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Stromhaug Per
Per Stromhaug
Associate Vice President for Innovation and Economic Development
(607) 777-5873

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 also oversees the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator in downtown Binghamton and is the lead contact for the START-UP NY initiative at Binghamton University.

Olga Petrova
Olga Petrova
Assistant Director
(607) 777-5088

Olga Petrova manages the life sciences and biomedical portfolio for E&IP, facilitating patenting and commercialization of new technologies arising from Binghamton University research. She also oversees the Binghamton Acceleration of Cleantech Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (XCEED) program and serves as coordinator and instructor for the Innovation Binghamton I-Corps Site.

Amy Breski
Amy Breski
Administrative Assistant
(607) 777-5870

Amy Breski is the administrative assistant for the E&IP office, supporting all staff as well as the assistant vice president. Her 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 startup companies located at the Innovative Technologies Complex (ITC) as well as the office's technology transfer activities. Breski makes arrangements for our visitors and welcomes them at the ITC office.

Scott Hancock
Scott Hancock
Director, IP Management and Licensing
(607) 777-5874

Scott Hancock takes the lead in transferring University technologies to company commercialization partners. His responsibilities include establishing the business case for inventions, building the campus patent portfolio, marketing technologies, and negotiating options and licenses. He also crafts confidentiality, material transfer and inter-institutional agreements in service to faculty and research center projects. Hancock works closely with the Office of Sponsored Programs in shaping intellectual property right terms and conditions in research contracts.


Fabiola Moreno Olivas
Technology Licensing Assistant

Fabiola is a recent PhD graduate from Binghamton University's Biomedical Engineering department. She reviews invention disclosures in the life sciences and biomedical fields, evaluating their market potential, as well as their position compared with other technologies available. She also assists with the marketing of current technologies, as well as with outreach efforts pertaining the current BU IP portfolio.


Laura Holmes
Laura Holmes
Entrepreneur in Residence Student Entrepreneurship

Laura Holmes is the former associate director of the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Partnerships at Binghamton University and Director of Operations at the Koffman. After retiring from her previous role, she became the lead mentor for student entrepreneurs.

Michael Jagielski
Michael Jagielski
Program Director of the Southern Tier Clean Energy Incubator
(607) 777-5096

Michael (Mike) Jagielski is a seasoned business executive and technology entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience working with CEOs of companies ranging from SMB to Fortune 100. For 8 years he served as COO of Micatu Inc. , the "grand prize winner" of the inaugural 76West Clean Energy Competition. Leveraging his expertise in the areas of Big Data Analytics, Solution Sales Methodologies and Business Monetization Strategies, he has the tools and passion to progress clean energy companies within the SCI program.

Eric Krohn
Eric Krohn
Director of Business Incubation
(607) 288-2309

Eric Krohn is a successful inventor and entrepreneur who leverages his experience in guiding and mentoring companies at the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator and the Innovative Technologies Complex. As director of business incubation, he facilitates programming to help startups grow and succeed, with an emphasis on high-tech, high-growth ventures. Krohn's companies include Gyro Heat Technologies, b-Safe Products and Cubed Naturals.

Emma Baudendistel
Emma Smith
Clean Energy Program Manager & Events Manager

Emma Smith provides extensive support to the Southern Tier Clean Tech Incubator, recruiting companies to the region and working directly with NYSERDA on grant milestones. She serves as  the manager for event planning and community sponsorship.

Tony Frontera
Anthony Frontera
Entrepreneur in Residence
(607) 777-4120

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. 

Julia Carmel
Steve Pierce
Building Manager 

Steve Pierce navigates the complexities of the Koffman Incubator's unique facility and tenant needs. He oversees the health of the building through coordinating proper maintenance, upkeep and upgrades. Pierce works with tenants to best assist requests, bookings and issues as they present themselves.

Nick Zwierlein
Client Relationship Manager

As the Client Relationship Manager, Nick helps the Koffman Incubator manage relationships with existing clients and stakeholders to maximize the impact of the incubator programs and resources. In addition, he recruits promising ventures with high growth potential. Nick’s efforts help develop deeper connections with local business community, partners, investors, and stakeholders to further the mission of developing a diverse and supportive ecosystem.

Sharon Malone
Sharon Malone
Event Coordinator & Facilities Administrator
(607) 777-5094

Sharon Malone focuses on guest impressions and high-level client satisfaction, creating extraordinary experiences for everone at the Koffman incubator. She delivers an optimal working environment while providing administrative support and facilities solutions that are both high-quality an cost effective.

Shannon Gerlach
Communications Specialist
(607) 725-0478

Shannon Gerlach oversees marketing initiatives for the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator as well as the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Partnerships. She provides overall brand strategy and management and develops unique, cross-platform content for digital and print assets, social media, websites, videos and more.

Last Updated: 10/12/22