Vincent Lee, Ph.D., was an EL on the Lumiode I-Corps team out of Stanford University in March 2012. He is currently the CEO and Co-Founder of Lumiode, Inc, working on next generation microdisplays.  Lumiode began full-time operation in September 2012.  The company secured initial funding through the NSF SBIR program and a Navy sub-contract.  Most of their current focus is on technology development with a mindset towards a minimum viable product for the application areas they identified through the I-Corps program.

As of August 2013, they are applying for Phase II of the NSF SBIR and looking for external investment to continue research and product development. Prior to forming Lumiode, Vincent earned his Ph.D. at Columbia University in electrical engineering.

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Cristina Canavesi is a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester.  She was an EL on the LighTip team out of Stanford University in March 2012. Her research interests are freeform reflectors design and applications of illumination to biomedical instrumentation.  Since 2011, realizing that she lacked the tools needed to commercialize the technology that was being developed in her advisor’s lab, she has been pursuing several opportunities to get trained in business, including participating in the NSF I-Crops program.  A new startup, LighTopTech Corp., was formed in May 2013 based on the technology and understanding of a product-market fit discovered during her I-Corps training. As of August 2013, they have submitted their first NSF STTR proposal and are preparing their first NIH STTR proposal.

Mike Riedlinger is a Manager of Rochester BioVenture Center & Program Manager of Technology Commercialization at High Tech Rochester (HTR). He was an Industry Mentor on the LighTip I-Corps team out of Stanford University in March 2012. His I-Corps experience has led to the development of several programs for HTR based on “Customer Discovery.”  These include: an updated “Pre-Seed Workshop” for evaluating technologies that might be commercialized, the HTR LaunchPad Software Accelerator – funded by a grant from the Farash Foundation, a Medical Device Prototyping Workshop (now in pilot phase), and a soon to be launched Proof-Of-Concept-Center (POCC) program – funded primarily by NYSERDA.

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