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About Our Team

Members of the Foresight team are veterans of commercialization and product development with experience in research, technology transfer, new venture creation, and business development.

Senior Management

Dr. Phyllis Speser, Vice Chairwomen of Board of Directors

Dr. Speser is co-founder of Foresight and was its senior line manager for 35 years, Phyllis has supported the commercialization of thousands of technologies from across the breath of science and engineering. She also was instrumental in the development and operation of the global commercialization ecosystem, playing a lead role in drafting and enacting US legislation addressing the roles of, and funding for, spin-up and commercialization of small business and federal laboratory technology. Phyllis has run commercialization support programs for almost every federal agency. She also participated in the development and operation of many US state programs. Phyllis still consults and conducts training for governments, universities, and companies around the world. She served as director of the University of Rhode Island Technology Transfer office. She is the author of the best-selling textbook The Art and Science of Technology Transfer (2006), co-author of Open Innovation Essentials for Small and Medium Enterprises (2016) and author of numerous other publications and presentations. Phyllis has taught intellectual property law at the State University of NY at Buffalo, political science at the Universitat Mannheim, and anthropology at The American University in Washington DC. As a principal investigator on US federal R&D awards, she developed artificial intelligence and other advanced methods for technology commercialization used in Foresight's operations. She has served on the Board of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM); the Technology Transfer Society, and chaired the Strategic Alliance Committee of the Licensing Executives Society USA-Canada. She is currently a member of AUTM, the Association of European Science and Technology Transfer Professionals, the Bar Association of the District of Columbia, the International Association of Wildland Fire, and is a member of the Comptche CA Volunteer Fire Department.  She is a Registered Technology Transfer Professional and a California certified Firefighter I.

Norton Kaplan, President & COO

Norton manages Foresight's Assessments and Consulting Product Families in addition to his other duties as President & COO. At Foresight he has been a program manager for numerous US federal agencies (DoE,NIH, EPA, NASA, etc.), universities and companies. Prior to joining Foresight, he was an R&D and a sales manager in the global automation industry for companies such as Nypro. He led developed industrial robotics and automation solutions for manufacturers serving the aerospace, medical device, automotive, telecommunication, consumer products, and other technology based industries.His products include precision assembly – WD-40 integrated aerosol nozzle and tube; primary packaging – Clorox wipe container lid; electronic assembly – engine control module for a major automotive manufacturer; and process development – insert molding. Industrial products brought to market included the first imbedded PC controlled servo robots for the plastics industry and the highest performing part handling robots of the time. He holds a US patent. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and meetings, including the National SBIR Conferences and is a proposal reviewer for the US Department of Energy, the NY State SUNY Research Foundation and others.

Taj Mattu, President, Foresight United Kingdom

Prior to joining Foresight Dr. Mattu was with Oxford University's technology transfer company, Isis Innovation Ltd., and Ploughshare Innovation, Ltd., which commercializes research from the UK Defense Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down. Dr. Mattu has worked in many industry sectors with an emphasis on biochemistry, biomedicine, and clean energy. He has been a Principal Investigator on a number of NIH grants and led the development of a new proteomics instrument with funding from the Ben Franklin Foundation. Dr. Mattu is a member of the Licensing Executive Society, an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys and a former committee member of Praxis-UNICO.

Daniel Satinsky, Vice President of Business Development

For more than 20 years, Daniel has been engaged in technology-related international business projects and in building practical business networks. He has participated personally in three startup companies and has acted as an advisor to a number of established companies. Daniel has assisted several foreign software companies to establish operations in the U.S. market and provided market entry support for U.S. telecom and technology companies entering foreign markets. He has been either the author or co-author of a number of professional articles and studies of innovation practices, most recently as a contributing author for the book Open Innovation Essentials for Small and Medium Enterprises, published by Business Expert Press, 2016. He holds a Master of Law and Diplomacy degree from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, a Juris Doctor degree from Northeastern University Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from James Madison College of Michigan State University.

Alyssa Nacewicz
Director of Sales & Marketing and Consultant, B.S. Summa Cum Laude, Business Management

In addition to her sales activities, Alyssa engages internal and external stakeholders in Foresight’s mission to support research and commercialization in many markets. She manages the Foresight blog, newsletters, email and event marketing, and social media. Alyssa originally enrolled in college with an interest in engineering but, after discovering her love of the business world, she transferred to a marketing management program. She earned a BS in Management with a concentration in Marketing from Bridgewater State University, graduating with Summa Cum Laude. At Foresight, Alyssa also participates in market research and assists in performing assessments, where she has the ability to combine her interests in science with her business development and marketing knowledge.

Dr. Phyllis Speser
Vice Chairwomen of Board of Directors
J.D. Cum Laude Law, Ph.D. Political Science, R.T.T.P.

Dr. Speser is co-founder of Foresight and was its senior line manager for 35 years, Phyllis has supported the commercialization of thousands of technologies from across the breath of science and engineering. She also was instrumental in the development and operation of the global commercialization ecosystem, playing a lead role in drafting and enacting US legislation addressing the roles of, and funding for, spin-up and commercialization of small business and federal laboratory technology. Phyllis has run commercialization support programs for almost every federal agency. She also participated in the development and operation of many US state programs. Phyllis still consults and conducts training for governments, universities, and companies around the world. She served as director of the University of Rhode Island Technology Transfer office. She is the author of the best-selling textbook The Art and Science of Technology Transfer (2006), co-author of Open Innovation Essentials for Small and Medium Enterprises (2016) and author of numerous other publications and presentations. Phyllis has taught intellectual property law at the State University of NY at Buffalo, political science at the Universitat Mannheim, and anthropology at The American University in Washington DC. As a principal investigator on US federal R&D awards, she developed artificial intelligence and other advanced methods for technology commercialization used in Foresight's operations. She has served on the Board of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM); the Technology Transfer Society, and chaired the Strategic Alliance Committee of the Licensing Executives Society USA-Canada. She is currently a member of AUTM, the Association of European Science and Technology Transfer Professionals, the Bar Association of the District of Columbia, the International Association of Wildland Fire, and is a member of the Comptche CA Volunteer Fire Department.  She is a Registered Technology Transfer Professional and a California certified Firefighter I.

Norton Kaplan
President & COO
B.S. Electrical Engineering

Norton manages Foresight's Assessments and Consulting Product Families in addition to his other duties as President & COO. At Foresight he has been a program manager for numerous US federal agencies (DoE,NIH, EPA, NASA, etc.), universities and companies. Prior to joining Foresight, he was an R&D and a sales manager in the global automation industry for companies such as Nypro. He led developed industrial robotics and automation solutions for manufacturers serving the aerospace, medical device, automotive, telecommunication, consumer products, and other technology based industries.His products include precision assembly – WD-40 integrated aerosol nozzle and tube; primary packaging – Clorox wipe container lid; electronic assembly – engine control module for a major automotive manufacturer; and process development – insert molding. Industrial products brought to market included the first imbedded PC controlled servo robots for the plastics industry and the highest performing part handling robots of the time. He holds a US patent. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and meetings, including the National SBIR Conferences and is a proposal reviewer for the US Department of Energy, the NY State SUNY Research Foundation and others.

Taj Mattu
President, Foresight United Kingdom
BSc, Applied Chemistry, MSc, Industrial Biotechnology, DPhil Biochemistry and Glycobiology

Prior to joining Foresight Dr. Mattu was with Oxford University's technology transfer company, Isis Innovation Ltd., and Ploughshare Innovation, Ltd., which commercializes research from the UK Defense Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down. Dr. Mattu has worked in many industry sectors with an emphasis on biochemistry, biomedicine, and clean energy. He has been a Principal Investigator on a number of NIH grants and led the development of a new proteomics instrument with funding from the Ben Franklin Foundation. Dr. Mattu is a member of the Licensing Executive Society, an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys and a former committee member of Praxis-UNICO.

Daniel Satinsky
Vice President of Business Development
J.D. Law, Master of Law & Diplomacy

For more than 20 years, Daniel has been engaged in technology-related international business projects and in building practical business networks. He has participated personally in three startup companies and has acted as an advisor to a number of established companies. Daniel has assisted several foreign software companies to establish operations in the U.S. market and provided market entry support for U.S. telecom and technology companies entering foreign markets. He has been either the author or co-author of a number of professional articles and studies of innovation practices, most recently as a contributing author for the book Open Innovation Essentials for Small and Medium Enterprises, published by Business Expert Press, 2016. He holds a Master of Law and Diplomacy degree from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, a Juris Doctor degree from Northeastern University Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from James Madison College of Michigan State University.

Jim Gagnon
Chief Programmer, Web Services, BS, Computer Science, Systems Programming

Jim has come into Foresight to provide the programming and technical expertise for the further development of our web services. Jim himself was the founder of a successful company, Abacus Concepts, in 1984. He nurtured the company from a raw, self-financed start-up to a mature 30 employee private corporation. With two MacUser Eddies, six MacWorld World Class awards and a 60% market share world-wide, Abacus was the undisputed leader of Macintosh Statistical Analysis and a significant player in the Win32 world. As the Chief Programmer and CTO, Jim successfully sold the company to their largest competitor in 1998. After the sale of Abacus, Jim embarked on a period of volunteerism and adventure. After supporting a number of projects and extensive travel, Jim returned to Northern California to start a family and find new challenges.

Konstantin Izvolsky
Director of Consulting & Training, M.S., Physics, PhD., Physics

Konstantin works across the breadth of science and technology at Foresight and is the person who trains and certifies our staff for market research and analysis work. He brings to this job more than 10 years of scientific experience in developmental, molecular and cellular biology, mouse genetics and human embryonic stem cell research. He was the recipient of Parker. B. Francis Fellowship in Pulmonary Research and Boston University. Prior to joining Foresight he was a fellow with the Office for Technology Licensing and Industry Collaboration at Tufts University, where he has continued to work as a licensing executive periodically under a contract between that university and Foresight. He is the Deputy Program Manager for Foresight's contract with the US National Institutes of Health among other programs.

Paula Williams
Project Coordinator and Administrative Assistant to the President
B.A. Fine Arts

Ms. Williams has over 25 years of experience in the retail field. Utilizing her art background, she owned and operated her own small business in Providence, RI. Moving on to big box retailing, she was employed for 23 years by Sears/Kmart Corporation first as department area manager and then as Human Resources Manager.

After completing a course at New Horizons Computer Learning Center in Microsoft Applications and Executive Administration in 2010, Paula joined the Foresight Team. In addition to being actively involved in the daily administrative affairs, as Project Coordinator she utilizes SharePoint to track all projects ensuring timely delivery of all reports.  She assists the President & COO, Norton Kaplan, in managing the Commercialization Support Programs for the NIH, EPA SBIR/STTR and all assessment work for universities, state agencies and small business.

Chris Ahern
Senior Consultant, B.A., International Relations

Chris was Team Leader, Assessments for Foresight’s Aerospace, Defense and Transportation group before working part time for Foresight and joining an entrepreneurial venture. He received training in US defense procurement from the US National Defense Industries Association and worked closely with NASA accounts in addition to DoD labs and customers interested in working with DoD. Prior to working for Foresight he was employed in the financial sector in China, where he worked for an american firm.

Keeley Bower
Senior Consultant, B.S.Magna Cum Laude, Biology, M.S., Biochemistry

Returning to Foresight on a part-time basis, Keeley previously served as the Director of Life Sciences, managing client relationships and quality control for Foresight’s substantial portfolio of life sciences work. Keeley’s previous work includes serving at Quintiles’ consulting practice in the Market Intelligence Group. Her role as Senior Market Analyst was to collect and analyze qualitative and quantitative market data to inform business decisions for clients in the healthcare and pharmaceuticals industries. Keeley’s specialization includes understanding international reimbursement and regulatory approval pathways as well as business drivers for pharmaceuticals and companion diagnostics. She has experience moderating interviews with budget, laboratory, and clinical stakeholders. Before Quintiles, Keeley worked at the Technology Transfer Office of Boston Children’s Hospital where she provided market knowledge to aid in commercialization of the portfolio of innovations, especially healthcare IT, developed by researchers. She collected market data to represent the potential of novel technologies and inform licensing executives negotiating with potential partners, including Pharma and Biotech, Diagnostics Companies, Payers, Healthcare IT companies, and Venture Capitalists.

Joe Camaratta
Senior Consultant, B.S, Computer Science, M.S. Computer Science

Joe brings extensive experience in product development and launch, as well as business development and customer focus in a range of business environments, including startup, turnaround and expansion situations. As General Manager of Category Solutions and Marketing for GE Healthcare, he has built an organization that had a revenue pipeline approaching $100 million in just 18 months. He is one of a handful of marketing experts selected within the company to examine the corporate-wide marketing process, find commonality, and strengthen the overall global marketing strategy and best practices. Prior to joining GE Healthcare, Joe was Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing and a Corporate Officer with Power Medical Interventions. In that role, his goal was to position the company for either continued growth or acquisition. He worked with leading surgeons, set up clinical affairs and operation in Europe and Japan, and successfully grew the business significantly through new product launches, sales productivity improvements, and focused sales and marketing strategies, leading to its acquisition by Covidien for approximately $64 million. From 1984 to 2008, Joe served in several roles with Siemen’s Healthcare, including Vice President of Global Solutions, where he led the turnaround of that organization, adding $25 million in new orders in just the first year. He also was Vice President of Corporate Marketing and Customer Relationship Management and Vice President of Worldwide Marketing. His role there led to his receiving the Siemens President’s Award. He began his career as a software Research Scientist at Siemans, later moving into Research & Development and then Manager of Product Planning in the Magnetic Resonance business. Joe serves on the Board of Directors of the American Heart Association, Founders Affiliate and is a past Committee Member for the American Heart Association’s Science and Technology Accelerator. He was a Business Advisor for the University Science Center QED Program and is currently a Partner with Novatorium, a business incubator and provider of venture capital to companies in the health and wellness sector. Joe writes a quarterly column on Medical Technology Trends and was recently featured as a Thought Leader in PM360 magazine’s Think Tank "The ACA's Impact on the Medical Device Industry" (May 2014). He is also the author of the Healthcare Box Score blog.

David Cepoi
Senior Consultant. B.S. Biology, Ph.D. Biomedical Sciences

David has been a tech transfer professional for over twelve years, beginning at Oregon Health & Science University, later The Scripps Research Institute, and, most recently, at UC Merced. He has significant experience in negotiating license and sponsored funding agreements, conducting technology and market assessments, drafting business plans, technology development and IP management. David’s experience is primarily in the biomedical arena, but he has been working more and more with engineering and physical science- based technologies. His scientific background is in neuroendocrinology- neuropeptide binding proteins -and humoral regulation of energy homeostasis in the central nervous system.

Aaron Chockla
Senior Consultant, Ph.D., Chemical Engineering

Aaron has worked with multiple start-ups, including a clean-tech venture he co-founded in 2013. Prior to joining Foresight, he worked in various industry sectors, including pharmaceuticals, semiconductors, and renewable energy as a research scientist. He has a broad technical background, with expertise in various life science areas, nanomaterials, semiconductors, and clean energy. Dr. Chockla was recently honored on Forbes Magazine list of 30 Under 30 in energy.

Yacine Dalichaouch
Senior Consultant, Ph.D., Physics

Yacine is an experienced professional with a unique blend of scientific and business skills and a well-rounded perspective from a mix of academic, industry, and consulting experiences. He has over 20 years of combined experience in research and development, new product development, marketing and business development, strategic business planning, and assessment of emerging technologies in the physical sciences, life sciences, engineering, and nanotechnology. His areas of expertise span sensors and sensing systems, medical devices, instrumentation, and novel materials.Prior to joining Foresight, Yacine held a variety of leadership and management positions at high tech companies including GE, SAIC, and ViaSat where he led the design and development of sensor technologies and advanced detection systems for defense, security, medical, and tactical communications applications. His current professional activities also include supporting the CONNECT's Springboard as a business advisor and the Center for Commercialization of Advanced Technologies at San Diego State University as a technical client manager. He has co-authored over 100 publications and presentations.

Lisa Dufresne
Senior Consultant, M.S., Civil Engineering, Hazardous Material Management, B.S., Chemical Engineering

Ms. Dufresne has over fifteen years of experience in technology transfer and new product commercialization with broad exposure to medical, environmental, energy, and defense technologies.  After receiving her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Lowell, she spent several years working in manufacturing. Upon receiving her M.S. in Civil Engineering, Hazardous Materials Management from Tufts University, she spent 8 years at the Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance providing onsite pollution prevention and regulatory compliance assistance to large and small businesses, universities, state agencies, and municipalities throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This included researching new manufacturing methods and materials for reducing a facility’s use of hazardous materials.

Ms. Dufresne owns her own company (L2 Corporation, LLC) in the retail gourmet kitchen supply industry. She is also a team Mentor in a BizGen Entrepreneurial Competition for her local high school team.

Cheryl A. Fragiadakis
Senior Consultant, B.S. with High Honors, Chemical Engineering, M.B.A., Registered Professional Engineer, State of California

Cheryl A. Fragiadakis headed Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Management at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, which is operated for the Department of Energy by the University of California. Berkeley Lab conducts unclassified research and development in multiple disciplines including chemistry, biology, physics, materials, engineering and computer science. Technology Transfer is responsible for industrial collaborations, patents, copyrights, licensing, marketing and business development. Under her leadership, LBNL licensed technologies resulting in over 40 start-up companies with a 95% five year success record, and has managed over a hundred research collaborations between private companies and the Berkeley Lab. Before joining LBNL, she spent over 10 years working in the private sector for a major oil company. Ms. Fragiadakis has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, and an MBA from the U.C. Berkeley Haas School of Business.

Robert Freeze
Senior Consultant, B.S., Biology, B.S. Microbiology, Graduate Certificate in Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization, M.B.A.

Robert began his career as an analytical microbiologist and chemist before taking on various business roles in the biotechnology industry. In 2011 he began his consulting career as the President of LifeTech Consulting and as a technology commercialization advisor with North Carolina State University, assisting startup biotechnology and life science companies with strategic commercialization efforts. In 2012, Robert worked as an equity research analyst for LifeSci Capital, a leading life science investment bank, where he was responsible for covering publicly traded small- to mid-cap biotechnology companies, and in 2013 also joined Foresight Science & Technology as a senior consultant with a large focus on biotechnology and life science commercialization. In 2014, he joined the business development team at Metabolon, Inc. where he was responsible for leading the expansion of the company's metabolomics service offerings into clinical trials, and where he is currently focusing on business and market strategy, data analytics and intelligence research. Robert also has experience starting two biotechnology companies - VaporPulse,a nanotechnology company that uses an innovative deposition method for applying anti-microbial coatings to implantable medical devices, and Targeted Therapeutics, Inc., a company developing RNA-based immunotherapeutic cancer vaccines using virus-like particles.

James W. Fraser
Senior Consultant, MBA, B.S., Chemistry

Jim emphasizes software and financial service sector applications as well as financial management consulting in his work. He is also the CEO & President of Optigy Systems, Inc. a consulting firm he founded in 2000 specializing in applied technology management solutions, which emphasized turnaround projects for small companies experiencing difficulties attaining profit objectives. Prior to founding Optigy Systems, Mr. Fraser founded ComTrend, Inc., the first quotation service to offer an integrated minicomputer solution for real-time charts and technical analysis on desktop terminals. ComTrend was acquired by Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP) in 1980. Mr. Fraser continued with ADP ComTrend as Division President through 1986. Subsequently, he founded NexTrend, Inc. and served as its Chairman and CEO until January 2000. NexTrend provides advanced online market information and electronic direct access trading capabilities.

Christopher J. Gainor
Senior Consultant, M.S., Space Studies, Ph.D., History

Chris is a historian who is leading Foresight's work on the history of the Hubble Space Telescope. This multi-year project will create a digitiual archive for use by scholars and the general public. He has taught at the Royal Military College of Canada, University of Victoria, and University of Alberta, Edmonton.He has also worked for the Government of British Columbia in Canada and the Canadian New Democratic Party. Prior to that he was a journalist working for the Vancouver Sun and other publications. He is the International Programs Editor, Quest: The History of Spaceflight Quarterly from 2003 to present and was the Co-winner of the 1980 National Newspaper Award for Enterprise Reporting. He also is the author of several books and scholarly articles.

Mary Garrity-Butler
Senior Consultant, B.S. Biology and Chemistry, M.B.A.

Prior to joining Foresight, Mary was the director of Case Western Reserve University’s Biomedical Engineering technology transfer program. She was instrumental in starting up the major translational research grant program involving funding commitments up to $15M. She has published many peer-reviewed scientific journal articles in the area of Neurosurgery research as well as a book chapter in Neurosurgery Clinics of North America. Mary's experience includes intellectual property management, investment in, and diversification of, biotechnology-based businesses. She has worked with start-ups based on deep brain stimulation, biomaterials, medical devices, and various early stage technologies. Mary also had over 10 years of experience working for The Cleveland Clinic as a project director and researcher in Neurosurgery and Neurosciences. Mary has served as panel moderator for The Midwest Biomedical Engineering Conference (MBEC) and the Industrial Advisory Board Conference Industrial Advisory Board Conference on Development of Academic Pathways for Bringing Scientific Research from the laboratory into Clinical Practice.

Julie Gerstenberger
Senior Consultant, B.S. Electrical Engineering, M.S. Optics

Julie is a business-oriented technologist, entrepreneur and inventor, who formerly led Eastman Kodak’s Corporate Engineering Division, developing new technology platforms for Kodak’s worldwide businesses.  She also led Kodak’s External Alliances team in establishing and managing over 150 venture investments and strategic partnerships with industry and academia.  Julie’s experience spans product development and technology commercialization in both start-ups and Fortune 500 companies for a wide range of applications and markets, including some of the earliest digital imaging systems. Julie has an MS in Optics from the University of Rochester and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Adam Greenspan
Senior Consultant and U.S. Registered Patent Agent, BS, Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science; MS, Biomedical Engineering

Adam has over 6 years’ experience in technology commercialization, spanning university technology transfer, accelerator program management, business incubation, and entrepreneurship. Adam is the President and Founder of Aries Medical Textiles, a Philadelphia-based startup company developing antimicrobial textile-based products for applications which call for improved resistance to bacterial contamination. Prior to Aries, Adam managed the QED Proof-of-Concept program at the University City Science Center, a research park and economic development engine in Philadelphia. QED is a regional accelerator program that supports academic researchers from over 20 institutions in the commercial development of early-stage, high-potential life science technologies. Prior to joining the Science Center, Adam was an analyst at the Johns Hopkins Technology Transfer office focusing on medical imaging, surgical robotics and tools, tissue engineering, and implantable devices. Adam previously worked in the Quality Control laboratory at Synthes, and has performed research under prolific materials inventors at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Florida. Adam holds an MS in Biomedical Engineering from Drexel University, and a dual BS in Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science from Johns Hopkins. He is also registered with the USPTO as a patent agent.

Wayne D. Hawthorne
Senior Consultant, B.S., Electrical Engineering, MBA

Wayne emphasizes biomedical and biotech in his work for Foresight clients. He brings over 30 years of experience in various types of technologies, such medical devices and instrumentation, information applications and platforms, and environmental science and engineering. Wayne has taken a "hands on" approach, working directly with researchers, clinicians, engineers and other technicians during his career. Main career highlights includes a broad business development and technology commercialization background including intellectual protection strategies, partnerships and collaborations, license negotiations, and contract enforcement. He has worked with universities, various federal and state government agencies, and in the private sector. He is a member of AUTM and LES and has participated on discussion panels at their annual meetings.

James R. Helbig
Senior Consultant and NASA Program Manager, B.A., M.S.J.

Jim manages marketing and technical teams at Foresight. He is currently leading a technical team of experts working with NASA Langley Research Center. He has provided strategic business, marketing, and intellectual property consulting services to a wide range of technology companies serving primarily B2B markets including major work for multiple divisions of Raytheon Systems Company; multiple computer and instrumentation technology companies within Teledyne Brown Engineering and Teledyne Electronics Technologies; Whittman-Hart; Forté Software Inc., a Sun Microsystems subsidiary; Datacolor International; the Aerospace/Defense business unit of EDS; Thermo Jarrell Ash; Dynetics, Inc.; and Microchip Technology Inc., as well as many small companies and startups. He had been a principal with Regis McKenna Inc. previously, serving clients such as Motorola, AMD, and Convex Computer. He also was president and partner of the public affairs firm David A. Meeker and Associates. Other technical marketing and public relations management positions have been with Martin Marietta Aerospace, Texas Instruments, and ITT Aerospace/Optical Division and with the counseling firms Burson-Marsteller and Ruder Finn. Jim has created and managed market entry strategies for multiple products and technologies in both new and existing market categories. Beyond his direct familiarity with semiconductors and high-performance computing hardware and software, he has hands-on experience in analytical instruments, IT professional services, electronic systems and components, environmental sciences, aerospace, defense systems, energy, and numerous heavy industries. He is a frequent speaker and writer on technology market and business issues and has taught technology marketing principles and methodology at the University of Texas at Dallas, as well as for numerous corporate clients. He is a former chemical engineer and Navy jet fighter pilot.

Edwin J. Kase
Senior Consultant, B.S., Mechanical Engineering

Ed works primarily in computer software, engineering, aerospace, and social networking. He has over 25 years of experience in the software industry, with a focus in numerical modeling and simulation, data analysis, and visualization. Prior to joining Foresight, he spent 6 years with Tech-X Corporation providing marketing and business development in the areas of numerical modeling, high-performance computing, GPU computing, electromagnetic simulations, and plasma physics.

Gary N. Keller
Senior Consultant and Project Manager, MBA

Gary Keller has over 25 years of experience in international business development and global technology led economic development.  He has worked for leading biotechnology and life science companies, worked within public, private, and federal entities, and is responsible for the development, funding and launch of numerous technology and commercialization initiatives and startup companies. 

Gary provides services primarily in the biomedical and environmental health fields and on economic development-focused projects. He is the founder and CEO of Xomix Ltd., a technology accelerator and consultancy engaged in intellectual asset management, commercialization and technology led economic development initiatives. Gary has served in leadership roles involving the development and launch of new initiatives, including the WIPO Guide on the Commercialization of Intellectual Property (IP), the Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research, the BiTmaP Bioinformatics Training Program, NantKwest (NK NASDAQ), and the Cell Therapy market for Lonza Walkersville. He has more than 30 years of experience in corporate, institutional and start up business development including product development, sales, marketing and scientific R&D.

Denise LaGasse
Senior Consultant, Ph.D. Computational Linguistics and Computer Science, J.D. Law, C.L.E.

Denise has done market analysis and licensing for clients in both the academic and commercial sectors. Her specialties include hardware and software applications and operating system technologies, bioinformatics, and medical devices. After a long tenure with Hewlett Packard in various technical, managerial, and business development roles, she provided strategic and business advice to Fortune 500 clients in her Massachusetts law practice. Most recently, Denise served as Associate Director of Research and Licensing at the Massachusetts General Hospital, the largest teaching hospital of the Harvard Medical School. She is an active member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Association of University Technology Managers, and holds the designation of Certified Licensing Professional from the Licensing Executive Society.

Steven L. Ludmerer
Senior Consultant, B.S. Chemical Engineering; MBA

Steve brings over 40 years of experience building and consulting with specialty chemical, advanced material, and consumer products businesses to his clients. During his two decades at DuPont and Union Carbide, he launched such well-known products as Teflon finishes for cookware, the Reach toothbrush, and Tychem and Barricade protective apparel. In a four-year assignment in Asia, Mr. Ludmerer led DuPont's Business Development activities from Japan to New Zealand to Pakistan, establishing that company's subsidiary in India, securing new investments in Indonesia and Thailand, and upgrading distribution systems. After leaving the large corporate world, Mr. Ludmerer led three technology-based entrepreneurial ventures, an immunoassay diagnostics company, an instrument company, and most recently, as President of Parelec, an electronic materials company. Mr. Ludmerer has established contacts in Asia through his chemicals and materials industry experience and residency in Hong Kong. Mr. Ludmerer has also built businesses that are currently doing over $200 million in revenue and has raised over $30 million in public and private capital for his companies. Mr. Ludmerer was on the Board of the Commercial Development & Marketing Association and is the 2003 recipient of CDMA's Golden C award for career achievement in commercial development. He is a member of the Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) and the Licensing Executive Society (LES).

Renee Mallett
Senior Consultant,B.A., Education, MBA

Renee works with small companies, universities, and government labs. Prior to joining Foresight she was Asociate Director and Interim Director of The University of Texas at Austin Office of Technology Licensing. Her responsibilities include evaluating, marketing, licensing intellectual property, and oversight of patenting and copyright activities. She also worked in technology development and commercialization for Iowa State University at the Center for Advanced Technology Development and the Small Business Development Center as coordinator of a regional program.

J. Don Marioni
Member, Board of Directors and Senior Consultant, M.S., Aeronautical Engineering, Business Certificate (MBA Equivalent)

Mr. Marioni holds a M.S. from Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA, and a Certificate in Business Management from UCLA. Prior to joining Foresight, where he is a major shareholder, he had 35 years of experience in the aerospace and defense/electronics industries, where his work focused on systems engineering, data processing development/integration, operations support, mission analysis, advanced systems studies, program advocacy and marketing of strategic intelligence collection systems. Much of his career was spent at major corporations such as Lockheed and Unisys, although he has twice participated in entrepreneurial ventures, once as Vice President for Medical Business Systems, Inc., a medical software firm, and once as a senior technical manager at ArgoSystems, a systems engineering support contractor for the intelligence community. His efforts at Foresight have been in software tools development, tech transfer training, commercialization plans evaluation, and management support.

Robert Martinsons
Senior Consultant and Program Manager, B.S.Electrical Engineering,M.S., Electrical Engineering

Bob specializes in electronics and medical devices, although he works with a wide range of other technologies as well. He has over 40 years of large company and small business unit operations and consulting experience in the medical device/instrumentation and electronics industries. His skills encompass product design, program management, quality, and technology commercialization. He founded two new business units at Motorola that grew to combined revenues in excess of $250M, managing international operations across four plants and five design centers. In the life sciences arena, he developed "lab-on-a-chip&34; DNA testing technologies, complex instrumentation, and built and scaled highly automated manufacturing systems. As Vice President of Operations for Accumetrics, a private-equity backed blood platelet testing firm, he helped scale a turnaround business ten-fold in volumes and revenues over a 3-year period. He is adept at negotiating and managing relationships with major domestic and international clients and partners and has extensive experience in deploying lean enterprise and six-sigma principles. Bob served on Motorola's Board of Directors Advisory Council and Science Advisory Board. He serves as a Management Fellow at UCSD Connect. Bob holds 4 patents.

Richard McCarrick
Senior Consultant, B.A., English, Business Certificate

Dick is a technical writer, editor, journalist, and commercialization consultant with over 30 years of experience. Areas of expertise include computer software and web sites, space technology, astronomy, optics, fusion, biofuels. Prior to joining Foresight, Mr. McCarrick spent 16 years at Lotus/IBM, where he worked in a wide variety of technical writing positions, documenting products such as e-mail and messaging, business applications, databases, discussion forums, application development tools, instant messaging, course development, and other collaboration offerings. Mr. McCarrick was responsible for online help, user manuals, system administration guides, system planning, and deployment guides, Web articles, and functional specifications. Other companies Mr. McCarrick worked for include Data General, Data Terminal Systems, and General Dynamics.

Beth McKnight
Senior Consultant, B.A., Journalism

Beth has written and produced marketing, education and outreach materials for NASA, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado and Oregon hospital systems, and www.spaceclass.org, a web-based science education program. She has been a writer and editor for newspapers and magazines in Colorado and North Carolina, a technical writer for Ball Aerospace, and has written and produced marketing and fundraising videos. She has also held public relations and public affairs director positions with a national lung research center as well as with NASA’s Research Partnership Centers at 10 universities in the U.S., which unite academia, business, and government in developing technology for space missions. Beth has served on the American Lung Association of Colorado board of directors. She received the Outstanding Service Award for advancing international dialogue and collaboration through the Japan-U.S. Science, Technology, and Space Applications Program.

David McClure
Senior Consultant, M.S. Anatomical Sciences and Neurobiology, Ph.D. Biochemistry, J.D. Law, RAC

Though he has consulted for publicly traded metals and health benefits companies on intellectual property value creation, David has focused most of his professional efforts for the past 20 years on developing health-related products regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and cognate foreign regulatory agencies and bringing those products to market. David has led product development, manufacturing, regulatory and business development efforts for firms creating and/or manufacturing drugs, medical devices, medical foods, and cosmetic products. David has also served as chief patent counsel for a pharmaceutical company, director of regulatory affairs for a pharmaceutical and medical device company, and general counsel for human and veterinary healthcare products companies. David is a registered patent attorney, admitted in 1998 to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office in patent matters. David also holds the RAC certificate from the Regulatory Affairs Certification Board and regularly represents companies before FDA in matters related to market access and regulatory compliance. David has served as adjunct professor of pharmacy law and ethics, as an Institutional Review Board member, and as a visiting professor of forensic chemistry. He has co-founded companies that have successfully out-licensed therapeutics and diagnostics for neurologic, infectious disease, cardiovascular, endocrine and oncology indications. While a graduate student, David was a Robert A. Welch Foundation fellow. He is a member of the Food and Drug Law Institute, Licensing Executives Society, and Association of University Technology Managers.

Jean Montano
Senior Consultant, MBA

Jean brings special expertise in procurement and other US federal funding mechanisms and production and inventory management to her work with Foresight customers. She is a Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM) and is also certified in production and Inventory Management (CPIM). Before joining Foresight, she was a part of the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) of the US Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. She also served as the production Services Manager for Monaco Enterprises. Monaco is an OEM in fire and security asset protection products, including Radio Alarm Systems, Addressable products, Fire Alarm Control Panels, and Security Alarm Systems. Jean also was a small business consultant for an economic development agency of the State of Washington focused on a wide variety of technology-based innovative products.

Krysten Oates
Senior Consultant, MSc. Biomedical Engineering

Krysten recently received an MSc. in Biomedical Engineering. At Foresight, she provides Spin-up services in addition to client work in technology and market assessment. In the past, Krysten provided programming services for Foresight as well. She was the Project Manager and Lead Developer for Foresight's T2+2® version 2, the Deputy Project Manager of the Energy Storage Supply Chain Project and led the development of the Energy Storage Supply Chain Portal under contract to the US DOE. Her work for clients focuses on biomedical devices, prostheses and orthoses, advanced energy storage technologies, smart grid, renewable energy, and engines.

Vasumati Pestonjamasp
Senior Consultant; Ph.D., Biochemistry; Masters with High Honors, Microbiology; MBA

Vasumati ("Vasu") Pestonjamasp's expertise includes assessment of commercialization potential of technologies spanning a broad range of areas; competitive business analysis, market research and market penetration strategies, intellectual property assessment, strategic and tactical planning, and support of licensing and partnering. Vasu's scientific experience includes 3M Corporation award for her work at the Children's Hospital/Harvard Medical School; Boston, MA and the University of California San Diego (UCSD). During this time, she investigated antimicrobial biomarker gene and peptide structure, expression, and their regulation of infection and wound healing. Vasu also performed scientific research at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center; Worcester, MA, during which she discovered and characterized a biomarker that regulates cellular responses in inflammation and infection. In addition to numerous awards, Vasu has over 15 scientific papers and conference abstracts published in peer-reviewed journals. Vasu received Ph.D. from Advanced Centre for Treatment, Research and Education in Cancer (ACTREC), Mumbai, India. She obtained MBA degree from Marshall School of Business (with focus on entrepreneurship, finance and international business); University of Southern California (USC); Los Angeles, CA. She holds a Masters (Microbiology; with High Honors) degree from the M. S. University, Baroda; India. Vasu has been actively involved with the Licensing Executives Society (LES) USA & Canada. She currently serves as Chair, LES Education (San Diego, CA); after having been the elected Chair, San Diego Chapter. Vasu chaired the Deal of Distinction Award committee (LES Industry-University-Government Interface (IUGI) Sector) in 2012 and continues to serve on IUGI's national-level leadership team.

Julia Perederiy
Senior Consultant, Ph.D., Neuroscience, Certificate in Technology Entrepreneurship

After a research career focusing on the regenerative capacity of the adult brain following a neural injury, Julia worked held a number of positions at the Technology Transfer & Business Development Office of Oregon Health & Science University, ADN Management Solutions, and Entia Biosciences. Through these positions, Julia gained expertise in pre-clinical and commercial R&D in a broad range of scientific disciplines and became proficient in market research and product commercialization strategy for various technologies within and outside of the life sciences.

Donna J. Piper
Senior Consultant, B.S., Biology and Chemistry, MBA, Health Care Administration and Finance

Donna specializes in biomedical, biotechnology, and chemistry. She has worked at Wyeth, Johnson and Johnson, and Forest Laboratories. Prior to entering industry, she managed a research and clinical laboratory at the University of California, San Francisco. She also worked at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Gladstone Foundation for Cardiovascular Research. Donna has published articles in fields such as endocrinology, biochemistry, and microbiology She focuses on business development, strategic research, and market planning for many sectors of these industries. Donna has served both large and small companies such as GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca, Amgen, Johnson and Johnson, Bracco Diagnostics, and BMS among others.

Al Poskanzer
Senior Consultant and Project Manager, Ph.D., Chemistry

Dr. Al Poskanzer is a seasoned professional with a combination of business & academic qualifications and experience spanning 40 years that is truly unique. With a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Clarkson University, Al has 11 years successful industrial R&D experience, including eight years as research group leader and research manager at the Dynachem Division of Morton-Thiokol. During that time, Al & his team developed over 60 new chemical products for the printed circuit and microelectronics industries, several of which set the industry standard.  Al then spent 7 years in industrial sales & marketing, including as chief operating officer of a small startup company producing and selling products he developed.  Al is a technologist with 25 years experience assessing and evaluating new technologies as a technology assessment consultant. He has spent eleven years in academia managing a broad portfolio of technologies, negotiating and closing complex licensing deals. With technology licensing experience at the University of California and Arizona State University, Al directed the licensing office at Arizona State University, now the largest University in the US.  He has licensed patented technologies ranging from rechargeable lithium battery technology to anti-cancer pharmaceuticals. Under his watch, ASU became 10th in the nation for new inventions disclosed by the faculty and 7th in the nation for new company startups.  Al most recently served as Director, Technology Licensing at Boeing where he licensed important composite molding and drilling technologies for a broad variety of Boeing products including the C-17, the F-22 and Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner.  Following his tenure at Boeing, Al has been uniquely successful in pursuing his own private practice as a consultant in technology transfer & commercialization. Al has authored over 120 papers and publications in the specialty chemicals industry and is the recipient of the coveted “Gold Medal Award” from the American Electroplaters Society. Al is also the recipient of the 1999 Chairman's Award from the Arizona Governor's Strategic Partnership for Economic Development for his contributions in creating and implementing the Intellectual Property Policy of the Arizona Board of Regents, one of the most progressive in the nation.  Al is a certified licensing professional (CLP) and is an active member of the Licensing Executives Society (LES) as well as the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM). 

Arundeep S. Pradhan
Senior Consultant, M.S. Pharmacy Administration, B. Pharmacy (Honors)

Prior to joining Foresight, Arundeep co-founded Apio Partners, LLC where he worked with individuals, universities and companies on intellectual property strategies, licensing and agreement negotiations, technology and company due diligence, commercialization strategy and business planning.Arundeep was the Associate Vice President of Technology Transfer and Business Development at Oregon Health & Science University where he managed industry collaborations, technology licensing and intellectual property. The office adopted Technology Transfer 3.0, a model integrating business development, technology transfer, industry alliances, technology ventures and startups. While at OHSU, he oversaw a five-fold growth in industry collaborations, significant growth in licensing and an expansion of the office, including the addition of in-house patent agents. He has been instrumental in developing seed and investment funding programs at multiple universities, and forging multi-partner alliances for the development of medical devices, biomarkers and therapeutics. He is also experience in technology commercialization in the fields of agriculture, chemicals, software and electronics. Arundeep has also worked extensively with city, state and federal economic development agencies to promote technology commercialization and regional economic growth. As President of AUTM in 2009, he led the organization in developing its first comprehensive strategic plan; engaging on policy issues with respect to patent reform, the Bayh-Dole act, economic development, commercialization of university research; and, increasing the international outreach of AUTM to Japan, Singapore, India, China, Korea and the Philippines. Arundeep was the President of the AUTM Foundation in 2011 where he helped to create a model for sustainable revenue to fund programs within the Foundation. He was on the on the AUTM Board of Trustees 2006 to 2007 (Vice President for Annual Meeting), 2008 (President Elect) and 2010 (Immediate Past President.)

John D. Ruley
Senior Consultant, B.S., Physics; M.S. Space Studies

John brings over 25 years experience as a technology writer and editor, primarily focusing on personal computing, aviation and space. John's writing has appeared in Astrobiology, AvWeb.com, Cessna Flyer, HP World, Pilot Journal, Piper Flyer, Plane and Pilot, Windows,Windows IT Pro , and The Scientist. He was principle author of the book Networking Windows NT (John Wiley &Sons, 1994-1996), and a contributor to Space Exploration and Humanity (ABC-CLIO, 2010). Prior to his writing career John worked as a military communications technician, computer operator and programmer, air defense simulation analyst, undergraduate physics teaching assistant, spacecraft thermal control material testing technician, and started a software consulting business. John is an instrument rated private pilot and has participated in overseas medical missions in Mexico, Ghana, Cameroon, and the Philippines. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Mission Doctors Association.

Divya Shakti
Senior Consultant, B.Tech. Agriculture & Food Engineering, Master of Bioscience, M.E., Biological Engineering

Divya has over 15 years of experience working in various areas of Life Science Business including competitive business analysis, market research, pipeline and portfolio analysis, strategic planning, intellectual property assessment and supply chain management.

 

He started his career as a Research Analyst with Recombinant Capital (ReCap) LLC which was acquired by Deloitte in 2008 and currently is a part of Thomson Reuters. He consulted for Cambridge Health Tech Associates and helped create an Asian CRO market business report for outsourcing Clinical Trials by US MNCs. He also served as an external business consultant for Amgen’s Global Supply chain department which gave him broad exposure to problems in Supply Chain and Business Transformation. He has served as an international advisor for Adventura Capital helping Spanish biotech startups and also helps with business development at Voxx Analytics, an innovative Influence Analytics company.

 

Divya holds a Master of Bioscience (MBS) degree from the Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Science in Claremont, CA and Master of Engineering (ME) from University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.  He received his B.Tech in Agricultural & Food Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, India.

David Snyder
Senior Consultant and Program Manager, B.S. Mathematics, M.A. Economics

Dave specializes in larger projects for universities and government customers as well as financial analysis. He has over 30 years of experience in marketing and technology commercialization of hardware and software products. Mr. Snyder spent over 20 years with a Japanese manufacturer of electrical and mechanical components. In one 6 year span he grew revenue of a computer peripheral product line from $30 million/yr to $100 million/yr while acquiring major domestic and international customers. When he left the firm, as Director of Business Development, he had licensed several key technologies and managed a strategic relationship with Logitech. Prior to joining Foresight, Mr. Snyder spent 10 years at SAIC, a Fortune 500 Science and Technology consulting firm. There he engaged in numerous efforts to commercialize technologies, spanning functions such as market identification, IP review, technology marketing, patent and technology valuation, and license negotiation. A member of the Licensing Executive Society (LES) since 2000, he became a Certified Licensing Professional in 2008. He has twice presented at LES functions on selecting and marketing IP for license to third parties. Currently he is supporting the CONNECT Springboard program in San Diego by mentoring principals of start-up firms enrolled in the program. He also is advising the Center for Commercialization of Advanced Technologies at San Diego State University.

David Speser
Chairman of the Board, B.S., Mechanical Engineering

At 92, Mr. Speser is Foresight's oldest employee. A co-founder of the company he is still active in marketing and participating in problem solving for customers. His successes have ranged from licensing smart card technology to VISA and other major corporations to putting together Phase III deals for SBIR firms like Polytronixs and UTD to funding university/industry centers such as the Health Care Devices and Instrumentation Institute of the State University of New York at Buffalo. For 18 years he also was the project manager for the National SBIR Conferences. Prior to co-founding Foresight, he was a Board Member and Senior Vice President Marketing at the W. Bergman Company. After participating in the build and sale of that company, he worked in turn around marketing for major banks, helping to rescue companies from pending bankruptcy in industries ranging from plastics manufacturing to spray cans for retail products to real estate.

John Topping
Senior Consultant, B.S., Applied Physics; Ph.D., Materials Science

John has an over 30 year career in industry before moving into technology transfer and commercialization. He works primarily in advanced and industrial materials research and development (R&D) and new product development. He spent 9 years in university technology transfer before joining Foresight. His R&D career was mostly with Ferro Corporation, a worldwide supplier of industrial materials with sales of over $1 billion/year, where he was involved in the development of new products for the electronics, ceramics, automotive, appliance, building, and other industries. His roles included scientist, corporate research associate director, and worldwide technical director of the coatings, color, ceramics, and electronics group. He also worked at the ORTECH organization (then the Ontario Research Foundation) in Canada, the English General Electric Company, and the University of Rhode Island. In addition to working with companies and universities he has been a proposal review for several federal and state agencies since coming to Foresight.

Natalia Toth
Senior Consultant, MBA, Ph.D. Biophysics

Natalia has extensive experience in technology evaluation, market research, and competitive analysis. Her background includes years of scientific research in biomedical field, work in technology transfer environment at major US universities, and recent involvement with a consulting practice advising companies in nutrition and supplement industry.

E. Wayne Turnblom
Member, Board of Directors and Chair, Board of Directors Investment Committee, and Senior Consultant, Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, Executive Program (MBA Equivalent)

Wayne is an active participant in Foresight's acquisition and merger activities and investment in spin-outs/spin-ups as Chairman of the Investment Committee. He also conducts work for clients. Before joining Foresight, Dr. Turnblom had a distinguished career at Eastman Kodak, where he advanced from Director, Marketing and Business Planning, Bio-products Division to Director, Business Development, Laboratory and Research products to Manager, Business and Technology Development, Graphics Imaging Systems Division and finally Director, Environmental Affairs, Kodak Professional Division. He was instrumental in the formation of Kodak’s biotechnology business which ultimately became Genencor International. After graduating with his doctorate from Columbia, he was an Instructor and Post-Doctoral Fellow at Princeton University for two years. Wayne was a member of the Board of Directors of the former Commercial Development and Marketing Association, where he last held the Office of Secretary. He also served on the Advisory Board of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and has been an Advisor to Tech Ventures, an upstate New York venture capital firm. He is a member of the American Chemical Society, the Product Development and Management Association and the Rochester Professional Consultants Network.

Miri Yoon
Senior Consultant, Ph.D., Neuroscience/Cell & Molecular Biology, J.D. Law.

Miri received a Ph.D from Northwestern University, focusing the dynamics of various cytoskeletal elements in live cells using high-resolution microscopy (confocal microscopy and electron microscopy).  Miri’s post-doctoral work, also at Northwestern University, concentrated on the host-pathogen interactions by generating hundreds of recombinant viruses and recombinant virus libraries.  Following her post-doctoral work, Miri worked as a research assistant professor at Northwestern University for 7 years, focusing her research on infectious diseases, with an emphasis on the development of vaccines and therapeutics.

Miri also received J.D. with a certificate in Intellectual Property Law from the John Marshall Law School (JMLS).  Miri drafted and filed US Utility Patent applications at the JMLS Patent Clinic and one of patent applications was granted as a US Patent.  Miri is also admitted to practice law in the State of California.

Miri is fluent in English and Korean.

Barbara Cotta
Senior Consultant, B.S. Mechanical Engineering, MBA

Barbara brings to Foresight her unique blend of engineering, business and people skills and over 20 years of experience working with innovation, strategic planning, implementation, process design, sales, and customer service. Prior to starting her own consulting and coaching company working with small to midsize firms, Barbara worked in high tech (Thinking Machines, BBN, Computervision) and HVAC (Carrier Air Conditioning) corporations in marketing and business development, strategic business planning, support services. Building upon her experience as an application engineer, she continues to work with diverse technology companies to creating innovative processes, products and businesses. Barbara connects people and technology to get Ideas Implemented.

Earle Hager
Senior Consultant, BS, Economics, MBA, International Business

Earle is a technology commercialization leader who has developed programs in multiple industries that have been utilized for licensing and evaluation of new technologies.  He has completed economic development projects leader with experience in growing university, domestic and international entrepreneurial programs with technology evaluation, business development, and process implementation.  He has worked with new technologies in multiple verticals, including information technology, environmental, manufacturing, process, energy, consumer goods, and biotechnology in global projects in India, Korea, Hungary, Chile, Ukraine, Viet Nam, Latvia, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Portugal, Armenia, and the United States.  Additionally, he has developed and managed offset opportunities and relationships on behalf of the University of California, Irvine and provided services under offset programs at The University of Texas at Austin.  Mr. Hager is an IC2 Fellow at The University of Texas at Austin.

Bruce Inwood
Senior Consultant, MBA, BS Biochemistry

Bruce is an experienced marketing leader with proven success leading Go-To-Market launches for over 20 years globally with both large enterprise and small business innovators. He spent over 12 years with BlackBerry leading their product and channel marketing teams to successfully launch the BlackBerry software solutions into new entry markets in EMEA, APAC and Latin America.  In the past three years, Bruce has provided business advisory services assistance to high-tech and healthcare small businesses to grow their business and commercialization plans.

Chalonda R. Handy
Senior Consultant, Ph.D.

Chalonda Handy is a life science professional with broad experience in business development, budgeting, marketing, licensing, intellectual property valuation, and financial modeling.  She has served as a consultant for new start-up companies and has over 10 years of experience driving, planning, organizing, and conducting biomedical research. She has published in journals such as Science Translational Medicine, PNAS, and Molecular Therapy. Chalonda has a collaborative leadership style coupled with strong problem solving skills. She has helped companies get orphan designation in the US and Europe; performed market analyses for >20 startup companies applying for SBIR phase II funding; wrote SBIR/STTR grants that resulted in funding; matched companies with licensees that led to future business opportunities; established relationships with investment firms in Texas and Boston; and functioned as business development manager for Indian, Singaporean and North Korean startup companies.  Although her areas of expertise are in the areas of therapeutics and diagnostics, she also has worked with groups developing medical devices and software technologies.  She understands technology commercialization and has served as a licensing manager for a number of academic institutions.  She is presently COO of Vizori Assistive Technologies, LLC, a company developing a novel touchscreen system that uses tactile perception to improve braille literacy and education for visually impaired individuals.

Richard E. Cuellar
Senior Consultant, Ph.D. Biological Sciences

Rick Cuellar is currently Senior Vice President at CymoGenDx LLC. CymoGenDx was established in 2010, and launched its PTEN de-TECT™ following year. A full pipeline of products for fluorescent in-situ hybridization (FISH) has followed. CymoGenDx worked with Dr. Jeremy Squire in development of the PTEN FFPE test for prognostic applications in Prostate Cancer. Briefly, this test can help doctors and patients wake better decisions regarding prostatectomies, especially with confronted with ambiguous PSA results. Rick has been a successful independent consultant; helping young companies find their way. Clients included the Donald Danforth Research Center in St. Louis, Quintessence BioSciences and Lucigen in Madison, WI, Agrisoma BioSciences Inc. in Vancouver, BC, CytoGnomix, Inc. in London, ON, and several others. Rick was previously at Promega Corporation, beginning as a licensing manager, then promoted to Director of Corporate Development with responsibility for execution of strategic company goals. From 1987 to 1997, Rick was a research scientist at Amoco Research Center. While there, Rick attended IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. Eventually, Rick joined VYSIS (since 2001 a wholly-owned subsidiary of Abbott Laboratories). At VYSIS, Rick took on Licensing/Business Development roles, and was involved in bringing in and managing the UCSF relationship, which underpinned the VYSIS FISH technology. Rick has a PhD in Biological Sciences from Stanford University and did postdoctoral research at Purdue University and Cambridge, UK as a NATO fellow.

David J. Glass
Senior Consultant, B.S., Biological Sciences, Ph.D., Biochemical Sciences

David Glass is an independent consultant with over thirty years’ experience in biotechnology and related life sciences fields, with much of that time devoted to patents, licensing and technology transfer. David began his career at BioTechnica International, where he created and managed the company’s programs for intellectual property protection and agricultural biotechnology regulatory affairs. He has served as associate director of the tech transfer office at Massachusetts General Hospital, and has also managed technology transfer as a consultant or part-time employee at several other academic institutions including McLean Hospital, Joslin Diabetes Center, and Baystate Medical Center. David has also consulted for several other academic institutions and life sciences companies on various aspects of technology licensing and academic-industry partnering. Since 2014, he has managed tech transfer as a consultant at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, while carrying out other consulting projects within the UMass system. David also maintains an active consulting practice helping biofuel and industrial biotechnology companies manage government regulations, and during his career he has written and published numerous market reports and other publications on various topics in agricultural, environmental and industrial biotechnology. He is a longstanding member of LES and AUTM, and was awarded the Certified Licensing Professional certification in July 2008 (recertified July 2011, expired June 2014) and the Registered Technology Transfer Professional certification in November 2013 (active).  He holds a B.S. from Cornell University and a Ph.D. from Princeton University.  David has particular expertise in biotechnology, medical devices, agriculture, environmental remediation technologies, and renewable fuels.

Jack Pincus
Senior Consultant, Ph.D. Biochemistry

Jack Pincus has held senior management positions in the life sciences industry and has expertise in technology commercialization, business development, licensing, and intellectual property management.  He has over 35 years’ experience in concept evaluation, market and intellectual property assessment, licensing, strategic alliance formation, start-up formation, and R&D management.  Jack is currently an independent consultant providing services in all of these areas.  He was previously vice president of technology transfer at Indiana University Research and Technology Corporation where he oversaw the full spectrum of technology transfer activities from concept evaluation to licensing and start-up formation.  Before that he was  Vice President for Business Development at MBI International, a biotechnology corporation devoted to maturing early stage products and processes, Director of Marketing at Applied DNA Systems, a startup biotechnology company, Director of Research and Development at Becton Dickinson Immunodiagnostics, a manufacturer of clinical diagnostic products, and Associate Director of the Biomedical Research Laboratory at SRI International, a major contract research and consulting firm.  Earlier in his career he managed biomedical research programs at the US National Institutes of Health and the Massachusetts General Hospital.  Jack holds an A.B. in biology and chemistry from New York University and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Columbia University.

Kalpana Desai
Senior Consultant, B.S. Biology; MBS Biopharma Entrepreneurship

Ms. Desai, earned a B.S. Biology from University of California Irvine and an MBS Master of Bioscience – BioPharma Entrepreneurship from the Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Lifescience. In addition, she earned certificates in Strategic Foresight from University of Houston and a certificate in Financial Modeling and Valuations from the Investment Banking Institute. Ms. Desai applies her scientific, foresight, and entrepreneurial acumen to create commercialization frameworks for innovations and new product development. She develops investment theses for biotechnology applications in medical device, biopharma, molecular imaging and biofuels arena.

Ms. Desai keeps an eye toward innovation and is a builder by nature who can execute day-to-day activities and sustain a long term vision. She has experience researching opportunities, developing investment thesis for technology applications and communicating findings in terms of portfolio strategy, market opportunity and resource needs with multiple stakeholders in finance and R&D. In addition, she creates technology roadmaps, white papers and dynamic Life Cycle Strategic Plans. 

Prior to graduate studies, Ms. Desai conducted research in Cell and Molecular Biology, where she perturbed genes and performed intravital imaging as well as confocal microscopy utilizing the zebrafish embryo as an animal model for development. Ms. Desai also gained industrial manufacturing experience in the pharmaceutical industry by working in operations and quality control.

Mark Szajna
Senior Consultant, J.D., M.E. in Bioengineering, M.B.A. Summa Cum Laude, Baccalaureate Degree in Behavioral Neuroscience
Certificate in Technology Transfer & Commercialization

Mark has a diverse background in intellectual property, patent examination, technology transfer and commercialization.  He has supported DoD and FLC technology transfer as a client program analyst for Battelle at the Natick Soldier Research, Development & Engineering Center (NSRDEC) within the Office of Research and Technology application (ORTA).  Prior to moving to New England, he was a patent examiner at the United States Patent & Trademark Office in Alexandria, VA.  In addition, he has been an associate with the New York State Science & Technology Law Center in Syracuse New York.

Michael Lucca
Senior Consultant, B.S, Computer Science, M.S. Computer Science

Mike is a senior executive with over 30 years experience in the information technology industry.  He has held various senior management roles in engineering, marketing, business development and strategy in both large corporations and startups.  Mike has developed market strategies for various technology segments including machine-to-machine (M2M), middleware, cloud computing and mobile/wireless.  This has included market analysis/segmentation, partner and acquisition strategy, contract negotiation and deal structuring, relationship building and go-to-market plans. 

Most recently, Mike was a Principal at the Incubation Factory (TIF), a specialized investment and business incubation firm focused on building new companies from university research.  Mike was responsible for locating and identifying research technologies with commercial potential, managing the extensive due diligence process on each technology, negotiating the licensing agreements, and managing the commercialization process for each portfolio company. During this time, Mike worked closely with over thirty-five (35) research universities. While at TIF, Mike founded and managed five new startup companies based on research technologies across a range of industries. 

Prior to The Incubation Factory, Mike was the Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Velocita Wireless, a wireless data service provider in the M2M/IoT (Machine-to-Machine/Internet-of-Things) industry.  Prior to Velocita Wireless, Mike was a Venture Partner at Software Ventures, a seed stage fund focused on university start-ups. His background also includes executive tenures at Hewlett-Packard, Unisys and Bluestone Software.  

Mike is also active in the university entrepreneurship community as a volunteer and business mentor and currently serves on the Entrepreneurship Program Advisory Board at Rowan University.

Poulami Mitra
Senior Consultant, BSc Physiology, Physics, Chemistry; MSs Physiology; Ph. D. Biochemistry

Poulami Mitra has been in biomedical research for over 10 years starting at Medical College of Virginia -Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), University of Washington and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). She has also worked with Technology Transfer offices at VCU and OHSU. The last couple of years, she has worked as a Technical consultant with a patent law firm. She has experience working on various biotechnology, biomedical and translational research projects. She is also adjunct faculty with Portland Community College (PCC) where she teaches Anatomy and Physiology.

Steven Owens
Senior Consultant, MS Electrical Engineering

Mr. Owens has over 28 years of experience medical device research and development and pharmaceutical research. Mr. Owens is currently President of his consulting company, and an advisor to Rutgers Center for Innovative Ventures and Emerging Technologies.  He has previously held the positions of: Director of Innovation and Technical Application Services at Forest Research Institute, Chief Information Officer at RadPharm, Head of the Center for Imaging and Innovation at Siemens, and Senior Director of Engineering at Siemens Medical Systems.

In his most recent role as Dir. of Innovation at Forest Research Institute, Mr. Owens was responsible for the technical enhancement and operational excellence of a portfolio of 130+ applications, providing capabilities that support the full range of pharmaceutical research. He was the IT Integration Team Leader following the acquisition of two specialty pharma companies, and led CIO initiatives on enterprise data security and enterprise architecture that established a three year strategic vision based on internal assessments and industry best practices.

During his tenure as Chief Information Officer of RadPharm, The Imaging Core Lab, Mr. Owens provided leadership to IT infrastructure and development projects that enhanced technical capabilities and strengthened business processes critical to delivering outstanding service.  Under his leadership, the IT team deployed a new company-wide workflow engine based on Siebel CRM and enterprise analytics reporting, deployed enhanced data replication strategies to the business continuity solution, and established a test automation initiative throughout the application development team.

Prior to his CIO role, Mr. Owens worked for Siemens Healthcare for over 22 years.  In his last position as Senior Director and Head of R&D at the Center for Imaging and Innovation in Princeton, he provided leadership to product development teams and internal consulting operations that explored product concepts and strengthened the overall patent portfolio of Siemens. Mr. Owens has a passion for innovation and has four patents granted and six patents pending.

Mr. Owens holds a MS in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers College of Engineering.  He participates in several professional societies including HIMSS, BioNJ, DIA, and the Technology Council of New Jersey.

Wil Jacques
Senior Consultant, B.S. Mechanical Engineering, M.B.A., Registered Patent Agent

Wil Jacques is a senior intellectual property subject matter expert with over 25 years of development, patenting, commercialization, and licensing experience in public and private sector engineering, manufacturing, and sales organizations. After stints with Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), Prudential, Union Carbide/Praxair, Competitive Technologies, IP Finance, Nerac, CPA Global, and Sun Life Financial, he founded Emanus to provide patenting, innovation development, commercialization, and IP licensing services.

Though providing a broader range of services, his practice has focused on assisting universities, early-stage entrepreneurs and small/medium size companies attract capital investments and out-licensing opportunities with larger more established market players. His specific competencies include patented technology valuation, market due diligence, business opportunity identification, and licensing negotiations.

Mr. Jacques’ past client work has included Florida A&M University, University of Hartford, University of Connecticut, Monsanto, IBM, Lucent, Microvi Biotech, GB Techologies, GeneLabs Technologies, etc.

Steven M. Wood
Senior Consultant, MBA, B.S Electrical Engineering
MBA, B.S Electrical Engineering

Steven has worked in several aspects of Technology Commercialization including the establishment of corporate structures, seed funding, financing, business development and product development.

As part of the founding team in 2 startups, Steven was instrumental in financing the businesses and rapidly growing their revenues to reach self-sustaining operations. He exited both businesses when they were sold at high multiples.

Steven, received his Electrical Engineering degree from Northeastern University in Boston. Through his Co-op period with The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Steven worked as a systems engineer for RCA Aerospace Systems in Burlington, MA, Somerville, NJ and Mountaintop, PA. Steven later received his degree in Business Administration and his Masters. Subsequently he went on to launch Powercube, which was sold to Unitrode Corporation and eventually Texas Instruments after a rapid growth period. Power Convertibles, his second start-up, was launched in Tucson Arizona. After a 10X revenue gain the company was sold to C&D Technologies.

Steven is a member of The I.E.E.E., and a life member of The American Radio Relay League (ARRL). He is also an accomplished pilot holding several FAA ratings.

Brian Rogers
Senior Consultant

Brian Rogers has almost twenty years of experience in research, development, and commercialization, primarily in the Houston, Austin, and Dallas markets. His roles have included engineer, attorney, and commercialization manager. His engagements cover several sectors including semiconductors, healthcare and life science, petrochemicals, academia, and government.


Brian’s core competencies include technical writing, leveraging data to drive discovery and development of strategies and solutions, process and quality engineering based on principles such as Six Sigma and Lean project and program management, agreement negotiation, patents, trademarks, copyrights, compliance, commercialization and startups, grants and sponsored research, and workforce and economic development. In particular he has negotiated hundreds of agreements related to research and
development, including licensing, pre-clinical and clinical trials, material transfers, confidentiality, service and manufacturing (including GMP), consulting, corporate formation, and sponsored research. Cumulatively, Brian’s engagements have included hundreds of early stage, scientifically and technologically intensive projects and business models.


Brian received his Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, followed by several years at Texas Instruments, Inc., before completing law school at the University of Houston. He has worked professionally with (now Baylor) Scott & White Healthcare, Chevron Phillips Chemical, Texas Instruments, University of Arkansas, Conley Rose PC, Emerson Electric, the Small Business and Technology Development Center, ATOFINA, Toni and Guy, and Halliburton. He is active in two angel
funds, volunteers as a startup mentor for multiple accelerators, and regularly provides training, coaching, and consulting to innovators and entrepreneurs, both individually and in groups, which has included accredited education for physicians (CME) and attorneys (CLE).

Dipankar (Dipu’) Ganguly
Senior Consultant

Dipu’ is a commercially focused entrepreneurial leader with over 30 years of experience building and leading valuable businesses by transforming pioneering technologies into industry-first products addressing multi-billion dollar opportunities across diagnostic imaging, urology, ob-gyn, cardiology, oncology and neurology applications. He specializes in developing and commercializing market-driven products with significant sensor, photonic, ultrasonic, imaging and algorithm/data analytics driven software technology content and has been the CTO, COO or CEO of several early stage medical device companies that have attracted significant investments or have been acquired. He has nine issued patents and multiple graduate degrees in Physics, EE and Bio. Med Engr.

Mitch Halpern
Senior Consultant, PhD Chemistry

Mitch Halpern has 30 years of experience in all facets of strategic business development, innovation and R&D management, IP management, and technology commercialization. He has worked with companies, academic institutions, and startup ventures around the world to develop, evaluate, and commercialize technologies quickly and with low risk by employing a unique combination of broad and deep technology experience combined with business acumen and a wide variety of management consulting methodologies. For example, Dr. Halpern's clients have won Product of the Year honors in Japan, successfully obtained repeated rounds of venture funding, and have succeeded in dominating crowded markets in areas ranging from advanced materials to consumer electronics and process control software. In addition, Mitch has trained many clients in the use of IP management for strategic business advantage. He has worked for firms such as IBM, SRI International, and Strategos. Dr. Halpern holds a BA(honors) in Chemistry from Columbia University and a PhD in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.

Kim Tutin
Senior Consultant, B.S. Chemistry, MBA in Technology and Engineering Management

As part of the Foresight Science & Technology team, she has provided commercialization assistance for a variety of technologies including wound care solutions, mosquito control technologies, software systems with predictive analytics, and blood diagnostics. As Project Manager at Georgia Pacific Chemicals, Kim coordinates work with multidisciplinary teams across all phases of design, manufacture, and commercialization of technologies. This involves writing business plans, developing and ensuring adherence to timelines, fostering innovation, determining customer needs, supervising scientists, and maintaining intellectual property.  As Technology Scout, she scouts for technologies across a broad range of sources including academic networks, national labs, conferences, and on-line sites.  In this role, Kim has been working to identify and commercialize diverse technologies and sustainable solutions to address customer needs in GP Chemicals’ various areas of expertise including thermosetting resins and innovative materials used in building products, paper, packaging, and other industrial fields.  She has 30 years experience working in R&D. She is an inventor on 86 patents - 24 patent families, with more patent applications pending.  She earned recognition as a Certified Licensing Professional.  She also attained her MBA in Technology and Engineering Management graduating with Presidential Honors.

Ruth Janjic
Senior Consultant, BA, Economics & Geography, MBA

Ruth has over fifteen years of experience conducting market research for a broad range of businesses, including start-up and second stage advanced industry companies with products representing aerospace/defense, healthcare, instrumentation, manufacturing, and IT/internet areas.  She began her career working in sales and marketing roles for Pacific Telesis, Qualcomm, and a contract electronics manufacturer, and then switched to research and consulting starting with online start-ups during the emergence of the Internet.  More recently, she became certified by the Edward Lowe Foundation as an Economic Gardening Market Researcher, and has served as the lead researcher for the State of Colorado’s Economic Gardening program, in addition to providing research services as part of a specialized program to support emerging technology ventures. As a senior consultant for Foresight Science and Technology since October of 2015, Ruth provides commercialization assistance for technology companies, with a focus on healthcare inventions that receive NIH SBIR funding.

Terrence Joyce
Senior Consultant, MD, MIP

Terrence J. Joyce, MD, MIP has extensive experience in intellectual property law and its transactions including patent prosecution, portfolio analysis, licensing, and conducting patent searches. He has worked with many organizations assisting them in marketing their intellectual property, performing freedom to operate analyses, and managing their portfolios.

Dr. Joyce is a graduate of Dartmouth Medical School and Franklin Pierce Law Center where he obtained a Master of Intellectual Property, Commerce and Technology degree. Prior to obtaining his degree in intellectual property law, he did residency training in pathology at Yale University and also completed an internship in the Corporate Sponsored Research and Licensing Office of the Massachusetts General Hospital.

He is a member of the mobile Health (mHealth) Regulatory Coalition, an advisory committee of technology leaders and stakeholders, which provides guidance and oversight to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the regulation of mobile health technologies.

Dr. Joyce is also the author of several scientific research papers and has served on the editorial board for the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), the College of American Pathologists (CAP), and the American Family Physician (AFP). He is the recipient of numerous scientific research awards and fellowships from the American Liver Foundation, the Arthritis Foundation, the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, and the National Heart Blood and Lung Institute. In 1994, Dr. Joyce received national recognition for his development of Gene therapy vectors for the treatment of beta-thalassemia and sickle cell disease.

Jason T. Nickla
Senior Consultant, BS Biology, JD Law, LLM International Intellectual Property Law

Jason Nickla is a registered patent attorney and a certified licensing professional.  He is the Director of Intellectual  Property at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and its technology transfer entity, UNeMed Corporation.   Jason works with inventors and outside counsel to analyze and protect UNMC inventions. Jason also drafts and negotiates various contracts relating to intellectual property, including licenses, sponsored research agreements, material transfer agreements, and confidential disclosure agreements. Prior to arriving at UNMC, Jason worked in intellectual property specialty law firms in Chicago where he drafted and prosecuted patent applications, conducted prior art searches on inventions, and provided patentability and freedom-to-operate opinions. Further, he conducted prior art searches and drafted written opinions on PCT patent applications on behalf of the USPTO.  In addition to his work at UNMC, Jason enjoys teaching graduate school courses, a course on Intellectual Property Law for the MBA program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Jason earned a BS in Biology from Creighton University, a JD from Creighton University School of Law, and an LLM in International Intellectual Property Law from Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Joseph Janda
Senior Consultant, MA Biology, MBA, RTTP

Joseph Janda has worked with early stage technology evaluation, IP development and licensing, and university technology start-up companies for over a decade.  His experience spans university technology transfer offices at Stony Brook University in New York, George Mason University in Virginia, and for a brief time Oregon Health and Science University focusing on the Knight Cancer Institute.  He has been the Director of Innovation & Intellectual Property at Portland State University since 2011.   

In these roles he has facilitated the movement of technologies and knowledge from university labs to commercial entities across a broad range of disciplines, and assisted in the formation of several university start-up companies in the fields of cancer and heart disease diagnostics, drug screening, early stage pharma, and remote sensors.  As a board observer he has also coached and participated in start-up companies though their first years of operation.     

 He has also worked as a house painter, veterinary assistant, high school math teacher, biotechnology manufacturing technician, door to door vacuum cleaner salesman, and once spent a summer collecting colorful images of human molars being zapped with a laser. 

John Bashkin
Senior Consultant, B.S. Chemistry & Physics, Ph.D. Chemistry, MBA

John has been a business development executive across life sciences, molecular diagnostics, and medical devices since 2000, when he joined SRI International. He left SRI to join a spin-off company, Artificial Muscle, as Director of Business Development. Subsequently, he has held VP of Business Development positions at Triple Ring Technologies and Zymera Diagnostics in addition to private consulting. Prior to joining SRI, John led the development of the first high-throughput DNA sequencing system, MegaBACE, while at Molecular Dynamics (later Amersham Biosciences and now part of GE Healthcare). John obtained his B.S. degree as a double major in Chemistry and Physics fro the U of Arizona, his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Indiana University, and served as a post-doctoral researcher at the U of Rochester and Johnns Hopkins. After several years working in industry, John received his MBA from Santa Clara University. He serves as an advisor and mentor for Astia, and has published more than 20 scientific papers and book chapters.

Reda El Alami
Market Analyst
B.A. Sociology/CJ, Data Analytics

Reda received his bachelor’s degree from Suffolk University in Boston and supplemented his education with a Data Analytics program from Northeastern University. In his most recent role, Reda was a Business Analyst for a medical device company where he analyzed the needs and strategic moves of the organization. In the course of his career, Reda has worked in different facets of marketing; from international corporate marketing settings to supporting start-up organizations. He brings a wide range of skills to the table and has joined Foresight Science & Technology as a Market Analyst. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, trying international cuisines, and riding his motorcycle.

James Sitlington
Senior Consultant, BS Engineering, MBA Finance

Jim has extensive experience working with small businesses from the start-up phase through the public sale of a companies’ securities.  His academic foundation in engineering gives him “an engineer’s mentality” concerning process and product development.  His finance and investment banking experience gives him a clear understanding of the viability of an invention and the potential difficulties it may encounter. Most recently, for the five years prior to joining Foresight, Jim was a management consultant working with small businesses.  This experience is invaluable in relating to Foresight’s clients.

 

Fred Rodgers
Senior Consultant, MBA

Mr. Rogers has a 43 year career as an entrepreneur in the technology field. First Fred worked in the computer industry and now for the last twenty years, commercializing university-developed technologies.  Currently he is a Senior Advisor to a Wall Street Investment bank, is part of a group working with the Mexican Government to commercialize their university technology, is an advisor to a couple of small technology companies and an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship.

Matan Rapoport
Senior Consultant, PhD MBA

Matan specializes in commercializing biomedical technologies. Through Dr. Rapoport's experience as senior licensing manager at URVentures, Matan has extensive experience in evaluating biomedical technologies, patent applications, market research & competitive landscape analyzes and negotiating various agreements & licenses with the pharma industry. Matan holds a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the Hebrew University and an MBA from the University of Rochester.

Greg Lank
Senior Consultant, B.S. Mechanical Engineering, M.Eng Energy and Environment, P.E.

Before joining Foresight, Mr. Lank managed the research, development and commercialization of sustainability technologies for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  In this role he functioned as the program manager overseeing the research, authoring solicitations, building partnerships and managing technology showcase conferences. He has over 15 years of engineering experience in testing, research and development and federal research commercialization management with a particular focus on deployment of maritime, renewable energy, environmental and sustainability technologies.  Mr. Lank is a technology analyst for the Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, Great Turning Advisors and the American Society of Engineering Educators and chaired the 2016 Tech Connect Taking Environmental Technologies to Market panel.  He is also a professional mentor for Engineers Without Borders, licensed professional engineer, member of Mensa USA and was featured in Solving Problems that Matter authored by Khanjan Mehta.  Most importantly though he enjoys spending time kayaking or sailing with his wife and daughters.

Alex Cocoziello
Senior Consultant, BS Civil Engineering

A seasoned strategic business developer and catalyst for innovation, Alex brings to Foresight over 15 years of experience creating valuable business relationships among technology-focused organizations in the public and private sectors. He has held senior level business development and management positions in both large and small companies in the professional services, enterprise software and engineering industries. Over the course of his career he has helped companies generate millions in new revenues through the creation of strategic partnerships and other collaborative relationships that leverage technology innovation.

Most recently Alex served as Director of Business Development & Program Management at InSitech, a federal partnership intermediary to the US Department of Defense (DoD). In that role Alex grew a broad portfolio of DoD clients for whom he developed and ran programs focused on Technology Transfer. He and his team performed commercialization assessments of hundreds of DoD patents, patent applications and invention disclosures across all manner of technology areas. Alex personally facilitated negotiations on dozens of collaborative R&D, IP licensing and test services agreements between DoD laboratories and emerging technology companies. His experience also includes advising a large private equity firm on investments in the life sciences software sector, sourcing investment candidates for a prominent regional venture capital firm, and conducting IP commercialization studies for a leading New Jersey university.

Alex’s prior positions include Director of Business Development (corporate) at Dendrite International (a $450 million publicly traded software and services company now part of IMS Health) and Consulting Practice Manager at Software Associates International (acquired by Dendrite). Earlier in his career he co-founded a business process re-engineering firm in Thailand and served as an Assistant General Manager at a Thai heavy civil construction firm. Alex holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering with high honors from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He has been a guest speaker at several federal and university events on the topics of DoD technology transfer and dual-use technology.
 

Melinda Wirsing
Senior Consultant, B.A. Liberal Arts

Melinda is a Senior Consultant in Foresight's Commercialization practice.  Prior to Foresight, Melinda worked at Hewlett-Packard, specializing in marketing, sales and project management for the private and public sectors.  She has worked with North American companies and channel partners with revenues that range from $1M to several billion and has managed cross-functional projects with total contract values of $30M to $1B.  Her areas of expertise sales strategy and marketing communications for personal and enterprise computing, enterprise services, medical devices, B2B/B2C software and outsourcing services.

Danielle Duclos
Senior Consultant, B.A. English, MBA

Danielle brings over 15 years of business development, marketing and consulting experience to Foresight, specializing in product strategy, technology implementation and sales. Danielle began her career at Foresight as a Technical Editor and Principle Investigator, then became the Director of Training, managing Foresight’s National Science Foundation (NSF) contract to help Phase I awardees commercialize early-stage technology and develop a business plan for Phase II funding. After leaving Foresight to pursue her MBA from the University of Georgia, she joined a start-up payment processing company as the Director of Marketing where she oversaw company communications and sales campaigns, while identifying, analyzing and developing new product opportunities. She currently serves as Vice President, Marketing, for an Atlanta-based payment security company where she is responsible for corporate communications, digital marketing and web development, lead generation, thought leadership opportunities, and market launch of product into new verticals including healthcare, education, retail and enterprise.

Celia Krebs
Senior Consultant, B.A. Organizational Development and Communications

Celia brings extensive planning and lifecycle experience, specializing in product commercialization, program/project management and business development after senior roles with Hewlett-Packard, Xerox, General Electric and entrepreneurial companies.  She has lead multi-million dollar programs and projects ($25M+) for the public and private sectors in life sciences, healthcare, medical devices, financial services, government (NASA, FDA, HHS, & Energy), technology, emergency management, environmental, automotive, education, and manufacturing/logistics/channels.

Ian Nieves
Senior Consultant, PhD Materials Science, MS Chemistry

Dr. Nieves possesses 20 of experience performing materials R&D, computational modeling and environmental and health-related international consulting. He has utilized high resolution microscopy, spectroscopy, failure analysis and engineering simulation to develop radiation detectors, light harvesting materials, mechanical testing devices and bio-mimetic skeletal prostheses. He has used finite element analysis (FEA) to model aerospace structural performance and electron microscopy to diagnose mechanical failure in biomedical devices. As International Computer Simulation to the United Nations Development Project (UNDP) in Malawi, Ian revised models predicting climate change impacts on water and energy use, malaria transmission, economic development and ecological diversity in Southeast Africa, and extensively amended Malawi’s Second National Communication of Climate Change to the United Nations. As consultant to the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and the World Health Organization, (WHO), he revised the Human Resources for Health Strategic Work Plan for the Asia Pacific Region and Staff Development and Learning (SDL) materials, respectively.

Françoise Mireles
Senior Consultant, M.S. Microbiology and Quality, Post-Graduate Degree in Engineering-Crop Protection

Françoise brings to Foresight a broad knowledge in biosciences and technology in the area of microbiology, food safety and quality, crop protection and innovation throughout the food supply chain. While reviewing technologies she always keeps in mind the “real world” feasibilities, applications and costs. Previously, she co-founded a startup focused on screening and commercializing new agricultural and biotechnological discoveries, where she managed the technology evaluation process and communicated with offices of technology transfer.

She also has experience in ag-biotech where she participated in the R&D and market analysis for biological solutions for the crop production sector (biopesticides and biostimulants). Additionally, she has worked implementing microbiological quality control in the food industry in Europe, in the lab and production plant, and testing new equipment for rapid detection of bacterial count.

Efrain Figueroa
Senior Consultant, Ph.D. Solid State Physics, MS Electrical Engineering

Efrain Figueroa has over 17 years of experience in the development of  optical, opto-electronic and semiconductor materials and devices for applications in laser optics, sensors and optical communications systems. He holds a Ph.D. in Solid State Physics and an MS degree in Electrical Engineering. He is the author of two patents for products in the market. With wide-ranging contributions in established as well as startup companies, his past experience includes managing the development of new products from concept, through proof of feasibility, and into manufacturing.  He has also been part of technology development teams charged with assessing the technical feasibility and risks of new approaches to products.

David Zimmerman
Senior Consultant, Ph. D. Physics, J.D.

David has extensive experience in commercialization of intellectual property and in startup support.  Following a career as an experimental physicist, David spent time in several software startups before launching a 20 year career in IP commercialization involving both consultant and in-house positions.  In addition to his continued in commercialization and technology transfer, David earned his J.D. and has specialized in patent prosecution and commercialization of IP related to software.  Throughout David's career he has remained involved with startups in various advisory roles. 

David's technology specialties include: software, data networking, telecom, computer engineering, photonics, consumer goods, energy harvesting, and electronics.

Lisa Naquin
Senior Consultant, B.S. International Finance and Marketing

Lisa has nearly twenty years experience in the financial sector including derivatives contract management for a private mortgage investment bank, mutual fund accounting at a major securities corporation, as well as business marketing and account services for high net worth clients in a private wealth management firm environment.  After passing the Series 7 exam for general securities trading, she helped manage a client base valued in excess of $300 million. 

In recent years, Lisa founded an SBIR/STTR grantee firm specializing in assisting early stage SBIR companies in managing and accelerating the financial and administrative functions of their firms while ensuring compliance with DCAA guidelines and regulations.  In her time working with SBIR firms, she has helped companies in the materials science and energy sectors and enjoys working closely with founding teams in developing and positioning their firms for success in the future.

Matteo Sabattini
Senior Consultant, Ph.D. Communication Theory and Systems, M.S. Electrical Engineering

Matteo Sabattini has years of expertise in technology and IP-related matters, and his background combines business, policy and technical skills. He holds an MBA in Business Administration from the George Washington University, a Ph.D. in Communication Theory and Systems from the University of California, San Diego and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Bologna.

Currently an independent consultant and expert, Matteo served as the CTO of the Sisvel Group and CEO of Sisvel Technology, the fully owned subsidiary dedicated to technical support and R&D, until February 2017. In addition to defining the technical strategies for the Group by monitoring new technological trends, Matteo established and led Sisvel's activities in IPR policy and advocacy, and he is currently actively participating in a number or IPR policy efforts at fora such as NGMN (Next Generation Mobile Networks Consortium), ITU, ETSI, DVB, and IP Europe. He has been an invited speaker at several events focusing on IP and standards organized by trade and industry associations as well as by the European Commission.

Before joining Sisvel, Matteo worked at InterDigital, focusing on the development of strategic relationships to expand its technology footprint and intellectual property scope. Before InterDigital, Matteo also worked at Sisvel US for more than 3 years as a Program Manager. Prior to that, he was with Global Prior Art, a boutique IP consulting firm based in Boston. Before moving to the corporate world, Matteo held several teaching and research positions at the University of California, San Diego, and at the German Aerospace Center, focusing on wireless communications for advanced mobile and satellite systems.

Robert R. Gruetzmacher
Senior Consultant, Ph.D., Chemistry, Certified Licensing Professional

Dr. Gruetzmacher is the founder and principal of TechIAConnect & Associates, a business development and technology transfer consulting firm. He has over 36 years of industrial experience at DuPont working in multiple functions across a broad range of responsibilities, life and physical sciences, research and leadership.  During his tenure he provided corporate leadership on extracting value from intellectual capital focusing on intellectual asset management, licensing, technology transfer, IP valuation, negotiation, university collaborations, and open innovation implementation strategies.  Following retirement from DuPont, he served as an independent consultant for Rutgers University’s Office of Technology Commercialization, managing their physical science, engineering, and IT patent portfolios.

Dr. Gruetzmacher received a Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University and was the recipient of a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellowship. He is an active member of the Licensing Executives Society, the American Chemical Society, the Association of University Technology Managers, the University-Industry-Demonstration Partnership (past Board member) and the Delaware Sustainable Chemistry Alliance.  He served on the industrial advisory board of the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering at Case Western Reserve University.   He is the co-founder of ICM Gathering, a community of over 30 companies, world-wide, that brainstorm and explores novel ways of extracting value from innovation and knowledge-based assets.  He recently joined the PACT/Ben Franklin Technology Partners MENTOR CONNECT program, an organization which coaches startups in the greater Philadelphia area.

Norman Ong
Senior Consultant, PhD Nutrition, minor in Toxicology

Norman is a strong proponent technology transfer, translational science and academic-industrial partnership. To that end, he has substantial experience as a technology transfer professional with extensive experience as a bench scientist in the life space area. He has significant experience in intellectual property management, prior art and market analysis, and license and sponsored research agreement negotiation, not just in the life science field but also agriculture, veterinary medicine and cleantech. He holds a PhD in Nutrition with a minor in Toxicology and has published in multiple high impact journals relating to metabolic disorder and technology transfer.

Beau Buck
Senior Consultant

Beau has 20+ years of direct, hands-on commercialization experience in range of areas including mobile video, online gaming, e-commerce, bioinformatics, diagnostics, and most recently artificial intelligence (AI).  Beau was one of the founders of Pricegrabber.com, an online price comparison tool, which was acquired by Experian for $485 million dollars in 2006. In addition to the preceding, Beau serves on the Board of Directors for The Openworm Foundation, a non-profit multinational group of neuroscientists and computer scientists, who are building “the World’s First Digital Life Form, according to Wired Magazine.  Beau has served as a business mentor to a number of companies including those under NSF I-Corps and NIH and other grants.  As a primary investor Beau has taken part in private financings for number leading companies including well-known names in social media, UAV, enterprise software, AI, and healthcare.  Beau uses his  proven ability to evaluate and assess the commercial viability of proposed projects to help the next generation of entrepreneurs make better, smarter decisions.

Spencer Hamilton
Senior Consultant, BA Sociology/Communications, MBA

Spencer’s expertise includes valuation, business strategy, operations efficiency, market research and new product development. He has advised or invested in companies with technologies ranging from mobile devices, clean tech, healthcare IT, and medical devices. Spencer’s prior work experience includes clinical settings, investment funds, and Corporate America. He holds a BA and MBA degrees from the University of Southern California and Johns Hopkins University, respectively. In addition, he has lectured on entrepreneurship, innovation, and R&D funding at forums and colleges in US and abroad.

Timothy Edward Raines
Senior Consultant, BS, Industrial Distribution, MS Science and Technology Commercialization

Tim is an experienced commercialization executive with a primary focus on early stage technology marketing, sales, and business development. Tim has worked in Technology Transfer with universities internationally, from the US, Ukraine, Mexico, India, Hungary, Columbia, Korea, and more. He also serves private innovators and R&D labs in the US, securing SBIR/STTR grants and moving the technologies through the commercialization process. Tim has also served as a DoE SBIR Principal Investigator.

Madhavi Sriram
Senior Consultant, M.S (Pharmaceutical Sciences), Ph.D. (Chemistry)

Madhavi is a skilled technology transfer professional with broad expertise in evaluating technologies in various fields such as Life Sciences, Engineering, Software and Nanotechnology, for novelty, patentability and commercial viability. She has a, Ph.D. in Chemistry from Baylor University, TX, M.S in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Gulbarga University, India and post-doctoral research experience from Baylor University and Wake Forest University. She is adept in performing prior art searches, market analysis, making key business decisions, and drafting and negotiating various types of contracts and agreements. She has worked extensively with patent counsel in filing, maintaining and prosecuting several US and foreign patent applications for University owned inventions. She has collectively 8 years of academic and industry research experience in design and development microtubule polymerization inhibitors and Vascular Disrupting Agents (VDAs), and Poly-ADP-Ribose Polymerases (PARP) inhibitors for treatment of cancer. As a researcher at Baylor University and as Associate Scientific Manager at Syngene International Ltd, India, she collaborated with industry stakeholders in target specific anti-cancer drug development and lead optimization based on SAR and preclinical evaluation. She has published several research articles in peer reviewed journals, is an inventor on patents, and has presented research at various technical conferences.

Jennifer Tsai
Senior Consultant, BA Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, MBA

Jennifer brings over 16 years of experience in commercialization, business development, and product marketing to Foresight. Jennifer has worked as a Senior Licensing Manager at Partners HealthCare Innovation responsible for managing a portfolio of orthopedics and regenerative medicine innovations. Prior to joining Partners, Jennifer was the Associate Director for Commercialization at Tufts University, where she managed the business development and marketing efforts of the Office of Technology Transfer and Industry Collaboration. Previously, Jennifer was a product manager at Quest Diagnostics, focused on strategic planning and new product commercialization for an endocrinology and nephrology genetic testing product line. Jennifer also worked as a Business Analyst, in the Strategy and Development Group of Corning Life Sciences and, prior to that, spent time as an Analyst at The Cadmus Group. Jennifer received her MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and her BA in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Middlebury College.

Kelli Cardoso
Project Administrator
BS, Psychology

Kelli received her bachelor’s degree from Worcester State University and has over 10 years of customer service and administration experience. She recently assisted in expanding one of the largest real estate appraisal companies on the east coast. She brings her professional experiences as well as her drive for maintaining excellent customer relations. In her spare time, she enjoys time with her family, running and kayaking.

Diane Stewart
Senior Consultant, Ph.D.

Diane Stewart supports her clients with technology transfer services including external research funding analysis and administration, writing and version control of legal documents for collaborations, and strategic intellectual property management.   Her experience has been in charged particle science and equipment development for nanotechnology, semiconductors, microscopy and chemical deposition processes.  Earlier in her career, Diane has had considerable success in business development, specifically negotiating over $75M in government and corporate research funding for both startup companies as well as multinational corporations. She also managed multiple research and engineering teams in complex projects.

Diane holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Brown University in Physical Chemistry, and a Bachelor of Art’s degree in Chemistry from Middlebury College.  She completed a two-year Intellectual Property Law Certificate program from Suffolk University Law. She has authored numerous papers, been awarded patents, and given talks at international conferences on multiple technological innovations. 

Diane is a member of several professional organizations, including the North Shore Technology Council and VentureFizz.  She was a reviewer for the American Vacuum Society (AVS) publications for 10 years. Diane writes numerous grants for nonprofit organizations including marine mammal conservation, local open space development, and innovative medical venture groups.

Patrick Hickey
Senior Consultant, Ph.D., Chemical Engineering

Patrick Hickey has over 20 years of experience in the specialty chemicals and oil & gas industries.  Patrick has extensive experience in all facets of commercialization activities including R&D, market research, licensing, technology transfer, business plan development and creating intellectual property strategies.  Much of his work involved performance based chemicals, materials and process technologies for numerous end-use applications.  Throughout his career, Patrick led several R&D groups and served as CEO and President of a chemicals and oil & gas technologies company. 

Richard Proffitt
Senior Consultant, M.S. Technology Commercialization

Richard has many years of experience assessing technologies from a think tank in Texas.  He has been involved in C-level roles with a number of startups that include clean-tech and pharmaceuticals. He has also worked to bring numerous international innovations to market with a focus on Korea, India and S. America.  

Ruben Edwards
Senior Consultant, MS Electrical Engineering, MS Technology Commercialization, MS Engineering Management, BS Mechanical Engineering

Ruben has 12 years of experience working in Project Management in the Biotechnology Manufacturing Industry and in International Technical Sales and Marketing of Power Instruments in the Electronics Manufacturing Industry for applications in the Utility Sectors in more than 20 countries in North and Latin America.

He is Master of Science in Electrical Engineering candidate and holds a Master of Science in Technology Commercialization, a Master of Engineering Management and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

In his volunteer interests, he has traveled to more than 65 countries in 5 continents and enjoys mentoring and providing pro-bono consulting services to innovators and entrepreneurs in Asia through the Nexus Startup Hub and Incubator and is fluent in Spanish.

Senapathy Rajagopalan
Senior Consultant, Ph.D. Chemistry, MBA

Senapathy Rajagopalan brings to Foresight a wealth of experience related to several facets of commercialization including market research and analysis, technology assessment, patents, product development, go-to-market strategy, seed funding, financial due diligence, valuation, and licensing.


Sena holds a PhD in Chemistry from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a MBA from Jones School of Business at Rice University. During his PhD, Sena studied the mechanism of action by chaperones during protein folding, and his postdoctoral research at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Houston Methodist hospital focused on multidrug resistance and diabetes, respectively. Following his transition into a business role, Sena has worked with several companies and organizations at different capacities such as strategy marketing at Medtronic where he found a $70M untapped opportunity for Drug Eluting Stents, business development at Fannin Innovation Studio where he helped expedite drug development process by bringing potential partners, intern at Houston Angel Network where he advised investment in over 25 deals after doing due diligence and market analysis, consultant at Memorial Hermann hospital where he found a new process to reduce patient wait times by over 50%, and consultant at Qualanex where he helped the company understand their customer needs and reposition their product offering.


Sena is currently a member of AUTM, and uses his PhD and MBA training to understand the product objectively from both a technical and business perspective, and bring it to the market.

Richard Turk
Senior Consultant, M.S. Chemical Engineering

Richard brings over 30 years of experience in product and process development in the chemical industry.  He recently directed and managed environmental risk assessment studies for taking new agricultural and pharmaceutical products to market.  As a founding scientist for a start-up company based on the utilization of agricultural resources, he assisted in the transfer of technologies between university and large corporations.  He has received several patents and was highlighted in Business Week’ s Developments to Watch.

 

Richard has extensive experience in chemical downstream separation processes at the bench, pilot and industrial scale and in analytical chemistry and computational modeling. 

Michael Morrissey
Senior Consultant, B.S. Environmental, Earth, and Ocean Sciences

Michael has extensive analytical, market research, and business development experience that he has gained while working in the renewable energy industry and throughout his studies. He began his career with a residential energy efficiency company in which he was responsible for increasing operational efficiencies and deducing business critical information. He most recently worked for an international consulting firm that specializes in the solar industry. He has a strong eye for detail, excellent interpersonal skills, and an entrepreneurial mindset. Michael also has a passion for photography and music.

Lianne Wong
Senior Consultant, B.S. Physics with Electrical Engineering, M.S. Learning Sciences/IT

Lianne applies her professional experience spanning corporate and education sectors to solve meaningful problems and address real world needs through research, design, and development. She brings experience in technology evaluation, patent research, and commercialization from NASA and Stanford University. She has worked as an engineer on cancer radiation therapy machines and conducted research in laser imaging of biological tissue to advance medical diagnostic methods at Varian and MIT. An avid reader with a passion for learning, she has also worked as an instructional designer at Google, redesigned and taught introductory engineering and robotics labs at a community college as part of a National Science Foundation STEM initiative and enjoys keeping abreast of emerging technologies and encouraging innovation to enable applicable products and solutions. Lianne earned a B.S. from MIT and a M.S. from Carnegie-Mellon University.

Chris Klick
Senior Consultant and Registered Patent Agent, BA Electrical and Computer Engineering, MBA

Chris is an intellectual property expert with experience in prior art searching, patent landscapes and innovation consulting for Baker Botts, Ocean Tomo, UTEK/Innovaro and IP.com.

His clients’ technology areas have included mobile devices, software, semiconductors, medical devices, pharmaceuticals and oil & gas. For a client seeking to sell a business unit, Chris adapted a venture capital valuation model for IP valuation to quantify the value of the unit's early-stage IP.

Chris holds a BA from Rice University and an MBA from University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Larry Kangaloo
Senior Consultant, B.S. Biology

Larry brings over 30 years experience in Product Development, Process Development and Manufacturing in the Pharmaceutical and Consumer Products Industry, Larry Specializes in drug delivery systems and is responsible for product development, process development and all operational concerns for Company X Life Sciences. On the consumer side Larry has worked on, Vuse products for RJ Reynolds, vaping fluid for Totally Wicked eliquids .In the OTC pharmaceutical Industry Larry has formulated a line of liquid pediatric vitamins as well as various dietary supplements including probiotic product. In the pharmaceutical world Larry has worked on million dollar products such as Miralax Laxative, Half Lytely Colon Prep and Phoslo ,a product for end stage kidney failure. Larry also worked on the first extended release Potassium Chloride Capsule. Larry is currently working on vaccines and pharmaceutical products in the Biopharmaceutical space for clients in both San Francisco CA and Cambridge MA. Larry has also worked on projects for the Department of Defense, and The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA).

Venkat Krishnamurty
Senior Consultant, M.E. Mechanical Engineering, Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, MBA

Venkat has more than 15 years of experience in R&D, new product development and innovation. With a Phd in Aerospace Engineering and a MBA, Venkat has hands-on experience in understanding the technical challenges in diverse industries and strategic needs of the business. Venkat is a co-inventor on 3 patents for products currently in the market. Venkat has also had the opportunity to evaluate and support the commercialization of intellectual properties in the health care space. Past experiences also include management and team membership in the road-mapping and development of technology platforms, acquisition of technology for sustainable growth as well as the management of category P&L for a global product line.

Staff

Alyssa Nacewicz
Director of Sales & Marketing and Consultant, B.S. Summa Cum Laude, Business Management

In addition to her sales activities, Alyssa engages internal and external stakeholders in Foresight’s mission to support research and commercialization in many markets. She manages the Foresight blog, newsletters, email and event marketing, and social media. Alyssa originally enrolled in college…

Jim Gagnon
Chief Programmer, Web Services, BS, Computer Science, Systems Programming

Jim has come into Foresight to provide the programming and technical expertise for the further development of our web services. Jim himself was the founder of a successful company, Abacus Concepts, in 1984. He nurtured the company from a raw, self-financed start-up to a mature 30 employee…

Konstantin Izvolsky
Director of Consulting & Training, M.S., Physics, PhD., Physics

Konstantin works across the breadth of science and technology at Foresight and is the person who trains and certifies our staff for market research and analysis work. He brings to this job more than 10 years of scientific experience in developmental, molecular and cellular biology, mouse…

Paula Williams
Project Coordinator and Administrative Assistant to the President

Ms. Williams has over 25 years of experience in the retail field. Utilizing her art background, she owned and operated her own small business in Providence, RI. Moving on to big box retailing, she was employed for 23 years by Sears/Kmart Corporation first as department area manager and then as…

Reda El Alami
Market Analyst

Reda received his bachelor’s degree from Suffolk University in Boston and supplemented his education with a Data Analytics program from Northeastern University. In his most recent role, Reda was a Business Analyst for a medical device company where he analyzed the needs and strategic moves of…

Kelli Cardoso
Project Administrator

Kelli received her bachelor’s degree from Worcester State University and has over 10 years of customer service and administration experience. She recently assisted in expanding one of the largest real estate appraisal companies on the east coast. She brings her professional experiences as well…

Consultants

Aaron Chockla
Senior Consultant, Ph.D., Chemical Engineering

Aaron has worked with multiple start-ups, including a clean-tech venture he co-founded in 2013. Prior to joining Foresight, he worked in various industry sectors, including pharmaceuticals, semiconductors, and renewable energy as a research scientist. He has a broad technical background, with…

Adam Greenspan
Senior Consultant and U.S. Registered Patent Agent, BS, Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science; MS, Biomedical Engineering

Adam has over 6 years’ experience in technology commercialization, spanning university technology transfer, accelerator program management, business incubation, and entrepreneurship. Adam is the President and Founder of Aries Medical Textiles, a Philadelphia-based startup company developing…

Al Poskanzer
Senior Consultant and Project Manager, Ph.D., Chemistry

Dr. Al Poskanzer is a seasoned professional with a combination of business & academic qualifications and experience spanning 40 years that is truly unique. With a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Clarkson University, Al has 11 years successful industrial R&D experience, including eight…

Alex Cocoziello
Senior Consultant, BS Civil Engineering

A seasoned strategic business developer and catalyst for innovation, Alex brings to Foresight over 15 years of experience creating valuable business relationships among technology-focused organizations in the public and private sectors. He has held senior level business development and…

Arundeep S. Pradhan
Senior Consultant, M.S. Pharmacy Administration, B. Pharmacy (Honors)

Prior to joining Foresight, Arundeep co-founded Apio Partners, LLC where he worked with individuals, universities and companies on intellectual property strategies, licensing and agreement negotiations, technology and company due diligence, commercialization strategy and business planning.…

Barbara Cotta
Senior Consultant, B.S. Mechanical Engineering, MBA

Barbara brings to Foresight her unique blend of engineering, business and people skills and over 20 years of experience working with innovation, strategic planning, implementation, process design, sales, and customer service. Prior to starting her own consulting and coaching company working with…

Beau Buck
Senior Consultant

Beau has 20+ years of direct, hands-on commercialization experience in range of areas including mobile video, online gaming, e-commerce, bioinformatics, diagnostics, and most recently artificial intelligence (AI).  Beau was one of the founders of Pricegrabber.com, an online price comparison tool…

Beth McKnight
Senior Consultant, B.A., Journalism

Beth has written and produced marketing, education and outreach materials for NASA, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado and Oregon hospital systems, and www.spaceclass.org, a web-based science education program. She has been a writer and editor for newspapers and magazines in Colorado and North…

Brian Rogers
Senior Consultant

Brian Rogers has almost twenty years of experience in research, development, and commercialization, primarily in the Houston, Austin, and Dallas markets. His roles have included engineer, attorney, and commercialization manager. His engagements cover several sectors including semiconductors, …

Bruce Inwood
Senior Consultant, MBA, BS Biochemistry

Bruce is an experienced marketing leader with proven success leading Go-To-Market launches for over 20 years globally with both large enterprise and small business innovators. He spent over 12 years with BlackBerry leading their product and channel marketing teams to successfully launch the…

Celia Krebs
Senior Consultant, B.A. Organizational Development and Communications

Celia brings extensive planning and lifecycle experience, specializing in product commercialization, program/project management and business development after senior roles with Hewlett-Packard, Xerox, General Electric and entrepreneurial companies.  She has lead multi-million dollar programs and…

Chalonda R. Handy
Senior Consultant, Ph.D.

Chalonda Handy is a life science professional with broad experience in business development, budgeting, marketing, licensing, intellectual property valuation, and financial modeling.  She has served as a consultant for new start-up companies and has over 10 years of experience driving, planning…

Cheryl A. Fragiadakis
Senior Consultant, B.S. with High Honors, Chemical Engineering, M.B.A., Registered Professional Engineer, State of California

Cheryl A. Fragiadakis headed Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Management at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, which is operated for the Department of Energy by the University of California. Berkeley Lab conducts unclassified research and development in multiple disciplines…

Chris Ahern
Senior Consultant, B.A., International Relations

Chris was Team Leader, Assessments for Foresight’s Aerospace, Defense and Transportation group before working part time for Foresight and joining an entrepreneurial venture. He received training in US defense procurement from the US National Defense Industries Association and worked closely with…

Chris Klick
Senior Consultant and Registered Patent Agent, BA Electrical and Computer Engineering, MBA

Chris is an intellectual property expert with experience in prior art searching, patent landscapes and innovation consulting for Baker Botts, Ocean Tomo, UTEK/Innovaro and IP.com.

His clients’ technology areas have included mobile devices, software, semiconductors, medical devices,…

Christopher J. Gainor
Senior Consultant, M.S., Space Studies, Ph.D., History

Chris is a historian who is leading Foresight's work on the history of the Hubble Space Telescope. This multi-year project will create a digitiual archive for use by scholars and the general public. He has taught at the Royal Military College of Canada, University of Victoria, and University of…

Danielle Duclos
Senior Consultant, B.A. English, MBA

Danielle brings over 15 years of business development, marketing and consulting experience to Foresight, specializing in product strategy, technology implementation and sales. Danielle began her career at Foresight as a Technical Editor and Principle Investigator, then became the Director of…

David Cepoi
Senior Consultant. B.S. Biology, Ph.D. Biomedical Sciences

David has been a tech transfer professional for over twelve years, beginning at Oregon Health & Science University, later The Scripps Research Institute, and, most recently, at UC Merced. He has significant experience in negotiating license and sponsored funding agreements, conducting…

David J. Glass
Senior Consultant, B.S., Biological Sciences, Ph.D., Biochemical Sciences

David Glass is an independent consultant with over thirty years’ experience in biotechnology and related life sciences fields, with much of that time devoted to patents, licensing and technology transfer. David began his career at BioTechnica International, where he created and managed the…

David McClure
Senior Consultant, M.S. Anatomical Sciences and Neurobiology, Ph.D. Biochemistry, J.D. Law, RAC

Though he has consulted for publicly traded metals and health benefits companies on intellectual property value creation, David has focused most of his professional efforts for the past 20 years on developing health-related products regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and…

David Snyder
Senior Consultant and Program Manager, B.S. Mathematics, M.A. Economics

Dave specializes in larger projects for universities and government customers as well as financial analysis. He has over 30 years of experience in marketing and technology commercialization of hardware and software products. Mr. Snyder spent over 20 years with a Japanese manufacturer of…

David Speser
Chairman of the Board, B.S., Mechanical Engineering

At 92, Mr. Speser is Foresight's oldest employee. A co-founder of the company he is still active in marketing and participating in problem solving for customers. His successes have ranged from licensing smart card technology to VISA and other major corporations to putting together Phase III…

David Zimmerman
Senior Consultant, Ph. D. Physics, J.D.

David has extensive experience in commercialization of intellectual property and in startup support.  Following a career as an experimental physicist, David spent time in several software startups before launching a 20 year career in IP commercialization involving both consultant and in-house…

Denise LaGasse
Senior Consultant, Ph.D. Computational Linguistics and Computer Science, J.D. Law, C.L.E.

Denise has done market analysis and licensing for clients in both the academic and commercial sectors. Her specialties include hardware and software applications and operating system technologies, bioinformatics, and medical devices. After a long tenure with Hewlett Packard in various technical…

Diane Stewart
Senior Consultant, Ph.D.

Diane Stewart supports her clients with technology transfer services including external research funding analysis and administration, writing and version control of legal documents for collaborations, and strategic intellectual property management.

Dipankar (Dipu’) Ganguly
Senior Consultant

Dipu’ is a commercially focused entrepreneurial leader with over 30 years of experience building and leading valuable businesses by transforming pioneering technologies into industry-first products addressing multi-billion dollar opportunities across diagnostic imaging, urology, ob-gyn,…

Divya Shakti
Senior Consultant, B.Tech. Agriculture & Food Engineering, Master of Bioscience, M.E., Biological Engineering

Divya has over 15 years of experience working in various areas of Life Science Business including competitive business analysis, market research, pipeline and portfolio analysis, strategic planning, intellectual property assessment and supply chain management.

 

Donna J. Piper
Senior Consultant, B.S., Biology and Chemistry, MBA, Health Care Administration and Finance

Donna specializes in biomedical, biotechnology, and chemistry. She has worked at Wyeth, Johnson and Johnson, and Forest Laboratories. Prior to entering industry, she managed a research and clinical laboratory at the University of California, San Francisco. She also worked at Massachusetts…

E. Wayne Turnblom
Member, Board of Directors and Chair, Board of Directors Investment Committee, and Senior Consultant, Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, Executive Program (MBA Equivalent)

Wayne is an active participant in Foresight's acquisition and merger activities and investment in spin-outs/spin-ups as Chairman of the Investment Committee. He also conducts work for clients. Before joining Foresight, Dr. Turnblom had a distinguished career at Eastman Kodak, where he advanced…

Earle Hager
Senior Consultant, BS, Economics, MBA, International Business

Earle is a technology commercialization leader who has developed programs in multiple industries that have been utilized for licensing and evaluation of new technologies.  He has completed economic development projects leader with experience in growing university, domestic and international…

Edwin J. Kase
Senior Consultant, B.S., Mechanical Engineering

Ed works primarily in computer software, engineering, aerospace, and social networking. He has over 25 years of experience in the software industry, with a focus in numerical modeling and simulation, data analysis, and visualization. Prior to joining Foresight, he spent 6 years with Tech-X…

Efrain Figueroa
Senior Consultant, Ph.D. Solid State Physics, MS Electrical Engineering

Efrain Figueroa has over 17 years of experience in the development of  optical, opto-electronic and semiconductor materials and devices for applications in laser optics, sensors and optical communications systems. He holds a Ph.D. in Solid State Physics and an MS degree in Electrical Engineering…

Françoise Mireles
Senior Consultant, M.S. Microbiology and Quality, Post-Graduate Degree in Engineering-Crop Protection

Françoise brings to Foresight a broad knowledge in biosciences and technology in the area of microbiology, food safety and quality, crop protection and innovation throughout the food supply chain. While reviewing technologies she always keeps in mind the “real world” feasibilities, applications…

Fred Rodgers
Senior Consultant, MBA

Mr. Rogers has a 43 year career as an entrepreneur in the technology field. First Fred worked in the computer industry and now for the last twenty years, commercializing university-developed technologies.  Currently he is a Senior Advisor to a Wall Street Investment bank, is part of a group…

Gary N. Keller
Senior Consultant and Project Manager, MBA

Gary Keller has over 25 years of experience in international business development and global technology led economic development.  He has worked for leading biotechnology and life science companies, worked within public, private, and federal entities, and is responsible for the development,…

Greg Lank
Senior Consultant, B.S. Mechanical Engineering, M.Eng Energy and Environment, P.E.

Before joining Foresight, Mr. Lank managed the research, development and commercialization of sustainability technologies for the U.S.

Ian Nieves
Senior Consultant, PhD Materials Science, MS Chemistry

Dr. Nieves possesses 20 of experience performing materials R&D, computational modeling and environmental and health-related international consulting. He has utilized high resolution microscopy, spectroscopy, failure analysis and engineering simulation to develop radiation detectors, light…

J. Don Marioni
Member, Board of Directors and Senior Consultant, M.S., Aeronautical Engineering, Business Certificate (MBA Equivalent)

Mr. Marioni holds a M.S. from Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA, and a Certificate in Business Management from UCLA. Prior to joining Foresight, where he is a major shareholder, he had 35 years of experience in the aerospace and defense/electronics industries, where his work focused on…

Jack Pincus
Senior Consultant, Ph.D. Biochemistry

Jack Pincus has held senior management positions in the life sciences industry and has expertise in technology commercialization, business development, licensing, and intellectual property management.  He has over 35 years’ experience in concept evaluation, market and intellectual property…

James R. Helbig
Senior Consultant and NASA Program Manager, B.A., M.S.J.

Jim manages marketing and technical teams at Foresight. He is currently leading a technical team of experts working with NASA Langley Research Center.

James Sitlington
Senior Consultant, BS Engineering, MBA Finance

Jim has extensive experience working with small businesses from the start-up phase through the public sale of a companies’ securities.  His academic foundation in engineering gives him “an engineer’s mentality” concerning process and product development.  His finance and investment banking…

James W. Fraser
Senior Consultant, MBA, B.S., Chemistry

Jim emphasizes software and financial service sector applications as well as financial management consulting in his work. He is also the CEO & President of Optigy Systems, Inc. a consulting firm he founded in 2000 specializing in applied technology management solutions, which emphasized…

Jason T. Nickla
Senior Consultant, BS Biology, JD Law, LLM International Intellectual Property Law

Jason Nickla is a registered patent attorney and a certified licensing professional.  He is the Director of Intellectual  Property at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and its technology transfer entity, UNeMed Corporation.   Jason works with inventors and outside counsel to…

Jean Montano
Senior Consultant, MBA

Jean brings special expertise in procurement and other US federal funding mechanisms and production and inventory management to her work with Foresight customers. She is a Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM) and is also certified in production and Inventory Management (CPIM). Before joining…

Jennifer Tsai
Senior Consultant, BA Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, MBA

Jennifer brings over 16 years of experience in commercialization, business development, and product marketing to Foresight. Jennifer has worked as a Senior Licensing Manager at Partners HealthCare Innovation responsible for managing a portfolio of orthopedics and regenerative medicine…

Joe Camaratta
Senior Consultant, B.S, Computer Science, M.S. Computer Science

Joe brings extensive experience in product development and launch, as well as business development and customer focus in a range of business environments, including startup, turnaround and expansion situations. As General Manager of Category Solutions and Marketing for GE Healthcare, he has…

John Bashkin
Senior Consultant, B.S. Chemistry & Physics, Ph.D. Chemistry, MBA

John has been a business development executive across life sciences, molecular diagnostics, and medical devices since 2000, when he joined SRI International. He left SRI to join a spin-off company, Artificial Muscle, as Director of Business Development. Subsequently, he has held VP of Business…

John D. Ruley
Senior Consultant, B.S., Physics; M.S. Space Studies

John brings over 25 years experience as a technology writer and editor, primarily focusing on personal computing, aviation and space. John's writing has appeared in Astrobiology, AvWeb.com, Cessna Flyer, HP World, Pilot Journal, Piper Flyer, Plane and Pilot, Windows,Windows IT Pro , and…

John Topping
Senior Consultant, B.S., Applied Physics; Ph.D., Materials Science

John has an over 30 year career in industry before moving into technology transfer and commercialization. He works primarily in advanced and industrial materials research and development (R&D) and new product development. He spent 9 years in university technology transfer before joining…

Joseph Janda
Senior Consultant, MA Biology, MBA, RTTP

Joseph Janda has worked with early stage technology evaluation, IP development and licensing, and university technology start-up companies for over a decade.  His experience spans university technology transfer offices at Stony Brook University in New York, George Mason University in Virginia,…

Julia Perederiy
Senior Consultant, Ph.D., Neuroscience, Certificate in Technology Entrepreneurship

After a research career focusing on the regenerative capacity of the adult brain following a neural injury, Julia worked held a number of positions at the Technology Transfer & Business Development Office of Oregon Health & Science University, ADN Management Solutions, and Entia…

Julie Gerstenberger
Senior Consultant, B.S. Electrical Engineering, M.S. Optics

Julie is a business-oriented technologist, entrepreneur and inventor, who formerly led Eastman Kodak’s Corporate Engineering Division, developing new technology platforms for Kodak’s worldwide businesses.  She also led Kodak’s External Alliances team in establishing and managing over 150 venture…

Kalpana Desai
Senior Consultant, B.S. Biology; MBS Biopharma Entrepreneurship

Ms. Desai, earned a B.S. Biology from University of California Irvine and an MBS Master of Bioscience – BioPharma Entrepreneurship from the Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Lifescience. In addition, she earned certificates in Strategic Foresight from University of Houston and a certificate in…

Keeley Bower
Senior Consultant, B.S.Magna Cum Laude, Biology, M.S., Biochemistry

Returning to Foresight on a part-time basis, Keeley previously served as the Director of Life Sciences, managing client relationships and quality control for Foresight’s substantial portfolio of life sciences work. Keeley’s previous work includes serving at Quintiles’ consulting practice in the…

Kim Tutin
Senior Consultant, B.S. Chemistry, MBA in Technology and Engineering Management

As part of the Foresight Science & Technology team, she has provided commercialization assistance for a variety of technologies including wound care solutions, mosquito control technologies, software systems with predictive analytics, and blood diagnostics. As Project Manager at Georgia…

Krysten Oates
Senior Consultant, MSc. Biomedical Engineering

Krysten recently received an MSc. in Biomedical Engineering. At Foresight, she provides Spin-up services in addition to client work in technology and market assessment. In the past, Krysten provided programming services for Foresight as well. She was the Project Manager and Lead Developer for…

Larry Kangaloo
Senior Consultant, B.S. Biology

Larry brings over 30 years experience in Product Development, Process Development and Manufacturing in the Pharmaceutical and Consumer Products Industry, Larry Specializes in drug delivery systems and is responsible for product development, process development and all operational concerns for…

Lianne Wong
Senior Consultant, B.S. Physics with Electrical Engineering, M.S. Learning Sciences/IT

Lianne applies her professional experience spanning corporate and education sectors to solve meaningful problems and address real world needs through research, design, and development. She brings experience in technology evaluation, patent research, and commercialization from NASA and Stanford…

Lisa Dufresne
Senior Consultant, M.S., Civil Engineering, Hazardous Material Management, B.S., Chemical Engineering

Ms. Dufresne has over fifteen years of experience in technology transfer and new product commercialization with broad exposure to medical, environmental, energy, and defense technologies.  After receiving her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Lowell, she spent several…

Lisa Naquin
Senior Consultant, B.S. International Finance and Marketing

Lisa has nearly twenty years experience in the financial sector including derivatives contract management for a private mortgage investment bank, mutual fund accounting at a major securities corporation, as well as business marketing and account services for high net worth clients in a private…

Madhavi Sriram
Senior Consultant, M.S (Pharmaceutical Sciences), Ph.D. (Chemistry)

Madhavi is a skilled technology transfer professional with broad expertise in evaluating technologies in various fields such as Life Sciences, Engineering, Software and Nanotechnology, for novelty, patentability and commercial viability. She has a, Ph.D. in Chemistry from Baylor University, TX,…

Mark Szajna
Senior Consultant, J.D., M.E. in Bioengineering, M.B.A. Summa Cum Laude, Baccalaureate Degree in Behavioral Neuroscience

Mark has a diverse background in intellectual property, patent examination, technology transfer and commercialization.  He has supported DoD and FLC technology transfer as a client program analyst for Battelle at the Natick Soldier Research, Development & Engineering Center (NSRDEC) within…

Mary Garrity-Butler
Senior Consultant, B.S. Biology and Chemistry, M.B.A.

Prior to joining Foresight, Mary was the director of Case Western Reserve University’s Biomedical Engineering technology transfer program. She was instrumental in starting up the major translational research grant program involving funding commitments up to $15M. She has published many peer-…

Matan Rapoport
Senior Consultant, PhD MBA

Matan specializes in commercializing biomedical technologies. Through Dr. Rapoport's experience as senior licensing manager at URVentures, Matan has extensive experience in evaluating biomedical technologies, patent applications, market research & competitive landscape analyzes and…

Matteo Sabattini
Senior Consultant, Ph.D. Communication Theory and Systems, M.S. Electrical Engineering

Matteo Sabattini has years of expertise in technology and IP-related matters, and his background combines business, policy and technical skills. He holds an MBA in Business Administration from the George Washington University, a Ph.D. in Communication Theory and Systems from the University…

Melinda Wirsing
Senior Consultant, B.A. Liberal Arts

Melinda is a Senior Consultant in Foresight's Commercialization practice.  Prior to Foresight, Melinda worked at Hewlett-Packard, specializing in marketing, sales and project management for the private and public sectors.  She has worked with North American companies and channel partners with…

Michael Lucca
Senior Consultant, B.S, Computer Science, M.S. Computer Science

Mike is a senior executive with over 30 years experience in the information technology industry.  He has held various senior management roles in engineering, marketing, business development and strategy in both large corporations and startups.  Mike has developed market strategies for various…

Michael Morrissey
Senior Consultant, B.S. Environmental, Earth, and Ocean Sciences

Michael has extensive analytical, market research, and business development experience that he has gained while working in the renewable energy industry and throughout his studies. He began his career with a residential energy efficiency company in which he was responsible for increasing…

Miri Yoon
Senior Consultant, Ph.D., Neuroscience/Cell & Molecular Biology, J.D. Law.

Miri received a Ph.D from Northwestern University, focusing the dynamics of various cytoskeletal elements in live cells using high-resolution microscopy (confocal microscopy and electron microscopy).  Miri’s post-doctoral work, also at Northwestern University, concentrated on the host-pathogen…

Mitch Halpern
Senior Consultant, PhD Chemistry

Mitch Halpern has 30 years of experience in all facets of strategic business development, innovation and R&D management, IP management, and technology commercialization. He has worked with companies, academic institutions, and startup ventures around the world to develop, evaluate, and…

Natalia Toth
Senior Consultant, MBA, Ph.D. Biophysics

Natalia has extensive experience in technology evaluation, market research, and competitive analysis. Her background includes years of scientific research in biomedical field, work in technology transfer environment at major US universities, and recent involvement with a consulting practice…

Norman Ong
Senior Consultant, PhD Nutrition, minor in Toxicology

Norman is a strong proponent technology transfer, translational science and academic-industrial partnership. To that end, he has substantial experience as a technology transfer professional with extensive experience as a bench scientist in the life space area. He has significant experience in…

Patrick Hickey
Senior Consultant, Ph.D., Chemical Engineering

Patrick Hickey has over 20 years of experience in the specialty chemicals and oil & gas industries.  Patrick has extensive experience in all facets of commercialization activities including R&D, market research, licensing, technology transfer, business plan development and creating …

Poulami Mitra
Senior Consultant, BSc Physiology, Physics, Chemistry; MSs Physiology; Ph. D. Biochemistry

Poulami Mitra has been in biomedical research for over 10 years starting at Medical College of Virginia -Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), University of Washington and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). She has also worked with Technology Transfer offices at VCU and OHSU. The…

Renee Mallett
Senior Consultant,B.A., Education, MBA

Renee works with small companies, universities, and government labs. Prior to joining Foresight she was Asociate Director and Interim Director of The University of Texas at Austin Office of Technology Licensing. Her responsibilities include evaluating, marketing, licensing intellectual property…

Richard E. Cuellar
Senior Consultant, Ph.D. Biological Sciences

Rick Cuellar is currently Senior Vice President at CymoGenDx LLC. CymoGenDx was established in 2010, and launched its PTEN de-TECT™ following year. A full pipeline of products for fluorescent in-situ hybridization (FISH) has followed. CymoGenDx worked with Dr. Jeremy Squire in development of the…

Richard McCarrick
Senior Consultant, B.A., English, Business Certificate

Dick is a technical writer, editor, journalist, and commercialization consultant with over 30 years of experience. Areas of expertise include computer software and web sites, space technology, astronomy, optics, fusion, biofuels. Prior to joining Foresight, Mr. McCarrick spent 16 years at Lotus/…

Richard Proffitt
Senior Consultant, M.S. Technology Commercialization

Richard has many years of experience assessing technologies from a think tank in Texas.  He has been involved in C-level roles with a number of startups that include clean-tech and pharmaceuticals. He has also worked to bring numerous international innovations to market with a focus on Korea,…

Richard Turk
Senior Consultant, M.S. Chemical Engineering

Richard brings over 30 years of experience in product and process development in the chemical industry.  He recently directed and managed environmental risk assessment studies for taking new agricultural and pharmaceutical products to market.  As a founding scientist for a start-up company based…

Robert Freeze
Senior Consultant, B.S., Biology, B.S. Microbiology, Graduate Certificate in Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization, M.B.A.

Robert began his career as an analytical microbiologist and chemist before taking on various business roles in the biotechnology industry. In 2011 he began his consulting career as the President of LifeTech Consulting and as a technology commercialization advisor with North Carolina State…

Robert Martinsons
Senior Consultant and Program Manager, B.S.Electrical Engineering,M.S., Electrical Engineering

Bob specializes in electronics and medical devices, although he works with a wide range of other technologies as well. He has over 40 years of large company and small business unit operations and consulting experience in the medical device/instrumentation and electronics industries. His skills…

Robert R. Gruetzmacher
Senior Consultant, Ph.D., Chemistry, Certified Licensing Professional

Dr. Gruetzmacher is the founder and principal of TechIAConnect & Associates, a business development and technology transfer consulting firm.

Ruben Edwards
Senior Consultant, MS Electrical Engineering, MS Technology Commercialization, MS Engineering Management, BS Mechanical Engineering

Ruben has 12 years of experience working in Project Management in the Biotechnology Manufacturing Industry and in International Technical Sales and Marketing of Power Instruments in the Electronics Manufacturing Industry for applications in the Utility Sectors in more than 20 countries in North…

Ruth Janjic
Senior Consultant, BA, Economics & Geography, MBA

Ruth has over fifteen years of experience conducting market research for a broad range of businesses, including start-up and second stage advanced industry companies with products representing aerospace/defense, healthcare, instrumentation, manufacturing, and IT/internet areas.  She began her…

Senapathy Rajagopalan
Senior Consultant, Ph.D. Chemistry, MBA

Senapathy Rajagopalan brings to Foresight a wealth of experience related to several facets of commercialization including market research and analysis, technology assessment, patents, product development, go-to-market strategy, seed funding, financial due diligence, valuation, and licensing.

Spencer Hamilton
Senior Consultant, BA Sociology/Communications, MBA

Spencer’s expertise includes valuation, business strategy, operations efficiency, market research and new product development. He has advised or invested in companies with technologies ranging from mobile devices, clean tech, healthcare IT, and medical devices. Spencer’s prior work…

Steven L. Ludmerer
Senior Consultant, B.S. Chemical Engineering; MBA

Steve brings over 40 years of experience building and consulting with specialty chemical, advanced material, and consumer products businesses to his clients. During his two decades at DuPont and Union Carbide, he launched such well-known products as Teflon finishes for cookware, the Reach…

Steven M. Wood
Senior Consultant, MBA, B.S Electrical Engineering

Steven has worked in several aspects of Technology Commercialization including the establishment of corporate structures, seed funding, financing, business development and product development.

As part of the founding team in 2 startups, Steven was instrumental in financing the businesses…

Steven Owens
Senior Consultant, MS Electrical Engineering

Mr. Owens has over 28 years of experience medical device research and development and pharmaceutical research. Mr. Owens is currently President of his consulting company, and an advisor to Rutgers Center for Innovative Ventures and Emerging Technologies.  He has previously held the positions of…

Terrence Joyce
Senior Consultant, MD, MIP

Terrence J. Joyce, MD, MIP has extensive experience in intellectual property law and its transactions including patent prosecution, portfolio analysis, licensing, and conducting patent searches. He has worked with many organizations assisting them in marketing their intellectual property,…

Timothy Edward Raines
Senior Consultant, BS, Industrial Distribution, MS Science and Technology Commercialization

Tim is an experienced commercialization executive with a primary focus on early stage technology marketing, sales, and business development. Tim has worked in Technology Transfer with universities internationally, from the US, Ukraine, Mexico, India, Hungary, Columbia, Korea, and more. He…

Vasumati Pestonjamasp
Senior Consultant; Ph.D., Biochemistry; Masters with High Honors, Microbiology; MBA

Vasumati ("Vasu") Pestonjamasp's expertise includes assessment of commercialization potential of technologies spanning a broad range of areas; competitive business analysis, market research and market penetration strategies, intellectual property assessment, strategic and tactical planning, and…

Venkat Krishnamurty
Senior Consultant, M.E. Mechanical Engineering, Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, MBA

Venkat has more than 15 years of experience in R&D, new product development and innovation. With a Phd in Aerospace Engineering and a MBA, Venkat has hands-on experience in understanding the technical challenges in diverse industries and strategic needs of the business. Venkat is a co-…

Wayne D. Hawthorne
Senior Consultant, B.S., Electrical Engineering, MBA

Wayne emphasizes biomedical and biotech in his work for Foresight clients. He brings over 30 years of experience in various types of technologies, such medical devices and instrumentation, information applications and platforms, and environmental science and engineering. Wayne has taken a "hands…

Wil Jacques
Senior Consultant, B.S. Mechanical Engineering, M.B.A., Registered Patent Agent

Wil Jacques is a senior intellectual property subject matter expert with over 25 years of development, patenting, commercialization, and licensing experience in public and private sector engineering, manufacturing, and sales organizations. After stints with Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA),…

Yacine Dalichaouch
Senior Consultant, Ph.D., Physics

Yacine is an experienced professional with a unique blend of scientific and business skills and a well-rounded perspective from a mix of academic, industry, and consulting experiences. He has over 20 years of combined experience in research and development, new product development, marketing and…