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Fadi Francis

Fadi Francis joined Spartan Innovations as an Entrepreneur in Residence in September 2018. He is working with Spartan Innovations and the Early Learning Institute to explore the viability of expanding the Early Learning Institute’s work in early stage autism intervention therapy.

Vijay Baragi

Dr. Vijay Baragi has a background in both large pharma and therapeutics startups and will be working with our companies IASO Therapeutics (Huang) and Tarn Biosciences (Abramovitch)

Brad Fingland

Dr. Fingland is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) at) Spartan Innovations, where he works with Michigan State University faculty and staff to facilitate commercialization of bio-based technologies discovered or developed at the university. Dr. Fingland is an experienced leader, research engineer, and technology developer in the areas of bio-based products, fuels, lubricants, catalysis, and materials science.

Robert Forgey

Mr. Forgey is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) at Spartan Innovations, where he works closely with faculty and staff to facilitate the commercialization of new technologies discovered or developed at Michigan State University. Mr. Forgey is an entrepreneurial scientist and businessman with expertise in the founding, management and financing of early stage start-up companies. He has a specific expertise in the areas of drug discovery, drug development, and life science startup companies.

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