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Dr. Stephen A. Di Biase served as the Chief Executive Officer of Laser Applications Technology (LAT) LLC and as currently President of Premier Insights, LLC. He is an entrepreneur, building businesses and capabilities from emerging technology.  In leading LAT, Dr. Di Biase developed the business model and go to market strategies for introducing a disruptive technology for labeling produce.  With Premier Insights, Dr. Di Biase teaches leaders how to become more innovative by making innovation a discipline they can refine.

During his 40 year career, Dr. Di Biase has become accomplished in using innovation to create value in a global commercial setting.  He has over 20 patents, mentored technical professionals, and taught innovation and human resource management in both corporate and university settings. He has guest lectured at several academic institutions and has authored books, patents and corporate publications. 

Dr. Di Biase graduated from The Pennsylvania State University and sits on the Science Advisory Board for The Pennsylvania State University. He is also a retired member of the Board of Trustees for the Mt. Union College, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Industrial Research Institute, a leading experienced based innovation management association.

Prior to joining JohnsonDiversey, Dr. Di Biase spent 26 years with the Lubrizol Corporation, where he held a variety of leadership positions, including general management roles and those with profit and loss responsibility for emerging businesses derived from technology platforms.  These global assignments often involved business development from strategy conception to execution managing teams of Sales, Marketing, and Business Development professionals.

Prior to accepting the assignment in business development Dr. Di Biase was the Vice President – Research, Development, and Engineering where he was responsible for the global technical and scientific leadership for a centralized R&D function comprising of 700 professionals, an operating budget of $120+ million, and a capital budget of $10+ million. 

In this role Dr. Di Biase fostered innovation and delivered results using processes such as stage gates, project and portfolio management, 6-Sigma, and advanced statistics while introducing a variety of IT based tools such as data mining and predictive modeling.

Dr. Di Biase has served as chairman of The Lubrizol Foundation Scholarship Committee, Chairman of the Northeastern Ohio Section of the American Chemical Society, Board member of the Cleveland Area Research Directors (CARD) and in The Boy Scouts of America where he served in a variety of posts.   Dr. Di Biase has been honored by The Pennsylvania State University College of Science with its 2007 Distinguished Alumni Award and serves as an adjunct professor at Benedictine University in Naperville IL.







Premier Insights, LLC is the consulting services firm from Stephen A. Di Biase, Ph.D., offering consulting for C-level executives looking for expert advice, workshops on innovation or keynote addresses based on how to actually apply innovative techniques

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Steve challenged his people to do more than they thought they could do but was there when they needed help. He coached/mentored a number of technical people to be able to take management positions. He was always approachable and looked after his people even after they had moved on to other divisions. I would be happy to work for him anytime in the future.

Joe Pialet
Consultant - Lubricant Additives & Industry, Specialty Chemical Additives, Electrorheology, Electrorheological Fluids

It was a pleasure working with Steve on a very challenging yet cutting-edge program for vehicle emissions reductions. Steve is a respected leader not only for his technical ability which is very strong, but also for the way he inspires a team to persevere to accomplish goals. I have learned a lot from Steve about the process of technology development and commercialization that I continue to employ in my role today.

Edward P. Richards
Vice President, Business Development at The Lubrizol Corporation

Dr. Stephen A. Di Biase knows how to energize and motivate individuals in his organization to define and achieve the organization's vision for a successful future.

Tim Murphy
Financial Analyst at Chromaflo

I hold Mr. Di Biase in the highest regards both as a scientific professional and as an accomplished technical executive. I have always found him responsive and to be one of those few managers who knows exactly how to encourage people in the correct direction while also promoting their enthusiasm and desire to achieve. My only regret and disappointment is that I was not given a greater opportunity to work more closely with him because I am certain I could have learned even more from him. In those years that I worked at Lubrizol Corporation, I only heard people speak well of him, both professionally and personally. If the opportunity ever presents itself again, I would not hesitate to work with or for Mr. Di Biase again.less

Lawrence Kocurek
Buyer at Sanjel USA, Inc.

Steve demonstrated excellent technical and managerial skills as the leader of the Research and Development at Lubrizol. He was always available to give valued advice and had a quick and ready grasp of the impact and potential issues/ solutions from the opportunities that I found in discussions at Industry meetings and with Original Equipment Manufacturers. 

Peter Thomson
Director, C&I OEM Business, Global OEM Business Development at Valvoline International

Steve has always been a significant person in my career, at Lubrizol and beyond, and I have always appreciated your energy and encouragement and innovative talent. 

I wish you good fortune, success, and happiness, Steve, in whatever you do. I've admired you for many years, and my good thoughts and best wishes go with you. 

Dick Lange, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist (retired)