Team

About Our Team

Members of the Foresight team are veterans of commercialization and product development with experience in research, technology transfer, new venture creation, and business development.

 

Management

Norton Kaplan
President & COO
Norton Kaplan, a 40-year veteran in high technology business manages Foresight’s strategic growth and operations as President & COO. “Quality, value creation, creativity, respect, and growth are my guiding principles Read More
Phyllis Speser
Chair, Board of Directors
Dr. Speser is co-founder of Foresight, where she was a senior line manager for 35 years and is now the Chair of Board of Directors. She is the author of Read More
Dan Satinsky
Vice President of Business Development
For more than 20 years, Daniel has been engaged in technology-related international business projects and in building practical business networks. He has participated personally in three startup companies and has Read More
Konstantin Izvolsky
Director of Consulting & Training
Dr. Konstantin Izvolsky works across the breadth of science and technology at Foresight and is the person who trains and certifies our staff for market research and analysis work. He Read More
Alyssa Belleville
Director of Sales & Marketing
In addition to her sales activities, Alyssa engages internal and external stakeholders in Foresight’s mission to support research and commercialization in many markets. She manages the Foresight blog, newsletters, email Read More
Jim Gagnon
CTO
Jim has come into Foresight to provide the programming and technical expertise for the further development of our web services. Jim himself was the founder of a successful company, Abacus Read More
Reda El Alami
Market Analyst
Reda received his bachelor’s degree from Suffolk University in Boston and supplemented his education with a Data Analytics program from Northeastern University. In his most recent role, Reda was a Read More
Paula Williams
Project Coordinator
Ms. Williams has over 25 years of experience in the retail field. Utilizing her art background, she owned and operated her own small business in Providence, RI. Moving on to big Read More
Kelli Cardoso
Project Administrator
Kelli received her bachelor’s degree from Worcester State University and has over 10 years of customer service and administration experience. She recently assisted in expanding one of the largest real Read More
Satya P. Chinta
Senior Researcher and Program Manager
Dr. Satya Chinta has a Doctoral and International master degree in organic chemistry from TU-Braunschweg, Germany specializing in natural product chemistry and Post doctorate studies from University of California-Riverside  and Read More

 

Senior Consultants

Aaron Chockla
Senior Consultant, Ph.D., Chemical Engineering
Aaron has worked with multiple start-ups, including a clean-tech venture he co-founded in 2013. Prior to joining Foresight, he worked in various industry sectors, including pharmaceuticals, semiconductors, and renewable energy Read More
Adam Greenspan
Senior Consultant and U.S. Registered Patent Agent, BS, Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science; MS, Biomedical Engineering
Adam has over 6 years’ experience in technology commercialization, spanning university technology transfer, accelerator program management, business incubation, and entrepreneurship. Adam is the President and Founder of Aries Medical Textiles, Read More
Al Poskanzer
Senior Consultant and Project Manager, Ph.D., Chemistry
Dr. Al Poskanzer is a seasoned professional with a combination of business & academic qualifications and experience spanning 40 years that is truly unique. With a Ph.D. in physical chemistry Read More
Arundeep S. Pradhan
Senior Consultant, M.S. Pharmacy Administration, B. Pharmacy (Honors)
Mr. Pradhan has worked with individuals, universities and companies on intellectual property strategies, licensing and agreement negotiations, technology and company due diligence, commercialization strategy and business planning. Arundeep was the Read More
Barbara Cotta
Senior Consultant, B.S. Mechanical Engineering, MBA
Barbara brings to Foresight her unique blend of engineering, business and people skills and over 20 years of experience working with innovation, strategic planning, implementation, process design, sales, and customer Read More
Bruce Inwood
Senior Consultant, MBA, BS Biochemistry
Mr. Inwood is an experienced marketing leader with proven success leading Go-To-Market launches for over 20 years globally with both large enterprise and small business innovators. He spent over 12 Read More
Celia Krebs
Senior Consultant, B.A. Organizational Development and Communications
Celia brings extensive planning and lifecycle experience, specializing in product commercialization, program/project management and business development after senior roles with Hewlett-Packard, Xerox, General Electric and entrepreneurial companies. She has lead Read More
Cheryl A. Fragiadakis
Senior Consultant, B.S. with High Honors, Chemical Engineering, M.B.A., Registered Professional Engineer, State of California
Cheryl A. Fragiadakis headed Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Management at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, which is operated for the Department of Energy by the University of California. Berkeley Read More
Chetan Uttarwar
Senior Consultant, M.S. Genetic Engineering, MIP-LLM Intellectual Property
Mr. Chetan Uttarwar has extensive experience in Intellectual Property, Technology & Business research with focus on technology scouting, licensing, competitive intelligence, transfer and monetization. He has participated in activities like Read More
Chris Ahern
Senior Consultant, B.A., International Relations
Chris was Team Leader, Assessments for Foresight’s Aerospace, Defense and Transportation group before working part time for Foresight and joining an entrepreneurial venture. He received training in US defense procurement Read More
Chris Klick
Senior Consultant and Registered Patent Agent, BA Electrical and Computer Engineering, MBA
Chris is an intellectual property expert with experience in prior art searching, patent landscapes and innovation consulting for Baker Botts, Ocean Tomo, UTEK/Innovaro and IP.com. His clients’ technology areas have Read More
Christopher J. Gainor
Senior Consultant, M.S., Space Studies, Ph.D., History
Dr. Chris Gainor is a historian who lead Foresight’s work on the history of the Hubble Space Telescope, a multi-year project creating a digitial archive for use by scholars and Read More
David J. Glass
Senior Consultant, B.S., Biological Sciences, Ph.D., Biochemical Sciences
Dr. David Glass is an independent consultant with over thirty years’ experience in biotechnology and related life sciences fields, with much of that time devoted to patents, licensing and technology Read More
David McClure
Senior Consultant, M.S. Anatomical Sciences and Neurobiology, Ph.D. Biochemistry, J.D. Law, RAC
Though he has consulted for publicly traded metals and health benefits companies on intellectual property value creation, Dr. David McClure has focused most of his professional efforts for the past Read More
David Snyder
Senior Consultant and Program Manager, B.S. Mathematics, M.A. Economics
Mr. Snyder has over 30 years of experience in marketing and technology commercialization of hardware and software products. Mr. Snyder spent over 20 years with a Japanese manufacturer of electrical Read More
David Speser
Member, Board of Directors, B.S., Mechanical Engineering
Mr. Speser is Foresight’s oldest employee. A co-founder of the company he is still active in marketing and participating in problem solving for customers. His successes have ranged from licensing Read More
Denise LaGasse
Senior Consultant, Ph.D. Computational Linguistics and Computer Science, J.D. Law, C.L.E.
Dr. Denise LaGasse has done market analysis and licensing for clients in both the academic and commercial sectors. Her specialties include hardware and software applications and operating system technologies, bioinformatics, Read More
Diane Stewart
Senior Consultant, Ph.D. Physical Chemistry
Dr. Diane Stewart supports her clients with technology transfer services including external research funding analysis and administration, writing and version control of legal documents for collaborations, and strategic intellectual property Read More
Divya Shakti
Senior Consultant, B.Tech. Agriculture & Food Engineering, Master of Bioscience, M.E., Biological Engineering
Divya has over 15 years of experience working in various areas of Life Science Business including competitive business analysis, market research, pipeline and portfolio analysis, strategic planning, intellectual property assessment and Read More
Donna J. Piper
Senior Consultant, B.S., Biology and Chemistry, MBA, Health Care Administration and Finance
Donna specializes in biomedical, biotechnology, and chemistry. She has worked at Wyeth, Johnson and Johnson, and Forest Laboratories. Prior to entering industry, she managed a research and clinical laboratory at Read More
E. Wayne Turnblom
Member, Board of Directors and Chair, Investment Committee, and Senior Consultant, Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, Executive Program (MBA Equivalent)
Education: Ph.D., Organic Chemistry; Executive Program Graduate (MBA Equivalent) After graduating with his doctorate from Columbia, Dr. Wayne Turnblom was an Instructor and Post-Doctoral Fellow at Princeton University for two Read More
Ed Kase
Senior Consultant, B.S., Mechanical Engineering, MBA
Mr. Kase is a strategic planning and business development executive with more than 20 years of B2B experience. This experience spans various technologies, including software, medical devices, scientific instrumentation, aerospace Read More
Efrain Figueroa
Senior Consultant, Ph.D. Solid State Physics, MS Electrical Engineering
Efrain Figueroa has over 17 years of experience in the development of optical, opto-electronic and semiconductor materials and devices for applications in laser optics, sensors and optical communications systems. He Read More
Fred Rodgers
Senior Consultant, MBA
Mr. Rogers has a 43 year career as an entrepreneur in the technology field. First Fred worked in the computer industry and now for the last twenty years, commercializing university-developed Read More
Gary N. Keller
Senior Consultant and Project Manager, MBA
Gary Keller has over 30 years of experience in international business development and global technology led economic development.  He has worked for leading biotechnology and life science companies, worked within Read More
Greg Lank
Senior Consultant, B.S. Mechanical Engineering, M.Eng Energy and Environment, P.E.
Before joining Foresight Mr. Lank managed the research, development and commercialization of sustainability technologies for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  In this role he functioned as the program manager overseeing Read More
Ian Nieves
Senior Consultant, PhD Materials Science, MS Chemistry
Dr. Nieves possesses 20 of experience performing materials R&D, computational modeling and environmental and health-related international consulting. He has utilized high resolution microscopy, spectroscopy, failure analysis and engineering simulation to Read More
Isabelle M Gorrillot
Isabelle is a life science partnering executive with over 20 years of combined licensing experience in industry and academia. She is has a robust track record of success in all Read More
J. Don Marioni
Member, Board of Directors and Senior Consultant, M.S., Aeronautical Engineering, Business Certificate (MBA Equivalent)
Mr. Marioni holds a M.S. from Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA, and a Certificate in Business Management from UCLA. Prior to joining Foresight, where he is a major shareholder, Read More
Jack Pincus
Senior Consultant, Ph.D. Biochemistry
Jack Pincus has held senior management positions in the life sciences industry and has expertise in technology commercialization, business development, licensing, and intellectual property management. He has over 35 years’ Read More
James R. Helbig
Senior Consultant and NASA Program Manager, B.A., M.S.J.
Mr. James (Jim) Helbig currently leads a technical team of experts working with NASA Langley Research Center. He has provided strategic business, marketing, and intellectual property consulting services to a Read More
James Sitlington
Senior Consultant, BS Engineering, MBA Finance
Jim has extensive experience working with small businesses from the start-up phase through the public sale of a companies’ securities. His academic foundation in engineering gives him “an engineer’s mentality” Read More
Jean Montano
Senior Consultant, MBA
Jean brings special expertise in procurement and other US federal funding mechanisms and production and inventory management to her work with Foresight customers. She is a Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM) Read More
John D. Ruley
Senior Consultant, B.S., Physics; M.S. Space Studies
John brings over 25 years experience as a technology writer and editor, primarily focusing on personal computing, aviation and space. John’s writing has appeared in Astrobiology, AvWeb.com, Cessna Flyer, HP World, Read More
John Topping
Senior Consultant, B.S., Applied Physics; Ph.D., Materials Science
Dr. John Topping has an over 30 year career in industry before moving into technology transfer and commercialization. He works primarily in advanced and industrial materials research and development (R&D) Read More
Joseph Janda
Senior Consultant, MA Biology, MBA, RTTP
Joseph Janda has worked with early stage technology evaluation, IP development and licensing, and university technology start-up companies for over a decade.  His experience spans university technology transfer offices at Read More
Kalpana Desai
Senior Consultant, B.S. Biology; MBS Biopharma Entrepreneurship
Ms. Desai, earned a B.S. Biology from University of California Irvine and an MBS Master of Bioscience – BioPharma Entrepreneurship from the Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Lifescience. In addition, Read More
Keeley Bower
Senior Consultant, B.S.Magna Cum Laude, Biology, M.S., Biochemistry
Keeley’s previous work includes serving at Quintiles’ consulting practice in the Market Intelligence Group. Her role as Senior Market Analyst was to collect and analyze qualitative and quantitative market data Read More
Kristin Norton
Senior Consultant, Ph.D., Biomedical Science
Dr. Kristin Norton is a healthcare industry veteran combining medical and business knowledge to optimize the role of both physicians and technology in response to changes in the healthcare ecosystem. Read More
Krysten Oates
Senior Consultant, MSc. Biomedical Engineering
Krysten recently received an MSc. in Biomedical Engineering. At Foresight, she provides Spin-up services in addition to client work in technology and market assessment. In the past, Krysten provided programming Read More
Lianne Wong
Senior Consultant, B.S. Physics with Electrical Engineering, M.S. Learning Sciences/IT
Lianne applies her professional experience spanning corporate and education sectors to solve meaningful problems and address real world needs through research, design, and development. She brings experience in technology evaluation, Read More
Lisa Dufresne
Senior Consultant, M.S., Civil Engineering, Hazardous Material Management, B.S., Chemical Engineering
Ms. Dufresne has over fifteen years of experience in technology transfer and new product commercialization with broad exposure to medical, environmental, energy, and defense technologies.  After receiving her B.S. in Read More
Marc Perron
Senior Consultant, Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering
Dr. Perron is an industrial electronics entrepreneur involved in the development, financing and commercialization of intellectual property and its associated products. He is the founder of a boutique firm based Read More
Mark Szajna
Senior Consultant, J.D., M.E. Bioengineering, M.B.A. Summa Cum Laude, B.S. in Behavioral Neuroscience
Mark has a diverse background in intellectual property, patent examination, technology transfer and commercialization. He has supported DoD and FLC technology transfer as a client program analyst for Battelle at Read More
Matan Rapoport
Senior Consultant, PhD MBA
Dr. Matan Rapoport specializes in commercializing biomedical technologies. Through Dr. Rapoport’s experience as senior licensing manager at URVentures, Matan has extensive experience in evaluating biomedical technologies, patent applications, market research Read More
Melinda Wirsing
Senior Consultant, B.A. Liberal Arts
Melinda is a Senior Consultant in Foresight’s Commercialization practice. Prior to Foresight, Melinda worked at Hewlett-Packard, specializing in marketing, sales and project management for the private and public sectors. She Read More
Michael Lucca
Senior Consultant, B.S, Computer Science, M.S. Computer Science
Mr. Lucca is a senior executive with over 30 years experience in the information technology industry.  He has held various senior management roles in engineering, marketing, business development and strategy Read More
Michael Morrissey
Senior Consultant, B.S. Environmental, Earth, and Ocean Sciences
Michael has extensive analytical, market research, and business development experience that he has gained while working in the renewable energy industry and throughout his studies. He began his career with Read More
Natalia Toth
Senior Consultant, MBA, Ph.D. Biophysics
Dr. Natalia Toth has extensive experience in technology evaluation, market research, and competitive analysis. Her background includes years of scientific research in biomedical field, work in technology transfer environment at Read More
Paula Watt
Senior Consultant, B.S. Chemistry, M.S. Macromolecular Engineering, Ph.D. Polymer Science, Certificate in IP Law
After serving 30 years in industrial research and technical management positions in various polymer industries, Paula Watt joined the University of Akron as the Director of Outreach for the College Read More
Poulami Mitra
Senior Consultant, BSc Physiology, Physics, Chemistry; MSc Physiology; Ph. D. Biochemistry
Dr. Poulami Mitra has been in biomedical research for over 10 years starting at Medical College of Virginia -Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), University of Washington and Oregon Health & Science Read More
Renee Mallett
Senior Consultant,B.A., Education, MBA
Renee works with small companies, universities, and government labs. Prior to joining Foresight she was Associate Director and Interim Director of The University of Texas at Austin Office of Technology Read More
Richard E. Cuellar
Senior Consultant, Ph.D. Biological Sciences
Rick Cuellar is currently Senior Vice President at CymoGenDx LLC. CymoGenDx was established in 2010, and launched its PTEN de-TECT™ following year. A full pipeline of products for fluorescent in-situ Read More
Richard McCarrick
Senior Consultant, B.A., English, Business Certificate
Mr. Richard (Dick) McCarrick is a technical writer, editor, journalist, and commercialization consultant with over 30 years of experience. Areas of expertise include computer software and web sites, space technology, Read More
Richard Proffitt
Senior Consultant, M.S. Technology Commercialization
Mr. Proffitt has many years of experience in assessing technologies from a think tank in Texas, and preparing commercialization plans and marketing plans through his consultancy. He has also been Read More
Richard Turk
Senior Consultant, M.S. Chemical Engineering
Mr. Richard Turk brings over 30 years of experience in product and process development in the chemical industry.  He recently directed and managed environmental risk assessment studies for taking new Read More
Robert Freeze
Senior Consultant, B.S., Biology, B.S. Microbiology, Graduate Certificate in Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization, M.B.A.
Mr. Freeze began his career as an analytical microbiologist and chemist before taking on various business roles in the biotechnology industry. In 2011 he began his consulting career as the Read More
Robert Martinsons
Senior Consultant and Program Manager, B.S.Electrical Engineering,M.S., Electrical Engineering
Mr. Martinsons specializes in electronics and medical devices, although he works with a wide range of other technologies as well. He has over 40 years of large company and small Read More
Ruth Janjic
Senior Consultant, BA, Economics & Geography, MBA
Ruth has over fifteen years of experience conducting market research for a broad range of businesses, including start-up and second stage advanced industry companies with products representing aerospace/defense, healthcare, instrumentation, Read More
Spencer Hamilton
Senior Consultant, BA Sociology/Communications, MBA
Spencer’s expertise includes valuation, business strategy, operations efficiency, market research and new product development. He has advised or invested in companies with technologies ranging from mobile devices, clean tech, healthcare Read More
Steven L. Ludmerer
Senior Consultant, B.S. Chemical Engineering; MBA
Mr. Ludmerer brings over 40 years of experience building and consulting with specialty chemical, advanced material, and consumer products businesses to his clients. During his two decades at DuPont and Read More
Steven Owens
Senior Consultant, MS Electrical Engineering
Mr. Owens has over 28 years of experience medical device research and development and pharmaceutical research. Mr. Owens is currently President of his consulting company, and an advisor to Rutgers Read More
Terrence Joyce
Senior Consultant, MD, MIP
Terrence J. Joyce, MD, MIP has extensive experience in intellectual property law and its transactions including patent prosecution, portfolio analysis, licensing, and conducting patent searches. He has worked with many Read More
Timothy Edward Raines
Senior Consultant, BS, Industrial Distribution, MS Science and Technology Commercialization
Mr. Raines is an experienced commercialization executive with a primary focus on early stage technology marketing, sales, business development and SBIR/STTR grant development. Tim has worked in Technology Transfer with Read More
Vasumati (“Vasu”) Pestonjamasp
Ph.D., Biochemistry; Masters with High Honors, Microbiology; MBA
Dr. Vasumati (“Vasu”) Pestonjamasp’s expertise includes assessment of commercialization potential of technologies spanning a broad range of areas; competitive business analysis, market research and market penetration strategies, intellectual property assessment, Read More
Venkat Krishnamurty
Senior Consultant, M.E. Mechanical Engineering, Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, MBA
Venkat has more than 15 years of experience in R&D, new product development and innovation. With a Phd in Aerospace Engineering and a MBA, Venkat has hands-on experience in understanding Read More
Wayne D. Hawthorne
Senior Consultant, B.S., Electrical Engineering, MBA
Wayne emphasizes biomedical and biotech in his work for Foresight clients. He brings over 30 years of experience in various types of technologies, such medical devices and instrumentation, information applications Read More
Wil Jacques
Senior Consultant, B.S. Mechanical Engineering, M.B.A., Registered Patent Agent
Wil Jacques is a senior intellectual property subject matter expert with over 25 years of development, patenting, commercialization, and licensing experience in public and private sector engineering, manufacturing, and sales Read More
Yacine Dalichaouch
Senior Consultant, Ph.D., Physics
Dr. Yacine Dalichaouch is an experienced professional with a unique blend of scientific and business skills and a well-rounded perspective from a mix of academic, industry, and consulting experiences. He Read More