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Karen Studer-Rabler

Mrs. Studer-Rabeler is an experienced Business Development Professional with a demonstrated history of working in higher education. Skilled in Life Science Tools, Medical Devices, Biotechnology, Agriculture, Management, and Start-up Creation. Strong project management skills with passion to apply broad

experience to catalyze technology commercialization. She has worked with groups like the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Coy Laboratory Products, Millipore and the Hughes Research Laboratories. She has a BS degree in Microbiology from Michigan State University.

Matt Rudd

Global business leader with a record of achieving multimillion-dollar improvements in sales and profit using Lean Manufacturing to improve operational performance. Consistently deliver enterprise-spanning results by restructuring teams into a cohesive, effective whole. Extensive experience as champion of quality working tirelessly for divisional best practices. Trained in executive management, assessment, and transformation planning.

Kendell Pawelec, Ph.D.

Dr. Pawelec has a background in material sciences, metallurgy, and both mechanical and biological engineering. She has worked for the University of Cambridge, Fujifilm Manufacturing , the University of Michigan and as an industry consultant for medical devices.

Dr. Pawelec is a Spartan Innovations EIR working as the CEO of FibrosIX, a SBIR funded startup developing anti-fibrotic small molecule therapeutics to both prevent and reverse fibrotic disease.

Thomas Stewart

Mr. Stewart is a professional manager and business coach, with primary expertise in organizational design, program design, and operational strategy. Over the last decade, he has provided consultation to hundreds of organizations in a wide range of industries. Tom has formerly served Downtown Lansing, Inc., the REO Town Commercial Association, the Capital Area United Way's Young Leader's Society, the Board of Directors for the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Capital Area United Way, and the Lansing Symphony Orchestra.

John McIntyre, Ph.D.

Dr. McIntyre has led companies from the R&D stage to successful commercial ventures with product sales in domestic and international markets. He has led mergers & acquisitions of several companies, participated in an IPO and raised capital for early-stage companies through the utilization of novel financing strategies. He is the President of Life Science Advisors, a consulting firm to a diversity of life science organizations.

Michael Kraft

Mr. Kraft is an experienced public and private CEO of advanced materials and precision technology companies and has led early stage ventures, mid-sized companies of $100-300 million, and in a #2 role grew a public company from $100M to $1B. He has broad experience in: Semiconductors, Solar, LED, Li Ion Battery, Sensors, isotopic chemistry, and neutron/neutron radiography applications. Michael is currently a Founder/Managing Director of MKT Partners, an Executive Advisory and Interim C-Level group, an Independent Board Director, and a World Bank Venture Mentor.

Michelle Tokarz, Ph.D.

Dr. Tokarz has spent the last 7 years as an entrepreneur, most recently as a Principal Scientist responsible for chemical and characterization studies for Upland Nanotech a spin-off company from Michigan Tech University. Before that, she was part of an energy efficient lighting company ( BDT LightSource/ AGT) which grew annual sales to over $7.0 million, completed 4 rounds of funding and in Jan 2016 sold controlling interests to Ushio American a leading global lighting company.

Kenneth Foster, Ph.D.

Dr. Foster is a senior technology executive with broad international experience developing and commercializing novel technology and products for the electronics, industrial, packaging and automotive industries. He has over 25 years of experience in product development at the Dow Chemical Company and General Electric legacy organizations (i.e., Momentive Performance Materials, Exatec, Sabic), leading teams in the U.S., Germany, China, Korea and Japan. He has had roles ranging from product developer through Global R&D Director and Sr. Director of Innovation.

Keith Evans, Ph.D.

Dr. Evans is a leading technology and business expert in post-silicon semiconductors, especially wide bandgap semiconductors. He began his career as a research scientist at Air Force Research Laboratory where he built a world-class group over 13 years in advancing the crystal growth technology for manufacturing high frequency transistors and high-power laser diodes for defense applications.

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.