Alumni (Fellow)

Justin Neill

Mary Anderson Harrison Jefferson Fellow
Hillsborough, North Carolina
B.S. Davidson College (2006)
Ph.D. University of Virginia (2011)
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences


Justin Neill is working as Chief Technology Officer at BrightSpec, Inc., a startup company located in downtown Charlottesville. Based on technology he helped develop in the Chemistry department at U.Va. while he was a Jefferson Fellow, BrightSpec offers new instrumentation for the pharmaceutical, petrochemical, industrial gas, and fundamental research markets. His current focus is on the development of a fast spectrometer for measuring the chiral purity of drugs as they are being synthesized. The company has to date raised $3.5mm in private capital along with an additional $3.5mm in government research funding, and in 2016 won an award as Startup of the Year from the Charlottesville Business Innovation Council.

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