Mike Poisel, MS, MBA - Director, PCI Ventures
Mr. Poisel is responsible for managing PCI Ventures, including transitioning technologies into start-up companies, assisting the principal investigators with funding strategies including grant applications, as well as mentoring the developing companies. Prior to UPenn, Michael made investments in enterprise software and business services for NewSpring Capital, Apax Partners and GE Capital spanning more than ten years in private equity. He began his career in manufacturing operations for General Electric/Lockheed Martin and participated in the successful completion of several commercial and government satellite programs. Michael graduated with honors in Mechanical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, holds an M.S. in Systems Engineering from The Moore School of Engineering of the University of Pennsylvania, and has an M.B.A. in finance and entrepreneurial management from The Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania.
Michael Cassidy – President and CEO of the Georgia Research Alliance
As the Georgia Research Alliance’s president and CEO, Mike Cassidy has led GRA through its emergence as one of the nation’s premier organizations for technology-based economic development. Mike is responsible for creating the vision and charting the direction of GRA. He works to generate broad-based support for GRA’s mission, building and sustaining the non-profit’s powerful set of relationships with companies, economic development and professional organizations, universities, and leaders at the local, state, and national level.Early in his career, Mike worked at IBM, where he gained a forward-thinking perspective on how the growth of technology would change society. As he began to explore the intersection of government policy and complex undertakings in science and technology, he decided to pursue a career in policy, beginning with a graduate program at Georgia Tech.While at Georgia Tech, Mike brought his policy expertise to ATDC, the Institute’s award-winning technology business incubator. After graduating, he became a full-time ATDC employee and eventually the Center’s general manager. Mike has helped GRA expand its role and the potential of university research and entrepreneurship as a strategy to grow Georgia’s economy. In 2009, he co-founded the GRA Venture Fund, LLC, a public-private investment fund that invests in the most promising startups launched around scientific discovery.Mike serves on the boards of the State Science and Technology Institute (SSTI), the Health Care Ethics Consortium, Georgia Advanced Technology Ventures, the Global Center for Medical Innovation, Georgia’s Bio/Med Investor Network, Atlanta Emerging Markets Inc., the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Lake Lanier Sailing Club. Mike holds a master’s degree in Technology and Science Policy from Georgia Tech and a BBA in Marketing from Georgia State University.
Michael Burychka – Managing Director, IP Group, North America
Michael has significant experience in early stage investing and international capital markets as well as building and managing international organizations. He spent over 15 years in a variety of senior investment banking and private equity roles including heading both the Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital private capital markets teams in London. Michael was Managing Director of Capital Markets for an emerging market technology investment company where he helped lead investment in university intellectual property across six different countries. Prior to joining IP Group, Michael served as CFO of The Climate Group, an international network of business and government leaders seeking to advance policies, technologies and capital investment in sustainable economic development. Michael holds a B.S. of business administration and accounting from Bucknell University and an M.B.A. from the London Business School where he also studied at the China Europe International Business School in Shanghai, PRC.
Trifon is a recognized MEMS/Wafer Level Magnetics industry pioneer and an award winning product innovator. He is now focusing growing Enachip as a unique world leading company offering integrated magnetic technologies and solutions for PwrSoC and medical device industries by leveraging cutting edge proprietary MEMS and nano-technology materials and processes. He has several publications, he is a member of the Board of Trustees at the University of Ioannina-Greece and holds 21 patents.