  Mark founded the company after more than 10 years of research and development which led to the discovery of the breakthrough technology behind Violet Defense and has successfully received Patents and Patents Pending in 43 Countries around the world. He has 25+ years of executive-level sales, marketing and business management experience and a proven history of leading Nationally-Branded sales teams to generate hundreds of millions in revenues.

Mark possesses a very strong scientific and engineering background including receiving a full academic scholarship for Aerospace Engineering to the University of Arizona.


Jessica spreading the word about proven germ-killing power of light


Jessica Jones

Jessica has 15 years experience in helping launch new projects and initiatives, including developing strategic plans, evaluation protocols, and communication and marketing strategies.  Prior to joining Violet Defense, Jessica was project manager for the Lake Nona Institute's Wellness Home Built on Innovation & Technology (WHIT), one of the first public venues to display and test consumer insights for Violet Defense‚Äôs solutions.  

Jessica earned her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Elon University.  


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Jonathan Bolten

Jonathan has over 10 years of experience in computer programming, using languages, including C/C++, C#, Java, Python, as well as network programming and multi-threading.  With an early passion for programming, Jonathan has competed in several competitions in Central Florida and went on to apply his skills to game development.  As lead programmer, Jonathan serves a critical role in fusing hardware and software, integrating artificial intelligence and incorporating BACnet into the Violet Defense solutions.




Fran Lucci

Fran has over 30 years of experience in operations management, product management, manufacturing, design, estimating, sales and marketing. Prior to joining Violet Defense, Fran managed all aspects of the product line for Mitex International, including product development, vendor relationships, compliance with industry testing and certifications, and marketing.

Fran earned his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rochester.



Here at Violet Defense we know that our technology has the power to change the world - to improve the places we go, the air we breathe, the water we drink.  Find out more about our solutions or how you might be able to partner with us.