Entrepreneurship & Innovation Partnerships
Per StromhaugAssistant Vice President for Innovation and Economic Development
Per Stromhaug oversees the office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Partnerships including tech transfer activities, the start-up suite, entrepreneurial support and economic growth initiatives. He is also overseeing the new High Technology Incubator in downtown Binghamton and is the lead contact for the Start-up NY initiative at Binghamton University.
Scott HancockDirector, IP Management and Licensing
Scott Hancock is involved in all aspects of protecting, leveraging and transferring University intellectual property assets to company commercialization partners. His responsibilities include exploring the business case for inventions generated campus-wide, managing faculty and student engagement with patent counsel, marketing technologies and negotiating options and licenses. He also takes the lead in crafting confidentiality, material transfer and inter-institutional agreements. He works closely with the Office of Sponsored Programs relative to intellectual property rights in grants and contracts.
Laura HolmesAssistant Director of E&IP
Laura Holmes is the Assistant Director of the Office of Entrepreneurship & Innovation Partnerships at Binghamton University and part of the team that manages the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator. She works closely with start up companies in both the Koffman Incubator as well as companies in the Start up Suites on the university's campus, manages the administrative staff for the department and focuses on programming and events including student entrepreneurship and community events like Breaking Down the Silos and SUNY BEST. Laura is a Binghamton NY native and is the lead for Binghamton University's Innovation and Economic Prosperity Designation by the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities. Laura is involved with K-12 programming across the Broome-Tioga BOCES district and works closely with other economic development agencies in the region.
Kenneth McLeodEntrepreneur in Residence
Ken McLeod serves as the Entrepreneur in Residence at Binghamton University, where his work focuses on identifying students and staff with an entrepreneurial interest and assisting them in the launch of new high-growth ventures. He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from MIT, and completed post-doctoral studies in Anatomy and Cell Biology at Tufts University. His research expertise is in the area of electromagnetic interactions with living tissue, and he holds over 25 patents in this area. He is a serial entrepreneur, having launched twelve ventures over the past 30 years, primarily in the health and wellness industry.
Anthony FronteraEntrepreneur in Residence
Tony Frontera is a lecturer in entrepreneurship at Binghamton University with 25 years of sales and management experience in specialty retailing and manufacturing. He also has a background in marketing through his time heading up marketing for the McIntosh Laboratory.
Scott MoserTechnology Licensing Associate
Scott Moser focuses on leveraging, transferring, and licensing University intellectual property assets to company commercialization partners. His responsibilities include preparing analytical and evaluative state-of-the-art assessments on the patent and commercial potential of inventions through a thorough review of highly-specialized information from patent data bases, interviews with inventors and company representatives, and additional research and analysis. He received his law degree from Capital University Law School, and is a registered patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Dan MoriDirector of Business Incubation
Dan Mori is leading and developing Binghamton University's business incubation program. He assisted in opening the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator in June of 2017. Dan is the president and chair of Employment Solutions and founder of "Launch to Greatness". He also facilitated the Southern Tier Meet Up events for over three years and has an extensive knowledge in strategic planning and business development.
Mike DriscollFinancial Advisor
Mike Driscoll has joined our team as a consultant for the start-up companies. Mike has several years of experience as a business advisor and worked with the Small Business Development Center providing small businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurs with business planning advice. He's also the CEO of M.D.G in Ithaca, New York.
Alex HagenClean Energy Program Director
Eric KrohnProgram Coordinator
Eric Krohn is a successful inventor and entrepreneur that will leverage his experience to provide guidance and mentoring to companies at the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator. As Program Coordinator, he will facilitate the programming to help startups grow and succeed, with an emphasis on veteran entrepreneurship. Eric's companies include Gyro Heat Technologies, b-Safe Products, and Cubed CBD Tinctures.
Emma BaudendistelProgram Administrator
Emma Baudendistel provides support to the Office of Entrepreneurship & Innovation Partnership. She serves as a key coordinator in event planning for the department and assists with Start-Up companies at Binghamton University. She provides support to the Assistant Vice President for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development. Emma assists the Southern Tier Clean Energy Program Director with recruiting companies to the region and represents the Clean Energy Program.
Amy BreskiAdministrative Assistant
Amy is the Administrative Assistant for the E&IP office, supporting all staff members as well as the Assistant Vice President. Amy's role is critical in the daily operations of the department and assists in the planning and execution of events both on campus and at the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator. She supports the start up companies located at the Innovative Technologies Complex (ITC) as well as the office's technology transfer activities. Amy makes arrangements for our visitors and welcomes them at the ITC office.
Cory KimmellBusiness Development Assistant
Cory plays an integral role in building and engaging with the startup community in creating effective strategies that will promote the long-term growth. Cory is implementing marketing communications to strengthen and grow the entrepreneurship eco-system and programming within the incubators.
Olga PetrovaTechnology Transfer Licensing Associate
Dr. Olga Petrova applies her life sciences training, expertise, and experience working with industry to the Binghamton University portfolio of technology transfer cases. She engages faculty researchers in the assessment, patenting, and commercialization of new technologies arising from Binghamton research groups. Olga holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, and has completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship through the Roche pharma research and early development (pRED) program.
Sarah BuerkerTechnology Transfer Intern
Sarah is helping the team develop commercialization plans for the cutting edge portfolio of technologies being developed and researched at Binghamton University. She brings to the team experience with patent and market research, lean startups, grant and proposal experience, and policy analysis. Sarah is a senior majoring in Economics and Sociology.
Julia is a returning intern who has had past experience with the Binghamton U E&IP department writing in our annual magazine. She brings to the team diverse experience from within the journalistic world. She writes for multiple Binghamton U publications and is coming off a marketing internship in NYC! She plays an integral roll in the department with her skill in content creation and a bright personality to compliment.
Steve PierceFacilities Coordinator
In a sense, Steve is the 'face of the building'. He possesses the skills needed to manage many aspects of the physical building. Moreover, he provides a bright personality and detail-oriented precision to keep up with the ever-changing atmosphere of the Incubator. Positioned at the front desk, he is the first face seen upon entering and the last upon leaving. First impressions are everything, and we are glad to have Steve as that positive impression.