Suhrud Rajguru, Ph.D.
Dr. Rajguru is an Associate Professor in Biomedical Engineering and Otolaryngology, whose NIH and industry-funded research focuses on developing devices and therapeutics to treat hearing loss and balance disorders. With nine CTSA partners and a National Teaching Team of experts from the NIH’s SBIR I-Corps program, he has been funded by NIH NCATS Train-the-Trainer and Innovation Awards to develop the I-Corps@NCATS Program. In partnership with UInnovation and a team of experts, he leads a South Florida regional I-Corps@NCATS Short Course at the University of Miami as its Program Director.
National Instructor for both the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps™ and for the National Institute of Health’s I-Corps @ NIH™ program. In addition to his role at the US national level, he has been the principal instructor for international cohorts in the I-Corps & Lean Start-up arena in South America and Asia/Pacific, as well as lead instructor for the US State Department’s Global Initiative for Innovation in Technology programs in Southern and Western Africa.
Norma Kenyon, Ph.D.
Dr. Kenyon is Chief Innovation Officer of the Medical School, and serves as the Executive Director of Wallace H. Coulter Center. As Vice Provost for Innovation, she has oversight of the University of Miami Office of Technology Transfer (OTT). Dr. Kenyon has extensive expertise in translational research and commercialization of biomedical technologies.
Brian Breslin, MBA
Brian, a native Miamian has been involved in entrepreneurship in Miami for most of his life. As Director of The Launch Pad, Brian educates, inspires, and advises students, faculty, and alumni of the University of Miami on all things entrepreneurial in an effort to foster the startup community on campus. Brian’s background is that of a serial entrepreneur, having founded Florida’s largest tech and startup community Refresh Miami, and a series of tech companies in the software space.
William Silverman, Ph.D., MBA
Dr. Silverman is the Executive Director of Coulter Program & New Ventures at the Wallace H. Coulter Center for Translational Research. He is an ion channels biophysicist by training, with over a decade of experience supporting startup companies. Will joined U Innovation at the UM Miller School of Medicine where he now works with promising biomedical technologies and medical innovators, managing the Coulter Program and advising medical school faculty on translational research projects. In addition, Will is the co-founder of Accredify, Inc., which has raised $400,000 in angel capital.