William D. Provine, Ph.D.

Bill is the founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of the Innovation Space in addition to a member of its Board of Directors. In this role, Bill oversees all operations and is responsible for its overall performance. Prior to joining the Innovation Space, Bill worked for DuPont where he led global operations for science and engineering encompassing DuPont’s open innovation practice that included oversight for DuPont’s innovation centers and regional laboratories around the world. He also has served in a variety of research, marketing, business development, joint venture, and manufacturing leadership roles in DuPont. Bill is very active in cultivating and advancing science across sectors and has served on numerous private company, university, industrial, governmental, and scientific association advisory and management boards and committees.

RoseAnn Rosenthal

Mrs. Rosenthal serves as the Managing Director for the First Fund at the Innovation Space. She gained national, regional, and local recognition for her years of work in economic development and particularly in technology-based economic development. These include the 2008 Founders Award from Delaware’s Early-Stage East fund for her work in support of investment and entrepreneurship across state lines. She recently transitioned, after 25 years, from her role as President, CEO, and Board member of the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeast PA where she remains a Senior Advisor and Board Emeritus.

At Ben Franklin, Mrs. Rosenthal introduced the investment approach now used by the BFTPs statewide, enabling the state support to evergreen and build over time. At Ben Franklin, she oversaw the design and implementation of the first round of SSBCI funds for early- stage investment as well as other federal investment and technical assistance programs. She has provided input to the US Treasury on the current SSBCI program via her participation with SSTI and NVCA.

Mrs. Rosenthal has served on many advisory committees at the national level, through multiple administrations, has testified before Congress on issues of regional economic development, and was one of the initial members of the National Advisory Committee for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She has been recognized for her work to advance women and minorities in areas of entrepreneurship. She was key to the recent launch of the JVS Philadelphia Fund for Women and has advised the minority-led Plain Sight Ventures. She has served on both public and non-profit boards and remains active with several non-profit organizations advancing issues including the impact economy and global trade.

She is also active in the angel investment community. In 2017, Mrs. Rosenthal co-founded and remains Chair of Broad Street Angels, a 120+ member angel group based at the Union League of Philadelphia. 

Alex Dulin

Alex currently serves as the Director of Scientific Operations & Research Facilities for the Innovation Space. In this role, Alex is responsible for all aspects of the Innovation Space’s facilities and laboratory operations including ongoing scientific operations, building/ facility maintenance, and capital improvement projects. Prior to accepting this role, Alex received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Delaware and joined ExxonMobil Research & Engineering upon graduation. In seven years with ExxonMobil, Alex held a variety of roles within R&D Engineering, Laboratory Operations, & Process Research functions across multiple US research facilities. Most recently, Alex held assignments as the Laboratory Operations Engineering Team Lead for the Upstream Research Company in Houston, TX, followed by an assignment as a Process Development researcher located at the ExxonMobil R&D headquarters in Clinton, NJ. Over the years, Alex has worked on a variety of R&D programs, most recently supporting a portfolio of CO2 reduction initiatives in the carbon capture/storage & biofuels markets.

Mona A. Parikh, Esq.

Mona A. Parikh, Esq. currently serves as the Director of Business Development and Marketing for the Innovation Space. She has spent almost eight years in multiple consulting and business development roles for both startups and established companies in the Delaware region and beyond. In 2013, Mona helped galvanize Delaware’s startup ecosystem when she served as Managing Director of Start It Up Delaware, which, among other things, facilitated the opening of Delaware’s first coworking space and hub for entrepreneurs. For the past nine years, she has taught as an Adjunct Professor at University of Delaware’s Horn Entrepreneurship. She has served on committees and task forces for several elected officials, served as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 2016 and in 2020, and sits on a select few boards and advisory boards whose missions are near and dear to her, including Mary Ann’s List, Downtown Visions, UD’s Department of Political Science and International Relations, and DETV. Mona earned her law degree from the Delaware Law School, and most proudly earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware.

Hattie Duplechain, M.Ed.

Hattie currently serves as our Program Manager, Learning Experience, facilitating startup programming and other training initiatives at the Innovation Space. She has over 10 years of experience leading education and professional development. Prior to joining the Innovation Space, Hattie led incubator programming focused on innovation and social entrepreneurship for a global network of colleges and universities. Hattie holds an M.Ed. in International Education from Vanderbilt University and dual B.A. degrees in Communication Studies and English from Clemson University.

Pedro Amaral, Ph.D.

Pedro currently serves as a Laboratory Manager at the Innovation Space, where he provides training, facility and instrumentation maintenance, safety, and chemical hygiene. Pedro holds a dual BS in Chemistry and Interdisciplinary Sciences, and a Ph.D. in Chemistry/Materials Science. His expertise includes laboratory operations, synthetic chemistry and characterization of crystalline materials.

Mike Braun

Mike currently serves as the Manager of Laboratory Operations at the Innovation Space. In this role, Mike is responsible for lab safety, chemical hygiene, and facility maintenance. Prior to joining the Innovation Space, Mike spent several years working at the Experimental Station for Bayshore Transportation in a variety of operational roles. In prior roles, Mike maintained databases for Bayshore Records Management, and held a facility maintenance position with Chase Bank. Mike’s expertise includes all aspects of laboratory operations including building and laboratory equipment maintenance and IT system development and optimization.

Marcie Reilly, MS

Marcie Reilly currently serves as the Program Manager – Partnerships & Special Projects for the Innovation Space. In this role, Marcie leads the Innovation Space’s strategic engagement with universities and other partners. Prior to joining the Innovation Space, Marcie co-founded a tech startup in the events industry after several years of commercializing technologies across the healthcare continuum. Notably, she held multiple roles at Cleveland Clinic Innovations, the commercialization arm of the #2 Health Care system in the US. Most recently, she served as Director, Global Healthcare Innovation Alliance, where she supported innovation efforts within the organization and across its global network of industry and academic partners. Prior to that, Marcie brought biomaterial and cardiovascular products to market in several product development engineering roles at Kensey Nash Corporation, now part of DSM Biomedical. Marcie holds a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Materials Engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA.

Kyle McLaughlin, MBA

Kyle currently serves as Program Operations Specialist at the Innovation Space, with over a decade of entrepreneurial, management, and hospitality experience. He most recently started a business consulting firm, Refresh Ventures, in order to bridge the gap between economic development and entrepreneurship. Kyle is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Delaware’s Horn Entrepreneurship, and he is also involved in a number of consulting projects. Some of these projects include a health-focused beverage company, called The Wedge Beverage Company, and working with the First State Fintech Lab. Kyle spends most of his time as a commercial real estate broker for Patterson-Woods Commercial Properties. Here he focuses on sales and leasing while representing tenants and landlords in transactions. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Delaware and a Masters of Business Administration from Providence College. An avid reader and listener of “all things business,” he enjoys brainstorming new ideas and business initiatives. In his spare time, Kyle can be found experiencing new restaurants or getting outdoors to be active with his dog, Jackson.

Grace Buck

Grace is a recent early graduate from the University of Delaware as of December 2021. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in English, as well as minors in Advertising and Human Development. Grace first began at the Innovation Space as the Program intern during the first Science  Inc. cohort in the Spring of 2021. Post-graduation, she has now moved into the role of Program Specialist where she facilitates and assists with program operations, communications, content creation, and resource collection.