Management / Programming
Director of Incubator Operations
Laura Holmes is the associate director of the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Partnerships at Binghamton University and leads the team that manages the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator. She is the lead on community outreach and economic engagement efforts centered around the Koffman and serves as a liaison between the incubator and community stakeholders.
Director of Business Incubation Program
Eric Krohn is a successful inventor and entrepreneur who leverages his experience in guiding and mentoring companies at the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator and the Innovative Technologies Complex. As director of business incubation, he facilitates programming to help startups grow and succeed, with an emphasis on high-tech, high-growth ventures. Krohn’s companies include Gyro Heat Technologies, b-Safe Products and Cubed Naturals.
Director of the Southern Tier Clean Energy Incubator
Michael (Mike) Jagielski is a seasoned business executive and technology entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience working with CEOs of companies ranging from SMB to Fortune 100. For 8 years he served as COO of Micatu Inc. , the “grand prize winner” of the inaugural 76West Clean Energy Competition. Leveraging his expertise in the areas of Big Data Analytics, Solution Sales Methodologies and Business Monetization Strategies, he has the tools and passion to progress clean energy companies within the SCI program.
Program Administrator of the Southern Tier Clean Energy Program
Emma Smith provides extensive support to the Southern Tier Clean Tech Incubator, recruiting companies to the region and working directly with NYSERDA on grant milestones and the 76West program. She serves as a key coordinator in event planning and maintains the customer relationship management tool for the entire Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Partnerships.
Manager of Investment and Start-Up NY
Per Stromhaug oversees the office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Partnerships, including tech-transfer activities, the Start-up Suite, entrepreneurial support and economic growth initiatives. He also oversees the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator in downtown Binghamton and is the lead contact for the START-UP NY initiative at Binghamton University.
Director, XCEED Accelerator Program and Coordinator, Innovation Binghamton I-Corps Site
Olga Petrova manages the life sciences and biomedical portfolio for E&IP, facilitating patenting and commercialization of new technologies arising from Binghamton University research. She also oversees the Binghamton Acceleration of Cleantech Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (XCEED) program and serves as coordinator and instructor for the Innovation Binghamton I-Corps Site.
Fabiola Moreno Olivas
Program Coordinator of Innovation Binghamton I-Corps Site
Fabiola Moreno Olivas is a recent PhD graduate from Binghamton University’s Biomedical Engineering department. She reviews invention disclosures in the life sciences and biomedical fields, evaluating their market potential, as well as their position compared with other technologies available. She also assists with the marketing of current technologies, as well as with outreach efforts pertaining the current BU IP portfolio.
Entrepreneur in Residence, Innovation Binghamton I-Corps Site
Kathryn holds a PhD for her work on molecular mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis and has founded microBELLA Cosmetics, a probiotic skincare company. Leveraging her expertise as a startup founder, as well as her extensive experience with the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Program, she supports the outreach and engagement efforts of the Innovation Binghamton I-Corps Site and mentors regional startups and aspiring entrepreneurs.
Marketing / Administrative
Integrated Marketing and Communication Specialist
Cory Kimmell combines strategy with creativity in order to further the marketing and communication critical to the many facets of the Office of E&IP. His duties include logo and print material design, content creation, press management, website design, magazine layout, strategic promotion, small business consulting, marketing strategy creation and implementation — among other duties. Through these efforts, he attracts business and community interest in our programs and events. He visually and verbally portrays ongoings, in-turn attracting funding and other opportunities to the office.
Amy Breski is the administrative assistant for the E&IP office, supporting all staff as well as the assistant vice president. Her role is critical in the daily operations of the department and assists in the planning and execution of events both on campus and at the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator. She supports the startup companies located at the Innovative Technologies Complex (ITC) as well as the office’s technology transfer activities. Breski makes arrangements for our visitors and welcomes them at the ITC office.
Steve Pierce navigates the complexities of the Koffman Incubator’s unique facility and tenant needs. He oversees the health of the building through coordinating proper maintenance, upkeep and upgrades. Pierce works with tenants to best assist requests, bookings and issues as they present themselves.
Sharon welcomes the many faces that pass through the Koffman Incubator. Situated at the front desk, she specializes in passing critical information to tenants and co-workers. Sharon directs visitors to the companies and events they are in the building to see. She assists the greater team by maintaining an organized lobby, ensuring a welcoming environment greets all that enter it.
Mentor / EIR
Innovation Binghamton I-Corps Site Director, Entrepreneur in Residence
Tony Frontera is a lecturer in entrepreneurship at Binghamton University with 25 years of sales and management experience in specialty retailing and manufacturing. He has a background in marketing through his time heading up marketing for the McIntosh Laboratory. Tony holds major roles within the I-Corps and XCEED programs.
Mentor, Intellectual Property and Agreements
Scott Hancock takes the lead in transferring University technologies to company commercialization partners. His responsibilities include establishing the business case for inventions, building the campus patent portfolio, marketing technologies, and negotiating options and licenses. He also crafts confidentiality, material transfer and inter-institutional agreements in service to faculty and research center projects. Hancock works closely with the Office of Sponsored Programs in shaping intellectual property right terms and conditions in research contracts.
Scott Moser focuses on leveraging, transferring and licensing University intellectual property assets to company commercialization partners. His responsibilities include preparing analytical and evaluative state-of-the-art assessments on the patent and commercial potential of inventions through a thorough review of highly-specialized information from patent databases, interviews with inventors and company representatives, and additional research and analysis. He received his law degree from Capital University Law School, and is a registered patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Entrepreneur in Residence
Dan played a key role in leading and developing Binghamton University’s business incubation program. Dan is the president and chair of Employment Solutions and founder of Launch to Greatness. He also facilitated the Southern Tier Meet Up events for over three years and has extensive knowledge in strategic planning and business development.