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MSU Innovation Center adds nine new faces

EAST LANSING, MI — The MSU Innovation Center welcomes nine new members to teams across the office, from MSU Technologies to Spartan Innovations.

Brian Copple joins MSU Technologies with over 20 years of experience in market analysis and research, business development, and tech transfer. Previously, Copple worked as the Director of Licensing in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at The Ohio State University He will serve as a Technology Manager for MSU Technologies.

Su Jun Lim holds a Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of Rochester Medical Center. Before joining MSU Technologies as a Technology Manager, she served as a Licensing Associate at the University of Hawaii Office of Technology Transfer and Economic Development and Business Intelligence Manager at Tech Launch Arizona at the University of Arizona.

Prior to joining MSU Technologies, Karen Cronk gleaned much professional experience ranging from real estate, law, and even aviation. She received her Certified Flight Instructor Certificate and holds a Bachelor of Art in History from Wheaton College, and a Juris Doctorate from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Today, she works as the Agreement and Compliance Coordinator for MSU Technologies.

Janet Foreman joins MSU Technologies as the Executive Staff Assistant and Office Manager. She previously worked at Michigan State University, and for 10 years as the Director of Administrative Services at Medical Advantage Group, a healthcare consulting company in East Lansing.

As the Event Coordinator for the Michigan State University Foundation and Spartan Innovations, Katie Chalker is responsible for the development, organization, and execution of both organizations’ dynamic events. Prior to Spartan Innovations, Chalker worked as part of ESPN’s events staff, planning the organization’s owned-and-operated college football and basketball events.

Spartan Innovations also welcomes four Entrepreneurs-in-Residence

Previously working as the Vice President of Business Development at Ash Stevens Inc. (ASI), James Hamby has a long history in the field of science, business, and pharmaceuticals. Hamby has over 35 publications and 20 patents.

Serving as Ash Stevens Inc. (ASI) as CEO and President for 20 years, Stephen Munk also has a history in drug development and manufacture as a scientist and manager. He received his B.S. degree in chemistry at Arizona State University and his Ph.D. at The University of California at Berkeley.

Marty Toomajian received his B.S.E. degree from the University of Michigan and his M.S. degree from Michigan State University, both in Chemical Engineering. In 1995 he began his work researching the demilitarization of U.S. and Russian chemical weapons for Battelle, where he remained until 2015 as the President of Energy, Health, and Environment.

Finally, Bill Worzel joins Spartan Innovations with experience leading teams producing analytic solutions for the last 20 years. Worzel founded and ran Everist Genomics, a biotechnology company for 13 years, and has consulted for companies like Pfizer, Sanford Health, NASA, Pioneer Hi-Bred, Procter & Gamble, and Apple Computer.