Marlene Spritzer is a commercial real estate expert specializing in representing corporate end-users, both tenants and owner-occupants. She brings a unique background to corporate real estate which includes an undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University, a law degree from Duquesne University, as well as a Certified Commercial Investment Management (CCIM) certification. Marlene focuses her practice on life science, science and technology, and healthcare companies of all sizes. Her approach is to have a thorough understanding of the client’s […]
Dr. John Hardin is the Executive Director for the North Carolina Board of Science, Technology & Innovation. The Board advises and makes recommendations to the North Carolina Governor, General Assembly, Secretary of Commerce, and Economic Development Board on the role of science and technology in the economic growth and development of the state.
Experienced in international business across multiple industries, including pharmaceuticals, agriculture, energy and life sciences, Sandy received her Ph.D. in Biology (interdisciplinary degree, with competencies in biochemistry, biophysics and bioengineering), Post-Doctoral training at the UNC School of Medicine.
John Merrill is Executive Director of the Gateway University Research Park, a Joint Millennial Campus of NCSU and UNCG. The project is devoted to the interface between industry and education with an emphasis on influencing economic development in the region.
Ms. George is recognized worldwide for her expertise in intellectual property (IP). As an inventor, patent attorney and former United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) patent examiner, Ms. George uniquely understands intellectual property from the industry, legal services and government perspectives.
Ms. Thomas also co-leads the Center’s new initiative that is focused on fostering Bio Defense opportunities in the state. Thomas formerly served as the statewide director of technology commercialization with the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) in Raleigh.
Ginger Rothrock, Ph.D. is an expert in emerging technologies as well as the business development of advanced manufacturing. She manages the Institute’s commercialization portfolio and builds teams to accomplish market assessments. An inventor with 28 patents, she has published in several journals, and presented at international conferences. She was co-founder and principal technologist of Liquidia Technologies. Dr. Rothrock is extremely passionate about mentoring women and students in STEM.