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Richard Bendis

President & CEO

Mr. Bendis is an entrepreneur, corporate executive, venture capitalist, investment banker, innovation and technology-based economic development leader, international speaker and consultant in the technology and healthcare industries. He currently serves as the founding President and CEO of Innovation America (IA), a national public-private partnership focused on accelerating the growth of innovation economy in America. As one of the most recognized experts in the field of innovation economy, Mr. Bendis has served on numerous distinguished boards and task forces including the White House U.S. Innovation Partnership Advisory Task Force, the Small Business Innovation Research Committee, the National Association of State Venture Funds board; State Science and Technology Institute, and the Ernst and Young Entrepreneurial Institute as a national/regional Judge.

Mr. Bendis has provided global consulting services to over 16 countries and 22 states, several cities and regions, along with international organizations including the United Nations, NATO, UK Trade and Industry, European Commission, French Embassy, the German Marshall Fund, The Canadian Consulate, METI, AKEA, the International Science Parks and Innovation Expert Group and other global entities. Mr. Bendis is a frequent consultant and speaker to 16 International innovation based economic development organizations, as well as over 20 states, regions and cities throughout the U.S. He was voted one of the Top 5 Speakers on innovation economy in 2012.

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Ethan Byler

Director, Innovation Programs

Ethan Byler has spent his career supporting entrepreneurial growth as a practitioner in innovation-based economic development at a biomedical research institute and technology accelerator, an economic development consulting firm and at a global engineering professional society. Most recently, he was the Manager of Global Development at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) where he managed programs that impact ASME’s development of technology-based solutions that target emerging markets and managing other new business models at the organization

Ethan was the Business Manager of the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center of Bucks County, the Institute for Hepatitis & Virus Research, and was the Coordinator of the Keystone Innovation Zone program there. He led business development, fundraising, grant application, technology transfer, and management of the overall programming and business operations for the campus focused on translational biomedical research. Ethan has also worked as a consultant focused on county to national level technology-based economic development strategies for a consulting firm in Washington, DC,

Ethan holds a Master’s Degree from the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from the University of Charleston.

Ethan and his wife Kara live in North Bethesda with their daughter Sophia.  They are active “foodies” that enjoy cooking and spending time with family.

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Tel: 301-637-7952

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Todd Chappell

Entrepreneur-in-Residence, NIH-OTT 

Todd Chappell is currently an Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) at the NIH. As the first EIR at NIH, he will assist the Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) in the evaluation of existing technologies, provide an entrepreneurial perspective to OTT in its evaluation of new licensing proposals from start-up companies, advise OTT on opportunities for new ventures based on NIH/Food & Drug Administration (FDA) technologies, assist with developmental strategies, and mentor scientists to help ensure their research becomes commercially valuable.

From 2009 to early 2012, Todd was Vice President of Operations for Shape Pharmaceuticals, where he oversaw all day-to-day operations involved in the development of a novel HDAC inhibitor for Cutaneous-T-Cell-Lymphoma. Prior to that, he was at CombinatoRx Inc. for eight years and served as Director of New Products. In that role, he led at team of analysts overseeing all early-stage product development and strategy across a range of therapeutic areas including inflammation, infectious disease, dermatology, oncology, and ophthalmology.

Todd directly oversaw the advancement of three programs from assay stage into phase II human clinical studies, and was co-inventor on 10 product patents. He was also responsible for product in-licensing and alliance management for discovery-stage collaborations. Todd holds a B.S. from University of California at Los Angeles and a M.B.A. from Boston University.

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Tel: 301-825-9021

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Ram Aiyar

Entrepreneur-in-Residence, NHLBI

Ram has spent his career in healthcare with two years of healthcare investment experience, over five years of experience in pharmaceutical research and development, and three years of commercial and entrepreneurial experience.

He started his career at Johnson & Johnson in the oncology and immunology team where he contributed to the identification and development of many novel large molecular compounds. He later moved his focus to developing and identifying stratified medicine solutions for pulmonary and autoimmune diseases as part of the immunology biomarkers team. Ram was a recipient of the Philip B. Hofmann award for "Outstanding Achievement in the field of Research and Development," the most prestigious award for a scientist at J&J for work on erythropoietin receptor agonists.

Ram continued his career as an investment professional at Sofinnova Partners, a healthcare venture capital firm based in Paris where he was responsible for identifying, building and supporting biotech and medtech start-ups. In his most current role, he helped identify and define the strategic objectives and operational plan of FlowMetric Inc, a niche CRO providing state of the art flow cytometry based research and clinical services.

Ram's doctoral research used a combination of experimental and statistical methods to differentiate the mechanism of action of three different erythropoietin agonists. Ram also completed an investment banking internship at J.P. Morgan (London) in the Healthcare Advisory group. His doctoral research combined with experience at J&J has led to the filing of several international patents and over 20 peer reviewed articles.

Ram received his M.B.A. from INSEAD, a Ph.D. and M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Drexel University and a B.E. from Mumbai University.

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Ken Malone

Entrepreneur-in-Residence, University of Maryland Ventures

Dr. Ken Malone joined BHI in 2013 as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence located at University of Maryland Ventures. He has built his career on creating economic value from science. Whether it was developing new business lines for global corporations or spinning out new ventures from universities, Malone has engaged in the commercialization of hundreds of new products in advanced materials and life sciences.

After a productive career with large corporations and during a stint with a research intensive university, Malone recognized the need for creative business finance and flexible business structures to convert science into economic value during its earliest stages. In 2005 he founded what is now Early Charm Ventures, LLC to address the need. Through Early Charm, Malone has provided his services to over a dozen early stage ventures while co-founding and/or being an officer of five advanced materials and life science start-ups.

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Richard Moore

Entrepreneur-in-Residence, BD Diagnostics

Dr. Moore previously served as the Chief Scientific Officer for OpGen, Inc. In that role, Dr. Moore provided leadership over multiple R&D functions, and led the company's Scientific and Clinical Advisory Boards. Prior to that, he spent 12 years at BD Diagnostics holding various positions, most recently as R&D Director, Systems Integration and Advanced Technology. Dr. Moore received his B.S. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park. He also received his M.D. and Ph.D. from University of Maryland, Baltimore.

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Tel: 301-637-3385
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Amanda Wilson

Operations Manager

Amanda Wilson joined BHI in June of 2012 as the Operations Manager.  She ensures smooth daily operations at BHI and is primarily responsible for event planning, budgeting and human resources management.  Prior to joining BHI, she worked as Administration, Communications and Events Manager at the City of Rockville’s economic development agency.

Amanda is a dedicated volunteer, and worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA for a year in Central New York where she developed a college encouragement program for children of migrant farmworkers.  Beyond AmeriCorps, she has volunteered with Big Brothers, Big Sisters; Literacy Volunteers of America; and The American Red Cross, among other organizations. 

Amanda holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in German from the State University of New York at Oswego and is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. 

Amanda enjoys watching hockey and is a fan of the Buffalo Sabres.

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Tel: 301-637-0699

 

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Renée Enright

Executive Administrator

Renée Enright joined BHI in February of 2012 as the Office Manager/Executive Administrator.  She is responsible for supporting the CEO, interacting with industry and academic institution leaders, as well as local, state, and federal government officials and staff. Renée has over 15 years of operational, business, and scientific recruiting experience in a variety of industries. Prior to joining BHI, she was the Recruiting Manager at MT Resource, serving as the contract recruiter for several local bioscience companies. She was also the Scientific Staffing Manager for Randstad, where she developed scientific staffing business from ground zero for the company.

Renée also held various positions at Life Technologies, Inc. including Plant Manager, Asia Pacific Business Manager and Technical Buyer/Distribution Supervisor. She started her career as a Supplier Development Engineer/Buyer for General Motors Corporation.Renée holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from GMI Engineering and Management Institute and has a Micro-MBA Certificate from the State University of NY at Buffalo.

Renée lives in North Potomac, MD with her husband, Bill and two young children. She spends her free time cheering on her children's sports teams, cooking, golfing and supporting the PTA as the treasurer.

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Tel: 301-637-5372

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Adam Hafez

IT Manager

Adam Hafez joined BHI in January of 2012 as a Student Intern. He provides support to BHI in the areas of IT, database maintenance, website updates, presentation preparation, and graphics design. Adam has been particularly helpful during BHI’s beginning stages and played an integral part in setting up BHI’s new presence. Adam holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Maryland.

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Tel: 301-637-7270

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Arielle Dolegui

Business & Research Analyst

Arielle Dolegui joined BHI in 2013 as the Business & Research Analyst. She is responsible for supporting the Director of Innovation Programs and performs research related to healthcare systems; diseases; information technology and other business information. Arielle has extensive experience in the pharmaceutical, biomedical and non-for-profit industries. She is very involved in her community and is currently engaged in fundraising activities for the National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI), as well as the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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Tel: 301-637-3381

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Eric Norman

EIR Program Consultant

Eric Norman joined BHI in October 2012 as an assistant to the Entrepreneur-in-Residence. Prior to BHI, Eric received training in technology transfer at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Technology Transfer (OTT), where he assisted in the negotiations and drafting of licensing agreements aimed at commercializing early stage technologies. Since joining BHI he has been an invaluable liaison between BHI and NIH. Eric facilitates meetings between NIH scientists and BHI consultants, coordinates with NIH technology transfer community to identify potential technologies, screens potential technologies, and participates in the evaluation of early stage technologies. Eric holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Morgan State University and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh.

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