Speakers Bureau

Apio, a frequent coordinator of conferences and events in the US and abroad, has developed a comprehensive Speakers Bureau. Our dynamic and distinguished speakers are leaders in the fields of licensing, venture capital, innovation management, and entrepreneurship.


Michael Batalia, Phd

Michael is a serial entrepreneur and an expert in academic technology commercialization. He served as director of technology transfer at Wake Forest University, CEO of Wide Eyed Technologies, and is a member of the Mission II Team for the Perlan Project, an effort to fly engineless aircraft to the edge of space.  Link to full profile


John Bial, MBA

John is a certified Six Sigma Blackbelt, and a respected entrepreneurship mentor. Formerly with Life Technologies, in 2009 he joined Yecuris Corporation, a startup based on university technology, as president and chief executive officer. Link to full profile


david frazee, jd

David is one of the world’s leading experts on international entrepreneurship. As a Silicon Valley based high technology strategist, entrepreneur, and attorney, he has spent his career working with innovative technology companies, entrepreneurs, and funds. Link to full profile


cathy garner, phd

Dr. Garner is an expert in innovation and place-based social and economic development. She holds a number of advisory and non-executive roles including with the Scale-Up Institute of the UK, the National Centres of Excellence in Canada, and the World Capital Institute in Mexico. Link to full profile


justin jansen, phd

Justin Jansen is Professor of Corporate Entrepreneurship at Rotterdam School of Management. Based on the impact of his research, Professor Jansen has recently been named as one of the most influential scientific minds worldwide by Thomson Reuters. Link to full profile


Taj S Mattu, PhD

Dr. Mattu is head of Foresight Science & Technology, UK. He is part of a management team that, to date, has raised £1.8m in capital and was the principle negotiator for an investment of £8.9m from a blue-chip investor in London Recycling & Renewable Energy Limited in Drenl, Ltd. Link to full profile


Cameron McCoy, MS

Cameron McCoy is the AVP for Economic Engagement at Lehigh University. A frequent speaker on the Triple Helix of Higher Education, he is on the editorial board for University-Industry Magazine. Previously with the University of Oklahoma, Cameron was named to Oklahoma Magazine’s 40 under 40 list in 2014. Link to full profile

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Alan Naidoff, DMD, JD

A 15-year veteran of Merck, Alan worked in both External Scientific Affairs, and Business Development and Licensing before taking a position with Princeton University, and then joining Apio as an associate. He holds a JD with emphasis in health law from Widener University School of Law, and a DMD from Temple University School of Dentistry. Link to full profile

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christopher noble, ms, clp, rttp

Chris Noble is an inventor, entrepreneur, technology transfer professional. He is currently Director of Corporate Engagement for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Environmental Solutions Initiative and an associate with Apio. Chris is an expert in technology valuation and is currently serving on the Board of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM). Link to full profile


Arundeep S. Pradhan, MS, RTTP

Arundeep is President and co-founder of Apio. In 2009 he served as President of AUTM, the Association of University Technology Managers. With over 30 years in the field of innovation transfer, Arundeep has provided expert testimony before Congress, given keynote addresses across the globe, and recently delivered his first TEDx Talk. Link to full profile

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Ellen Purpus, PhD

Ellen is Assistant Vice President for Enterprise & Innovation at the University of Nevada, Reno where she is charged with the management of the Innevation Center, Nevada Center for Applied Research, Nevada Industry Excellence programs, and Research & Innovation. Link to full profile

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Kristin Rencher, MBA, RTTP

Kristin is founder and managing director of Apio. She has served on the board of AUTM as Vice-President for Marketing and Communications, and as director of technology transfer programs at University of Northern Colorado, and Oregon Health & Science University. Link to full profile

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Brian Shedd, PhD

Brian is a mechanical engineer, Director of Licensing at the University of Houston, and former lead administrator of Louisiana State University’s NSF I-Corps Site Program. He also developed and managed BRUINcubate, the UCLA Entrepreneur Support Network, involving more than 20 different entrepreneurial support organizations located in and around campus. Link to full profile


Ray Wheatley, MS, CLP(E)

Ray is the former director of technology transfer at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Retired from UT after 31 years, he is an expert in negotiation skills, and teaches courses across the globe. Link to full profile


Pamela York, PhD

Pamela is the co-founder and general partner of Capita3, a venture capital group for unleashing an infusion of capital into women-led startups, and she has more than 25 years of experience as an inventor, entrepreneur, investor, and portfolio manager. Link to full profile