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Erik Klink

As a steely eyed missile man, Erik serves as the Salesforce Administrator for the Michigan State University Foundation and its subsidiaries, including Spartan Innovations. Erik is responsible for developing efficient processes within and around the instance of Salesforce. The data he manages is integral to the health of MSU Hatch's programming, as well as the startups served by Spartan Innovations and the University Corporate Research Park.

Kathleen Chalker

As the Event Coordinator for the Michigan State University Foundation and Spartan Innovations, Chalker is responsible for the development, organization, and execution of both organizations’ dynamic events.

Aaryn D. Richard

As the Communications Manager for the Michigan State University Foundation and its subsidiaries, Richard is responsible for clear communications, brand perception development, team leadership, and public relations. A committed storyteller, he strives to connect and engage audiences with vibrant content.

Gabriela M. Allum

As the New Venture Associate, Gabriela works with Spartan Innovations and the MSU Foundation. With Spartan Innovations, she is responsible for providing administrative support to the Venture Creation Team. She also assists with the Fellows program and other various Venture Creation Team needs. Her role with the MSU Foundation is to manage the Technology Innovation Center, working with high-tech startup companies to expedite company growth and provide daily oversight and management to the business incubator space.

Frank A. Urban

Frank Urban specializes in commercializing early stage therapeutics and diagnostics within the life sciences.  Prior to Spartan Innovations, Frank was a Licensing Associate in the Office of Technology Commercialization at Wayne State University.  Prior to that, he had varied business development, sales and scientific roles for a number of life science companies, to include Everist Genomics, Charles River Laboratories, MIR Preclinical Services, Molecular Imaging Products, Pfizer and Parke Davis.  He has also worked as a consultant for numerous start-up companies and managed various laborator

Andrew McColm

Andrew McColm came to MSU from the venture capital industry where he was Managing Director of a $100M, Midwest-focused venture capital fund.  Prior to his work in venture capital, Andrew was Associate Director at the University of Michigan Office of Technology Transfer where he oversaw the Business Formation unit responsible for the creation of startup companies based on University technology. During his tenure at UM, the group produced more than three dozen startups and developed a robust pipeline of pending projects.

David Washburn

Dave is Executive Director of the Michigan State University Foundation which promotes and funds many facets related to the commercialization of intellectual property through its subsidiaries Spartan Innovations, University Corporate Research Park, Red Cedar Ventures, and MBI, as well as its partnerships with MSU-Business Connect, MSU Technologies and LEAP.

Charles Hasemann, Ph.D.

Charles A. Hasemann, PhD, Assistant Vice President for Innovation and Economic Development at the Michigan State University Innovation Center, earned his doctorate in Molecular Immunology and performed his post-doctoral training in X-ray Crystallography. As an Assistant Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, he established an NIH-funded laboratory studying immune system-related protein structure and function.

Lori Fischer

Lori Fischer is the Events and Student Program Manager at Spartan Innovations. After assisting in establishing the Spartan Innovations office in 2012, Lori now manages the MSU student startup "Hatch" incubator program, encouraging entrepreneurial growth, as well as managing a team of 20+ interns.  She coordinates and manages entrepreneurial events and business pitch competitions in collaboration with Michigan State University, MSU Innovation Center, LEAP and the State of Michigan (MEDC).

Paul Jaques

As the Director of Student and Community Engagement for Spartan Innovations, Paul Jaques works with the MSU undergraduate students on their business ideas and inventions to potentially get them to market. This effort is combined with funding from two endowments, Forest Akers and Gerstacker, which are available to the undergraduate students. He also works with the State of Michigan community on all entrepreneurial efforts and events.