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.
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.
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 Associate Director for Penn State College of Medicine’s Center for Medical Innovation, which helps accelerate technology development through education, discovery, proof of concept programs, funding initiatives and startup support. The Center also facilitates collaborations with fellow institutions, industry partners and economic development organizations. Prior to joining Penn State College of Medicine in 2015, Ms. Swift worked in industry for over 15 years in several markets including consumer goods, medical devices and dental products. With experience working for enterprises of various types and sizes, ranging from start-ups to SMEs and the Fortune 500, she served in various roles, comprising of market research, new business development, category management and international sales and marketing. Ms. Swift received her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing with a concentration in International Business from Bloomsburg University, and an M.B.A. from York College of Pennsylvania. Swift currently serves on Penn State’s Conflict of Interest and Patent Review Committees and BioStrategy Partners Board of Directors.
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,