Philter Labs, Inc. adds former Head of Open Innovation for British American Tobacco to its Scientific and Strategic Advisory Board

September 22, 2022 2 min read

Philter Labs, Inc. adds former Head of Open Innovation for British American Tobacco to its Scientific and Strategic Advisory Board

David Paton, an eleven-year veteran of the global tobacco company, will advise Philter Labs on strategy and product positioning

San Diego, CA – September 22, 2022 – Philter Labs, Inc., a technology company pioneering new, micro-filtration technology to tackle the multi decade-long issue of secondhand smoke, has brought David Paton onto their Scientific and Strategic Advisory Board. David, who is based in the UK, worked in various senior roles at British American Tobacco for more than a decade, most recently as Head of Open Innovation. Under his guidance, the tobacco company made a dominating push into identifying novel technologies and products that would progress their product pipeline.  

“Our Scientific and Strategic Advisory Board was created to provide business counsel and advise Philter Labs, Inc. on technical and strategic initiatives to expand the company’s impact on mitigating secondhand smoke,” shared Christos Nicolaidis, CEO of Philter Labs, Inc. “David Paton will serve as an invaluable resource as we continue on our mission to solve the health, social, and environmental impact of secondhand smoke.”

David will advise Philter Labs alongside industry-renowned toxicologist and former VP of Global Affairs for JUUL, Dr. Willie McKinney, as well as the former Principal Scientist for Philip Morris, Dr. Michael Werley. Both Willie and Michael have been part of the Philter Labs strategic advisory board since its inception and have helped guide the company through peer validation of their patented technology, including co-presenting an abstract with Chief Technology Officer, John Grimm, at the World Tobacco Safety event in 2021.

“Philter Labs’ leading edge technology, which continues to advance, has the capability to transform how consumers smoke and vape worldwide,” stated David Paton. “I am delighted to join the Scientific and Strategic Advisory Board given the Company’s technology, product roadmaps, and strong management team.”

Philter Labs has continued to release improved versions of their signature products featuring Zero-5 Technology, a patented process that eliminates secondhand smoke while also destroying potentially harmful airborne particulates. Current product offerings are available through their own website as well as online retailers such as and multiple distributors throughout the US and Canada.

About Philter Labs, Inc. 

Philter Labs, Inc. is a technology company creating advanced micro-filtration solutions to eliminate secondhand smoke and particulates from vaping and smoking.  Philter Labs, Inc. invented Zero-5™ Technology, the first-of-its-kind, scientific process to eliminate smoke and vape through a series of molecular changes that results in zero emissions. Offering practical, reliable products that encourage conscientious, universally acceptable vaping practices, PHILTER™ is on a mission to meet consumer demand for products that are convenient to use and positively impact social and environmental change.  For more information, please visit and