PAST SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES
(Speakers are listed alphabetically by conference):
THE TASK FORCE REPORT: BUILDING AN INNOVATION ECOSYSTEM IN NEW YORK STATE
(2010, Welch Allyn Lodge, Skaneateles, NY)
William Destler is the President of Rochester Institute of Technology and has served in this capacity since 2007. Previously, Destler was provost and senior vice president for student affairs at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he served in many positions, including professor of Electrical Engineering, Dean of the Graduate School, and Dean of the Engineering School. Dr. Destler received his Bachelor's degree from the Stevens Institute of Technology in 1968, and his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Cornell University in 1972. His research specialized in high-power microwave sources and advanced accelerator technologies.
Daniel Doktori, NYS Director of Higher Education; Executive Director, Task Force
As NYS Director of Higher Education, Daniel Dokorti provides information to the governor and his senior staff on all higher-education issues, and serves as a point of contact in the administration for higher-education workers calling the governor's office. After earning his Bachelor's degree in International Relations from Stanford University, Mr. Dokorti worked as an analyst at the New York City Economic Development Corporation, a city agency focused on attracting business. Enrolling in the Master’s program in International Affairs at Columbia University, he then began a fellowship at the U.S. State Department in the Office of Counterterrorism. In 2007, he completed his Master's degree and came to Albany to work as a special assistant to Lloyd Constantine and Peter Pope, then top aide to former Gov. Eliot Spitzer.
Ted Hagelin, Professor of Law, SU, Director, NYS Science & Technology Law Center
Professor Theodore Hagelin, Crandall Melvin Professor of Law, is the founder and director of the Syracuse University New Technology Law Center (SUNTEC) and the Technology Commercialization Research Center (TCRC). As director of the TCRC, Professor Hagelin has supervised over 100 research projects on the commercial development of early-stage technologies on behalf of universities, federal research laboratories, technology development organizations as well as large, medium, small and start-up companies. He teaches intellectual property and technology commercialization law, and researches IP strategy and patent valuation. He is also the Director of the NYS Science & Technology Law Center (NYS STLC), which provides legal education, research, information and support services to New York State research centers supported by New York State through a grant from the NYS Foundation for Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR). Professor Hagelin earned his B.S. Economics at The Wharton School, his J.D. at Temple University and his LL.M. at Harvard University.
Assemblyman William Magnarelli, (D) 120th Assembly District
Since 1998, Bill Magnarelli has represented the 120th Assembly District, which includes the Northside, Westside, Eastwood and Valley areas of the City of Syracuse, as well as the towns of Geddes and Van Buren. As a result of his efforts, he has secured substantial amounts funding for the Syracuse Center of Excellence ($37 million), Workforce Development Initiative ($2.5 million), Automobile Row Revitalization Project ($1 million), DaVinci Worker Recruitment program ($285,000), and New York Indoor Environmental Quality Center ($2.33 million), among others. Assemblyman Magnarelli also worked to create tax-free Empire Zones, which virtually eliminate taxes on eligible job-creating businesses, saving them nearly $40 million annually. By extending Power for Jobs – a program that delivers low-cost power to businesses – Assemblyman Magnarelli helped save thousands of local jobs at AT&T, Anoplate, Kilian Manufacturing, Penn Traffic and P&C Stadium.x
Theresa Mazzullo, CEO Excell Partners, Inc.
Theresa Mazzullo is the CEO of Excell Partners. Prior to joining Excell, she served for six years as President and Principal of EPIC Advisors, Inc., a 401(k) retirement plan company with $1.5 billion in retirement plan assets. Theresa earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL and a graduate degree in Banking from Stonier. Her community activities include serving as Chair of the Monroe County Industrial Development Authority (COMIDA); Vice Chair of the Empire State Zone Authority; Member of the Executive Committee, Greater Rochester Enterprise Board; Vice Chair of Memorial Art Gallery; Trustee of the New York State Lawyers Fund; and Board Member of the University of Rochester Eye Institute.
Robert Palazzo, Provost, Vice President for Academic Affairs; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Robert Palazzo, as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, is responsible for the academic and research missions of the Institute, including review and approval of academic programs and policies as delegated by the President, as well as the appointment, promotion and development of a diverse faculty and staff in RPI’s academic divisions. Over the course of his career, Dr. Palazzo has served in a variety of roles, including Director of the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies; professor of Biology; assistant scientist/principal investigator for the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts; and research scientist for the Wadsworth Center with the NYS Department of Health. He earned both his Bachelor of Science and his Ph.D. in Biological Science and Biochemistry at Wayne State University.
Edward Reinfert, Executive Director, NYSTAR; Member, Task Force
Edward Reinfurt serves as Executive Director of the NYS Foundation for Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR). As Executive Director, Mr. Reinfurt is a member of the Economic Development Subcabinet of Governor Paterson. He also serves as a member of the NYS Broadband and Deployment Council. Prior to his appointment at NYSTAR, Mr. Reinfurt served as Vice President of the Business Council of New York State, Inc., which represented more than 3,000 member businesses, chambers of commerce, and professional and trade associations. Mr. Reinfurt is a graduate of the University at Albany of the State University of New York.x
Julie Shimer, CEO, Welch Allyn, Inc.
Dr. Julie Shimer is CEO and President of Welch Allyn, privately held manufacturer of frontline medical equipment and diagnostic solutions. Most recently, Shimer also served as President and CEO of Vocera Communications, a leading wireless communications company based in Cupertino, CA. There, she led the company in securing more than $29 million in capital funding, shipped the first Vocera Communications Systems, and added key talent to the executive, marketing and technical teams. Shimer also held executive positions at 3Com Corporation, serving as vice president and general manager of its networking products, and at Motorola, where she was vice president and general manager of the paging division and, prior to that, vice president of its semiconductor products sector. Shimer also held leadership positions at AT&T Bell Laboratories and Bethlehem Steel Company. Along the way, she was issued a US patent and authored more than 10 technical papers. She holds a Master's and doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University and a Bachelor's in Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Information Industry Conference (New York Law School October, 2009)
Calvin Chu is a Licensing Officer in the Computer Science area at Columbia University Technology Ventures where he is responsible for the computer science and information technology portfolio. Prior to Columbia, he worked with large corporations as well as building and growing many startup companies. In the past, he has participated on major consulting projects for Goldman Sachs, Williams Energy, PSE&G of New Jersey and Wind River. Prior to STV, he co-founded Mobile Crossing, an innovative Silicon Valley based handheld computer company specializing in global positioning systems, tourism, agriculture, survey and military applications. Before Mobile Crossing, Mr. Chu took part in Optimal Networks (acquired by Compuware), ePlanning Securities, and FlyteComm.
Mr. Chu is also a writer for Tom's Hardware Guide, a respected computer technology publication.
He has a BSE in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor.
Owen Davis is Managing Director of NYC Seed, a venture capital fund that helps seed-stage technology entrepreneurs in New York City move from idea to product. NYC Seed is a partnership between Industrial and Technical Assistance Corporation (ITAC), NYC Investment Fund (NYCIF), NYS Foundation for Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR), NYC Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and Polytechnic Institute of NYU, so NYC Seed can provide selected companies with more than funding; it provides connections to an extensive media and technology community; guidance from notable entrepreneurs, technologists and venture capitalists; and connections to potential initial customers.
Mr. Davis has worked in all aspects of the online world, including early versions of AOL and MSN. He created one of the first 200 websites online and, in 1995, founded Thinking Media, an online marketing firm that pioneered client-side tracking of pages and advertisements, a method that is now standard for online measurement. In 1999, he co-founded Sonata, a wireless company that provided location-based services and marketing to cell phones, and Petal Computing, a firm that developed software allowing large numbers of commodity PCs to act as a single unit, which is useful in industries ranging from image rendering to pharmaceuticals.
Author of various patents in Internet methods and technologies, Mr. Davis also authored the book Instant Java Applets. An original member of the World Wide Web Artists Consortium, he served on the group's original board. He was also an original member of the Board setting online advertising and media specifications and has served as Managing Director of the Wireless Advertising Association. Various times, Mr. Davis was named one of the 100 Top Internet Executives in New York by The Silicon Alley Reporter and was recently named one of the 100 most influential people in Silicon Alley for 2008. He earned his Bachelor's at Brown University and MBA at Columbia Business School.
Dr. G. Randall Green is a physician at St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center in Syracuse, NY specializing in adult cardiac surgery and general thoracic surgery. He holds certification from the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.
After earning his B.S. at LeMoyne College in 1989, he earned his M.D. at Northwestern University Medical School in 1994. For the next six years, he completed an internship and general surgical residency at Stanford University Medical Center Hospital, and for two of those years (1996-1998), he also held a cardiovascular surgical research fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine. Moving to University of Virginia, Dr. Green then performed a Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship from 2000 to 2002. He earned his J.D. in 2009 with a Certificate in Technology Commercialization Law. Currently, he is studying at Cornell University in the Johnson Business School M.B.A. program.
He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS), as well as a Diplomate of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.
Professor Theodore Hagelin, Crandall Melvin Professor of Law, is the founder and director of the Syracuse University New Technology Law Center (SUNTEC) and the Technology Commercialization Research Center (TCRC). As director of the TCRC, Professor Hagelin has supervised over 100 research projects on the commercial development of early-stage technologies on behalf of universities, federal research laboratories, technology development organizations as well as large, medium, small and start-up companies. He teaches intellectual property and technology commercialization law, and researches IP strategy and patent valuation.
In March 2004, Syracuse University College of Law (SUCOL) was selected by the NYS Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research (NYSTAR) in a peer-review statewide competition to be the NYS Science & Technology Law Center (NYS STLC) for the next three years. With funding in excess of $1 million, the NYS STLC's mission is to provide legal education, research, information and support services to the more than 30 research centers supported by New York State. In August 2007, SUCOL was re-designated as the NYS STLC for a second 3-year term, which included an additional $1 million in funding to support activities, technology commercialization research projects, and student scholarships and grants. Professor Hagelin serves as director of the NYS STLC.
Professor Hagelin earned his B.S. Economics at The Wharton School, his J.D. at Temple University and his LL.M. at Harvard University. While in law school, Professor Hagelin was editor-in-chief of the law review. Prior to joining the Syracuse law faculty, he practiced in the area of corporate/commercial law with Dechert, Price & Rhoades in Philadelphia; taught at the University of Cincinnati Law School; and directed foreign law programs in London and Hong Kong. He has developed, and now has a patent application pending on, Competitive Advantage Valuation (CAV), a new method to value patents. Professor Hagelin is a member of the New York State Bar, the Pennsylvania State Bar, the Licensing Executive Society, the American Intellectual Property Law Association and the Association of University Technology Managers.
Dan Hunter Director, NY Law School's Institute for Information Law and Policy, is an expert in Internet law, intellectual property, and artificial intelligence and cognitive science models of law. He joined the NY Law School faculty from the University of Melbourne Law School (Australia) and The Wharton School. He holds a Ph.D. from Cambridge University on the nature of legal reasoning, as well as computer science and law degrees from Monash University (Australia) and a Master in Laws from the University of Melbourne. He held a Chair in Law at the University of Melbourne and was a tenured faculty member at The Wharton School from 2000-2007, where he received the Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2000 and currently teaches. Prior to joining Wharton, he taught on the law faculty at Cambridge University.
Professor Hunter publishes regularly on issues dealing with the intersection of computers and law, including papers on the regulation of virtual worlds, the use of artificial intelligence in law, and high-technology aspects of intellectual property. His research has appeared in journals such as California Law Review, William & Mary Law Review, and Journal of Legal Education. He co-authored the book Building Intelligent Legal Information Systems; is a judge for the resolution of domain name disputes for the World Intellectual Property Organization; and is on the editorial board of numerous journals. His work has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, and Australian Research Council. He is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, an American Council of Learned Societies Research Fellowship, a Herchel Smith Research Fellowship in Intellectual Property Law, and a Science Commons Fellowship.
One of the first scholars to examine the social significance of virtual worlds, Professor Hunter co-founded the scholarly blog Terra Nova (terranova.blogs.com) and ran the 2006 and 2009 State of Play / Terra Nova Conference at NY Law School as well as the 2007 State of Play Conference in Singapore.
Jim G. Kollegger is Chairman and CEO of Genesys Partners, Inc., a venture capital/investment, banking/development firm that specializes in early-stage information technology ventures. Genesys has helped fund dozens of young companies with venture and strategic capital. Mr. Kollegger is one of the pioneers of the electronic information industry and an industry leader who helped build the Information Industry Association, which named him their first "Entrepreneur of the Year" in 1987.
Genesys Partners follows a jewel-in-the-rough strategy and takes a very hands-on approach to developing its portfolio companies, examples of which include Courtroom Connect, a media company that narrowcasts trials and brings video databanks to the legal industry and Knovel Corp., a search engine and database company that automates workflow for engineers and scientists. Mr. Kollegger was founder and CEO of EIC/Intelligence, one of the industry's first database publishing companies, which was sold to Reed Elsevier in 1988. EIC tracked new technologies from laboratory to marketplace for large corporate, government and academic clients. Databases included artificial intelligence, biotechnology, CAD/CAM, environment, energy, robotics, and telecommunications.
Mr. Kollegger was instrumental in the growth of the SIIA (Software and Information Industry Assn.), a trade group of 600+ members, including Dow Jones, D&B, AT&T and IBM, serving the emerging electronic information marketplace. He is a founder of the annual Information Industry Summit and anchors the popular "CEO Outlook" industry panel. He served on the IIA board of directors for six years and was founding chairman of the Public Policy Council. Mr. Kollegger served in the Strategic Communications Command during the Vietnam War as Operations Officer, Northwest Major Relay Station, and as Command Information Officer. He held the rank of Captain, with top-secret clearance, and was awarded the Army Commendation medal. Mr. Kollegger was a member of the American Management Assn.'s Information Technology Council, a group of Chief Information Officers from Fortune 500 corporations (1985-93), helped select the head of the US National Archives during the Carter era, and served on the Advisory Council of the US Government Printing Office during the Reagan years.
Sam Lessin is Founder and CEO of drop.io, a simple real-time private file-sharing and collaboration application that enables both end users and other applications to move content through a variety of interfaces (web, widgets, phone, email, fax). Although his startup is physically based in New York, the service sits on top of 'cloud computing' infrastructure, which eliminates the need for hardware or servers. The technology that sits behind this innovative application is centered on rich media file conversion, and real-time messaging, and is focused on providing modern content hooks for conversations across an open and interoperable web.
Mr. Lessin has been involved in the formation of and serves as an advisor to several internet projects including Causes (the popular Facebook application) Socialgreat (a location based venue popularity tracking service using foursquare, brightkite, and others). He has built applications that explored viral 'family' networking (kinjunction.org), and localized auction (crimsonxchange.com).
Prior to founding drop.io, Mr. Lessin worked as an associate consultant at Bain & Company, a global business consulting firm that helps management decide on strategy, operations, mergers and acquisitions, technology and organization. Mr. Lessin has held positions at RRE Ventures and ATT Wireless Mobile Multimedia. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude from Harvard College. His interests focus on the changing information as well as the evolving line between public and private. He avidly blogs at http://drop.io/swl
David Lysack is the founder and Managing Partner of C Speed, LLC, an innovative integrated, engineering driven, product development firm focused on custom, private label electronic solutions. C Speed is based in Liverpool, NY, and services to both large and small companies worldwide. Their staff’s experience spans industries as diverse as consumer electronics, medical products, test and measurement equipment, and defense systems.
With core strengths in system architecture, analog and digital electronics, and software engineering, C Speed collaborates with clients’ in-house product teams, offering high-quality electronic and software design and manufacturing services. For these reasons, C Speed is viewed as a one-stop shop for complete, turnkey product development. Since C Speed’s engineers and project managers have worked for many years in a wide range of industries, their breadth of experience allows them to quickly and comfortably integrate their team with their clients’ and bring fresh ideas and insights from other industries to those business that they serve. C Speed has technical strengths in the areas of high-speed data acquisition and analysis, high-speed circuit design, digital communication, signal processing, real-time computing and software application development.
Mr. Lysack attended Rochester Institute of Technology, where he earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering, and Syracuse University, where he earned his M.S. in Computer Engineering. He has also worked as a Research Engineer at Syracuse Research Corporation and Division General Manager at Perigee, Division of Sensis Corporation.
Dr. Lee W. McKnight is an Associate Professor in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University (SU) and a co-founder of the Internet Governance Project (IGP). He is Director of the SU Wireless Grids Lab; and is Principal Investigator of the Wireless Grid Innovation Testbed (WiGiT), a National Science Foundation Partnerships for Innovation (PFI)-funded project led by Syracuse University and Virginia Tech's Wireless Internet Center for Advanced Technology, and is co-PI in the Syracuse Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Development (SEED) project. Dr. McKnight also lectures annually in MIT's Professional Education summer course, 'From Technology to Innovation: Putting Ideas to Work.
Dr. McKnight is the founder and was CEO of Wireless Grids Corporation (WGC), which was spun out of SU in 2004 to commercialize the research concepts and intellectual property produced in SU's Wireless Grids Lab from a prior PFI grant. WGC's new product Ximo is a next-generation application that enables computer networking and wireless infrastructures and devices to interact seamlessly with zero to little configuration. It coordinates available resources (e.g., Bluetooth, Wimax, Wi-Fi; photos, printers, etc) and makes them accessible from any device. In 2008, WGC was recognized by Network World as one of the “9 Wireless Companies to Watch,” and Ximo as one of the "Best of the New Data Center." Recently, WGC merged with Varsity Media Group Acquisition Corp. The combined entity expects its next-generation software communication platform Ximo to create social communities of users and their mobile and wireless electronic devices in a variety of user settings. Dr. McKnight is also a founding board member of Summerhill Biomass Systems, and is President of Marengo Research LLC, a boutique consultancy and financial management firm.
In addition to many peer-reviewed articles in technical and policy journals and dozens of book chapters, his work includes the co-authored and co-edited MIT Press books ‘Creative Destruction: Business Survival Strategies in the Global Internet Economy’, which appeared also in Japanese and Chinese translation, ‘Internet Telephony’, ‘The Gordian Knot: Political Gridlock on the , Information Highway, and ‘Internet Economics’, the first attempt to develop metrics for economic analysis of Internet transactions. Dr. McKnight previously taught at Tufts and Harvard Universities, and MIT. Dr. McKnight received his Ph.D. in 1989 from MIT, Masters from Johns Hopkins University in 1981, and Bachelors (magna cum laude) from Tufts University.
Dr. Steven Neiman is Executive Director at JPMorgan Chase & Co. and VP of their High Performance Computing application infrastructure. His projects have ranged from rules engines to interactive visualizations to supercomputing; and his current focus is to drive the themes of scale, simplicity, and integration across the investment bank’s application infrastructure through the use of integrated open source frameworks. He is one of the creators of Compute BackBone (CBB), which has saved JPMC millions through a grid approach that also allows reduces operational risk.
After receiving his Ph.D. in high-energy physics from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1995, Dr. Neiman worked for the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and for Digital Image Design. He also has an MBA from Columbia University as well as four patents involving grid computing.
Among his awards are JPMC’s ‘Distinguished Engineer’ and InformationWeek’s ‘Innovators and Influencers’. In 1997, he helped JPMC win the NCSA’s annual ‘Industrial Grand Challenge’ award for their work in data visualization. Dr. Neiman has tackled a variety of challenges involving information complexity throughout his career and has helped pioneer the use of grid computing on Wall Street.
Richard W. Newman is an adjunct professor at Syracuse University College of Law. He designed medical diagnostic devices for 40 years for Welch Allyn Inc. For 18 of those years Mr. Newman ran an advanced research group that determined how medicine would be practiced 10 years in the future and assimilated technologies that would fill the market needs. He was awarded 13 US patents and has 9 pending applications. For the last three years before retiring from Welch Allyn, Mr. Newman has worked with the Technology Commercialization Research Center and Professor Ted Hagelin in teaching technology transfer; adding his experience in technology assessment and commercialization. Mr. Newman’s areas of interest include strategic planning, technology evaluation, market analysis, licensing, product development, intellectual property, and creation of alliances.
In addition to teaching at Syracuse University College of Law, Mr. Newman holds the position of visiting lecturer in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and is on several advisory boards at Cornell University. He continues to consult for Blue Highway LLC, the research entity within Welch Allyn Inc.
Mr. Newman received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Cornell University and an M.S. in mechanical engineering from Syracuse University with concentration in courses in medicine from Upstate Medical Center.
Edward Reinfert serves as Executive Director of the New York State Foundation for Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR). Under Mr. Reinfurt's leadership, NYSTAR is helping to identify how New York's existing research assets can be leveraged to create greater opportunities for technology development throughout the state. The principal goal of NYSTAR is to encourage and expand high-technology academic research and economic development in New York. NYSTAR's other goals are to spur economic growth in New York through academic research and development; to increase federal research funding for NYS institutions; to coordinate, organize, and promote New York's many resources in science and technology; and to develop and recommend policies to elected state officials in order to help New York reap more economic benefits from its strengths in science and technology. Currently, NYSTAR is involved in the administration of Governor Paterson?s New Innovation Economy Matching Grants Program.
In February 2009, Governor David A. Paterson appointed Mr. Reinfurt to the New York State Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Cabinet, which was created to manage the development of state and local infrastructure projects financed through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. In May 2009, Mr. Reinfurt was appointed to the Task Force on Diversifying the New York State Economy through Industry-Higher Education Partnerships, which will submit recommendations on accelerating business growth and commercialization of research technologies. Then, in June 2009, Mr. Reinfurt was appointed by Governor David A. Paterson to the New York Small Business Task Force, which will focus on existing state resources and develop new strategies to promote the growth and development of small business enterprises in New York.
Prior to his appointment at NYSTAR, Mr. Reinfurt served as Vice President of the Business Council of New York State, Inc., which represented more than 3,000 member businesses, chambers of commerce and professional and trade associations. Mr. Reinfurt, who has served as the Council's vice president since 1980, is responsible for advancing the Council's priority government-affairs issues. He has been a key contributor in the development of the Council's own innovation agenda, while he helped to shape the state?s. In 2000, Reinfurt was central in developing Business Council priorities that, in turn, eventually helped prompt the creation of the State's Centers of Excellence program. Mr. Reinfurt is a graduate of the University at Albany of the State University of New York.
Daniel Schutzer serves as President of the Financial Services Technology Consortium (FSTC) division. In 2005, he was appointed to lead the FSTC as Executive Director while bringing broad perspective and depth to the Consortium in leadership, technological impact on business systems and intelligence, and advanced systems in risk management and electronic commerce. Prior to FSTC, Dr. Schutzer was Director and Senior Vice President at Citigroup. He authored the book, "Application of Emerging Technologies in Business," to define ways in which business could capitalize on innovation and technological ad-vances. Prior to Citigroup, Dr. Schutzer was first Technical Director of Navy Command, Control and Communications, followed by his serving as Technical Di-rector of US Naval Intelligence. While serving the US Navy, Dr. Schutzer au-thored several books, including Applied Artificial Intelligence; Parallel and Distributed Processing; and Military Communications, Command and Control.
Dr. Schutzer’s business and technology experience was gained at Sperry Rand/Univac where he served first as Director of New Business for Sperry and later as Director of Systems and Technical Sales Support for the New York Metropolitan Region. He received his MSEE and Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering from Syracuse University where early in his career he developed a keen interest in understanding how to apply technology to meet the needs of industry and government. Upon completing his PhD, Dr. Schutzer went to work at Bell Laboratory, where he supervised the development of complex signal processing for defense purposes. After graduation from City College of New York with his BSEE, he worked for IBM as a Project Engineer.
Dr. Schutzer currently is a Fellow and Advisory Board member of the New York Academy of Sciences, member of BITS Advisory Council, and a Board member of ANSI X9. He has been published in over 65 publications and has authored 7 books.
Clay Shirky divides his time between consulting, teaching, and writing on the social and economic effects of Internet technologies. His consulting practice focuses on the rise of decentralized technologies (e.g., peer-to-peer, Web services, and wireless networks) that provide alternatives to the wired client/server infrastructure that characterizes the Web. Current clients include Nokia, GBN, the Library of Congress, the Markle Foundation, and the BBC.
As an adjunct in NYU's graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), he teaches on the interrelated effects of social and technological network topology. Since 1996, he has written extensively about the Internet and, over the years, has had columns in Business 2.0, FEED and ACM Net_Worker and articles in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Harvard Business Review, to name a few. Prior to working at NYU, he was a partner at The Accelerator Group, an international investment group focused on early-stage firms. His role was technological due diligence and product strategy.
At Hunter College, Mr. Shirky created the department's first undergraduate and graduate offerings in new media and helped design the current MFA program in Integrated Media Arts. Prior to that, as a Chief Technology Officer, he created a media-tracking database and server log analysis software for the NYC-based Web media and design firm Site Specific, which was later acquired by CKS Group, at which point he was promoted to VP of Technology in the Eastern Region. Before the Web existed, he was VP of the NY chapter of EFF and wrote technology guides for Ziff-Davis on such topics as email-accessible Internet resources and Internet culture. He graduated from Yale College with an Art degree and worked as a theater director and designer.
Houman B. Shadab
is a recognized expert in financial law and regulation whose research focuses on hedge funds and derivatives. He is a member of the faculty of New York Law School
teaching Contracts, Corporations, and a seminar on financial regulatory policy. Professor Shadab has testified before Congress on the role of hedge funds in the financial crisis and also on the compensation of public company executives. He is the author of several articles published or forthcoming in journals such as the Berkeley Business Law Journal and the New York University Journal of Legislation and Public Policy. He is currently writing chapters on regulating credit default swaps and hedge fund lending for books to be published by John Wiley & Sons and Oxford University Press in 2010.
Governmental bodies have recognized Professor Shadab's research, which has been cited by the Delaware Court of Chancery and in studies published by the U.K. House of Commons and the European Parliament's Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs. Among his current projects is research on the effectiveness of different types of financial instruments in transferring credit risk and the implications for regulatory reform.
Professor Shadab has been quoted in numerous media publications including the New York Times and the Washington Post, and has appeared on Bloomberg Television. He serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the NY Business Law Journal and is a member of the New York and California bars. Professor Shadab previously practiced law with Ropes & Gray in New York City and Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles and was a senior research fellow at George Mason University's Mercatus Center.
Marcene Sonneborn independent management consultant and president of Innovation Management Consulting Inc., assists clients in the areas of new program development, organizational planning, financial resources, R&D, management team development, new concept and product marketing, technology transfer and commercialization, and IP management. She facilitates both traditional strategic planning processes (e.g., with a 3- to 5-year horizon) and longer-term visioning by using futures techniques (e.g., environmental scanning and scenario development) when the pace of change surpasses the company's ability to adapt by means of traditional methods.
Since 1992, Ms. Sonnenborn has been the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Specialist at the CNY Technology Development Organization (TDO). She also operates the CNY SBIR Outreach Program, which covers a 35-county region, and works with nanotechnology, biotechnology, IT, cognitive science and military technologies as well as converging technology spin-off companies. Her clients include researchers from Syracuse University, Cornell, RPI, and SUNY.
An adjunct professor of entrepreneurship for the Whitman School of Management, Ms. Sonnenborn has been teaching entrepreneurship courses since 1998. She has lectured on emerging technologies and futuring for many local as well as regional associations, including manufacturers, corporations and educators, and she also speaks with community and youth groups about the social and ethical issues that arise as we experience an increasing velocity of technological breakthroughs.
Jerrold B. Spiegel
chairs the Technology, eCommerce & Privacy Practice Group of Frankfurt, Kurnit Klein & Selz, PC
. He has advised clients involved with computer-based media and online services including Minitel and interactive television since 1985. In addition to technology-related intellectual property law, Mr. Spiegel also co-chairs the firm’s Corporate and Finance Group, helping media, technology and innovative companies organize and reorganize, structure entrepreneurial ventures, and access financing.
Mr. Spiegel’s clients include online publishers, software developers and consultants, website developers and operators, video game and other mobile content providers and developers, online content providers, and eCommerce companies, as well as the more traditional advertising and promotion companies, commercial production companies, filmmakers, book and magazine publishers, retail businesses, and restaurants. He also recently assisted a specialty confection company and an Internet-based audio recording service in raising and structuring angel financing.Mr. Spiegel regularly lectures on electronic media, Internet law, and eCommerce at the Stern School of Business and at professional associations.
Mr. Spiegel is the author of Do We Have A Deal or Not? The Enforceability of Virtual Contracts, published in Bloomberg Law Reports (2008). He is also the author of the “Legal Landmines” chapter in the book Web & New Media Pricing Guide published by Hayden Books (1996) and the “Covering Your Legal Bases” chapter in the book Buying Web Service: The Survival Guide to Outsourcing published by Wiley & Sons (1998). He is a member of the Web Video Leadership Forum, and was a chairperson of the New York New Media Association’s Media & Entertainment SIG, He is a cum laude graduate of the NYU School of Law.
Vincent P. Tomaselli Ph.D. is the Deputy Director of Columbia University's Center for Advanced Information Management, one of New York State's 15 Centers for Advanced Technology (CAT), which fosters university/industry collaboration as well as technology transfer and marketization. From 1994-2001, prior to joining Columbia University, Dr. Tomaselli served as Deputy Director for Business Development and Operations at the CAT in Ultrafast Photonics at the City University of New York. From 1990 to 1994, as a Senior Project Scientist, he oversaw work on database management and the health effects of low-frequency electromagnetic fields at Woodward-Clyde Consultants, an environmental sciences firm.
For the two years prior, Dr. Tomaselli was Director of the Center for Photonics and Imaging Science at Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU), College of Science and Engineering, where he also taught as a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Physics. And prior to that, he served as Assistant Dean for Research and Graduate Studies as well as University Grants Administrator. While at FDU, he was a consultant to Allied-Signal Corporation (now Honeywell), Guidance Systems Division, and a Visiting Research Scientist at the Institute for Chemistry, University of Genoa, Italy for which he received a Fulbright Award. He has also worked as a Research Physicist at the Uniroyal Research Center in the Polymer Physics Department.
Dr. Tomaselli earned his doctorate in physics from New York University with a thesis in experimental solid-state biophysics.
Commercializing University Inventions: Case Studies 2008 (Skaneateles, New York, November 2008)
Transforming university inventions into commercially viable products requires careful management of multiple technical, market, financial, and legal challenges. The Commercializing University Inventions: Case Studies focused on how successful early-stage companies in New York State and engaged in commercializing university inventions addressed these multiple challenges.
Duncan Moore, Ph.D. is the Rudolf and Hilda Kingslake Professor of Optical Engineering, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and Professor of Business Administration at the University of Rochester. University of Rochester. In 2007, he was also appointed Vice Provost for Entrepreneurship at the University. In this role, he manages the Kauffman Campus Initiative ($10.6M over 5 years). From 2002 until 2004, he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Infotonics Technology Center. From 1995 to 1997, Dr. Moore was Dean of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University, and in 1996 he also served as President of the Optical Society of America.
The U.S. Senate confirmed Dr. Moore in the fall of 1997 as Associate Director for Technology in The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). In this position, which ended December 2000, he worked with Dr. Neal Lane, President Clinton's Science Advisor, to advise the President on U.S. technology policy.
Dr. Moore has extensive experience in the academic, research, business, and governmental arenas of science and technology. He is an expert in gradient-index optics, solar cell design, computer-aided design, and the manufacture of optical systems. He is also the founder and former president of Gradient Lens Corporation of Rochester, NY, a company that manufactures the Hawkeye boroscope. Dr. Moore holds master’s and Ph.D. degrees in optics from the University of Rochester, and a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Maine.
Allen Barnett, Ph.D. is the Chief Executive Officer of Kinex Pharmaceuticals, a young company in Buffalo, New York which is focused on substrate-competitive kinase inhibitors for oncology and autoimmune diseases. He is a successful drug development executive who brought four drugs to the marketplace during his tenure at Schering-Plough, two of which were blockbusters. His career was spent in Drug Discovery, where he led the effort that resulted in the discovery of Claritin, a non-sedating antihistamine that was Schering-Plough's leading product and the fifth leading drug, based on sales, in the world. Dr. Barnett managed a discovery program that led to Doral, a sedative-hypnotic that was out-licensed by Schering. Dr. Barnett and his colleagues made a major contribution to the field of dopamine receptors by discovering and developing the first D1 receptor antagonists. He managed the discovery program that led to Zetia, a novel cholesterol-lowering agent that was introduced to the market in November 2002, and to Clarinex, the successor to Claritin. In 1994, Dr. Barnett assumed the duties of Vice President of Technology Acquisition and External Collaborations with the objective of facilitating all areas of drug discovery based collaborations for SPRI.
Dr. Barnett has authored or co-authored more than 100 scientific publications. He is a graduate of Rutgers University and the University of Buffalo School of Medicine.
Patrick J. Govang is president and co-founder of e2e Materials, LLC, an award-winning clean technology start-up company in Ithaca, New York that produces petroleum-free, biodegradable composites that are stronger, lighter, and cheaper than composites filling landfills today. A spin-out company from Cornell University founded in 2006, e2e Materials offers biocomposites based on the discoveries of the Netravali Research Group. The company’s composite material platform can replace formaldehyde-laden particleboard, plywood and other wood products to be used in office furniture, kitchen cabinetry, building products and beyond. Its first product, skateboards, are produced and sold via its subsidiary, Comet Skateboards, which relocated from California in October 2007. These fully biodegradable materials are made from annually renewable resources
including soy protein (flour) and natural fibers such as bamboo, jute, flax and kenaf.
Prior to founding e2e, Patrick was a director of the Cornell Center for Materials Research (CCMR), leading a team that leveraged more than $80M in annual materials research funding to develop research collaborations with large corporations, support New York State small businesses through an innovative outreach model, and foster start-up companies. With more than 20 years of leadership experience in product development, purchasing, and quality/manufacturing management for the automotive industry, Patrick has also worked with Deloitte Consulting and New York’s Alliance for Manufacturing and Technology as a lead consultant in corporate strategic planning, lean manufacturing, and Chapter 11 turnarounds. In 1999, he founded ProjectPoint.com, a start-up company focused on collaborative project management in the automotive industry.
John Hart is the President of Lumetrics, Inc. He has over 30 years of engineering, business development and general management experience with Fortune 500 firms such as Bausch and Lomb and Allergan. Mr. Hart also has extensive expertise in startup companies with the development of Lumetrics, ASE Instruments, and Holotek, all companies in the field of Optics, Photonics and Imaging. Mr. Hart was an early Board member of the Rochester Regional Photonics cluster, a not for profit trade association, and is its current Board President. In addition, he sits on the Boards of the Infotonics Technology Center, New York Photonics and Lumetrics. In March of 2003, Mr. Hart and his 3 other founding partners successfully licensed novel technology from the research labs of Eastman Kodak and formed Lumetrics to develop and commercialize a series of products. Lumetrics received initial pre-seed funding from High Technology of Rochester, seed funding from University Technology Seed fund (managed by Trillium), 2 angel investor rounds of convertible debentures and in late 2005, an "A" round of investment led by Stonehenge Capital, New York State Small Business Technology Investment Fund and the Rochester Angel Network. Lumetrics is now manufacturing and selling its products (trade name OptiGauge) into its 3 primary markets; Optics, Medical devices, and Ophthalmics, and has moved sales beyond initial first unit installations into multiple purchases and rollout into the customers factories.
Edward Reinfurt serves as Executive Director of the New York State Foundation for Science, Technology and Innovation. He was nominated to serve in that position by former Gov. Eliot Spitzer and confirmed by the Senate in October, 2007. Under Mr. Reinfurt’s leadership, NYSTAR is attempting to leverage its research assets to take advantage of new opportunities for technology development. Mr.. Reinfurt was named as a representative to the New York State Council for Universal Broadband, chaired by Melody Mayberry-Stewart, the New York State Chief Information Officer and Director of the New York State Office for Technology. Mr. Reinfurt is chair of the Governmental Initiatives Action Committee.
Prior to his appointment at NYSTAR, Mr.. Reinfurt served as Vice President of the Business Council of New York State, Inc. The Business Council represents more than 3,000 member businesses, chambers of commerce and professional and trade associations. While at the Business Council, Mr.. Reinfurt spent considerable time on a wide range of public policy issues. In 2000, he assembled working groups that brought together leaders from both the business and academic sectors to help formulate a comprehensive Research University Business Initiative (RUBI). Mr. Reinfurt is a graduate of the University at Albany of the State University of New York.
Rick Richmond is CEO of SiMPore and an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at High Tech Rochester, a University of Rochester affiliate. Rick is a specialist in business development in scientific fields. His experience encompasses venture fund raising, business planning and development, marketing including domestic and international product launches, finance and division and company management.
SiMPore produces ultrathin, nanoporous silicon membranes that are 1,000 times thinner than conventional polymer membranes. SiMPore’s membranes are used for separation, concentration, purification and imaging of nanomaterials. Applications include protein separation, dialysis, gas and liquid purification, virus removal, nanoparticle filtration, and cell culture among many others. SiMPore’s membranes outperform conventional membranes, permitting more precise separation of similar size materials, increasing yield and increasing flow rates.
Prior to SiMPore and HTR, Rick was CEO of STS Biopolymers, a leading developer and producer of polymeric coatings for medical devices. He led the development of the company from a two person research and development operation to a 46 person research, development, licensing and production leader in the field, with operations in the U.S. and the Netherlands, and led the sale of STS Biopolymers to Angiotech Pharmaceuticals. Rick is also a co-founder of and investor in other tech startups. He has an MBA and an MS from the University of Rochester Simon School.
Brad Treat is the President and CEO of Mezmeriz. Mezmeriz is designing and manufacturing tiny projectors to embed into cell phones and mobile devices. The company is based on MEMS and materials science research conducted by his cofounder Shahyaan Desai at Cornell University. Brad was most recently the Entrepreneur-In-Residence at Cornell University. He is also the co-founder and former CEO of SightSpeed, an innovative video and voice communications company. Together with co-founders Aron Rosenberg and Cornell Professor Toby Berger, he grew SightSpeed from a university research project into the world's premier video calling software. SightSpeed now ships with over half of the world's webcams, and is used for hundreds of millions of minutes a month in every country in the world. Earlier in his career, Brad worked in the automotive industry at Bowles Fluidics and GKN Automotive, where he was responsible for engineering, operations, and personnel management within the high precision, high volume industrial units. He holds a degree in mechanical engineering from North Carolina State University and an MBA from Cornell.