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Empowering the scientific and technological communities as drivers for sustainable economic development.

Saturday, September 17, 2016
Sheraton Convention Center. San Juan, Puerto Rico.
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Saturday, September 17
 

8:00am

Participants Registration
Saturday September 17, 2016 8:00am - 6:00pm
Miramar Ballroom Sheraton Convention Center. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

9:02am

Opening Remarks
Speakers
avatar for Lucy Crespo

Lucy Crespo

CEO of Puerto Rico Science, Technology & Reasearch Trust
Ms. Crespo is the CEO of the Trust. For over 30 years she held several positions in Hewlett-Packard PR, the latest as general manager of the Business Enterprise division. She developed, implemented and managed activities such as product launches, research and development, manufacturing, customer services, re-engineering processes, business planning and delivery service. She provided support to the operations of the supply chain in Europe and... Read More →


Saturday September 17, 2016 9:02am - 9:05am
Miramar Ballroom Sheraton Convention Center. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

9:07am

Welcome & Forward Summit Introduction
Speakers
avatar for Greetchen Díaz

Greetchen Díaz

Coordinator, Grants Program and Outreach at the Puerto Rico Science, Technology & Research Trust
Greetchen Díaz is the grants program and outreach initiatives coordinator at the Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research Trust. She volunteers at CienciaPR, a non-profit organization that promotes science careers among Puerto Rican and Hispanics, where she founded “Borinqueña,” a bilingual blog for women in science and technology. Greetchen coordinates “Semillas de Triunfo,” a STEM Ambassador Program for... Read More →


Saturday September 17, 2016 9:07am - 9:09am
Miramar Ballroom Sheraton Convention Center. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

9:11am

Manipulating neurons with laser light: what it can tell us about fear and food
Speakers
avatar for Gregory J. Quirk

Gregory J. Quirk

Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry UPR School of Medicine
Gregory Quirk, Ph.D., is a Neuroscientist and Professor of Psychiatry and Anatomy & Neurobiology at the University of Puerto Rico. For the past 19 years, his laboratory in PR has been investigating the neural mechanisms of fear, specifically how to reduce excessive fear and avoidance. Using novel techniques such as optogenetics and CRISPR gene editing, he has discovered circuits that turn fear on or off. Quirk's work is funded by NIH and... Read More →


Saturday September 17, 2016 9:11am - 9:31am
Miramar Ballroom Sheraton Convention Center. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

9:33am

Reaching for the stars: Critical Success Factors to promote the Aerospace Industry
Speakers
avatar for Luis Ramos

Luis Ramos

PRRTC Site Leader & Engineering Director Honeywell Aerospace
Luis Ramos is the Director of Engineering for Honeywell Aerospace P.R. and is also the Puerto Rico Research & Technology Center (PRR&TC) site leader. Luis provides leadership to the Engineering and Technology organization at Honeywell’s Aguadilla and Moca sites. Luis is responsible for the day-to-day operations as well as the strategic direction of the organization. Through his work with private companies, academia and government... Read More →


Saturday September 17, 2016 9:33am - 9:53am
Miramar Ballroom Sheraton Convention Center. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

9:33am

Tech Transfer can Fast Forward your Research Discovery
Speakers
avatar for David L. Gulley

David L. Gulley

Director, Technology Transfer Office of Puerto Rico Science, Technology & Research Trust
Dr. Gulley is founding director of the TTO, created to enhance the island’s innovation ecosystem in cooperation with universities, researchers, businesses, government, and external partners. His career includes 25 years of leading innovation-based economic development for the University of Illinois system. From 2012-2015 he led the establishment of 21 tech transfer offices in Chile. Gulley is a Registered Technology Transfer Professional... Read More →


Saturday September 17, 2016 9:33am - 10:15am
San Juan #6 & #7 Sheraton Convention Center. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

9:33am

Startups Moving Forward

9:41am - 9:44am: Parallel 18 & GGI Introduction
9:44am - 10:04am: "Growth Capital for Development of Puerto Rico" - Community Development Venture Capital Alliance 
10:06am - 10:11am: Gasolina Movil - Giovanni Collazo
10:14am - 10:19am: Agro Tropical - Duamed Colón
10:22am - 10:27am: Total App - Benjamin Bolaños Rosero
10:30am - 10:35am: Burea - Vivian Vargas & Stefan Magento

10:39am - 11:39am
Coffee/Networking & Poster Session Break 


Speakers
avatar for Giovanni Collazo

Giovanni Collazo

Founder of Gasolina Móvil
Software developer, designer and entrepreneur from San Juan, Puerto Rico. On 2012, co-founded Blimp a mobile and web development studio, on 2015 co-founded Alias Payments and launched Gasolina Móvil a digital wallet mobile app to allow customer to pay for gas from their phones. We serve more than 65% of the Puerto Rico gas station industry, allowing customers to pay for gas using their smartphones.
avatar for Duamed Colón-Carrión

Duamed Colón-Carrión

President & CEO Agro Tropical, Inc.
Duamed is the Founder and CEO of Agro Tropical (AT) a startup company that applies research and innovation to develop products, high quality seeds, and sustainable agriculture commercial scale production systems. AT is a stakeholder of Cover Crops in PR's agricultural community and collaborates with NGO's, Universities, Farmers and USDA on Sustainable Agriculture Technology Transfer efforts.  AT is I-Corps alumni, 2016 Guayacán... Read More →
avatar for Vivian Vargas & Stefan Maganto

Vivian Vargas & Stefan Maganto

Founders of Burea
With BUREA shoppers get cashback for buying specific products, while brands get shopping behaviour insights to optimize efforts and predict purchase behaviour.
avatar for Benjamin Bolaños Rosero

Benjamin Bolaños Rosero

Associate Professor, University of Puerto Rico - School of Medicine
Benjamin Bolaños is the founder and Director of the San Juan Station for the report of pollens and fungal spores in San Juan, PR in 2005. This is the only Station located in a tropical area of the world. This pioneer work in tropical allergies have allowed him to discover unique characteristic of the outdoor pollens and fungal spores in Puerto Rico. We are working on the development kits of tropical allergens reagents for the diagnosis and... Read More →

Supporting Organizations

Saturday September 17, 2016 9:33am - 10:37am
San Juan #8 Sheraton Convention Center. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

9:55am

Innovate or Die: The importance of innovation for success
Speakers
avatar for Lourdes de Cárdena

Lourdes de Cárdena

Vice President of Operations, Consumables and Reprocessing, Stryker Global Manufacturing
Previous Stryker Experience | | · VP of Operations LATAM | · Director of Strategic Planning, International Operations | · Global Core Competency Lead for Injection Molding, Stryker | · Director of Advanced Operations for Endoscopy & Instruments, Stryker Puerto Rico Previous Work Experience | | · Vice President of Quality & Regulatory Affairs, Patheon | · Plant Manager, Eli Lilly | ·... Read More →


Saturday September 17, 2016 9:55am - 10:15am
Miramar Ballroom Sheraton Convention Center. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

10:17am

Leading by Inspiration in the Age of Genome Exploration
Speakers
avatar for Taras Oleksyk

Taras Oleksyk

University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez Associate Professor of Biology, Director of Caribbean Genome Center
Dr. Oleksyk is currently an Associate Professor at the Biology Department of the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. His research focuses on genetic diversity of humans and vertebrates, identifying footprints of recent genome evolution, and island biodiversity in the Caribbean. Dr. Oleksyk has arrived to Puerto Rico in 2009 from the NIH, and has been recognized for organizing ongoing community support behind conservation genomics of endangered... Read More →


Saturday September 17, 2016 10:17am - 10:37am
Miramar Ballroom Sheraton Convention Center. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

10:17am

Why Patents and Intellectual Property?
Speakers
avatar for Eugenio J. Torres-Oyola

Eugenio J. Torres-Oyola

Managing Member Ferraiuoli LLC
Eugenio is the Managing Partner of the firm and Chair of its Intellectual Property Practice Group. He concentrates his practice on intellectual property and technology. Eugenio is an active promoter of high impact entrepreneurship and angel investing in Puerto Rico. He has collaborated for many years with Grupo Guayacán and other non-profit entities in furthering entrepreneurship on the Island.


Saturday September 17, 2016 10:17am - 10:37am
San Juan #6 & #7 Sheraton Convention Center. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

10:39am

COFFEE & NETWORKING BREAK/POSTER SESSION
Saturday September 17, 2016 10:39am - 11:39am
Miramar Ballroom Sheraton Convention Center. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

11:41am

Technology Transformation: HP Puerto Rico
Speakers
avatar for Paul T. Hargen

Paul T. Hargen

Director and General Manager, Graphics Supplies Operations, HP
Paul Hargen is the Director and General Manager of HP’s Graphics Supplies Operations.  He is responsible for worldwide operations of HP graphics inks and supplies.  In this capacity, he manages manufacturing centers in Puerto Rico, Israel and India in support of HP’s large format printing businesses.  | | Prior to this role, Paul was HP’s Latin America Controller responsible for all financial activities within... Read More →


Saturday September 17, 2016 11:41am - 12:01pm
Miramar Ballroom Sheraton Convention Center. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

11:41am

Startups Moving Forward
11:39am - 11:44am: D2M Solutions - Antonio Negrón
11:47am - 11:52am: IBS Caribe - Carlos Pinzón
11:55am - 12:00pm: Development of Ehop 016 - Eliud Hernandez
12:03pm - 12:08pm: MailLift - Nikki Rostollan & Brian Curliss
12:11pm - 12:16pm: Green Barrier - Jose H. Torres
12:19pm - 12:24pm: Sunne Cleantech Lab - Sheilla Torres & José Lebrón
12:27pm - 12:32pm: Revuelo - Miguel A. Cotto
12:35pm - 12:40pm: OBALearn - Lianabel Oliver
12:43pm - 12:48pm: Momentum Creative Labs - Mark Gómez & Víctor Hernández
12:51pm - 12:56pm: Parallel 18 & GGI Closing

Speakers
avatar for Eliud Hernandez

Eliud Hernandez

Co-Founder MetaBloq
Eliud Hernandez, Ph.D. is a cofounder and part of a team who established MetaBloq. Dr. Hernandez is a medicinal chemist and Associate Professor of the UPR School of Pharmacy who has +15 years of experience in drug design and synthesis.  Dr. Hernandez is well trained in computer-based drug design, organic synthesis and methodology, and instrumental analysis.  He holds two approved patents related to the discovery and biological... Read More →
avatar for Mark Gómez & Victor Hernández

Mark Gómez & Victor Hernández

Co-Founders Momentum Creative Labs
Mark Gómez & Victor Hernández are both co-founders of Momentum Creative Labs. Both Victor and Mark collaborate on the development of their main product and brand: Gardien Alert System. Mark is an Electrical Engineer from the UPRM (Colegio) & Victor is an Electrical Engineer from Interamerican University. Mark has 9 years of experience working with companies such as GE, NASA, & HP while Victor has 6 years working with HP... Read More →
avatar for José Lebrón

José Lebrón

Cofounder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Sunne Cleantech Lab
José, an expert in the research and development of renewable energy technologies, is the inventor of Sunne Cleantech Lab's first product, the patent-pending Sunne Heater. While completing his doctoral studies, he participated and won the "Change the World Challenge" business idea competition at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has contributed multiples scientific publications focusing on furthering the understanding of renewable... Read More →
avatar for Miguel Angel Cotto Morales

Miguel Angel Cotto Morales

Founder and Developer of Revuelo
Miguel Angel Cotto Morales is the founder of Revuelo.tech, a research and product development of drone technology focusing on the prosumer, tech toys and racing drone market segments. We empathize with the customer and translate needs and desires into tangible solutions. He is launching a web based app that brings to the drone racers the opportunity of customize their own racing drone. Miguel is engaged with the education about flying safety... Read More →
avatar for Lianabel Oliver

Lianabel Oliver

Founder and CEO OBALearn
Lianabel Oliver, MBA, CPA, CMA, CGMA is the founder, CEO, and Chief Learning Officer of OBALearn. She is a recognized expert in strategic planning, cost management, and financial accounting with extensive industry experience in these areas. She has training thousands of employees in Puerto Rico and abroad for over 23 years. Ms. Oliver holds an MBA from Stanford University and a BA in Psychology and Administrative Sciences from Yale University... Read More →
avatar for Carlos Pinzón-De la Rosa, Ph.D.

Carlos Pinzón-De la Rosa, Ph.D.

Researcher, IBS Caribe Inc/Universidad de Puerto Rico - Mayaguez
Carlos Pinzón-De la Rosa, Ph.D, is a Researcher in IBS Caribe and Principal Investigator in an SBIR Phase I Proposal, granted by NSF for the development of in house technology for sampling in pharma and food applications. Carlos is helping to diversify the commercial activity in IBS Caribe by the development of In-House local technology with global commercialization potential. Carlos holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the UPRM... Read More →
avatar for José Vega Torres

José Vega Torres

Director, Centro de Negocios y Desarrollo Económico, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez
Dr. Vega Torres is the director of the Business & Economic Development Center of the School of Business Administration at UPRM. He is the editor and co author of How to Establish a Small Business in Puerto Rico and co chair of the National Forum on Entrepreneurship Education held annually at UPRM. He teaches courses in marketing and entrepreneurship and is a key player in the New Venture Design Experience faculty team.
avatar for Sheilla Torres-Nieves

Sheilla Torres-Nieves

Cofounder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sunne Cleantech Lab
Sheilla holds a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez and masters and doctorate degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. She is an expert in the field of thermal-fluid sciences; her work has been published in peer-reviewed fluid mechanics journals and she has presented her research findings in over 30 national and international conferences... Read More →
avatar for Antonio L. Negrón Zayas

Antonio L. Negrón Zayas

President, D2M Solutions
Antonio is an aerospace geek with more than 20 years of experience in the aerospace and defense industries. In 2012, he launched D2M Solutions, an aerospace manufacturing and R&D startup. Previously, he brought to the island engineering services aerospace company Florida Turbine Technologies, where he served as general manager for 10 years. Antonio’s area of expertise is computer aided design, manufacturing and... Read More →

Supporting Organizations

Saturday September 17, 2016 11:41am - 12:45pm
San Juan #8 Sheraton Convention Center. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

11:41am

Changing Campus Culture of Innovation and Entrepreneurial Thinking

Presenters:
· Emmanuel Oquendo from IDEA 
· Kelvin Rosa, Spark Up, Sagrado Corazón

 


Moderators
avatar for Ubaldo M. Córdova-Figueroa

Ubaldo M. Córdova-Figueroa

Associate Professor University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez
Obtained a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 2008. His research expertise is in theoretical soft matter and fluid mechanics. In 2011 he obtained the prestigious NSF CAREER award. Currently, he serves as the Coordinator of the Research Academy for Faculty and Postdoctoral Fellows, PI of two grants with NSF, and Co-PI of the program Pathways to Innovation, which focuses on institutional change to promote... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kelvin Rosa Madera

Kelvin Rosa Madera

Spark up
Kelvin Rosa Madera is a bachelor student at the University of Sacred Heart in Santurce, majoring in entrepreneurship, with a minor in scenic projection.He is the co-founder of Spark Up, an entrepreneur association that provides a space for education, creativity and innovation to the students at the University and the community. | | He is a natural born, charismatic leader and actor who has participated in productions displayed at the Francisco... Read More →
avatar for Emmanuel F. Oquendo-Rosa

Emmanuel F. Oquendo-Rosa

Mechanical Engineering Student, Idea Platform
Emmanuel Oquendo is a mechanical engineering student from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. He is the founder of Idea Platform, a student organization that administers the first makerspace in the university and has the mission of developing innovation leaders and entrepreneurs. In addition to, Emmanuel has worked as software developer at innovative organizations such as the MIT Media Lab, Yiftee, and various tech startups of the... Read More →


Saturday September 17, 2016 11:41am - 12:45pm
San Juan #6 & #7 Sheraton Convention Center. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

12:03pm

Buildings with Instincts are the next scale of Artificial Intelligence
Speakers
avatar for Wilfredo Méndez Vázquez

Wilfredo Méndez Vázquez

Co-Founder and Lead Project Designer of ZeroDamage
Wilfredo Méndez, M.ARCH,B.Env.Design is co-founder of the startup company ZeroDamage and the founding-director of Biotectonica Research & Design Studio in the School of Architecture of the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico. He is a TEDx speaker that has spoke at international symposiums in UK on bio-inspired building's technology and structural resilience. In 2014, he was named one of the "Puerto Rico's 30 Outstanding... Read More →


Saturday September 17, 2016 12:03pm - 12:23pm
Miramar Ballroom Sheraton Convention Center. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

12:25pm

History and Impact of the Arecibo Observatory
Speakers
avatar for Francisco Córdova

Francisco Córdova

Director of Arecibo Observatory, SRI International
Francisco Córdova is the Director of the Arecibo Observatory with responsibility for the operations and strategic direction of the site. He joined SRI International and the Arecibo Observatory Team in June of 2016. His current focus is on improving operations at the site by implementing project management and lean initiatives as well as developing a long term sustainable strategy for the Observatory. Prior this role, he served as the... Read More →


Saturday September 17, 2016 12:25pm - 12:45pm
Miramar Ballroom Sheraton Convention Center. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

12:47pm

The Story of a Long Journey from Invention to Exit
Speakers
avatar for Ricardo Alexander Gómez

Ricardo Alexander Gómez

President, New Wave Health Ventures
Ricardo Alexander Gomez is the inventor of the D-HELP medical device, used in more than one million surgeries worldwide, and founder of New Wave Surgical, one of America’s fastest growing private companies and the No. 1 fastest growing surgical device company per INC magazine. Ricardo recently returned to Puerto Rico, where he is starting a medical device incubator. He attended Cornell Medical School, University of Massachusetts and Florida... Read More →


Saturday September 17, 2016 12:47pm - 1:07pm
Miramar Ballroom Sheraton Convention Center. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

1:09pm

NETWORKING LUNCH AND 30-minutes POSTER SESSION

Lunch: 1:09pm - 1:39pm
On-Going Activities: 1:39pm - 2:09pm


Saturday September 17, 2016 1:09pm - 2:09pm
Miramar Ballroom Sheraton Convention Center. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

2:10pm

Forward Mentor Session
Only 30 participants will have the honor to reserve a spot during our one-hour Advisors Session. Participants will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with our pre-selected group of mentors.

Bring any question and come prepare to exchange lots of knowledge during your personalized 10-minutes meeting.
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Marketing yourself for Grad School
2:10pm - 2:30pm | Yaihara Fortis Santiago
2:40pm - 3:00pm | Pedro J. Resto Irizarry
3:10pm - 3:30pm | Michelle M. Martínez Montemayor

Innovation in your Classroom
2:10pm - 2:30pm | José Vega Torres 
2:40pm - 3:00pm | Javier de Jesús
3:10pm - 3:30pm | Lucas Arzola

Sharing your Science with the Public
2:10pm - 2:30pm | Mónica I. Feliú-Mójer
2:40pm - 3:00pm | Ada Monzón
3:10pm - 3:30pm | Suheily J. López Belén

From the talk to the Pitch
2:10pm - 2:30pm | Amaury Blondet
2:40pm - 3:00pm | Nerma Albertorio Barnés  
3:10pm - 3:30pm | Marie Custodio 

From the Lab to the Market
2:10pm - 2:30pm | Rodolfo J. Romañach
2:40pm - 3:00pm | Roy A. Armstrong  
3:10pm - 3:30pm | Wilfredo Méndez Vázquez  


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Speakers
avatar for Roy A. Armstrong

Roy A. Armstrong

Founder and President Remote Sensing Consultants
Dr. Roy A. Armstrong is the founder and president of Remote Sensing Consultants, a new startup company that specializes in satellite image analysis and remote sensing. Dr. Armstrong is also professor and researcher at the Department of Marine Sciences, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. He has been conducting basic and applied research in ocean-color remote sensing and water optics for the last 35 years.
avatar for Lucas Arzola

Lucas Arzola

COO Parallel18
Lucas Arzola join Parallel18 as director of operations. Previously, he was the founding director of the Engineering Student Startup Center at University of California-Davis, an on-campus makerspace and student startup incubator. Arzola holds an adjunct professor appointment at UC Davis, teaching a course on creativity and entrepreneurship to undergraduate engineers and scientists, and has been a founder of biotech startup Inserogen and... Read More →
avatar for Nerma Albertorio Barnés

Nerma Albertorio Barnés

Executive Director Startup.pr
Organizations Management from the University of the Sacred Heart, Professional Certification in European Communications by Foro Europeo, Babson SEE Fellow,certified instructor for Ice House Entrepreneurship Program and only Startup Weekend facilitator in Puerto Rico. Founder and President of the Board of Centro para Emprendedores and 100Ventures.
avatar for Suheily J. López Belén

Suheily J. López Belén

Suheily J. López Belén, naturally from Sabana Grande, Puerto Rico, is the Meteorologist and Resident Scientist of the WIPR’s Scientific Communications Laboratory (LCC, for its acronym in Spanish), the first TV magazine dedicated on the diffusion of topics related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematic (S.T.E.M.). Her college education includes a BA in Biology with a second concentration in Meteorology, both... Read More →
avatar for Amaury Blondet

Amaury Blondet

Managing Director The BloC-O Group
For the past ten years Amaury has worked in the TV and advertising industry with a focus on digital media. He is currently the Managing Director of The BloC-O Group, an innovation consulting firm that specializes in strategies, operations, creative development, media experiences and branded content solutions for the entertainment industry. In addition, he is the founder and executive director of Planeta Feliz, a nonprofit organization dedicated... Read More →
avatar for Marie Custodio

Marie Custodio

Outreach Manager Parallel18
Mrs. Custodio is the Outreach Manager for Parallel18. Previously, she was a journalist at Puerto Rico’s main newspaper, El Nuevo Día, for 9 years, covering Business, Technology and Innovation news. Ms. Custodio is also a Founders Institute graduate, where she gained an insiders’ perspective on the local startup community that she now applies to her outreach efforts in Puerto Rico, Latin America and U.S. ecosystems. Mrs... Read More →
avatar for Mónica I. Feliú-Mójer

Mónica I. Feliú-Mójer

Vice-Director, CienciaPR; Community Engagement and Outreach Manager, iBiology & UCSF
Dr.Mónica I. Feliú-Mójer is Vice-Director of Ciencia Puerto Rico and Community Engagement and Outreach Manager for iBiology and UCSF. A scientist-turned-communicator, she leverages online technologies to engage scientists with education, outreach and communication to make science and scientists accessible to all. Mónica has a Ph.D. in Neurobiology from Harvard University and a B.S. in Human Biology from the... Read More →
avatar for Pedro J. Resto Irizarry

Pedro J. Resto Irizarry

Assistant Professor, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez
Dr. Resto obtained his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UPRM in 2005. He did his graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison doing a M.S. in Materials Science, a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, and a post-doc in Biochemistry. His current research centers on the development of point-of-care biosensors for agriculture, animal health and environmental health. He is currently an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering and a... Read More →
avatar for Javier de Jesús

Javier de Jesús

Neeuko, Univerisdad del Sagrado Corazón
Architect and urbanist with over 18 years of academic and professional experience with a penchant for innovative ecosystems, Javier combines his private and public sector knowledge in order to excecute strategies which positively impact the socio-economic projects that ask for his guidance. He is distinguished at implementing methodologies to obtain and attract funding from private investments, federal and state levels for educational... Read More →
avatar for Michelle M. Martínez Montemayor

Michelle M. Martínez Montemayor

Associate Professor, Universidad Central del Caribe - School of Medicine
Dr. Martínez completed an AD–Natural Sciences, UPR-Bayamon, a BS–Biology, UPR-Cayey, a MS–Animal Science, UPR-Mayaguez, and a PhD–Nutritional Genomics, MSU. She worked as Associate Director of the Genomics Core-UPR and completed two postdocs, in molecular and cellular cognition and in cancer biology. As Associate Professor of the Biochemistry-UCC her research focuses on molecular understanding of etiology and... Read More →
avatar for Ada Monzón

Ada Monzón

Meteorologist, Founder Ecoexploratorium
Ada Monzón is the first female Puerto Rican meteorologist, an expert on hurricanes and tropical meteorology, and has the unique distinction of Fellow of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) in PR. She is also the Founder and President of the Board of Directors of the EcoExploratorio: Science Museum of Puerto Rico. She produced the first-educational exhibition EcoExploratorio at Oceánica, in Plaza Las Americas and the mobile... Read More →
avatar for Rodolfo J. Romañach

Rodolfo J. Romañach

Professor of Chemistry UPR-Mayaguez
Professor Romañach leads the research efforts of the Engineering Research Center for Structure Organic Particulate Systems in Puerto Rico. He worked in Puerto Rico's pharmaceutical industry for over 12 years before joining the Chemistry Department in 1999. His research is focused on analyzing chemical and pharmaceutical processes as they occur (process analytical technology). This information is then used to improve the quality and... Read More →
avatar for Yaihara Fortis Santiago

Yaihara Fortis Santiago

Director of Science Alliance The New York Academy of Sciences
Yaihara is the director of the Science Alliance at the New York Academy of Sciences. Yaihara develops and implements innovative workshops and courses that provide scientists with skills critical for all careers. Dr. Fortis obtained her bachelors’ from the University of Puerto Rico and her PhD in neuroscience from Brandeis University. In 2014, she completed the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Science and Technology... Read More →
avatar for José Vega Torres

José Vega Torres

Director, Centro de Negocios y Desarrollo Económico, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez
Dr. Vega Torres is the director of the Business & Economic Development Center of the School of Business Administration at UPRM. He is the editor and co author of How to Establish a Small Business in Puerto Rico and co chair of the National Forum on Entrepreneurship Education held annually at UPRM. He teaches courses in marketing and entrepreneurship and is a key player in the New Venture Design Experience faculty team.
avatar for Wilfredo Méndez Vázquez

Wilfredo Méndez Vázquez

Co-Founder and Lead Project Designer of ZeroDamage
Wilfredo Méndez, M.ARCH,B.Env.Design is co-founder of the startup company ZeroDamage and the founding-director of Biotectonica Research & Design Studio in the School of Architecture of the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico. He is a TEDx speaker that has spoke at international symposiums in UK on bio-inspired building's technology and structural resilience. In 2014, he was named one of the "Puerto Rico's 30 Outstanding... Read More →


Saturday September 17, 2016 2:10pm - 3:30pm
San Juan #8 Sheraton Convention Center. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

2:11pm

New Markets – The Federal Government Sector
Speakers
avatar for Alfredo Casta

Alfredo Casta

Founder and Chairman of Cascade Technologies, INC
Founder and Chairman of Cascades Technologies, Inc. (CTi), Alfredo Casta led the organization to become one of Inc. 5000 magazine’s fastest growing companies for eight years. Currently, CTi is ranked #3498 on the Inc. 5000 list. Mr. Casta combined his technical expertise, solid management skills and an unrelenting mission focus to accomplish results in the service of the American public. Under the tenants of Think – Build &ndash... Read More →


Saturday September 17, 2016 2:11pm - 2:31pm
Miramar Ballroom Sheraton Convention Center. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

2:11pm

Financing Early-stage and Growth in Science & Technology Companies
Moderators
avatar for Christopher Reim

Christopher Reim

Managing Partner CDVCA / Puerto Rico Fund for Growth, LP
Mr. Reim manages Community Development Venture Capital Alliance's $47 million Innovate NY Fund for New York State. He also manages the Puerto Rico Fund for Growth, L.P., a $45 million economically targeted fund for entrepreneurship in Puerto Rico. He has managed a family office venture capital fund and a $2 billion private equity fund. Mr. Reim is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University (SIPA), and is on the Faculty of the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Eduardo Inclán

Eduardo Inclán

Co-Founder and Managing Principal of McLarty Bluhaus Capital Partners
Mr. Inclán is a Co-Founder and Managing Principal of McLarty Bluhaus Capital Partners, L.P., a Puerto Rico focused Small Business Investment Company (“SBIC”) fund.  Mr. Inclán also serves as a member of the board of directors of the Atlas U.S. Tactical Income Fund, a Puerto Rico-based mutual fund.  Before joining Bluhaus Capital, Mr. Inclán was head of Santander Securities’ investment banking group... Read More →
avatar for César A. Montilla, Jr.

César A. Montilla, Jr.

President & CEO of The Spectrum Group
César A. Montilla, Jr. is the president & CEO of The Spectrum Group. Former Managing Director of Eurobank Investment Management. Past President and Chief Investment Officer, Ascender Management Services Inc. Formerly Chairman and CEO of Clark Melvin Securities Corporation. Formerly Managing Director of Kidder Peabody, head of the South Atlantic Region’s total business. Formerly Chairman of The Securities Corporation of P.R., an... Read More →
avatar for Myrna Rivera

Myrna Rivera

Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Consultiva Internacional Inc.
Myrna Rivera, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Consultiva Internacional Inc., is a 30+ year veteran in the field of investment management consulting. A Certified Investment Management Analyst ("CIMA"), Ms. Rivera is a recognized pioneer in the industry, and has positioned Consultiva as one of the top ten women-owned Registered Investment Advisors in the United States. Consultiva is a signatory to the UN Principles of Responsible... Read More →
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Kerwin Tesdell

President of the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance
Kerwin Tesdell is President of the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance, the association of venture capital funds that provide equity financing for businesses that create good jobs, wealth, and entrepreneurial capacity in underinvested areas of the US and the world. He is also an adjunct professor at New York University (NYU), teaching at the Stern School of Business and the School of Law. Mr. Tesdell holds an economics degree from... Read More →


Saturday September 17, 2016 2:11pm - 3:15pm
San Juan #6 & #7 Sheraton Convention Center. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

2:33pm

The importance of a Penetration test in a modern business
Speakers
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Charles Smart

Sr Manager, Security Risk & Compliance Assurance GM Security Technologies
Mr. Smart is the current GM Security Technology Senior Manager, Security Risk & Compliance Assurance and IT Security Manager for the WIC Program. Among his duties, Charles currently focus on working with customers and partners in the areas of Security Consulting Services, PCI Audits & Mentoring, and Forensic services. He is responsible on keeping GMST IT Infrastructure updated to the latest compliance and regulations.


Saturday September 17, 2016 2:33pm - 2:53pm
Miramar Ballroom Sheraton Convention Center. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

2:55pm

From the Lab Bench to the Business | CDI Laboratories, a Case Study
Speakers
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Ignacio Pino

Presidente/ CEO CDi Laboratories. Inc
Ignacio Pino is a true representation of the quest for the American dream. Puerto Rican, born to Cuban emigrants. Blessed with an insatiable appetite for knowledge in life-sciences, nacho (his nickname) became a veterinarian and practiced for 10 years before deciding to become a biotechnology entrepreneur after family losses to cancer, the need to do something about it and to contribute to his family's and Puerto Rico's well being. Ignacio has... Read More →


Saturday September 17, 2016 2:55pm - 3:15pm
Miramar Ballroom Sheraton Convention Center. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

3:24pm

Transcending boundaries for the benefit of science, Puerto Rico, and the world
Moderators
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Yaihara Fortis Santiago

Director of Science Alliance The New York Academy of Sciences
Yaihara is the director of the Science Alliance at the New York Academy of Sciences. Yaihara develops and implements innovative workshops and courses that provide scientists with skills critical for all careers. Dr. Fortis obtained her bachelors’ from the University of Puerto Rico and her PhD in neuroscience from Brandeis University. In 2014, she completed the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Science and Technology... Read More →

Speakers
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Daniel Alfonso Colón-Ramos

Associate Professor of Cell Biology and Neuroscience; Associate Professor of Neuroscience at Yale University
Dr. Daniel Colón-Ramos is an Associate Professor of Cell Biology and Neuroscience at Yale University and a Trustee of the Puerto Rico Science Technology and Research Trust. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Daniel completed his A.B. in biology at Harvard University and his PhD in molecular genetics from Duke University School of Medicine. His lab uses the nematode C. elegans to understand the developmental events that direct neural... Read More →
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Greetchen Díaz

Coordinator, Grants Program and Outreach at the Puerto Rico Science, Technology & Research Trust
Greetchen Díaz is the grants program and outreach initiatives coordinator at the Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research Trust. She volunteers at CienciaPR, a non-profit organization that promotes science careers among Puerto Rican and Hispanics, where she founded “Borinqueña,” a bilingual blog for women in science and technology. Greetchen coordinates “Semillas de Triunfo,” a STEM Ambassador Program for... Read More →
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Mónica I. Feliú-Mójer

Vice-Director, CienciaPR; Community Engagement and Outreach Manager, iBiology & UCSF
Dr.Mónica I. Feliú-Mójer is Vice-Director of Ciencia Puerto Rico and Community Engagement and Outreach Manager for iBiology and UCSF. A scientist-turned-communicator, she leverages online technologies to engage scientists with education, outreach and communication to make science and scientists accessible to all. Mónica has a Ph.D. in Neurobiology from Harvard University and a B.S. in Human Biology from the... Read More →
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Giovanna Guerrero-Medina

Executive Director CienciaPR; Director Yale Ciencia Initiative, Yale University & Ciencia Puerto Rico
Dr. Giovanna Guerrero-Medina is Executive Director of Ciencia Puerto Rico and Director of the Yale Ciencia Initiative. Under her leadership, CienciaPR has become one of the largest networked communities of Hispanic scientists in the world, has secured over 2 million in federal and foundation grants, and in 2015 received recognition as a Bright Spot in Hispanic science education by the White House. She has a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology... Read More →


Saturday September 17, 2016 3:24pm - 4:09pm
Miramar Ballroom Sheraton Convention Center. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

4:11pm

NETWORKING BREAK/POSTER SESSIONS
Saturday September 17, 2016 4:11pm - 4:41pm
Miramar Ballroom Sheraton Convention Center. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

4:43pm

Astronomy for Development
Speakers
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Wanda Liz Díaz Merced

Chair Astrosense ( Multimodal Inclussion) Office of Astronomy for Development
Wanda Liz Díaz Merced is the chair of Astrosense, which is the first evidence based global initiative pursuing the leveling of the Physics and Astronomy playing field. She targets professional, higher education, school and outreach levels at once. Wanda is also co-chairing the American Astronomical Society Working Group on Disability and Accesibility (WGAD) and the Multimodal Access Project at the National Society of Black Physicists.


Saturday September 17, 2016 4:43pm - 5:28pm
Miramar Ballroom Sheraton Convention Center. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

5:30pm

Puerto Rico Research & Innovation Summit Overview and Closing Remarks
Speakers
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Iván Ríos-Mena

COO of Puerto Rico Science, Technology & Reasearch Trust
Mr. Ríos is the Chief Operating Officer of the Trust. Previously he was its Acting Director, reorganizing its administrative and operational structure while leading the launch of several flagship programs such as: Research Grants Program, Puerto Rico Consortium for Clinical Investigation, and the Center for Tropical Biodiversity and Bioprospecting, among others. He also served as Under Secretary of the Puerto Rico Department of Economic... Read More →


Saturday September 17, 2016 5:30pm - 5:33pm
Miramar Ballroom Sheraton Convention Center. San Juan, Puerto Rico.