Our Founders and Advisors

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

Michael Crowley

Founder

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

Erin C. Crowley Ellis

Co-Founder

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. Omar Aljitawi

Dr. Omar Aljitawi

Matrix Co-Inventor

Dr. Omar Aljitawi, M.B.B.S. 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. 

Dr. Michael Heke, PhD

Dr. Michael Heke, PhD

Advisor

Michael Heke has been focused on the translational potential of stem cell research for the past 20 years. He is currently Senior Research Scientist at Stanford University and Lab Manager of the Tessier-Lavigne lab.

Frank Razavi, MBA, MSc.

Frank Razavi, MBA, MSc.

Advisor

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.

Todd Zyra

Todd Zyra

Advisor

Todd has guided business transformations and achieved sustainable success in a broad range of markets including medical devices, professional services, telecommunications, manufacturing and logistics.

Michael Higgins

Michael Higgins

Advisor

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..

Stephen Morse

Stephen Morse

Advisor

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.

Dr. Ajay Kajay

Dr. Ajay Kajay

Advisor

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.

Dr. Ian Wilson

Dr. Ian Wilson

Advisor

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.

Our Partners

Ready to Make a Change?

“While our researchers have made some incredible discoveries, the real miracles will only happen once cancer patients start getting healed,” says Sanatela and ATVentureCenter co-founder Erin Crowley. “We are moving as fast as we can to get the product into the hands of doctors.”

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