Serial Entrepreneurs and Venture Capitalists
Mir Imran, CEO of Rani Therapeutics, Founder of Incube Lab Ventures
Mir A. Imran (born 1956, Hyderabad, India) is an Indian entrepreneur and venture capitalist. Imran has formed 19 companies since the early 80s and holds over 140 patents.
Born and raised in India, the son of a doctor, Imran moved to New Jersey in 1973 to attend Rutgers University where he studied both electrical and biomedical engineering. He received his B.S. in electrical engineering and his M.S. in biomedical engineering and spent three years as a research specialist before deciding to leave and work on the first implantable cardioverter-defibrillator with Intec Systems, which was acquired by Eli Lilly, spun out to form Guidant, and acquired by Boston Scientific in 2006 for $27.5B. Imran is recognized for his history as a scientist, inventor, entrepreneur and investor of medical technology companies. He is the founder and Chairman of InCube Labs, LLC, a research laboratory and business incubator for medical and technology companies. Through InCube Labs, and prior to its establishment, he has founded numerous medical and high technology companies. Imran currently serves as Director for a number of life science companies.
Winnie Wan, Executive Chairman and CEO, OncoHealth Corp
Dr. Winnie Wan has extensive experience in launching and building life science companies and has successfully commercialized disruptive technologies that resulted in successful exits. Winnie started out with a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Yale University, and earned her MBA from Columbia University.
She moved on to commercializing technologies including the analytical systems for drug development at ForteBio, Inc. (acquired by Pall Corp. in Dec, 2011), the anatomical pathology systems for cancer diagnosis at Becton Dickinson, the cell analysis systems at Guava Technologies, Inc. (acquired by Millipore), and the HIV drug testing model at SyStemix, Inc. (acquired by Novartis). Winnie held CEO or executive management positions at BEING Biopharma, Inc., ForteBio, Inc., GeneTrol BioTherapeutics, Becton Dickinson’s CIS Division, Systemix, etc. She is currently the Exec. Chairman and CEO of OncoHealth Corp. and serves on the board of Valley Medical Foundation.
Karl Hendelsman, Veteran Venture Capitalist
Karl Hendelsman is a seasoned venture capitalist with over 15 years of experience investing in early stage biotechnology. Karl received his B.A. from Boston University, M.S. from Harvard Medical School, and MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management. Karl has worked with entrepreneurs from idea to IPO as a trusted advisor and BOD member. Recently, Karl has been working with Steve Blank, the guru of "Lean Launch," to apply his methodology to life science startups. Prior to his role as a venture capitalist, Karl worked in business development at two biotech companies later acquired for billions of dollars. Karl founded Codon Capital to focus on early stage therapeutics, research tools, and synthetic biology.
Karen Wong, Ph.D., J.D., Partner of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Dr. Karen Wong is a partner at the prominent law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Karen serves as an Intellectual Property counsel to many venture-backed companies, and has worked on numerous major strategic alliance transactions, acquisitions, spin-outs, and IPOs. Within the firm, she works with and mentors many associates and patent agents of a wide array of technical background. Karen is a member of the firm’s Career Development Committee. Concentrating on cutting-edge biotechnology and robotic design, Karen focuses her multidisciplinary practice on a combination of molecular biology, optical physics, chemical engineering, molecular diagnostics, and robotic implementation.
Karen was also a co-founder and board member of BioE2E, which has built one of the largest communities of life sciences entrepreneurs in the Bay Area. Prior to practicing law, Karen conducted doctoral and postdoctoral research at Harvard and Tufts Medical School in molecular biology, cell biology, and physiology.
Yinuo Li, Ph.D., Director of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Yinuo Li is the Director at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She began her career at McKinsey & Co in Los Angeles in 2005, and became a partner at McKinsey in 2011. From 2008 to 2013, while based in McKinsey’s Beijing office, Yinuo served as co-leader of the Healthcare Practice, and leader of the Social Sector and Global Public Health Practice. Her clients covered leading multinational companies, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.
In 2014, she moved to McKinsey’s office in Palo Alto, California, United States, where she focused on Healthcare and Social Sector Practice. Today, Yinuo works with China’s public, private, and nonprofit sectors to address key domestic and global health, development, and policy issues. She is a sought-after speaker on topics ranging from industry perspectives to strategy, organization, talent recruitment/development, and women’s leadership.
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Distinguished Scholars from Stanford University
Tom Ehrlich, Former Dean of Stanford Law School
Tom Ehrlich is a Visiting Professor at the Stanford University School of Education. Before dedicating himself to higher education, Tom had an illustrious career in law and government. Tom served as the first president of the Legal Services Corporation in Washington, D.C., and the first director of the International Development Cooperation Agency, reporting directly to President Jimmy Carter. Tom went on to work in higher education and served in some of America’s most competitive universities.
He was the President of Indiana University, the Provost of the University of Pennsylvania, and the Dean of Stanford Law School. A respected scholar in education, Tom authored or edited 14 books, including Preparing Undergraduates for Business (2011), which won the Ness Prize for the Best Book of the Year on liberal education.
Jim Leckie, Professor of Stanford Environmental Engineering
Professor Leckie has been on the Stanford Environmental Engineering faculty since 1970. After obtaining his B.S. degree in civil engineering from San Jose State University (1964), he went on to obtain his M.S. (1965) and Ph.D. (1970) degrees in environmental sciences from Harvard University. A renowned environmental chemist, Professor Leckie’s research has had extensive contributions in the areas of adsorption chemistry, human exposure analysis, and membrane science. He received the American Society of Civil Engineering Rudolf Hering Medal in 1981. In 2005, he became a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Today, Professor Leckie is the Director of the Center for Sustainable Development & Global Competitiveness at Stanford University. He is also the Appointed Chair Professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering at Tsinghua University.
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Michael Lepech, Professor of Stanford Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Professor Lepech is a member of the Stanford University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty. Before he became a professor, Professor Lepech received his Ph.D. in materials engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He received his MBA in Strategy from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. While he is a renowned scholar in engineering, Professor Lepech also has extensive industry experience in the design and construction of interstate highways and bridges, along with the design and construction of residential high rises in seismic zones.
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Tom Kosnik, Ph.D., MBA, Consulting Professor of Stanford Department of Management Science
Tom Kosnik has been a Lecturer at Stanford University, Department of Management Science and Engineering since 1990. Tom received his B.A. from Duke University, MBA from University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, and two separate Ph.D. degrees in business and in marketing of technology products from Stanford University. He taught Marketing at Harvard Business School from 1985-89, and launched HBS's Entrepreneurial Marketing course in 1995-97. Today, besides teaching in Stanford, Tom is also a consulting professor for National University of Singapore Overseas Colleges Program in Silicon Valley.
Barry Katz, Consulting Professor of Stanford Design Division
Barry Katz is Professor of Humanities and Design at the California College of the Arts and Consulting Professor in the Design Division at Stanford University. Professor Katz received his B.A. from McGill University, M.S. from The London School of Economics and Political Science, and Ph.D. in humanities from University of California, Santa Cruz. He is the author of three books and has been Editor of the Design Book Review.
Barry's essays on the history and philosophy of design have appeared in many academic, professional and popular journals including Design Issues, I.D. Magazine, Metropolis and Dwell. He is currently at work on the history of Silicon Valley design. Professor Katz believes that there is no design problem that does not have its roots in history, and his contributions to IDEO's project work have been to make that history relevant.
Hannah Winter, Lecturer of Stanford Strategic Decision and Risk Management Program
Ms. Winter has over 20 years of experience as a strategy consultant and educator. She leads SDG’s executive education program, for which she develops and leads courses and education programs designed to build individual capability in decision making and risk management. Ms. Winter oversees SDG’s Strategic Decision and Risk Management education partnership with Stanford University’s Center for Professional Development. She frequently delivers lectures and presentations to international audiences on the principles of decision quality in a business setting.
Prior to launching the SDRM program with Stanford, Ms. Winter helped Fortune 100 companies develop and implement better strategies at the corporate, business unit, and technology levels. She developed business and marketing strategies for organizations across a variety of sectors, including automotive, consumer electronics, telecommunications, oil and gas, and utilities. She is co-author of Decision Quality: Value Creation from Better Business Decisions(Wiley, 2016). Ms. Winter received an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and an MS and a BS in electrical engineering from Stanford University.
Jie Wang, Ph.D., Executive Director of Stanford Center for Sustainable Development and Global Competitiveness
Dr. Jie Wang is a Consulting Professor at Stanford University focusing on interdisciplinary research in adaptive computational learning for complex social systems, knowledge management for innovation, decision making frameworks, and information analytics for new business. Dr. Wang received his Ph.D. from Stanford University, his two M.S. degrees from Stanford University and University of Miami, and his B.S. from Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
Besides conducting research at Stanford, Dr. Wang worked at several startups in Silicon Valley, and consulted for multi-international companies including Disney, UBS, First Union Bank (now Wells Fargo Bank), HP, Xerox, NCR, China Bank of Communications, and for government agencies. He also serviced as senior advisors to Sequoia Capital backed Silicon Valley startups. Currently, he is the Executive Director of the Stanford Center for Sustainable Development and Global Competitiveness.
Executive Coaches for Fortune 500 Companies
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Michael Gaines, Executive Coach of Fortune 500 Companies
Michael V. Gaines is the Founder and CEO of Gaines Strategy. He specializes in helping clients address needs around strategy, storytelling, and team development. He has consulted primarily to engineers in high-tech Silicon Valley based organizations where the uncertainty of human behavior is often discordant with the exactness of engineering processes.
Most recently Michael has consulted to key executives and faculty at Apple, Google, Adobe, NetApp, Hewlett Foundation, Synaptics, Yahoo, Grant Thornton, Deloitte, Autodesk, eBay, Cypress Semiconductor, Cirrus Logic, Spansion, MicroSemi, and Hewlett Packard.
Linda Capello, Communication and Executive Coach, Stanford Business School
Linda Capello has held leadership positions in industries ranging from not-for-profit to venture capital. Today, Linda teaches at the Stanford Graduate School of Business in programs in writing, design, and communications. Most recently, Linda taught entrepreneurial communication as part of the Stanford Introductory Seminars program. Additionally, she developed the curriculum for, and taught, Stanford's first fully integrated class on presentation design and delivery skills for the benefit of undergraduate and graduate-level students.
Linda is President of CAPELLO COMMUNICATIONS, a communications firm dedicated to coaching C-suite and other high level executives on the art and science of executing persuasive presentations. Linda has a passion for, and expertise in, issues unique to women as communicators and travels nationally leading workshops designed specifically for this audience.
Davidson Young, Communication and Executive Coach, Stanford Business School
Davidson coaches emerging and current leaders to get more out of their careers. Also, he delivers learning and development programs at technology companies. He has more than a decade in talent attraction and development. At Google, he led the University Recruiting team that hired and developed thousands of university students. His career highlights includes living in Singapore and leading a team across Asia Pacific. Also, he has trained hundreds of individuals and teams on leadership, presentation skills, and giving and receiving feedback. He is passionate about developing others and helping them accomplish their goals.