CoMotion Presidential Innovation Fellows foster entrepreneurial thinking across campus

University of Washington Interim President Ana Mari Cauce has announced the appointment of 17 new members to the university’s prestigious CoMotion Presidential Innovation Fellows program. This year’s appointees join ten continuing fellows previously selected for success in fostering a culture of innovation at UW by initiating groundbreaking programs, collaborating with industry and sharing their ideas, knowledge and entrepreneurial thinking with other UW innovators. Formerly known as the Presidential Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellows, the program debuted in 2011 to foster entrepreneurial thinking across UW.

“These 17 faculty members are an integral part of our innovation ecosystem and have encouraged industry, business and other academic institutions to take notice of UW and to consider us first when seeking partnerships to help address some of our world’s most challenging problems,” Cauce said.

Throughout their two-year terms, the 17 new fellows will serve as mentors to other UW faculty, researchers and staff pursuing entrepreneurial aspirations, and also share their experiences at campus innovation events. At the end of the term, fellows are encouraged to continue participation in the program and to serve as program and activity advisors to CoMotion.

“I am delighted to have the latest set of innovators at UW join the CoMotion Presidential Innovation Fellows,” said Vikram Jandhyala, UW Vice Provost for Innovation and Executive Director of CoMotion. “These innovation leaders exemplify what the UW and CoMotion are trying to build — scalable impact of the UW community for the benefit of all. I am proud to be able to work with such creative and innovative minds and welcome them to the broader innovation community.”

The 2015 CoMotion Presidential Innovation Fellows are:

  • Basia Belza is a professor in the School of Nursing and the Aljoya Endowed Professor in Aging at the University of Washington. She holds an adjunct professor appointment in the School of Public Health, and is an investigator with the Health Promotion Research Center. She has a sustained record of scholarly activity directed toward improving the health of older adults through the translation, dissemination and implementation of evidence-based health promotion programs with a particular focus on physical activity programs. Through her entrepreneurial instinct and abilities, she and her team have created Mall Walking: A Program Resource Guide. Distributed electronically to more than 800,000 people to date and featured in Newsweek, this guide is designed to be the seminal publication to which aging service providers, planners, policy makers and mall managers nationwide refer when seeking evidence-based information about the optimal way to establish and sustain such a program. Belza is also lead of the Coordinating Center for the CDC-funded Healthy Brain Research Network, where she oversees the development and implementation of a national research and dissemination agenda related to the public health aspects of healthy aging.
  • Ryan Calo is an assistant professor at the School of Law and an adjunct assistant professor at the Information School. Along with Batya Friedman and Tadayoshi Kohno, he founded the University of Washington Tech Policy Lab, a unique, interdisciplinary research unit that spans the School of Law, Information School and Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Calo researches privacy as well as the legal and policy aspects of robotics. He teaches a unique course called Robotics Law and Policy that places law students in interdisciplinary teams with graduate students from other departments. He also serves on numerous advisory boards, including the University of California’s People and Robots Initiative, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Without My Consent and the Future of Privacy Forum. In 2014, he was named one of the most important people in robotics by Business Insider.
  • Howard Chizeck is a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and an adjunct in Bioengineering. He was a co-founder of ControlSoft Inc. in 1985 and is a member of its Board of Advisors. In 2013 he co-founded BluHaptics, a UW Electrical Engineering and UW-APL spinoff. His research interests are in the control of neural devices and telerobotics. His neural engineering work involves the design and security of brain-machine interfaces and the development of assistive devices to restore hand and locomotion capabilities. He was involved in the inception of the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering and has continued to be part of its leadership. Chizeck was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in 1999 “for contributions to the use of control system theory in biomedical engineering” and he was elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering College of Fellows in 2011 for “contributions to the use of control system theory in functional electrical stimulation assisted walking.”
  • Ivan Eastin is a professor in the School of Environmental and Forest Science (SEFS) within the College of the Environment and the Director of the Center for International Trade in Forest Products (CINTRAFOR), a nationally recognized Center of Excellence. He is also the faculty leader for the SEFS Peace Corps Masters International Program. His international research is focused on evaluating the potential impacts of non-tariff trade policies on the international trade of wood products. Eastin’s trade policy research has provided critical support to the U.S. Embassy’s efforts in Japan in maintaining market access for U.S. wood products. His research also has focused on developing innovative new products for sustainably harvested small diameter timber and woody biomass, including bio-jet fuel and torrefied wood pellets. Eastin has authored a book of innovative fence designs that can be manufactured from sustainably harvested small diameter timber. He is working with Native American tribes and the Intertribal Timber Council to develop and market tribal gift boxes that incorporate unique tribal art designs and are produced from sustainably harvested tribal timber. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army, has served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Liberia, and was a Fulbright Fellow in Ghana.
  • Keith Elkon is professor of medicine and adjunct professor of immunology, and head of the division of rheumatology. His research objective is to better define the molecular basis for systemic autoimmune diseases such as lupus. He has made a number of findings linking certain autoantibodies to disease, apoptotic cell fragments to inflammation and has identified mechanisms that lead to overproduction of type 1 interferons in lupus and other autoimmune disorders. He is co-founder of a UW startup, Resolve Therapeutics, dedicated to removal of harmful immune complexes in lupus. He is currently working on small molecule inhibitors of interferon pathways.
  • Shyam Gollakota is an assistant professor in the department of Computer Science and Engineering, where he directs the Networks and Mobile Systems Lab. His research interests are in the areas of computer networks, user interfaces and mobile health. His group designed the first system that enables two devices to wirelessly communicate with each other without either generating radio signals, as well as mechanisms to deliver power to sensors and low-power devices using WiFi. He has also developed the first whole-home gesture recognition system that operates through WiFi signals in the environment rather than user instrumentation or cameras. More recently, his group has demonstrated the first contactless sleep apnea diagnosis tool for smartphones that can detect various apnea events. He is a recipient of a Sloan Fellowship (2015), Forbes 30 under 30 (2015), National Science Foundation Career Award (2015), TR-35 Award (2014), the ACM doctoral dissertation award (2012) and best paper awards at various top conferences in networking.
  • Randy LeVeque is a Professor of Applied Mathematics, and Adjunct Professor of Mathematics and of Earth & Space Sciences. He is also a Senior Data Science Fellow in the eScience Institute, where he leads the Reproducibility and Open Science Working Group. His research interests include the development and application of numerical methods and software for wave propagation problems. He started the Clawpack open source software project in 1994 and since 2004 has been heavily involved in developing and using the GeoClaw branch for tsunami modeling and hazard assessment. Current projects include developing new inundation maps for the State of Washington and assisting in the design of the new Ocosta Elementary School and other vertical evacuation structures through Project Safe Haven. He also has written several text books and converted a UW course on high performance scientific computing into a Massive Open Online  Course (MOOC) offered on Coursera.
  • Barry Lutz‘s career began in chemical engineering and turned to bioengineering as a postdoctoral fellow in the NIH funded Microscale Life Sciences Center at UW. He went on to Intel Corporation, where he worked with a biomedical research team to develop early stage technologies to improve human health. He next worked at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC) in collaboration with Dr. Beatrice Knudsen of FHCRC, Dr. Selena Chan of Intel, and an Intel research team to apply Raman nanoparticle probes for multi-target detection in human cancer tissues. Most recently, he joined Prof. Paul Yager’s group, where he helped lead the research to develop point-of-care diagnostics for low-resource settings. His awards include the American Vacuum Society (AVS) Young Investigator Award from the AVS International Symposium, the NIH/NHGRI Genome Training Grant from the Department of Genome Sciences, University of Washington, the Charles Tobias Memorial Student Poster Award at the Joint Meeting of the Electromechanical Society and International Society of Electrochemistry and the NSF East Asia and Pacific Institute Fellowship from the Chemistry Department, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan.
  • Cliff Mass is a professor of atmospheric sciences and a meteorologist specializing in weather prediction and modeling. His work emphasizes weather features of the western United States. He helped start 3Tier (the largest wind energy forecasting firm in the U.S.), created a weather CD business, WeatherDisc Associates, Inc., which marketed the World WeatherDisc, and advocated for the expansion of the Climate Corporation in Seattle. Mass has worked with Microsoft to improve their weather offerings and with private companies on the expansion of smartphone weather pressure apps. He also writes a popular blog about meteorological phenomena, among other weather-related musings, and he has a regular weather segment on one of the local NPR affiliates. Model simulations have been key tools for Mass and his group, which now runs the most extensive local high-resolution prediction system in the United States. He has received the Max Eaton Award from the American Meteorological Society, of which he is also a Fellow.
  • Jason Pace directs UW Bothell’s Digital Future Lab, an interactive media research and development studio modeling startup culture for a diverse group of student researchers and entrepreneurs. He started the lab after spending 16 years at Microsoft leading user experience and product development teams on a number of Microsoft’s key consumer products, and his work in the DFL focuses on exploring how radically diverse teams — teams that intentionally seek to maximize individual differences across a wide spectrum of backgrounds — can lead to unexpected insights, new directions in product development and increased efficiency. The lab challenges conventional wisdom about pedigree and notions of “culture fit,” bringing undergraduate students together from across majors and schools to create high-performance creative teams engaged in both commercial product development and design research. The lab helps students build and strengthen bridges between theory, practice, and industry, and is driving a number of projects to commercial release.
  • Isabelle Ragueneau-Majlessi is co-author of the Database Applications, Principal Investigator and Director of the Drug Interaction Database program. She received her medical degree from St Antoine University in Paris, France, and specialized in Clinical Pharmacology. She designed and supervised clinical studies in the private sector and in academia for more than six years, and started working at the University of Washington in 1999, first as a Research Associate, and then Principal Research Scientist and Project Manager for the Drug Interaction Database. In November 2009, she joined the faculty of the Department of Pharmaceutics as Clinical Associate Professor. She has published in the areas of drug-drug interactions (DDIs), drug disposition and clinical pharmacology, and is interested in the regulatory framework of DDI assessment and the clinical relevance of drug interactions. She graduated from the University of Washington’s Master’s Degree Program in Biomedical Regulatory Affairs in 2010.
  • Matt Reynolds joined the faculty in the fall of 2013 with a joint appointment in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science & Engineering via UW’s Experimental Computer Engineering Laboratory initiative. He was previously the Nortel Networks Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Duke University. His research interests include Radio-frequency identification (RFID), energy efficiency at the physical layer of wireless communication, and the physics of sensing and actuation. He is also highly regarded in the classroom, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in computer engineering, circuits and devices, and communications curriculum. He is active in defining the entrepreneurship curriculum for UW’s Global Innovation Exchange (GIX) Master’s program, in collaboration with Tsinghua University and Microsoft. He is also a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
  • David Russell is a Professor in the Department of Medicine (Division of Hematology), Adjunct in the Department of Biochemistry and an Investigator of the Markey Genetic Medicine Center at the University of Washington. His research program focuses on the development of improved methods for manipulating mammalian genomes in living cells. He has received several awards, including being an American Society of Hematology Scholar, a Fellow of the American Philosophical Society and an FDR Investigator of the March of Dimes. He also received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. Russell is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians and is the current President of the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy. He has made major contributions in the fields of viral vectors, gene targeting, and the genetic manipulation of human stem cells. His current interests are focused on the creation of universal donor stem cells that allow a single cell line to be prepared for clinical use in many recipients. He is an inventor on several patents, including the original patents describing adeno-associated virus vector serotypes and parvovirus-mediated gene targeting.
  • Josh Smith joined the UW Electrical Engineering Faculty in 2011 with a joint appointment in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science & Engineering. Prior to joining UW, he was a principal investigator at Intel Research in Seattle. With 20 years of experience in wireless power and robotics, he leads the Sensor Systems Laboratory and research group. Smith focuses on inventing new sensor systems, devising new ways to power them and developing algorithms for using them. His research has applications in the domains of ubiquitous computing, robotics, medical devices and wireless power. In 2013, he and his colleagues received an Allen Distinguished Investigators Award to develop a cutting-edge system to reanimate hand and arm movements in patients with spinal cord injuries. In addition to his academic work, he is an experienced high-tech entrepreneur. During his early professional research, he invented a car seat sensor that detects out of position occupants and suppresses unsafe airbag firing. The technology (six patents) was licensed by Honda and General Motors and has been included in every Honda since 2000. He is the co-founder of two companies: WiBotic and Jeeva Wireless.
  • Jennifer Stuber’s research interests focus on forms of oppression including stigma and discrimination, health disparities, mental health and policy-making processes. She has studied different forms of oppression for families, using means-tested government programs for tobacco users and people living with mental illnesses. She joined the School of Social Work because she is committed to research that brings social change and social justice to vulnerable populations. Since moving to Washington state, she has been engaged in research and partnership with public mental health organizations, assisting these agencies with the development and evaluation of interventions designed to foster recovery, to address tobacco dependence, and to improve media engagement strategies. She leads a statewide coalition designed to promote accurate media portrayals of mental illness in collaboration with the UW Department of Communications. Most recently, Dr. Stuber, who lost her husband to suicide, has conducted research and informed advocacy work to improve the state’s readiness to address the public health problem of suicide. In 2013, she co-founded the UW-affiliated organization Forefront, which focuses on innovations in suicide prevention policy, education, outreach and research. In 2015, the group formed a partnership with Facebook to develop content and tools for Facebook users who may be at risk, or know someone at risk, for suicide.
  • Lee Thompson‘s research interests include acoustic and electromagnetic imaging, transducer fabrication, signal and image processing, and acoustic simulation. He has held positions as a Principal Investigator at several university laboratories, founded and grew a global technology company based on technology that he developed at UW, and served as a Senior Executive at Teledyne Technologies, Inc. After eight years in industry, he returned to APL-UW in March of 2014 to pursue his original passion, research and development. His areas of expertise include technology innovation, project and IP management, and technology commercialization. He has developed technologies for several startups in military, medical, and consumer products and generated a broad IP portfolio that includes 23 awarded or pending patents.
  • Linda Teri is professor of Psychosocial & Community Health at the University of Washington School of Nursing and adjunct professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the UW School of Medicine. She has also directed the UW Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center’s Education and Information Transfer Core since its inception. She has an international reputation as a distinguished clinical psychologist and researcher in geriatrics and gerontology, particularly in the areas of dementia, depression, and non-pharmacologic treatment of behavioral disturbance in dementia, and has been a PI or Co-PI on almost 50 NIH-funded grants. She is committed to advancing the science and practice of translational research, especially for improving care of older adults with cognitive impairment and their family caregivers.

Returning for the second year of their two-year fellow appointment are ten 2014 program awardees:

  • Edward Clark is a professor of microbiology and immunology, an adjunct professor of medicine (rheumatology) and a member of the Center for Flavivirus Immunity, which studies the immune mechanisms that control infection from such viruses as West Nile and dengue fever. His research interests include using monoclonal antibody-based technologies to define new cell surface receptors on lymphocytes, to develop new therapeutics for treating immunologic diseases, and to develop novel vaccines. Clark helped found two successful Seattle based biotech companies — Genetic Systems (2001) and Trubion Pharmaceuticals (2001) — and is a co-founder of UW start-up On Target Vaccines, which is focusing on developing vaccines against hepatitis B virus and other viruses using antigen targeting technology.
  • Corey Fagan directs the UW’s Psychological Services and Training Center in the Department of Psychology. Her work focuses on using technology to make it easier for mental health providers to routinely monitor patient outcomes using evidence-based assessment measures; monitoring patient progress has been shown to shorten treatment times and improve outcomes. Together with Jon Hauser, IT Architect and Systems Analyst in the Department of Psychology, Fagan developed OwlOutcomes, a cloud-based software tool for tracking mental health patient outcomes. Both Seattle Children’s and UCLA partnered with the UW to beta-test the software and bring it to market. In 2013, Fagan and Hauser licensed the IP from UW and spun out their company, Mental Health Data Services, Inc. They are now selling the OwlOutcomes software as a service (SaaS) and seeking Series A angel funding.
  • Michael Jensen is director of the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer at Seattle Children’s Research Institute, professor of hematology-oncology at the UW School of Medicine, and holds the Janet and Jim Sinegal Endowed Chair in Pediatric Solid Tumor Research. He is also a member of the clinical division in the Program in Immunology at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Jensen joined Seattle Children’s in 2010 after spending 13 years at City of Hope, where he was director of the pediatric cancer program, co-leader of the cancer immunotherapeutics and tumor immunology department, and conducted the first FDA-authorized trial of T-cell therapies for children with recurrent neuroblastoma. His lab is pursuing a cutting-edge treatment that reprograms a child’s defense system to attack and kill cancer cells, without chemotherapy or radiation – or their debilitating side effects.
  • Andrew Ko is an associate professor at the UW Information School, adjunct associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of AnswerDash, a UW startup that provides visitors to e-commerce websites and software as a service (SaaS) applications with instant answers to their questions. His research focuses on software defects and how people and society discover, diagnose, repair and recover from them, spanning everyone from the people who use software to those who develop it. He has received 8 best paper awards and 2 most influential paper awards for this work.
  • Satoshi Minoshima is the Wil B. Nelp Endowed Professor in Nuclear Medicine, vice chair for research in the Department of Radiology, and an adjunct professor of bioengineering. He is an international leader in the field of dementia and molecular imaging. Minoshima’s work focuses on the development of unique imaging and analytical technologies and their applications to medical conditions such as dementia and cancer. He devised the concept of statistical brain mapping using a normal database for PET and MRI scans, and developed computer software that can be used in research as well as day-to-day in the clinic. These efforts resulted in the discovery of the posterior cingulate abnormality in very early Alzheimer’s disease – findings that are now widely recognized as a critical diagnostic imaging biomarker of Alzheimer’s disease. Minoshima’s software is currently used in 37 countries worldwide and has been commercialized by UW CoMotion. He has provided numerous research and educational lectures to advocate the appropriate use of imaging technology and has helped his peers and industry partners to succeed.
  • Charles (Chuck) Murry is professor of pathology, bioengineering and medicine/cardiology, director of the Center for Cardiovascular Biology and co-director of the Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine. One of the foremost experts in cardiac repair, cardiac stem cells and tissue regeneration, Murry is also the scientific co-founder and chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of UW startup BEAT BioTherapeutics Corp. BEATBio is developing BB-R12, a novel biological therapy with the potential to revolutionize the treatment of heart failure. Following preliminary data from a pre-clinical trial that was highly suggestive that BB-R12 can rescue heart function following a heart attack, BEATBio entered into an exclusive global license agreement covering this technology and is raising funds to move forward with Phase I human clinical development of BB-R12.
  • Shwetak Patel is an associate professor in the departments of Computer Science and Engineering and Electrical Engineering, where he directs his research group, the Ubicomp Lab. His research interests are in the areas of human-computer interaction, ubiquitous computing, sensor-enabled embedded systems, and user interface software and technology. He is particularly interested in developing new sensing technologies that emphasize energy monitoring and health applications for the home. Patel was a founder of Zensi, Inc., a residential energy monitoring company, which was acquired by Belkin, Inc. in 2010. He is also currently founder of UW startup SNUPI Technologies. He is a recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship (2011), Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship (2011), Sloan Fellowship (2012), TR-35 Award (2009), World Economic Forum Young Global Scientist Award (2013), and an NSF Career Award (2013). Patel also was named top innovator of the year by Seattle Business magazine and newsmaker of the year by Puget Sound Business Journal’s TechFlash in 2010.
  • Michael Regnier is professor and vice chair of bioengineering, where he leads the Heart and Muscle Mechanics laboratory, and is an expert in cardiac and skeletal muscle physiology, muscle dysfunction with disease, and development of gene and cell therapies. Regnier is scientific co-founder and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of UW startup BEAT BioTherapeutics Corp., which is developing a novel biological therapy known as BB-R12 that has the potential to revolutionize the treatment of heart failure. Regnier and a team of UW researchers discovered an important pathway that nature uses to regulate heart contractility: the same pathway that heart cells use to make the building blocks for DNA during embryonic growth also makes dATP — a naturally occurring molecule that powers muscle contraction — to supercharge contraction whenever the adult heart becomes mechanically stressed. These findings suggest that treatments that elevate dATP levels in heart cells may prove to be an effective treatment for heart failure. BEATBio has entered into an exclusive global license agreement covering this technology and is raising funds to move forward with Phase I human clinical development of BB-R12.
  • Per Reinhall is chair and professor of mechanical engineering. His main research interests include nonlinear dynamical systems, biomechanics, structural mechanics, acoustics, manufacturing, and finite element analysis and controls, with a focus on the development of biomedical devices and instrumentation, noise and vibration control, fluid-structure interaction, and sensors and actuators. Reinhall’s resulting research applications include enhanced or new devices in the treatment of diabetes, cardiac arrhythmia and cancer, as well as applications in non-biomedical areas, such as noise control of fluid loaded structures, vibration control of structures, and bio-inspired dynamical systems. His research discoveries have led to two recent UW startups: Marine Construction Technologies, which is developing a new pile design technology used in marine construction to lower the noise created during pile driving for the protection of aquatic wildlife; and Project Canton, which is developing a new football helmet designed to mitigate the forces likely to cause concussion.
  • Jacob Wobbrock is an associate professor in the Information School and an adjunct associate professor in Computer Science & Engineering. He is a scientist, inventor and entrepreneur in the field of human-computer interaction. As a scientist, he studies people’s interaction with computers, formally evaluating human performance with interactive systems. As an inventor, he combines computer science, design and psychology to devise new interactive systems for human use. As an entrepreneur, he has worked in startups commercializing interactive systems, including AnswerDash, which he co-founded in September 2012 and for which he serves as a venture-backed president and CEO. AnswerDash enables businesses to easily capture and answer questions from their website visitors, increasing sales, reducing support costs and generating important insights about customer needs. Customers using the service include Big Fish Games, RedAwning, PetHub, Yapta, U.S. Green Building Council, and the State of Washington, among others.
    • Emeritus Presidential Innovation Fellows:

      • Samuel Browd is a UW associate professor of neurological surgery and pediatric neurosurgeon at Seattle Children’s. Browd is working to revolutionize treatment for hydrocephalus, a dangerous condition in which cerebrospinal fluid — a clear, colorless liquid that bathes the brain and spinal cord — doesn’t reabsorb properly in the brain. This serious and, if untreated, deadly condition can create a harmful build-up of pressure that interferes with the development and function of a child’s brain. The traditional treatment is surgery to implant a shunt that drains spinal fluid from the brain down to the abdomen where it is absorbed. But shunts have a high infection rate and often fail without warning since the technology has changed little in more than 50 years. That’s why Browd is pioneering new medical devices to revolutionize the care of patients with hydrocephalus. Aqueduct Neurosciences was created with the goal of reducing shunt failure by 50 percent. Browd is collaborating with Barry Lutz, a UW professor of bioengineering, to develop a “smart” failure-resistant shunt that automatically maintains the rate of drainage for the fluid, diagnoses problems, and provides feedback to help tailor treatment to individual patients. The device also could be monitored remotely by computer to ensure it’s operating properly. Browd expects to bring this new device to patients within the next two to three years. Aqueduct was Browd’s first company to spin out of UW. His second new company Navisonics, resulted from a research collaboration with Pierre Mourad, a UW physicist and faculty member in the Department of Neurological Surgery. Browd and Mourad developed an ultrasound-based device to more accurately put catheters into the brain. Browd is inspired to improve patient care through collaborative projects with commercialization potential.
      • Joyce Cooper is an associate professor of mechanical engineering whose background combines environmental assessment with product design and management. Her research interests include the development and enhancement of “Design for Environment” methodologies and models, which focus on pollution prevention and resource conservation within the technology design process. Cooper’s work provides a framework to restore ecosystems through the design, redesign, and management of eco-efficient industrial systems that take advantage of natural ecosystem cycle patterns. The idea is to restore — rather than simply maintain — global, regional, and local systems through design and management of products, services, and businesses by first understanding both intended and unintended consequences. Cooper has an accomplished record of working with industry, and brings real world problems to bear in her research and teaching.
      • Nora Disis is a professor of medicine in the Division of Oncology, a member of the Tumor Vaccine Group in the Center for Translational Medicine in Women’s Health, and principal investigator for the Institute for Translational Health Sciences. Her research is in an area of vital concern to breast and ovarian cancer survivors: keeping the cancer from returning. Disis is working on vaccine and cellular therapies to prevent cancer recurrences. With persistence, she has developed several targeted cancer therapies and, after more than a decade of laboratory and animal testing, Disis and her team are conducting experimental trials to see if candidate vaccines prevent recurrences in patients whose breast and ovarian cancer had been successfully treated. Her vision in bringing multiple institutions together in the Institute for Translational Research is transforming the resources available for clinical research and the effectiveness with which new treatments are moving from the scientific research bench to the patient bedside.
      • Stephen Fink is the executive director of the UW Center for Educational Leadership (CEL) and affiliate associate professor of educational leadership and policy studies in the College of Education. His work with CoMotion has resulted in a non-exclusive licensing program for a full suite of online teaching tools to support teacher growth through the development of new inquiry skills in the teacher evaluation process. CoMotion worked with Fink and CEL from idea inception to licensing for the 5D™ suite of offerings. The most recent non-exclusive offering is 5D+™ Teacher Evaluation Stage I Online Training, which presents learners with an overview of the 5 Dimensions of Teaching and Learning™. The full suite includes: 5D Assessment; 5D+ Teacher Evaluation; 5D+ Teacher Evaluation: Stage 1 Online Training; and 5D E-Learning.
      • Karen Goldberg is a professor of chemistry at UW, where she leads the Center for Enabling New Technologies Through Catalysis (CENTC), a National Science Foundation funded Center for Chemical Innovation. Goldberg leads 18 investigators and their research groups in chemistry and chemical engineering at 14 different institutions across North America all working together to sustainably produce chemicals and fuels. By researching new reactions and catalyst systems to transform chemical bonds involving carbon, oxygen and hydrogen, she and her team are uncovering new methods for the chemical industry that could provide consumers with less-expensive products using less energy and producing fewer undesirable byproducts. This collaborative work has significant potential to increase U.S. competitiveness and bring increased energy independence. Goldberg’s work has resulted in multiple discoveries in industrial scale chemical manufacturing processes that are in the process of being commercialized.
      • Steve Gribble is a professor in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering. His research interests include the design and operation of robust, scalable Internet infrastructure and services, the measurement and design of wide-scale distributed systems, virtual machine monitor architectures and applications, and systems security topics such as combating the spyware problem. He was a co-founder of ProxiNet, Inc. (now a division of PumaTech), and is a co-founder of UW start-up Skytap (previously known as illumita).
      • Pierre D Mourad holds a joint associate professorship in neurological surgery (UW-Seattle campus) and in the engineering and mathematics departments (UW-Bothell campus). He also holds adjunct positions in bioengineering, radiology, pediatric dentistry and in the Applied Physics Laboratory. Mourad’s scientific, teaching, and mentoring activities target the invention, research, development, and commercialization of medical devices that have a chance of making a difference in patient’s lives in his professional lifetime. His specific focus is on brain disorders and the use of biomedical engineering principles, particularly diagnostic and therapeutic ultrasound, to make scientific and therapeutic advances to address them. Mourad has co-founded multiple start-up companies, including still-active PhysioSonics, developer of an automated device for monitoring cerebral blood flow; Ultreo, maker of an ultrasonic toothbrush; and Navisonics, a new UW start-up expected to launch soon that targets improvement of a critical neurosurgical procedure.
      • Debbie Nickerson is a professor in the Department of Genome Sciences and director of the Northwest Genomics Center. The current focus of her research is the application of next-generation sequencing in complex human diseases, rare Mendelian disorders and in Pharmacogenomics. She has pioneered the development of new methods and tools that have been widely adopted for the identification and genotyping of human sequence variation, including exome sequencing, and has applied these to uncover the genetic basis of both complex and Mendelian disorders.
      • David Baker is a professor of biochemistry and an adjunct professor of genome sciences, bioengineering, computer science, chemical engineering, and physics. His research group develops methods to compute the structures of biological macromolecules and interactions, and to design and experimentally validate novel macromolecules with new and useful functions. Baker is the principal investigator for development of the Rosetta Software suite, which has been licensed to more than 25 companies including many of the world-class pharma and biotech companies. The discoveries made using the Rosetta software have led to a license with Johnson & Johnson, and the formation of two start-up companies: Arzeda, which is engineering novel enzymes not available in nature, and Bio Architecture Lab, which is making renewable fuels and chemicals from seaweed.
      • Carl Bergstrom, professor of biology, uses mathematical models and computer simulations to study how information flows through the world. His research interests include evolutionary biology, animal behavior, philosophy of biology, network theory, epidemiology, and reach into domains of the social sciences such as economics and bibliometrics. In 2007, Bergstrom introduced the Eigenfactor® Metrics (now a UW registered trademark) for ranking and mapping the total importance of scholarly journals. As a component of this project, Bergstrom’s lab aims to use recent advances in network analysis and information theory to develop novel methods for evaluating the influence of scholarly periodicals and for mapping the structure of academic research. Bergstrom is now exploring multiple licensing and company models for his innovations.
      • Guozhong Cao is the Boeing-Steiner Professor of materials science & engineering, professor of chemical engineering, and adjunct professor of mechanical engineering. His current research is focused mainly on processing, characterization, and applications of dielectrics, ferroelectrics, piezoelectrics, scintillation oxides, intercalation compounds, organic-inorganic hybrids, and nanostructured materials and coatings. Technologies from his lab have led to UW spin-out company EnerG2, which has received $15 million in venture funding and has just completed a factory to produce a new carbon material to increase the storage capacity of electric car batteries. Cao is working on several new technologies with great commercial potential, and he has plans for a new start-up.
      • Felix Chew is a professor of radiology, vice-chair for academic innovation, and section head of Musculoskeletal Radiology. He is the author of two popular textbooks of skeletal radiology, Musculoskeletal Imaging: A Teaching File, and Skeletal Radiology: The Bare Bones; both have recently become available in third editions. Chew also serves as an editor for various radiology-based scholarly journals, including Radiology Case Reports, which is licensed through UW CoMotion. Felix is an acknowledged leader in development and publishing of digital content on muscoloskeletal radiology and innovative ePublishing commercialization models.
      • Shaoyi Jiang is the Boeing-Roundhill professor of chemical engineering and an adjunct professor of bioengineering. His research interests include biomolecular interfaces, biomaterials, and biosensors. The Jiang Lab aims to provide a fundamental understanding of molecular-level non-fouling mechanisms and to develop biocompatible and environmentally benign non-fouling materials using molecular design principles. He is an inventor on more than eight patent families in the field of non-fouling polymers. Jiang’s technologies have been licensed to an MIT start-up company, Semprus Biosciences. Jiang has also licensed the intellectual property to start his own company, Zwitter Technologies, which is developing surface coatings based on zwitterionic thin films that are highly resistant to fouling. Zwitter Technologies has already received Phase I and II SBIR grants.
      • Vipin Kumar is professor of mechanical engineering and director of the UW Microcellular Consortium. His professional interests lie in the areas of design and manufacturing, including such areas as product and process design, and characterization and processing of polymeric composites. His research program focuses on microcellular composites, a family of novel cellular materials expected to be used in a variety of applications in the decades to come. In the course of this research, Vipin developed technology to create lightweight, cost-efficient plastics, which are now licensed to UW spin-out company MicroGREEN Polymers. MicroGREEN’s goal is to provide the plastics industry and the world with environmentally-sound plastics technologies that offer substantial economic advantages.
      • Marsha Linehan is a professor of psychology, adjunct professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and director of the Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics. Linehan’s primary research is in the application of behavioral models to suicidal behaviors, drug abuse, and borderline personality disorder. She is the developer of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, a treatment originally developed for the treatment of suicidal behaviors and since expanded to treatment of borderline personality disorder and other severe and complex mental disorders. Marsha is founder of Behavioral Tech LLC, a behavioral technology transfer group, and Behavioral Tech Research, Inc., a company that develops innovative online and mobile technologies to disseminate science-based behavioral treatments for mental disorders.
      • David T. Linker is an associate professor of medicine in the division of cardiology at UW and an attending physician at the UW Medical Center, with an adjunct appointment in bioengineering. He has over 80 publications, four patents and numerous other patent disclosures. With degrees in medicine and bioengineering, he was the engineering project leader for one of the world’s first commercialized intravascular ultrasound systems. He also developed commercial software for detailed research analysis of cardiac ultrasound data. David Linker’s most recent interest has been diagnosing asymptomatic atrial fibrillation, an irregular heartbeat that increases the risk of stroke if untreated. He developed an algorithm that is over 50 times more accurate than existing software for screening for atrial fibrillation, and an inexpensive and comfortable monitor to perform the necessary recordings. Variations of the algorithm can also be used to prevent inappropriate shocks from implantable defibrillators. These technologies led to the launch of the start-up company Cardiac Insight. Linker also developed the software which makes the Seattle Heart Failure Model (SHFM) accessible on the web and smartphones, which is now used world-wide to help health-care practitioners make the best treatment choices in treating their patients with heart failure.
      • Bonnie Ramsey is a professor of pediatrics holding the Endowed Chair in Cystic Fibrosis Research, the associate program director of the UW General Clinical Research Center and Cystic Fibrosis Research Center at Seattle Children’s Hospital, and co-PI of the UW Institute for Translational Health Science Award. Ramsey is a pioneer in developing new treatments to meet the needs of the cystic fibrosis community and is the lead investigator of the clinical trials for TOBI™ (Tobramycin Solution for Inhalation), an inhaled antibiotic treatment for cystic fibrosis. Together with Arnie Smith, she was involved in commercial development of TOBI™, which is now virtually a standard treatment for CF patients. Ramsey also helped develop the new CF drug, Kalydeco, which recently received FDA approval and is the first CF treatment to target the disease’s genetic cause, not just the symptoms.
        2012-2013 Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellows Lecture Series Talk: Therapeutics Development in Rare Diseases Speaker: Bonnie Ramsey, Pediatrics Date: March 28, 2013
      • Patrick Stayton, is the Washington Research Foundation professor of bioengineering and director of the Molecular Engineering and Sciences Institute. His research areas include “smart” molecular materials designed for applications in the drug delivery and bioanalytical fields. Stayton’s technologies are the basis of two UW spin-out companies. The first company, PhaseRx, founded in 2007, is an RNAi delivery technology company developing a polymer-based system that enables the systemic delivery of RNAi drugs. PhaseRx has attracted $19 million in venture funding. The second company Nexgenia, founded by Stayton in 2012, utilizes advanced nanotechnology to replace traditional micro beads for immunoassay diagnostic testing and analysis. In 2005, together with professor Paul Yager, Stayton created the Pacific Northwest diagnostic consortium that received $15 million in 2005 to develop a diagnostic device for developing countries, in collaboration with other not-for-profit (PATH) and for-profit (Micronics, Epoch) entities. This funding yielded the development of the DxBox, manufactured by Micronics.
      • Dan Weld is the Thomas J. Cable / WRF Professor of Computer Science and Engineering. He is an active entrepreneur with several patents and technology licenses. In May 1996, he co-founded Netbot Incorporated, creator of Jango Shopping Search, later acquired by Excite. In October 1998, Dan co-founded AdRelevance, a revolutionary monitoring service for internet advertising which was acquired by Media Metrix and subsequently by Nielsen NetRatings. In June 1999, Dan co-founded data integration company Nimble Technology which was acquired by the Actuate Corporation. In January 2001, Dan joined the Madrona Venture Group as a Venture Partner and member of the Technical Advisory Board.
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        Daniel T. Chiu is the A. Bruce Montgomery Professor of Chemistry, Endowed Professor of Analytical Chemistry, and Professor of Bioengineering. Chiu is a member of the Center for Nanotechnology and the Neurobiology and Behavior Program. He is also a member of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s Cancer Consortium. Daniel’s research activity is focused on the development of new tools that combine ultrasensitive laser-based detection and manipulation methodologies with micro- and nano-fabrication techniques for interfacing with biological systems at the nanometer scale, and on applying these new techniques for addressing biological problems and towards understanding biological complexity. Daniel played a part in founding MiCareo, which currently is developing a device to detect and isolate circulating tumor cells in blood.
        2012-13 Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellows Lecture Series Talk: Funding a Commercialization Project Through a Corporate Partnership Speaker: Daniel Chiu Date: December 14, 2012
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        Joel Durand is Professor of Music and Associate Director of the UW School of Music at UW, where he has taught composition, analysis, and theory since 1991. Joel’s music has been commissioned and performed by many leading ensembles and orchestras in Europe, the US, Brazil, and South Korea. His work for orchestra, Athanor, was premiered by the BBC Symphony Orchestra in 2003 and was released on a CD (Mode Records) in 2004. Joel developed a high-end tonearm, the Talea, for demanding audiophiles and markets them through his start-up Durand-Tonearms LLC. The result of over 2000 hours of research and development, Joel’s tonearm was conceived, designed and realized by Joel, mostly in the machine shop of the UW Mechanical Engineering department, with resources and help from several departments including Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, the School of Music, the School of Art, the Business School and the School of Law, as well as the Center for Commercialization.
        Fall 2011 Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellows Lecture Series Talk: Bringing a High-end Audiophile Product to Market: the Talea Speaker: Joel Durand, UW School of Music Date: October 18, 2011
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        Oren Etzioni is the Washington Research Foundation Entrepreneurship Professor in the UW Computer Science Department where he also directs the Turing Center, a multidisciplinary research center investigating problems at the crossroads of natural language processing, data mining, Web search, and the Semantic Web. His research interests include fundamental problems in the study of intelligence, web search, machine reading, and machine learning. Oren founded the start-up company Farecast, which was acquired by Microsoft’s Bing Travel in 2008. He was the Chief Technology Officer and a board member of Go2net (acquired by Infospace in 2000), and a co-founder of Netbot, acquired by Excite in 1997. At Netbot, Oren helped to conceive and design the web”s first major comparison-shopping agent. In 1995, Oren and his student Erik Selberg developed MetaCrawler, the web’s premier Meta-search engine for several years – now being run by Infospace. He is a co-founder of Clearforest, a text-mining startup (acquired by Reuters in 2007), and has served on the board of Performant (acquired by Mercury Interactive in 2003). Oren has served as a consultant or advisor to Google, Microsoft, Northern Telecom, SAIC, Infospace, Excite, Askjeeves, Zillow, Vivisimo, and others.
        Fall 2011 Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellows Lecture Series Talk: All You Need is Love: Starting a Company at UW in 10 Easy Steps Speaker: Oren Etzioni, UW Computer Science and Engineering Date: September 13, 2011
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        Carla Grandori is a Research Associate Professor at UW where she serves as Director at the Quellos High Throughput Screening (HTS) Core. Carla also leads a laboratory in the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s Human Biology Division, where she focuses on identifying therapeutic targets for MYC-driven cancers, in particular neuroblastoma and ovarian cancers. As a cancer molecular and cellular biologist, she has been a pioneer in the application of genomic technologies and high throughput screening to identify new targets for cancer therapy. Carla trained as an M.D. but later decided to pursue a career in science to ultimately contribute to novel therapeutics. In 2006, Carla joined Rosetta Inpharmatics, a subsidy of Merck to exploit her expertise toward identifying new therapeutic cancer targets utilizing high throughput technology. The results of Carla’s research lead to several publications in major journals as well as inventions. Carla’s plan for the future is to foster the rapid discovery of new cancer therapeutics through new initiatives as well as through collaborations with the pharmaceutical industry.
        Fall 2011 Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellows Lecture Series Talk: Cures for Cancer—Hidden in Plain Sight? Speaker: Carla Grandori, UW Pharmacology Date: November 29, 2011
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        Rodney J. Y. Ho is the Milo Gibaldi Endowed Professor of Pharmaceutics and Director of the DNA Sequencing and Gene Analysis Center at UW. Rodney has extensive experience in areas of neuropharmacology, lipid chemistry and translational medicine. He has written over 90 original research publications, 20 book chapters and two textbooks on drug delivery. Rodney’s research contributed to the development of the Pressurized Olfactory Delivery (POD) device, which helps deliver drug molecules beyond the blood-brain barrier and into the central nervous system. In 2008 Rodney founded Impel NeuroPharma, where he continues to chair their scientific advisory board. Rodney is also an inventor on six patents and numerous patent disclosures related to drug delivery and drug formulation.
        Fall 2011 Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellows Lecture Series Talk: Fueling Innovations in a New Climate of Entrepreneurship Speaker: Rodney Ho, UW Pharmaceutics Date: October 4, 2011
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        Vikram Jandhyala is professor and chair of electrical engineering at UW and director of the applied computational engineering lab. He is the founder and chairman of Nimbic, Inc (formerly Physware), a cloud-based electronic design automation and electromagnetic simulation startup. His research interests include several aspects of large-scale simulation, physics-based computing algorithms, and electronic design automation. He has published approximately 200 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. He received his BTech EE from IIT Delhi in 1993, and his MS and PhD in EE from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1995 and 1998, respectively. He developed electromagnetic boundary element solvers at Ansoft Corporation, Pittsburgh, from 1998-2000 prior to joining UW in 2000. Honors include an NSF CAREER award, Chair’s award and Outstanding Research Advisor award at UWEE, a NASA inventor award, and graduate research awards from IEEE and UIUC. His research at UW has been funded by DARPA, NSF, NASA, SRC, INTEL, WRF, DoD, Air Force, Navy, Lawrence Livermore National Labs, the SBIR program, and by several industrial grants.
        Fall 2011 Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellows Lecture Series Talk: 10 Things Not to Do When Creating a Start-up from University Research Speaker: Vikram Jandhyala, UW Electrical Engineering Date: September 27, 2011
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        Buddy D. Ratner is the Michael L. and Myrna Darland Endowed Chair in Bioengineering and Professor of Chemical Engineering at UW. Buddy is a long-standing driving force for collaborations with industry. He directs the UWEB 21 corporate affiliate program, which brings together experts on hot topics and controversial subjects in biomaterials and medical devices. Buddy is one of the lead organizers and instructors in the University of Washington Program in Technology Commercialization (PTC). His research interests include biomaterials, tissue engineering, polymers, biocompatibility, surface analysis of organic materials, self-assembly, nanobiotechnology, and RF-plasma thin film deposition. Ratner has played a part in founding numerous startups including Asemblon, Healionics, Inson Medical Systems, and Calcionics.
        Fall 2011 Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellows Lecture Series Talk: An Academic in Entrepreneurship Land: 10 Lessons Learned Speaker: Buddy Ratner, UW Bioengineering & Chemical Engineering Date: November 8, 2011