Scott Atkin is an accomplished business executive with extensive experience in all functions of business operations. Early in his career Scott founded multiple businesses and led them to successful exits. More recently he was an executive officer of a public company with responsibility for a portfolio of global businesses representing nearly $2BB in revenue. Throughout his career Scott has had accountability for all aspects of business operations. Scott has helped create and grow businesses through innovation and M&A activity and has extensive experience with integration of companies ranging from $5M to $600M in revenue.
Tim Bruemmer is a serial entrepreneur who has also experienced extensive success in large public companies. Tim’s passion is innovation and he has founded numerous high-technology companies in a variety of markets with multiple successful exits. He is also an intrapreneur, having led both a global engineering development organization as well as a global science and engineering research and development organization. In those roles, Tim was responsible for the development and launch of dozens of new products in regulated and research markets leading to > $1B in cumulative revenue and often resulting in market leading positions. In addition, Tim has extensive experience driving value creation through acquisitions, leading technical due-diligence efforts and integrating both acquired product lines and entire businesses into companies he founded and as an executive within a Fortune 500 company. These experiences, plus his experiences creating and managing organizational structures for manufacturing operations, product development and quality systems, provide Tim with an intimate understanding of the impact of corporate structure and culture on innovation. Tim has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, started his career at Eastman Kodak and has spent 35 years building and optimizing innovative organizations. These experiences make Tim uniquely capable in both intrapreneurial and entrepreneurial environments.
Paul Glyer has a long and successful history in financial management, strategy and M&A. Paul was an important member of the executive leadership team of a public company, helping drive growth from <$1B to nearly $4B in revenue through strategic M&A activity. While he held a variety of roles throughout his career, his last position was leading the Investor Relations, Business Development and Corporate Strategy functions. He has advised numerous clients and achieved an excellent reputation as a cogent business advisor.
Kim Klein Arvanites is an experienced and driven professional with over 20 years in the diagnostics and life sciences industries. Kim’s passion is helping companies successfully develop, launch, and sell new products by using her expertise in primary market research, segmentation analysis, market strategy, and competitive and technological analyses. Kim consistently demonstrated success as an account manager for life science and diagnostic companies. She then moved into strategic marketing, gathering voice of customer input around the world from physicians and laboratorians for molecular diagnostics products. Kim held senior marketing and business development positions for a number of major diagnostic competitors such as Beckman Coulter, Abbott, Qiagen and Sysmex Inostics. She also has considerable experience in program management, OEM alliance management, contract negotiations, and due diligence. Kim earned a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences and Molecular Biology from DePaul University
Richard S. Creager, Ph.D. is a recognized diagnostics new product development (NPD) and business leader who has a passion for building high performance global teams and using their expertise to deliver breakthrough products and build successful businesses. Richard has diverse experience developing new products, new technologies and new business models for diagnostic, laboratory services and B2B companies. He has developed new businesses that range from $25 million to more than $1 billion in annual sales. In addition, he managed large innovation teams and business units and has significant experience in developing market strategies, product and technology pipelines, portfolio management, licensing and development partnerships. Using his expertise in organizational design, talent management, product development, program management, and quality & design control systems, Richard works with companies to achieve the dexterity they require to get ahead of their competitors. Dr. Creager is the former chief science officer and executive officer for Beckman Coulter. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in biology and earned his Ph.D. degree in Microbiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
Jeff Linton is a seasoned legal and business executive who has held numerous senior management positions. Most recently, he served as general counsel of two life sciences companies where he oversaw all legal, compliance, governance and intellectual property matters. Jeff has coordinated all activities in the sale of three public companies including negotiation and documenting of terms and conditions of acquisition, leading due diligence activities and serving on integration teams. He has also led the acquisition of six companies, both public and private. In addition, Jeff has been involved in several corporate financing deals, product licensing and strategic alliance transactions. International experience includes the acquisition of a Japanese company and the management of all activities in the transition of a $120 million business from a prior distributor in Spain, Italy and Portugal, including establishment of operations and startup of business activities. Jeff has also served as the president of a company that developed, manufactured and sold life science research products and technologies, diagnostic kits and drug discovery services and was the top human resources executive for a manufacturing company in the automotive industry.
Bill Kline is the Associate Dean of Innovation and a Professor of Engineering Management at Rose-Hulman. Prior to joining Rose-Hulman, his industry experience includes roles as co-founder and Chief Operating Officer at Montronix and as development manager at Kennametal. He joined Rose-Hulman in 2001 and his teaching and professional interests include systems engineering, design, quality, innovation, and entrepreneurship. He served for five years as the director of the Rose-Hulman Ventures program, providing technical services to client companies in innovation stage and commercialization projects. In his current role as Associate Dean of Innovation, he focuses on campus innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives including the Branam Innovation Center, the Escalate entrepreneurship program, and engagement activities including expanded alumni, corporate, and community partnerships.
As a member of the founding team at Inside Out Innovations, Bill co-develops all workshop offerings. He is an experienced workshop presenter and the co-creator of the Innovation Canvas. His years of industrial and teaching experience allow him to offer unique insight into product-market connections and value creation at all Inside Out Innovations workshops.
Cory Hixson is currently a NSF Graduate Research Fellow pursuing a Ph.D. in Engineering Education at Virginia Tech. He has a M.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering (Management Systems Engineering focus) from Virginia Tech and B.S. in Engineering Science from Penn State. Cory has experience in professional engineering, higher education, entrepreneurship education, and high school education. He brings this combination of experience to all Inside Out Innovations workshops as a content developer and workshop facilitator. His professional interests include enhancing innovation both within existing companies and new startups through training that leverages both proven educational theory and the complexities of business dynamics. His research interests include developing business and technology leaders through new educational tools and experiences as well as exploring the interactions between educational pedagogies and entrepreneurship.
Cory has worked to develop multiple entrepreneurial education efforts including an upper-level, interdisciplinary course on starting companies and a freshman engineering course on innovation and entrepreneurship. He has been trained in and successfully implemented both the Kauffman Foundation supported Ice House Entrepreneurship and the National Science Foundation supported Lean LaunchPad curriculums. He is the co-creator of the Innovation Canvas, a tool that supports Inside Out Innovations’ and their clients’ ability to integrate product design, value creation, and market themes.
Jai Murthy is a molecular biologist who has spent much of his career in strategic marketing roles for startups, mid-sized, and Fortune 100 companies helping to advance emerging life science technologies. Jai has 16 years of global experience developing, marketing, distributing, and selling life sciences products and services. He has successfully developed and executed market development strategies in over 50 countries, with specialization in the regulated markets of pharma manufacturing, medical devices, and diagnostics.
With a strong scientific background and broad business experiences, Jai offers a unique perspective into the technical and business challenges facing companies as they seek to expand their served markets vertically or into adjacent segments. Speaking multiple languages, Jai has extensive global expertise that includes the management of functional teams and completion of long-term projects across five continents. Jai holds a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Harvard University.