We are a group of research, commercialization, brand, and marketing experts dedicated to launching advanced technologies out of research labs and into the marketplace.
Michael Crowley, JD
Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO
Founder Michael Crowley is a serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist, M&A professional and investment banker with strong personal track-record in business and start-up funding. He is an avid researcher, educator and seasoned speaker.
Erin C. Crowley Ellis
Co-Founder and Chief Engineering Officer
Erin Crowley brings deep quality management experience to all ATVentureCenter startup businesses. She has solved many systemic production and quality problems in manufacturing, including at Toyota.
Dr. Michael Heke, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer
Dr. Michael Heke has over 20 years experience in stem cell research. He is currently Special Assistant to the President of Stanford University and a Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Biology specializing in the study of stem cells.
Dr. Ian Wilson, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Ian Wilson is the founder of the first practice in the Rochester region dedicated to the evaluation and treatment of peripheral vascular disease (from claudication to critical limb ischemia) and venous disease.
Dr. Eric T. Brown, PhD
Chief Biomedical Engineer
Dr. Eric T. Brown is a biomedical engineering researcher and entrepreneur focused on veterinary testing and clinical applications to accelerate the Sanatela Matrix’s path-to-market.
Dr. Ajay Kashi, BDS, DDS, PhD
Dr. Ajay Kashi, BDS, DDS, PhD is a passionate researcher and inventor who holds several patents in the area of biomedical engineering and medical devices. He works in a busy dental practice and has published extensively.
Kaleigh Gregory, PharmD, PhD
Dr. Kaleigh Gregory is a licensed clinical pharmacist with direct patient care experience in blood and marrow transplant and oral chemotherapies. She also has experience with investigational drugs.
Tom Conley is a lab technician with broad experience in biomedical research. As senior technician for Dr. Omar Aljitawi at the University of Rochester he helped develop the Matrix into the remarkable product it is today.
Frank Razavi, MBA, MSc
Director - Licensing
Frank Razavi has over 18 years experience in corporate, university, and startup settings, managing large technology projects, technology investment commercialization/licensing, and new venture creation.
Chief Marketing Officer
Stephen Morse is a serial entrepreneur, foreign correspondent, dot-com founder and global marketing professional who served as Director of Communications for Xerox Services, a $2.2 billion company.
Michael Higgins, MBA
Director - Operations & Government Outreach
Michael Higgins, MBA, MSF is a distinguished veteran and senior executive with over 23 years of experience leading diverse teams and solving challenging cross-organizational problems.
Todd Zyra, MBA
Todd has guided business transformations and achieved sustainable success in a broad range of markets including medical devices, professional services, telecommunications, manufacturing and logistics.
Sales and Sales Management Executive with extensive experience in early and late stage clinical development. Project management and sales experience in Phase 1 through Phase 3b clinical development.
Board of Advisors
Dr. Kurt Kreiter
Former Sr. Director Global Medical, Biogen. Academic and industry experience designing, conducting, analyzing and publishing clinical trials. Experience building medical affairs capabilities in start-up as well as in established teams.
Dr. Irwin Gelman
Ph.D Microbiology & Immunology, Director of Research Integration at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. CSO-Veronomics which uses functional genomic screens & bioinformatics analyses to identify cancer drug sensitivities.
Dr. Henry Withers
Ph.D Molecular & Cell Biology. Director of Genomics at Veronomics Inc. Ph.D Cancer Genetics- Molecular and Cellular Biology Affiliate Employee Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Dr. Omar Aljitawi, MBBS
Dr. Omar Aljitawi is a practicing oncologist and Associate Professor of Hematology/Oncology at the University of Rochester’s Department of Medicine. He is an authority on human hematopoietic stem cells.