Cate Dyer is the Founder and CEO of StemExpress, LLC, a global biotechnology company founded in May of 2010. Dyer began working at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital at age 19 in the departments of Emergency Medicine, Surgery and Psychology, where she concurrently worked extensively with human dissections and organ donations. During that time, Dyer earned a A.A.S in Liberal Arts from Santa Barbara City College, and later an additional B.A. in Sociology from California State University, Sacramento.
Roger Halualani is a cancer consulting specialist with over 15 years in the field of oncology, working in all facets of the industry including research, manufacturing, product development, marketing and sales, business development, and strategic planning. He is a founder and principal of Ephiphany Partners. Epiphany is a cancer-focused epidemiology research and consulting group that provides unparalleled cancer epidemiology.
Research Expertise: The effective management of innovation and entrepreneurship, particularly in the development and commercialization of sustainable technologies
Professor Andrew Hargadon has written extensively on knowledge and technology brokering and the role of learning and knowledge management in innovation.
Cleveland Justis brings more than 20 years of experience building successful private companies and nonprofits to his role as executive director of the Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Justis leads the institute’s strategic direction, program development, fundraising and relations with relevant academic programs at UC Davis as well as its growing network of partners, donors and sponsors across universities, corporations, investors, entrepreneurs, foundations, and state and federal policy makers.
Lisa Maulhardt is executive vice president at SYPartners, a San Francisco-based consultancy focused on helping great leaders build great companies. In her responsibilities serving SYPartners, SYProducts and the shared-services teams, Maulhardt is responsible for ensuring that the experiences people have as employees, and the experiences the world has with the company’s people and ideas, meet SY’s aspirations for greatness for the brand.
Kirsten Mease is a contractor at the NIEHS supporting SBIR and STTR grants. More broadly, she is an intrapreneurial senior scientist with 10+ years of industry experience at two leading pharmaceutical companies, spanning three scientific disciplines. She has five years of experience initiating and implementing cross-functional process improvement projects in parallel with more than two years of GLP study planning and execution.
Craig Powell joined RF Biocidics from Superior Farms, where he served as vice president of sales and marketing. He brings more than 20 years of successful management and operations experience in the food industry. He previously served as general manager for Pacific Coast Producers, director of operations for The Produce Exchange, and director of operations for Musco Olive Products. Powell started his career in the food industry at Nestle and ConAgra Foods.
Brenda Rinard teaches professional writing in the UC Davis University Writing Program (UWP). As the assistant director of the UWP’s Writing across the Curriculum Program, she leads graduate-level workshops on all aspects of writing a thesis or dissertation, grant and proposal writing, document design, and writing journal articles for publication.
Graham Ryland is passionate about creating robots that inspire young people to pursue a career in engineering and science. He focused on modular robotics for his graduate work at the University of California, Davis, and later co-founded Barobo Inc., an educational robotics startup along with his faculty advisor, Harry Cheng.
Kirsten Saenz Tobey founded Revolution Foods in 2006 with Kristin Groos Richmond, a former classmate at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. Tobey continues to steward the mission and drive the vision and brand experience for the company, overseeing marketing communications and talent management, among other key aspects of the business.
Michael Ward is the head of Morrison and Foerster’s patent practice and co-chair of the Intellectual Property group. Dr. Ward is founder of the firm’s Plant IP practice and is a member of the steering committee for the firm’s Cleantech practice.
Maelene Wong is co-founder and CEO of ViVita Technologies Inc., a tissue engineering company founded out of UC Davis following the Biomedical Engineering Entrepreneurship Academy in 2012. She received her doctoral degree from UC Davis in biomedical engineering and BS in bioengineering from UC Berkeley. Wong is a postdoctoral scholar at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. She is passionate about translating her research into medical applications to help patients suffering from deteriorating quality of life while awaiting organ transplantation.