Cliff Berkman is a professor of Chemistry at WSU and co-founder of Cancer Targeted Technology (CTT). CTT is focused on utilizing small molecule enzyme inhibitors as targeting molecules for the delivery of diagnostic and therapeutic agents for cancer. He has been successful in obtaining numerous grants for this work (NIH, DoD, and LSDF), including SBIR grants. CTT currently has a diagnostic agent for prostate cancer awaiting approval by the FDA to initiate clinical trials in 2016. Cliff is also working to develop a platform chemical linker technology that promises to solve technological shortcomings ofantibody-drug conjugates, controlled release drugs, and drug-eluting stents.
Allison Coffin is an assistant professor of neuroscience at WSU on the Vancouver campus. Her research examines the cellular mechanisms of hearing loss and seeks novel drug therapies for hearing loss prevention, including research with RTI International on lead compound optimization of natural product derivatives. In collaboration with M3 Biotechnology, her lab is currently testing a drug candidate to prevent antibiotic-induced hearing loss. Allison is the Entrepreneurial Faculty Ambassador for the Vancouver campus.
Clint Cole is an adjunct professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer science. Clint has contributed to saving perhaps tens of thousands of people as one of a small group to develop the world’s most popular portable defibrillator. A former paramedic, Cole went to work at engineering firms working on the development of portable defibrillators after his studies at WSU. He and a group of fellow research engineers left in 1992 to found Heartstream. The innovation of the Heartstream product entailed the use of a bi-phasic wave form. The machines hit the market in 1996 and soon after, the original group sold the company to Hewlett-Packard. Clint is well known in the business community in and around the Palouse, and can help connect WSU researchers to local business.
Amit Dhingra is an Associate Professor in the Department of Horticulture and a graduate faculty in two interdisciplinary graduate programs. In 2012, Amit founded Phytelligence Inc., the first agriculture biotechnology spin off out of WSU, with four of his graduate students. Phytelligence is a platform agricultural biotechnology company that is revolutionizing the way food crops are grown by developing and commercializing innovative solutions for growers. As an EFA, Dhingra can provide experience-based advice regarding various forms of intellectual property and strategies to safeguard it, pathways to commercialization of a concept in an academic institution, building entrepreneurial teams and pitfalls to avoid when taking a concept to market.
Joe Harding is a professor of physiology and neuroscience at WSU, and co-founder of M3 Biotechnology. M3 Biotechnology is a young therapeutics company that has a novel platform of pharmaceuticals that modifies growth-factor systems. The company’s lead compound, MM-201, is being advanced as a first in class, orally available, Blood Brain Barrier permeate and disease-modifying treatment for Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. The compound is poised to start clinical trials this year, and several other compounds are in the pipeline. As an EFA, Joe looks forward to sharing his experience in patenting and licensing discoveries, obtaining funding from agencies such as NIH, LSDF, and starting companies.
Grant Norton is Dean of the Honors College and Professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering. In 2007, Professor Norton co-founded GoNano Technologies, a start-up company focused on applications of a unique nanomaterial platform. More recently, his research on next-generation battery materials was licensed to Seattle-based Intellectual Ventures. As an EFA, Norton shares his expertise with the National Science Foundation’s SBIR program, technology licensing, and developing business plans for early-stage funding.
Marie Mayes serves as Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Carson College of Business at Washington State University. She teaches Business Plan classes in the Carson College of Business and collaboratively with Dr. Howard Davis in the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture. In her current role, Marie oversees the WSU Business Plan Competition and mentors and coaches student entrepreneurs on all phases of business development with the goal of increasing entrepreneurial activities and encouraging student-led startups. She assists with the Frank Scholars, Boeing Scholars, E-Connection and accompanies students on industry site visits to Silicon Valley.
Katrina Mealey, DVM, PhD, is the director of the Program in Individualized Medicine at WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine. The WSU patented genetic test she developed to identify dogs at risk for developing adverse drug reactions has been licensed nationally and internationally (4 continents), and is currently the 2nd highest royalty-generating technology at Washington State University. Katrina can provide input to Individuals interested in commercializing their ideas without starting a company, and can provide resources for WSU employees with questions regarding WSU conflict of interest policies.
Dr. Changki Mo is Associate Professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Washington State University Tri-Cities. His research interest includes vehicular and structural vibration control, smart materials and structures: vibration-based piezoelectric energy harvesting, MEMS actuators and sensors, and adaptive structures using shape memory polymers, and agricultural robotics and automation. Much of his current research focuses on robotic end-effector design for tree fruit harvesting, vibration-based piezoelectric energy harvesting, and morphing systems using shape memory polymer. He has published about 70 peer reviewed journal and conference articles and one book chapter.
Mark VanDam, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences in the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine on the Spokane campus. His research is focused on the intersection of language and modern technologies such as automatic speech recognition and processing, wearables and biofeedback. He is currently working to develop a wearible feedback device for adults with Parkinson’s disease. Mark serves as the Spokane Entrepreneurial Faculty Ambassador liaison to the WSU Spokane campus.
Jay Wright is an Emeritus Regents Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Veterinary and Comparative Anatomy, Pharmacology and Physiology (VCAPP), as well as programs in Neuroscience and Biotechnology. Jay is a long time collaborator with Joe Harding and co-founder of M3 Biotechnology. He is the co-author of over 200 peer reviewed publications and co-inventor of three issued, two published and two provisional patents. Jay has extensive experience navigating the commercialization path as a tenure track faculty and department chair.
Glenn D. Prestwich is the Chancellor’s Distinguished Visiting Professor at Washington State University and Interim Leader of the EFA program. His goal is to help the WSU EFA create a robust culture of impact that allows discoveries on campus to be developed into viable products that will positively affect the lives of people in Washington state and beyond. He has co-founded 9 companies, including Echelon Biosciences, Glycosan BioSystems (now BioTime), Sentrx Animal Care, GlycoMira Therapeutics, Metallosensors, and Deuteria Agrochemicals. Dr. Prestwich is also the Presidential Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Presidential Special Assistant for Faculty Entrepreneurs at the University of Utah where he created and directs the Entrepreneurial Faculty Scholars program at Utah.