Delaware Innovation Space announces a nationwide advisory council - Delaware


Jul. 17, 2019 11:36 am

Delaware Innovation Space announces a nationwide advisory council

From Argonne National Labs to Penn to Johnson & Johnson, here are the science center's new Entrepreneurial Advisory Council members.

A wet lab at the DIS.

(Courtesy photo)

The Delaware Innovation Space (DIS) in Wilmington has a lot to offer entrepreneurs in the sciences, including its First Fund program for science startups, with awards up to $75,000 in DIS funding to young startups in the areas of healthcare, industrial biotechnology, advanced materials, nutrition, renewable energy and chemical ingredients.

You can now add this to the list of DIS resources: its recently announced Entrepreneurial Advisory Council (EAC) with experts from all over the country, representing universities, labs, companies and investment ventures.

Here’s the foundational class of the EAC:

  • Saeed Amidi 
    Founder and CEO, Plug and Play Tech Center and Ventures 
    Partner, Amidzad Ventures 
  • Michael Burychka 
    Founder and CEO, IP Group, Inc. 
  • John Carlisle 
    Director, Chain Reaction Innovations at Argonne National Lab 
  • Vanessa Z. Chan 
    Professor of Material Science & Engineering and Innovation & Entrepreneurship at University of Pennsylvania
    Partner, Robin Hood Ventures 
  • Frederick (Rick) Jones 
    Partner at BioAdvance 
  • Cheryl Martin 
    Founder, Harwich Partners 
    Former Director, ARPA-E 
  • Purnesh Seegopaul
    General Partner, Pangaea Ventures 
  • Ben Solomon 
    Founder and Managing Partner, FedTech 
  • Robert Urban 
    Former/Retired Global Head, Johnson & Johnson Innovation, LLC 
  • Andrea Wesser-Brawner 
    Senior VP of Strategy and Partnerships, International Business Innovation Association

“I am excited to partner with the EAC and their diverse wisdom and perspectives to enable the Delaware Innovation Space to provide the best home for science entrepreneurs and their startups,” said Bill Provine, CEO of the Delaware Innovation Space, in a press statement. “Our goal at the Innovation Space is to rapidly accelerate science-based startups to market years earlier than otherwise would be achieved.”


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