Mel Billingsley, Ph.D.
President/CEO, Life Science Greenhouse of Central Pennsylvania
Mel Billingsley, Ph.D., is president and CEO of the Life Sciences Greenhouse, professor of pharmacology at Pennsylvania State University Milton S. Hershey College of Medicine (MSHCM), and professor of biotechnology and entrepreneurship, Penn State University – Harrisburg, PA campus. His background includes rich and varied experience as a researcher, educator and investor, as well as a long history of actively fostering the advancement of technology within the larger community. He has an undergraduate degree in biophysics and microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh, a doctoral degree in pharmacology from George Washington University, and a postdoctoral degree in neuropharmacology from Yale School of Medicine.
Matt Briddell, MBA
Matt Briddell is a technology executive with 19 years of experience implementing health IT. He built and grew LCG Systems, a Health IT business, from $300k to over $15 Million in annual revenues. LCG Systems served the complex technology needs of organizations with health research and healthcare missions. Through his leadership, LCG Systems delivered award winning enterprise systems for the Dept of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Dept of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
As LCG Systems’ Chief Operating Officer (COO), he led all business operations including overall responsibility for strategy execution, business development, human resources, and customer service delivery. Mr. Briddell provides proven leadership and expertise in corporate strategy, revenue generation, operational management, and customer-focused solutions execution.
In addition to a track record of building productive teams, Mr. Briddell has worked with numerous Federal clients to improve business operations through his deep understanding of both technical issues and business requirements. Prior to COO, Mr. Briddell served as Vice President of Operations and Director of Technology Services for LCG Systems. He has held additional roles in Project Management, technical solutions development, and software development at LCG Systems and other organizations.
Mr. Briddell holds a MBA from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He also holds Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.
Kevin Harter, M.B.A.
Professor of Practice in Entrepreneurship and Director, Center for Medical Innovation, Penn State College of Medicine
Lead Instructor, Innovations Program
Kevin Harter is an experienced healthcare and technology executive and board member, award-winning serial entrepreneur, and long-time volunteer for education-related initiatives.
In his latest role, Kevin is back in Central Pennsylvania helping Penn State to support its Invent Penn State Initiatives. He is serving as Professor of Practice in Entrepreneurship and Director of the new entrepreneurial initiative at Penn State Harrisburg. In this role, he is looking to leverage the assets of the region, and the faculty and students at Penn State to create a sustainable ecosystem built around innovation. Additionally, he serves as the Interim Director of the Center for Medical Innovation at the College of Medicine.
Recognition for his professional and volunteer achievements includes the Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Ernst & Young/Inc. Magazine, the Entrepreneurial Achievement Award from Ben Franklin Technology Partners, Outstanding Leadership in Technology Award from the Technology Council of Central PA, and the Alumni Fellow and Philip Mitchell Service Award from the Pennsylvania State University. He earned a BS in information systems and an MBA from Penn State University.
Tim Ritter is a 1989 Mechanical Engineering Technology graduate of Penn State Harrisburg. Tim has spent the last 25 years of his career at Universal Protective Packaging, a manufacturer of custom designed thermoformed plastic packaging in Mechanicsburg, PA. He has filled several roles at the company including operations manager and division manager at their California operation. Tim joined in a management buyout of the company in 2006 and is now an owner-operator with responsibility for engineering and business development. Tim’s company specializes in packaging for the medical device industry and has worked with his customers to bring many really interesting devices from startup to market.
Erika Swift, M.B.A.
Associate Director, Center for Medical Innovation, Penn State College of Medicine
Erika Swift serves as the associate director for the Center for Medical Innovation, leading the operations of the Center, where she oversees the services offered to the Penn State College of Medicine’s faculty, researchers, and clinicians; and fellow institutions, industry partners, and economic development organizations. The Center’s services maximize opportunities for engagement and technology development through education, institutional agreements, funding initiatives, discovery and proof of concept programs, networking events, and start-up support. Prior to joining Penn State College of Medicine in 2015, Ms. Swift has over 15 years of experience in international sales and marketing, product and category management, market research, and new business development at various companies in consumer, dental and medical device industries, including DENTSPLY International and Medartis, Inc. Ms. Swift received her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing with a Concentration in International Business from Bloomsburg University, and M.B.A. from York College of Pennsylvania. Swift currently serves on the Conflict of Interest and Patent Review Committees.
Michele Washko has more than 20 years experience working for or advising enterprises of various types and sizes, ranging from start-ups to SMEs and the Fortune 100. She has particular expertise in the healthcare innovation, having worked for Merck & Co., Inc., in new product launches; as Vice President Strategic Services for the Life Sciences Greenhouse of Central Pennsylvania, an early-stage venture fund; for Geisinger Health System in its Institute for Advanced Application; and most recently, as a Principal with Life Sciences Innovation Consulting. Functional areas for which she’s had responsibility include strategic planning, product commercialization, alliance management, marketing, communications and finance. Michele has served on the board of numerous young biotech firms and non-profit organizations. She is a member of the Corporate Faculty at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in entrepreneurship and healthcare economics. Michele received her BA from Emory University, an M.B.A. from Penn State University and certificate in Executive Leadership from Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
Sara Love, M.B.A.
Project Manager, Innovations Program
Sara serves as the project manager for the Innovations Program at the Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute and a Research Project Manager at Penn State Harrisburg in the School of Science, Engineering and Technology.
Previous, Sara served as the Marketing and Communications Manager for the Clinical and Translational Science Institute. In this role, she promoted the capabilities, resources and services of the Institute to the internal and external community. Sara’s background consists of higher education and start-up experience that focuses on developing community and corporate partnerships serving the public good. She has held various newly created positions at organizations, helping to build sustainable programs and initiatives that foster entrepreneurship, workforce development and innovation in the biomedical sciences and high tech communities.
Prior to serving at the Institute, Sara held the position of associate director for business development in the Office of Technology Development at the College of Medicine. She managed the marketing, communications and industry relations efforts for the office. Working closely with faculty, industry partners and collaborators to promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship on campus. Prior to joining Penn State College of Medicine, Sara managed the experiential programs at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. In this role, she build industry partnerships with life science and high technology companies to provide research and work experiences to both graduate and undergraduate students.
Sara received her Bachelor’s Degree in Corporate Communications for Susquehanna University and an M.B.A. From Lebanon Valley College.