This week’s guest is Jay Harman, serial entrepreneur and inventor. Jay Harman has taken a hands-on approach to his lifelong fascination with natural fluid systems. In the process, he has grown companies that design innovative products, ranging from prize-winning watercraft called the WildThing and the Goggleboat, to a medical research company that developed a non-invasive technology for measuring blood glucose, to his latest company, PAX Scientific. PAX designs more efficient industrial equipment such as fans, mixers, and pumps based on Harman’s revolutionary concepts.
Born and raised in Australia, Harman’s love of nature began as a boy swimming in the ocean near his home. He began his career as a naturalist with the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, but he quickly demonstrated talents as an inventor. While still with the Australian government, he designed, built, and licensed a set of crustacean measuring gauges as well as a range of hovercraft. At the same time, Harman became a leading spokesperson for the fishing industry in southwest Australia. He was appointed a director of a government environmental commission overseeing waterways conservation and shire (county) counselor.