Site Miners & Entrepreneurs in Residence
The UM Ventures program includes the Site Miners Initiative: Senior faculty from each institution are appointed to 'mine" and advance promising collaborative commercial ideas and opportunities than otherwise may be overlooked. They work along-side the tech transfer officer to assemble inter-disciplinary teams to rapidly move ideas with strong commercial potential forward. They are actively engaged in bringing MII proposals forward.
Working jointly on the Baltimore and College Park Campuses, Site Miners and Entrepreneurs in Residence:
- Bring those with practical problems that need solving together with those who can find solutions,
- Seek out a "diamond in the rough" suitable for commercialization,
- Have familiarity with the university research and the entrepreneurial communities,
- Assist in finding the resources needed to bring projects to fruition.
- Elizabeth Good Mazhari recently formed Transition Health Ventures, LLC to advise and educate entrepreneurs who are ready to accelerate their innovative ideas through the commercialization process. Elizabeth previously led start-up creation efforts at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) from December of 2009 to June 2015. In this position, she advised and brought together faculty, investors, and entrepreneurs to accelerate the development of the most promising JHU-owned intellectual property. She represented JHU as a board member for a number of translational funding initiatives, including the JHU - Coulter Translational Partnership and the Maryland Innovation Initiative - and also led I-Corps related activities at JHU.
Prior to joining JHU, Elizabeth was the Director of Strategic Investments at University of Maryland, Baltimore where she was also focused on start-up creation. Before transitioning to technology transfer, Elizabeth oversaw all equity financing activities for the State of Maryland as the Managing Director of the Maryland Venture Fund. Her activities focused on building an economic cluster of venture capital and venture-backed technology companies in Maryland through seed and early-stage funding of life science and advanced technology companies within the state. She remains active in the State’s venture capital activities as a member of the Maryland Venture Fund Authority.
Prior to joining the Maryland Venture Fund in 2000, she worked with two start-up medical diagnostic companies in product development positions. She has a B.S. in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering from Duke University and a M.S. in Bioengineering from the University of California, San Diego.
- Harry Geller is an entrepreneur whose career has spanned a broad range of successful startup companies. Geller has started, owned and managed fourteen multi-million dollar businesses, primarily focused in the logistics, food services and real estate fields. Four of his companies have been named to the INC. 500 list of fastest growing companies, the most recent one in 2009. He was named the EY Entrepreneur of the Year in 1992.
Mr. Geller's earliest venture, Global Mail, LTD, founded in 1987, was twice named to INC. 500 list of fastest growing companies. Global Mail was acquired in 1999 by the Deutsche Post and Geller was appointed CEO of the America's from 1999 - 2004. The company continues to thrive operating under the DHL/Global Mail brand. Mr. Geller was also the founder and owner of SoDel Concepts, a successful restaurant development company focusing on upscale, relaxed resort dining. SoDel Concepts has opened and operates five fine and casual dining seafood restaurants, all located at the Delaware Seashore. They were named to INC. 500 list as the nations fastest growing restaurant company in 2009.
For the past few years Mr. Geller has focused his love of entrepreneurship towards mentoring and educating others and serves as an Entrepreneur in Residence and member of the Board of Advisors at the University of Maryland's Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship.
Geller grew up in Montgomery County and graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1981 with BS in Business. He serves on advisory boards of various businesses in the Washington, DC area. He has held various volunteer positions including Chairman of his Logistics Trade Association and Treasurer of Young Presidents Organization (YPO).
- Louis J. Cantolupo is a Maryland Innovation Initiative Site Miner for the University Maryland, College Park. He has worked in the biotechnology industry for nearly 20 years, both at the bench top, as a founder of a contract services firm, and in business development roles both in the US and EU for firms including GenVec, Omnia Biologics, Crucell Holland, and Valneva. Over his career, Lou has developed broad experience in the licensing and partnering of biological platform technologies and products, particularly in the areas of cell-based biomanufacturing technologies, vaccines, and monoclonal antibodies. Lou holds an MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business and a BS in biotechnology from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
- Daniel Lathrop is Professor and Associate Dean for Research, College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences at the University of Maryland.
- Alastair Mackay with life sciences companies to define key opportunities, then sharpen strategies, plans, pitches, and presentations. At the Maryland Venture Fund (2013-16), he was the Senior Life Sciences Principal, reviewing investment opportunities in startups in the Therapeutics, Medical Device, Diagnostics, Health-IT, Science Tools, and Agriculture sectors. He oversaw the two dozen companies in the MVF portfolio with a business focus in these areas, holding the Fund’s Board Observer seat at Harpoon Medical and GrayBug Medical, among others. For the prior seven years, he was a Wall Street analyst for GARP Research and Securities, covering public companies in Life Sciences and other spaces. His focus: recommend stocks that were poised to benefit from sustained earnings growth fueled by the development and marketing of high-value products and services.
From 1996 to 2005, Alastair was a stem-cell scientist at Osiris Therapeutics, studying the differentiation of adult human stem cells. Away from the bench, he wrote grants, contracted outside research, and worked on SOPs and release assays for Osiris’ first IND application. As a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University in the early 1990s, he cloned and sequenced an essential protein of the chromosome to discover its function. He earned his PhD at the University of Vermont by studying how asbestos exposure leads to lung cancer. Alastair's BA is from Dartmouth College, in Earth Sciences (a field he still loves!).
Entrepreneurs in Residence
UMB - Jahan Ali
UMB - Steven Capolarello
UMB - Darryl L. Carter, M.D.
Entrepreneur-in-Resident at UM Baltimore, is a co-founder and Vice President of Research at Nora Therapeutics. Prior to joining Nora Therapeutics, Dr. Carter was a member of the faculty in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, as well as an attending physician in Diagnostic Immunology at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and The Johns Hopkins Hospital where he specialized in diseases of the immune system. Dr. Carter received his M.D. from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, where he also completed his residency in Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Laboratory Medicine. Dr. Carter also completed post-graduate fellowships at Johns Hopkins and NIH.
UMB - J. Richard Hughen
Richard Hughen’s thirty years of professional experience in the medical device industry span three start-ups, a mid-cap and three Fortune 500 companies. His background crosses diverse clinical fronts including interventional pulmonology, thoracic surgery, interventional cardiology, gastroenterology, ENT, oncology, orthopedics, gynecology, wound care, molecular diagnostics and health-IT. He is the founder of Life Science Planning, a strategic consultancy for life science companies with focus on start-up, early stage and emerging growth companies. Ric was a member of the executive team that led start-up CSA Medical from a technology license (Navy), through product development, clinical trials, five FDA clearances, CE mark, four rounds of funding ($50M) and into a profitable commercial business. Before CSA Medical, he directed the marketing efforts for the $210 M molecular diagnostics business of Becton, Dickinson (BD). Prior to BD, Ric was Managing Director of an e-learning start-up, LearnWare, which was successfully built and sold to a private equity fund. Ric also led various management, marketing, training and sales teams for Johnson & Johnson, Abbott Diagnostics and Cordis Cardiology. Ric holds MBA and BS degrees from The Pennsylvania State University. When not working, he is typically outside training for triathlon competition or umpiring little league baseball.
UMB - Rahul Singhvi, Sc.D., M.B.A.
Rahul Singhvi, Sc.D., M.B.A., Entrepreneur in Residence at UM Baltimore, recently took on the role of Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Vaccine Business Division at Takeda Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. Dr. Singhvi graduated as the top ranked chemical engineer from IIT, Kanpur, India and obtained both his M.S. and Sc.D. degrees in chemical engineering from MIT. He also received an M.B.A. degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Singhvi is a former Merck vaccine executive and the former CEO of Maryland-based Novavax.
UMB - Bob Storey
UMB Medical Device EIR Bob Storey, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at UM Baltimore, has deep industry expertise in medical devices. Mr. Storey runs the Maryland office of VIC Technology Venture Development, a firm based in the Midwest that is focused on licensing technology from universities and forming/staffing the resultant startups. The group has 14 companies under management, and Mr. Storey serves as Chairman and CEO of two of the portfolio companies: an orthopedics development company and a cardiopulmonary monitoring firm. He also sits on the Board of Directors of four other domestic and international businesses, in both the medical device and luxury products markets. Previously, Mr. Storey served as President & CEO and Executive Director of the highly successful Maryland-based Vapotherm, Inc., for over a decade, and led the company through its first FDA clearances in late 2000. Prior to that, he was Clariant’s Business Unit Vice President for their Performance Plastics Division and served in a variety of roles at Exxon Corporation. Mr. Storey holds degrees in Chemistry and in Chemical Engineering from the University of Arkansas.
UMB - Patsy Trisler
UMCP - Ed Barrientos
Ed Barrientos is CEO and Chairman of the Board of Brazen Careerist, a career focused social networking site targeting Gen Y. He is also Managing Partner of Zeitgeist Holdings, L.L.C., an angel investment firm focused on investing in early stage technology companies. From 1996 to 2005, he was President and CEO of Arc Second Inc., a high growth market leader in the field of laser based, high-precision GPS. Barrientos led Arc Second to a successful exit (acquired by Metris NV of Belgium) at the end of 2005. He sat on the Board of Directors of Metris NV, and worked as an active Board member through the Company’s IPO (2006) and its acquisition by Nikon (Japan) in 2009.
From 1993 to 1996, Barrientos served as Managing Director of Max Schlatterer GmbH & Co KG, a leading German manufacturer of products for the food, drug and machine tool industry with headquarters outside of Munich, Germany. From 1991 to 1993, he was an international marketing consultant for Management Partner GmbH, a boutique management consulting firm based in Stuttgart, Germany. He started his professional career with IBM in 1986, serving in a number of technical and marketing related positions. Barrientos holds a B.S. in Management from Virginia Commonwealth University and an MBA from the George Washington University.
UMCP - Harry Geller
Harry Geller is an entrepreneur whose career has spanned a broad range of successful startup companies. Geller has started, owned and managed fourteen multi-million dollar businesses, primarily focused in the logistics, food services and real estate fields. Four of his companies have been named to the INC. 500 list of fastest growing companies, the most recent one in 2009. He was named the EY Entrepreneur of the Year in 1992.
Mr. Geller’s earliest venture, Global Mail, LTD, founded in 1987, was twice named to INC. 500 list of fastest growing companies. Global Mail was acquired in 1999 by the Deutsche Post and Geller was appointed CEO of the America’s from 1999 - 2004. The company continues to thrive operating under the DHL/Global Mail brand. Mr. Geller was also the founder and owner of SoDel Concepts, a successful restaurant development company focusing on upscale, relaxed resort dining. SoDel Concepts has opened and operates five fine and casual dining seafood restaurants, all located at the Delaware Seashore. They were named to INC. 500 list as the nations fastest growing restaurant company in 2009.
For the past few years Mr. Geller has focused his love of entrepreneurship towards mentoring and educating others and serves as an Entrepreneur in Residence and member of the Board of Advisors at the University of Maryland’s Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship.
Geller grew up in Montgomery County and graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1981 with BS in Business. He serves on advisory boards of various businesses in the Washington, DC area. He has held various volunteer positions including Chairman of his Logistics Trade Association and Treasurer of Young Presidents Organization (YPO). Geller is married to a successful entrepreneur Nicole, and they have two children, residing in McLean, Virginia.
UMCP - Doug Humphrey
Doug Humphrey is a serial entrepreneur who has started many internet, communications and other technology-based companies. His background includes internet, satellite, cryptographic, data security and physics, but he also stresses the "human" factors in starting, funding and surviving the startup stage of a company. Currently he is advising companies of all sizes, from one person with an idea, to multi-nationals.
Doug started his first company in the 9th grade, building model rocket tracking transmitters, and it can be said that it was a profitable operation. Since then he has started nearly ten companies, resulting in spectacular success like Digex (IPO in 1997 (nasdaq: DIGX)) and Core Location in 1999 (the largest data center in the world—350 East Cermak Chicago).
Currently Doug is focused on advising and mentoring in the startup world, and is active in a number of education initiatives looking to bring change to the way that entrepreneurship is taught.
Doug grew up in the Laurel, Maryland area where he lives today with his two kids, and his wife Lisa Losito, with whom he jointly operated the "Phase One" technology incubator, one of the first to be opened in Maryland.
UMCP - John LaPides
John LaPides is the CEO and founder of Shadow Point Advisors, a Maryland-based consulting and investment firm specializing in early stage to mid-size companies. The firm provides advice to both privately held and publicly traded companies in the areas of venture and public finance, logistics, manufacturing and strategic planning. LaPides is currently the senior entrepreneur-in-residence at the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. He also serves on the center’s Board of Advisors and is an adjunct faculty member in the Smith School's Department of Management and Organization.
Prior to founding Shadow Point, LaPides spent nearly 30 years as CEO of Snow Valley, a leading regional bottled water company. He served for more than 20 years in the leadership of the International Bottled Water association and was the founder and president of QBC, Inc., the largest bottled water purchasing cooperative in the United States. He started, ran and sold several other businesses during this time before helping to found InPhonic, Inc., which soared to $450 million in sales and $1 billion in market value in less than five years. He sits on several boards, both public and private.
He lives in his home town of Annapolis, Md., and is an avid boater, musician and golfer and holds his private airplane pilots license.
UMCP - Brice Leconte
Brice is a lifelong entrepreneur with a passion for disrupting industries and building socially active companies. His current startup iUnit, is building the world’s first wireless power smart apartment unit, and will eventually aggregate enough smart technologies to create energy producing buildings. He has also started and invested in a wide range of businesses, from real estate development, to bricks and mortar, to ecommerce and tech startups.
Brice is an Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Maryland as well as an advisor and mentor at Georgetown University. He received his Masters in real estate development from Johns Hopkins University and his undergraduate degree from the Smith Business School at the University of Maryland. He is a frequent speaker and panelist and enjoys investing and mentoring early stage startups.
UMCP - Liz Sara
Liz Sara has 20 years of experience in the local high tech community as an entrepreneur, business leader, angel investor and philanthropist. In 2001, she founded Best Marketing, LLC to provide early stage software companies with strategic marketing, PR and business development services. Her company offers clients all the benefits of a full-scale, seasoned marketing department on a ‘virtual’ basis -- eliminating overhead and headcount associated with full-time staff.
Previously, she played a principal role as co-founder of SpaceWorks, an eCommerce software company, where she facilitated its startup and growth to nearly $25 million in revenue; at America Online, where she designed the PR program and investor road show for the IPO; at United Press International, where she facilitated a turn-around strategy; and for LEXIS/NEXIS, where she was instrumental in the creation and successful launch of a new division. Ms. Sara holds an M.A. in Journalism from the University of Maryland. She is a member of the Business & Professional Women’s Committee of the Corcoran; the Women’s Committee of National Museum of Women In the Arts; and the Board of the Capital City Ball. In addition, Liz Sara is a Entrepreneur-in-Residence and member of the Board of Advisors at the University of Maryland's Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship.
UMCP - Jason Shrensky, J.D.
Jason Shrensky is a local entrepreneur and angel investor who joined the Dingman Center team as an Angel in Residence in 2011. In addition to actively investing in early-stage companies, he splits his time between two startups that he recently co-founded: ÜberOffices and ComplexInterests. ÜberOffices provides co-working office space in the DC Metro area predominantly for early-stage technology and media companies. At ComplexInterests, Jason is working on developing a unique enterprise software package targeted at accounting, law, and financial services firms.
From 2000 to 2007, Shrensky was the founder and President of Reqwired, Inc., the leading learning management system among top 250 law firms and top 100 accounting firms. He sold the company in 2007 to Thomson Reuters and remained a consultant with the company through 2009. Prior to founding Reqwired, Shrensky was an intellectual property litigator in the New York office of the law firm Paul Hastings LLP. Shrensky holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from Cornell Law School.
Shrensky lives in Rockville, MD with his wife and two children. He loves ice hockey, and while ideologically a vegan, he is probably more correctly labeled a vegetarian.