H.P. (Herb) Beers brings extensive business experience to his current role as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute. He joined the Institute in 2015 and has been involved in multiple phases of its activities since then.
He has owned seven companies ranging from a life sciences start-up to a high growth, regional leader in advanced electronic manufacturing technologies, to manufacturers of both capital equipment and consumable products for major industries. His life sciences experience includes leading the fund raising for a start-up cancer diagnostics company serving as its Chairman, and in several biomed engagements at the Institute. Herb also leads a consulting and private investing business where he provides strategic, C-level advisory services to clients in early healthcare businesses and mature industries.
Prior to owning his own companies, Herb was a fast track executive at a Fortune 200 company where he was the president of an autonomous division and several subsidiary companies. In addition to senior executive positions, he has led multiple merger and acquisition initiatives for his own account, for clients and for his former employer.
Herb’s span and depth of business leadership positions has enabled him to establish strong skills in identifying opportunities, developing the related strategies and creating winning businesses.
Phone: (412) 492-1705
Eric Boduch has been involved with both startup and publicly traded software companies in senior management positions since 1995. He has extensive technology marketing, product management, strategy development and business development experience. He currently is a founder and board member of Pendo.io, a venture backed software company. Pendo is a data driven platform for product engagement that enables companies to improve onboarding, understand product usage and help retain customers. Previously, he was CEO of SMaSh, a mobile SMS technology company, and was VP of Marketing for Vitria Inc., a publicly traded software vendor based in silicon valley. Before Vitria, Mr. Boduch held senior positions at Embarcadero Technologies, ProductSoft, and Cerebellum Software. He has a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.
Phil Brooks, MBA
Phil has served as a consultant or C-level executive with six startups and two established companies in manufacturing, mining, information technology, entertainment and life sciences. One exists today as Cook Myosite and for another, Jump Start Associates, Time Capitalists,SM he served as co-founder and CEO, assisting early stage businesses prepare for their first outside capital and as an active member of their management team. He co-leads the National Science Foundation-funded Pitt Ventures program to help faculty researchers and students listen to customers and help them build market winning value into their innovative solutions.
The consulting business he began over 20 years ago with his wife has provided grant writing assistance to clients resulting in almost $7 million in awarded SBIR/STTR funding. Prior to this, Phil owned a public relations firm focused on the high tech sector, served as a director with Big Six accounting firms in Pittsburgh, was a partner with an economic consulting firm in Washington, DC and a chemist in the pharmaceutical sector in New York.
Phil currently serves as Chairman of BlueTree Allied Angels’ Growth and Transaction Committee and is a member of the Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association. He has an MBA from CMU, an MS in Pharmacotherapeutics from LIU Brooklyn and a BS in Biology from UConn.
Kelly M. Dane brings experience as both an Investment Banker and Private Equity Investor, serving as an Executive in Residence at the Innovation Institute. She provides technical expertise in both finance and investing, with a focus on the commercialization and monetization of University IP and start-ups. She is the founder of Dane Consulting, a strategic consulting firm for start-ups, investors, and small business owners. Previously, she served in various investment banking and private equity roles in New York City and Pittsburgh, including roles at Incline Equity Partners, Jefferies, and PNC Bank.
Dr. Ketaki Desai recently joined FortyX80, as part of the Pittsburgh Technology Council, where she will lead efforts to help entrepreneurs navigate the process of capitalizing their growth plans, as the Director of Growth Capital. Ketaki recently stepped down as the Executive Director of the LindenPointe Development Corporation (LDC) based in Hermitage, PA. The LDC runs the eCenter at LindenPointe, a business incubator that helps startups with mentoring, business development and investor connections. The organization also runs a yearlong program for training high school seniors in the entrepreneurial mindset called the Entrepreneurship Academy. Ketaki recently participated as one of the Global Talents at the first-ever UNLEASH Innovation Lab in Denmark. In 2017, she was awarded the Business Women’s First Award. One of Pittsburgh’s “40 Under 40” honorees, Ketaki’s experience ranges from co-founding and leading a data analytics startup in manufacturing, PlantMetrix, to leading an education technology startup, LeSyn Labs, and a healthcare technology startup, BlenderHouse. Ketaki has a Doctorate in Biomedical Sciences from Texas A&M University, a Master’s in Public Management from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from Pune University, India.
Mara J. Horwitz, MD
Mara is a Board-certified endocrinologist who received her BA from Northwestern University and her MD from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. She completed both her internal medicine residency and a research-based endocrine fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. Since completing her training, Dr. Horwitz has held academic positions as a clinician and clinical researcher at Columbia University, SUNY Stonybrook and the University of Minnesota. She is currently an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh where the majority of her career has focused on NIH funded clinical research in metabolic bone disease. She has also participated in numerous pharmaceutical sponsored clinical trials and currently holds two IND’s. In addition, Mara has been a long-standing member of the University of Pittsburgh Conflict of Interest Committee and she serves as the Medical Monitor for the Education and Compliance Office for Human Subject Research.
Michael brings more than 20 years of experience in clinical research, drug and medical device development across a wide range of therapeutic areas. He is the Vice President for Regulatory Affairs, Behavioral Science, and Innovation at Pinney Associates, a pharmaceutical consulting firm.
Michael’s drug development experience includes serving as Cypress Bioscience’s Vice President of Corporate and Clinical Development, where he had responsibility for development of the drug and medical device portfolio for multiple CNS assets, including the FDA approval of Savella (milnacipran) for fibromyalgia. Before joining Cypress, he worked at Amylin Pharmaceuticals, leading drug development teams focused on orphan drug development for rare metabolic diseases, and combination peptide and protein therapies for obesity. Michael also served as Vice President of Scientific Affairs at invivodata, where he was responsible for scientific consulting on patient-reported outcome claim construction for more than 50 drug development programs. An entrepreneur, Michael has co-founded and raised venture and angel capital for multiple pharmaceutical, device, and mobile health companies including NQ Oncology, e-Nicotine Technology, and MindApps.
Michael is a graduate of Purdue University. He earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh before completing a Research and Clinical Fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
Phil Marzolf has dedicated the last 3 decades of his professional life commercializing new technology. He led engineering teams at National Semiconductor, Maxim Integrated Products, and SUN Microsystems introducing first to market integrated circuits (IC) in the Ethernet, 3G cellular, and Server markets. He was CTO for nSerial, an angel-backed start-up focusing on 10Gb/s Ethernet, which was acquired by Intel. Subsequently, he held general management positions and led companies in the US and Europe in the communication and automotive segments.
For the past 5 years, Phil has focused on augmenting technical founders as they commercialize innovations through leading market discovery, market development, operations and early stage sales for their organizations. Phil’s current interest is on power-efficient hardware and intelligent software systems for Internet-of-Things (IoT) applications.
Phil earned a BSEE from the University of Notre Dame, a MSEE from Santa Clara University, and a MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Joe Marcanio is a seasoned operations professional with solid start-up experience, accomplished in technology development and manufacturing. An engineer by training, his technical skills and business values were forged in high-tech, large-scale manufacturing operations serving competitive global markets. His technology background includes microcircuits, biosensors, chemical processing, and materials and he is named as inventor on over 20 patent applications. On the business side, Joe successfully pitched venture deals to senior leadership of Fortune 500 companies and raised over $50M in financing for startup projects. He has held COO and CEO roles, and was responsible for the design, construction, and operation of a plant that delivered $50M to Sony’s bottom line. He has developed strategic relationships in Europe and Asia and is one of only three industry experts invited to NSF’s 2014 workshop to develop the National Nanotechnology Coordinated infrastructure program.
Jeanine is the President of the McCreary Group, a company which helps large and small organizations with project analysis, development, implementation, and management. Jeanine has extensive experience in program & curriculum development in the areas of entrepreneurship, financial literacy, life skills training, and real estate. Jeanine served on the board of directors of the Erie School District and has been nominated to be seated on the National School Board of Directors. Previously she served on the Pennsylvania State Board of Education. Jeanine holds a BS degree from Penn State University.
Kevin Mendelsohn is a Venture Partner at JumpStart Inc., a northeast Ohio-based venture development and investment organization. Mr. Mendelsohn has approximately twenty years of experience working in investment and operational management roles for early stage medtech and biotechnology companies. Most recently, he led finance and corporate development at CardioInsight Technologies, an electrocardiographic mapping company that was acquired by Medtronic, a leading international medical device company.
Don is a serial entrepreneur and visionary leader who has consistently leveraged technology to improve the customer experience and top and bottom-line results. Don has been involved in the growth and development of several businesses, including American Eagle Outfitters, from one to 165 stores as President and CEO, Sundance Catalog Company as Executive Director, and Bear Creek Corporation as Senior VP of Sales and Marketing. He is currently chairman of deal flow for BlueTree Allied Angels, a Pittsburgh-based angel investment organization. Mr. Morrison is actively involved in mentoring and coaching several startup and early-stage companies in the region and serves on several boards of directors and advisors including, Pittsburgh Green Building Alliance and was the previous Chairman of The Linden Pointe Development Corporation which operates The eCenter @ Linden Pointe and The Entrepreneurship Academy program for area high school students.
Joanna is a Business Innovation Advisor with Brights Lights Innovations helping small businesses create profitable growth with accelerated times to market. Since 2007, she held various B2B Marketing Executive roles with Westinghouse Electric Company. She helped create numerous business opportunities leveraging a range of advanced technologies. Joanna’s specific expertise includes business model design, product concept development, financial planning, and partnerships with early-adopter customers. Joanna has collaborated with a number of educational organizations on the cutting edge of marketing and innovation, including Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, The Institute for the Study of Business to Business Markets (the only B2B Think Tank) at Penn State’s Smeal College of Business, and the International Center for Studies in Creativity at Buffalo State. She has a BA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.She also earned a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt certification.
Antonio (Tony) Torres
Tony has over 30 years of experience and has held numerous senior management positions in the Chemicals, Materials and Construction products sectors. He founded and currently operates FreeRadicals LLC, a consulting firm and investment holding company exclusively focused on sustainable building and construction methods and materials, packaging and renewable energy. Prior to FreeRadicals Tony co-founded Triventas LLC, a small-cap investment firm and was Sr. Consultant at Headwaters, a merchant banking and advisory company. These opportunities came after a long career in the chemicals industries where he worked for leading firms including Dow Chemical and Nova Chemicals. At Nova, Tony was President of its construction materials business, SYNTHEON Inc., and ran its Performance Styrenics business with accountability for over $300M in revenue. While at Dow Chemical he held numerous global assignments including; Global Business Director for Corporate New Ventures Global Growth Center, the founding of Dow Fibers Solutions, Polyolefin’s and Elastomers, as well as DOWBRANDS Consumer Products. He also oversaw the construction of an elastomeric fiber plant during this tenure.
In the last five years Tony has focused on building a global construction business through the formation of wholly-owned or joint venture companies in India, Chile, Mexico and the United States. He especially focused on the identification of critical and capable partners to successfully start-up technology based companies. Through partner companies like Reliance Industries in India and Grupo Idesa in Mexico Joint Ventures were started in record time. Mr. Torres was CEO of the India venture, Reliance Innovative Building Systems for nearly 2 years.
Tony has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from University of Miami, Florida. He has completed the Executive Programs at MIT for Management of Technology and the Thunderbird International Management Executive Program. Tony is fluent in Spanish and additionally is an adjunct professor for Entrepreneurship at Duquesne University.
Phone: (412) 383-8191