CeraNova Corporation is a privately held company specializing in advanced ceramics and product development for defense, industrial and commercial markets. Since 1992, CeraNova has focused on developing optimized process-properties-performance metrics to produce advanced technical ceramic components and products. The company has extensive experience in all aspects of ceramic processing, from raw powder processing, to forming and densification, and grinding and polishing. We are a recognized industry leader in high purity oxide ceramics that deliver superior strength, optical, infrared transmission, and dielectric performance.

Leadership Team


Dr. John Gannon is President & CEO at CeraNova and has overall responsibility for the Company’s operations, business development, and strategic planning. He has over 25 years’ experience in research, product development, testing, and manufacturing of advanced materials, precision components, and engineered systems. Dr. Gannon has an extensive background in project management, process improvement, product development, six sigma practices, and ISO standards implementation. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Scholar of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. His prior experience includes senior technical and management roles at American Superconductor Corporation and Foster-Miller, Inc.(Qinetiq NA). Dr. Gannon holds a B.S.E.E. from Northeastern University, an M.S. in Engineering Physics from the University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Ohio State University.


Dr. Mark Parish is founder and Director of Technology at CeraNova where he leads research and development efforts for materials, characterization, and process development. Previously he was a founding member of Ceramic Process Systems and CPS Superconductor, and co-founder of Specific Surface Corporation, recipient of the 1998 Filtration Society’s Product of the Year Award. At CeraNova, he developed superconductor current leads for NASA satellites, HF antennas for the U.S. Army, and piezoelectric fibers for smart skin actuators. He received Alfred University’s Alumni Career Achievement Award and the New England Norton Distinguished Ceramist Award. Dr. Parish holds a B.S. degree in Ceramic Engineering from Alfred University and a Ph.D. in Materials Science from MIT.


CeraNova is a qualified small business concern and registered SBIR/STTR company. CeraNova is a corporate member of the American Ceramic Society, the New England Business Association, the United States Advanced Ceramics Association (USACA) and the Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance.

CeraNova is a corporate member of a several defense-based consortia, including the National Armaments Consortium (NAC), Advanced Missile Technology Consortium (AMTC), Department of Defense Ordinance Technology Consortium (DOTC), and the Naval Surface Technology & Innovation Consortium (NSTIC).

CeraNova’s customers include all branches of the US., Department of Defense including MDA, OSD, and DARPA, as well as NASA and many of the major Prime defense contractors.

CeraNova also works with a wide variety of small to mid-size partner companies to address the needs of government and defense agencies that are seeking to develop new technologies or accelerate their implementation.