Session #1 - Life Science Ventures Addressing COVID-19
Managing Director of Life Sciences - Innovation Works
Larry has more than 20 years experience in leading and managing medical device companies to identify commercializeable IP and accelerate product development, raise venture capital, manage cash flow, identify market opportunities and generate sales, sustain profits, and implement productivity and quality improvement practices. His background includes 16 years of P&L and balance sheet management of divisions as large as $600M in sales to as small as a skunk works product development team designing novel permanent magnet based MRI systems.
Prior to joining Innovation Works, Larry was President and CEO of Biomec, a privately held technology accelerator and investment company which raised over $20M in SBIR grants and provided contract engineering and manufacturing as well as business development consulting for radiology product manufacturers and distributors. Previously, Larry was President of the Healthcare Products group at Picker International and Philips Medical systems, a $600M distributor of radiology supplies. He also managed the Asia/Pacific region for sales and service of the diagnostic imaging product portfolio, and was president of the Picker Financial Group, a JV, captive leasing company. Other experience included leading the marketing and sales of CT and MRI products for Picker and General Electric Medical systems. Larry is a member of the Coulter Oversight Committee. He is an active volunteer in the Reading is fundamentals program and in Entrepreneuring Youth. Larry serves a s a judge for the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science and for the Pennsylvania Regional Engineering and Science Fair, both organizations support STEM programs.
Larry has earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Wharton School.
Chairman & CEO - ALung Technologies, Inc
CEO - CytoAgents, Inc.
In addition, Teresa serves as a Board Member at St. Clair Hospital, a highly regarded healthcare institution with leading quality metrics in the Greater Pittsburgh Area. As a member of the Quality and Safety Committee, I collaborate with the Executive Management other healthcare leaders to optimize care delivery, quality, and patient safety. I also serve as a member of the Community Outreach Committee and Medical Staff Development, focusing on the needs of the community and medical staff.
As an investor, Teresa is a Co-Chair of the investment committee of the Next Act Fund, focused on women led companies, and plays a leading role in sourcing, funding, and guiding firms from startup to exit.
Teresa's background also includes several years of experience as a Senior Executive and Clinical Pharmacist with leading organizations including Siemens Medical, McKesson and UPMC.
Session #2 - Marijuana, CBD, and Hemp - Highs and Lows, Fits and Starts
Shareholder - Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, P.C.
Shareholder - Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, P.C.
Co-Chair of Corporate Section & Sha - Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, P.C.
Senior Advisor - Gov't Relations - Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, P.C.
University Technology Showcase
Founder - Black Tech Nation
After noticing the lack of Black involvement in the tech industry, Kelauni built Black Tech Nation to serve as a digital community and much-needed resource for the Black tech unicorns in Pittsburgh and beyond. //BTN now supports over 1200+ members and allies across the country, working in partnership with several Pittsburgh foundations, local institutions, global tech companies, and successful venture firms who are dedicated to diversifying the color of tech.
In recognition of her work and accomplishments, Kelauni was named one of 12 People To Meet in 2018 by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Magazine. She was also featured in The Huffington Post for her presence in the international blockchain space, producing Pittsburghs first Blockchain conference in April 2018.
Kelauni is a native Chicagoan and a summa cum laude graduate of Howard University with a Bachelor of Science in biology and chemistry.
Managing Director - 412 Venture Fund
Previously, Ilana was a Managing Director of Riverfront Ventures, Innovation Works Venture Fund for early stage companies. She also served at Innovation Works as Managing Director of Hardware and AlphaLab Gear where she led a team that helped startups make rapid progress through the early stages of product and customer development.
Earlier in her career, Ilana led and grew tech companies from startup to exit, building management teams, raising venture capital, and managing mergers and acquisitions from both ideas of the table (buyer and seller).
Ilana frequently serves in leadership roles on boards of private companies and not-for-profit organizations. Her academic background includes a B.A. in Biological Sciences and Economics from Northwestern University, and an M.B.A. from Northwestern Universitys Kellogg School of Management.
Mentor-in-Residence - Carnegie Mellon University
Prior to CMU, Reed was a licensing officer at the University of Pittsburghs Office of Technology Management for ten years. While at Pitt, Reed was the primary author of the Universitys policy on startup companies; helped to launch and operate the Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative; and launched and implemented a campus-wide faculty education program on technology transfer and commercialization. He also has extensive experience working in and with regional technology-based economic development groups, including at the Ben Franklin Technology Center of Western Pennsylvania (now Innovation Works) and at the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse. At the PLSG, he managed a number of investment programs and the wet-lab incubator operated by the PLSG for start-up companies.
Reed received a BA in Political Science/Economics from the University of Dayton, a JD from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from CMU.
He is on the Board of Directors of the Pittsburgh Entrepreneurs Forum, on the advisory board for Urban Redevelopment Authoritys Pittsburgh Entrepreneurs Fund, and on the Screening Committee for BlueTree Allied Angels.
Partner - Open Prairie Rural Opportunities Fund
- University of Pittsburgh - Innovation Institute
The Pitt Ventures First Gear Program trains faculty and students in experiential customer discovery initiatives relating to the commercialization and spinout of their university-developed technology. Paul oversees related workshops and business competitions focused on innovation and new company creation.
Previously, Paul was with the Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence providing hands-on business development consulting to regional technology-based companies. He maintains an expertise in the federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and has consulted with over 80 participant companies, with successful awards well in excess of $25 million. Relatedly, he authored A Guide to Federally Funded Research, Budgeting and Accounting, a how-to tome to help small companies manage federal funding. In 2006, he received the prestigious national Tibbetts Award recognizing his services connecting Western Pennsylvanias technology-based companies with SBIR funding for research and product development. He has served on several loan and proposal review committees, including serving as Chair of the Pennsylvania Innovation Partnership Funding Committee.
Paul holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is a Certified Public Accountant.
- Swiftarc Ventures
Sid is focused on several key philanthropic areas which range from developing educational and after-school programs in challenging neighborhoods to helping integrate art and science learning in inner cities. The scope of programs currently includes outdoor learning initiatives, intensive summer programs and promoting the arts and sciences in low-income communities in several cities across the country. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Andy Roddick Foundation which specializes in summer and after-school programs.
Myah Moore Irick
Founder- The Irick Group - Merrill Private Wealth Management, The Irick Group
Myah possesses a deep understanding of the psychology of wealth: the challenges that executives, individuals, seasoned professionals and even up-and-coming athletes face when making decisions about their financial futures. With this knowledge, Myah is able to help her clients identify what they really want their money to do for their lives, families and communities -and then create a wealth plan for achieving that.
For Myah, being a great advisor means going above and beyond the numbers. It means being a resourceful collaborator and trusted advisor, who digs deep into how their clients approach saving, spending and sustaining wealth. It means coming up with creative strategies to help them achieve their unique ambitions. And it means utilizing the vast resources of her firm to maximize their financial potential, provide for their loved ones and help themgive back to their communities.
Myah is devoted to giving back in her own life. While she spends much of her free time with her husband and three children, she also sits on a number of boards and committees that promote access to financial literacy, and equity & inclusion in the classroom and in the boardroom. She serves on the boards of the Carnegie Science Center and the Energy Innovation Center Institute, and also serves as a strategic partner to the United Nations Childrens Fund, the Poise Foundation, and Girls, Inc. Her experience as Miss Oregon (with the Miss Universe Organization) in 2003 inspired her ongoing commitment to promoting educational opportunities for women.
Previous to joining Merrill, Myah was an Executive Director at JPMorgan Private Bank and also served as a relationship manager at PNC Wealth Management. She has held several senior roles at Columbia University, where she advised families on philanthropy and estate planning solutions.
Myah received a B.A. from Lewis & Clark College, an M.A. from Columbia University, and a joint international M.B.A. with honors from Brown University and Institutode Empresa.