National Labs Entrepreneurship Academy - Speakers
Nick Colella is a Co-Director at Incubic Management, LLC. Prior to joining Incubic in January 2007, he was Senior Vice President at Tessera, Inc., reporting directly to the CEO in a flat organization. During his nearly five year tenure at Tessera, he was the internal man who was a key executive team contributor to executing a turn-around of the company, taking it public in 2003, and subsequently growing its value to approximately $2 billion. He built and led the company’s Product Miniaturization Division and contributed to corporate strategy.
With more than 25 years of experience in high technology product development with a proven track record of delivering leading edge consumer electronic products within both privately held startups and Fortune 500 corporations, Ronda Collier has spent the last three years as an independent scholar researching non-invasive health monitoring techniques to improve overall personal well being.
This research led to the founding of SweetWater Health LLC in 2010.
Eric Cummings is a scientist and serial entrepreneur. In 1996 he founded LabSmith Inc., a laboratory equipment company that is a leading manufacturer in the field of microfluidics. Cummings also started two companies in the renewable energy market: Cool Earth Solar, whose mission was to develop a cost optimized PV-power plants, and MaxOut Renewables, which makes power electronics for the solar market.
Deputy Director for Science and Technology, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)
Patricia Falcone was the associate director for National Security and International Affairs in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and is now the deputy director for Science and Technology at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL).
Brad Gersich represents both emerging and sophisticated private companies, and helps them manage their complex businesses, secure equity and debt financing and complete strategic business combinations. He also assists venture capital firms, family offices and angel investors evaluate, structure and complete investments in promising early-stage companies.
Research Expertise: The effective management of innovation and entrepreneurship, particularly in the development and commercialization of sustainable technologies
Professor Andrew B. Hargadon has written extensively on innovation and entrepreneurship, particularly the commercialization science and technology and the management of research and development. He has published numerous articles and chapters in leading scholarly and applied publications.
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Steven Hau is a technical business development specialist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Sandia National Laboratories. He works on business development and licensing of technologies in materials science and in radiation/nuclear detection materials and devices.
Cleveland Justis brings more than 20 years of experience building successful private companies and nonprofits to his role as executive director of the 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.
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Jim Kiles is an entrepreneurial business, corporate development and strategy executive with powerful, active network and significant experience and success building technology businesses based on security and data management technologies. He has a strong history of developing and closing important strategic partnerships.
Genaro E. Mempin is the business development executive responsible for the commercialization of technologies and management of intellectual property portfolios in the areas of advanced manufacturing, sensors, instrumentation and electronics. He also manages a number of collaborations with the UC Davis Health System, the NSF Center of Biophotonics Science & Technology, Texas A&M University and the Tahoe Institute for Rural Health Research.
Richard A. Rankin
Director of the Industrial Partnerships Office (IPO) and Interim Director of the Economic Development Office, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Richard A. Rankin is the director of the Industrial Partnerships Office (IPO) and interim director of the Economic Development Office at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He is a technology transfer professional with more than 35 years experience in the creation, development, management and commercialization of innovative technology.
Michael is currently the Manager of Technology Commercialization at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), where he has overall responsibility for the Licensing and Industrial Business Development group and associated policies and processes.
Zane Starkewolfe supports ongoing efforts and works closely with the Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to create new companies based on UC Davis technologies, and helps identify early-stage funding for UC Davis researchers engaged in translational research. He has 15 years of experience in science-based entrepreneurship in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and clean energy industries.
Bianca K. Thayer is a licensing executive at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, California. She does technology transfer, business development and intellectual property licensing for the Transportation Energy and Combustion Research Center, as well as various other energy related activities. She has also worked extensively with Sandia’s BioSciences IP Portfolio in Livermore and the Materials IP portfolio when located at Sandia’s location in Albuquerque, N.M.
Roger Werne has more than 40 years of experience in research and development, including nuclear weapons, nonproliferation, structures and solid mechanics R&D, medical devices, and technology commercialization, including the founding of one startup company. He has led Engineering at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, an organization of over 3,000 engineers, technicians and administrative personnel.