Meet Our Experts

Ajay Houde, PHD, MBA

Co-founder and CEO
TGen Tech

Albert Di Rienzo, PHD

President & Chief Innovation Officer
Radicle Innovation

Angela Sutterer, PHD

CEO
Burke Therapeutics, LLC

Angus McLachlan, PHD

CEO
Liberate Medical

Anirban Roy, PHD

Distinguished Scientist
Medtronic

Austen Hayes, MS

Co-founder, CEO
Recovr, Inc.

Awilda Rosa-Morales, EdD, CCC-SLP

Associate Professor / Academic Programs Director
Universidad Ana G. Méndez (UAGM) - Gurabo Campus

Baldassare Pipitone, D.O.

Managing Member
FortesMed Consulting

Bob Skunda

Independent Consultant
Innovation Centers and Technology Parks

Buddy Lyons, MBA

CEO
Entac Medical Inc.

Chris Tihansky

CEO
EndoShape

Cody Reynolds, PHD

Technology Transfer Manager
Prisma Health

Cole Johnson, MBA, PHD

Vice President
P33

Cynthia Leaphart, MD, MBA, FACS

MD
DMC

Dan Cohen

President
Accelerated Ventures

David Fragale, MBA

Executive in Residence
WVU

David Kennedy, BSME

VP Product Management
Lifelines Neuro

David Lefer, PHD

Director, Cardiovascular Center of Excellence and Professor of Pharmacology
LSU Health New Orleans

David Willbrand, BA, JD

Partner
Thompson Hine

Deacon Stone, MFA

Manager: The Center for Innovation; Coordinator: STEM Education & Maker Programs
Marshall University, CO: Robert C. Byrd Institute

Dickson Wambua, PHD

Co-Founder, Cloudsyte LLC

Doug Ladd, MBA

EIR
Northern Kentucky University

Edgard Resto-Rodriguez, PHD

Executive Director (MCC)
Materials Characterization Center (MCC), Inc

Elias Caro, MSC, MBA

President
Biocomx

Hershel Fancher, PE, MBA

President
Inventio, Inc.

Jerry Chang

Managing Partner, President, Managing Partner/COO
Vigilant BioServices, 42Bio LLC, Samaritan Biologics

Jesse Goodwin, PHD

Chief Innovation Officer
Medical University of South Carolina

Jim Nelson, MHA, MS

Entrepreneur-in-Residence
West Virginia University Hospitals, Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute

Jim Stefansic, PHD, MBA

Director of Corporate Development
Cumberland Emerging Technologies

Joe Wyse, PHD

President
Wyse Innovations LLC

John DesJardins, PHD

CTO
Aravis BioTech, LLC

Josh Nickols, PHD

CEO
Enhale Medical

Justin Metcalf, MSE

Director of Engineering
MED Institute Inc.

Justin Renfrow

Contracts Director
MED Institute

Kaushik Dave, RPh, PhD, MBA

Partner
Ohmkara Consulting

Kevin Pollard

Entrepreneur
C-Suite Services

Kevin Sidow

Serial Entrepreneur, Board Member
Life Science Startups

Kyle Ritchie, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatric Anesthesiology
West Virginia University School of Medicine

Lauren Eskew, MS

Owner, Co-founder
Bella VMS, LLC

Lawrence Boyd, PHD, MEM


Bioventus

Lawrence Olanoff, MD, PHD

Special Advisor
Medical University of SC

Lillian Pintado, Au.D., M.Sc., CCC-A

Professor - Doctor of Audiology
Universidad Ana G. Méndez (UAGM)

Louise Epstein, MBA

LARTA Principal Advisor, Founding Director, Innovation Center, UT Austin, Founder
Ecosystem Partner

Luis Cortes, MD, MBA

Managing Director
Biocoast Capital

Lynn Cooper, BFA

President
BFW, Inc.

Mara Neal

Director of Marketing & Engagement
Cook Biotech

Mark Slaughter, MD

Professor and Chairperson
University of Louisville

Matthew Dietz, MD

Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgeon
West Virginia University School of Medicine

Michael Dunham, MD

Director, Pediatric ENT
LSU Health New Orleans

Narendra Vyavahare, PHD

Chief Scientific Officer
TGen Tech LLC

Neha Tiwari, PhD

Associate Director
PTC Therapuetics

Paul Asper, MBA

Vice President of Commercialization
Zucker Institute for Applied Neurosciences

R. Edwin Spitzmiller, DO

Medical Director
Mednax

Richard Sullivan

CEO
CIBOR

Rick D’Augustine, MBA

Principal
D'Augustine Consulting

Rick Rummel, BS

President
Advanced Medical Technologies, LLC

Robert Doss, PHD

Owner
The Courtland Group

Rohan Walvekar, MD

Professor & Director of Clinical Research
LSU Health New Orleans

Ryan Culhane, MBA

Government Program Manager
GE Healthcare

Stephen Carrithers, PhD

Executive VP, Co-founder & Director of R&D
Sequela, Inc & Lagrange Scientific

Steve Johnson

Interim Executive Director, SCLaunch
South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA)

Thomas Smith, PhD

Professor of Practice
University of Arkansas

Ty Sumner Adams, IDSA

Managing Director
A:KDesign, LLC

Vas Abramov, MS

President
Occam Design

William English, MD

Physician
Peripheral Vascular Associates