Office of Entrepreneurship & Innovation Partnerships Employees
Assistant Vice President for Entrepreneurship 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.
Clean Energy Program Director
Alex Hagen joins our team with extensive management experience on many different types of projects including new system implementation, process improvements and change management. Alex is CFO at ShrubBucket.com and has worked with energy companies for over 9 years. He will mentoring all clean energy companies within our incubator.
Associate Director of E&IP
Laura Holmes manages the administrative staff in the office and focuses on programs and events including Innovation Day and Pre-Seed Workshop among many others. She is also involved with community non-profit events and programming, supports economic development activity, including the Start-up NY initiative, and focuses on student entrepreneurship. In addition, she is involved in the operation of the SUNY BEST program and supports the office of State and Community Relations.
Dan is leading and developing Binghamton University’s business incubation program. 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.
Entrepreneur 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.
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 also 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 representing the Clean Energy Program.
Eric Krohn is a successful inventor and entrepreneur who leverages his experience in guiding and mentoring companies at the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator. As Program Coordinator, he facilitates 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.
Director, 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.
Entrepreneur 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.
Technology Licensing Assistant
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.
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.
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 planing advice. He’s also the CEO of M.D.G in Ithaca, New York.
Integrated Marketing and Communication Specialist
Cory plays an integral role in building and engaging with the
Technology 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.
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.
Marketing & Design
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.