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 over the last 30 years. 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. He currently serves on the board of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) supporting scientific research and advocacy; the Resolution Project, supporting social entrepreneurship; and the National Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship with US Department of Commerce, supporting creation of a national entrepreneurship strategy.
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 currently serves as the Director of Operations 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.
Hattie currently serves as our Director of Learning Experience & Impact Measurement, 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.
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 currently serves as the Director of External Engagement & Partnerships 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.
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 Manager where she facilitates and assists with program operations, communications, content creation, and resource collection.
Prior to joining the team at the Innovation Space, Carter attended University of California, Davis where he received a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Toxicology. After which Carter earned a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His doctoral work involved the chemical and electronic characterization of thin films using advanced x-ray & electron-based spectroscopies.
Carter currently serves as the Laboratory Manager within the Innovation Space. In this role, Carter manages a dynamic array of analytical equipment available to all our clients and interfaces with each company to better understand any challenges they might be facing with regards to the characterization of their materials.
Anne Stamer currently serves as the Program Manager for the Spark Factory Program at the Innovation Space. She has over 20 years of experience with startup accelerators, leadership, and business coaching. Prior to joining the Innovation Space, Anne was the director of running a student-facing accelerator at the University of Pennsylvania; a student learning hub designed to help train future world leaders and has overseen the acceleration of hundreds of student startups. Anne received her Bachelor of Science in Hotel Administration from Cornell University and her Master of Science in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania. She received her Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (IPEC) Certified Professional Coach (CPC) and certified Energy Leadership Index™ Master Practitioner (ELI-MP) in 2018. She has her ACC certified International Coaching Federation, she is Hogan Assessment and Applied Positive Psychology certified.
Dario Vasquez currently serves as the Partnerships Program Manager for the Innovation Space and supports relationships with universities and students. Dario has experience managing entrepreneurship programs at Columbia University including the NSF I-Corps program, startup bootcamps, and pitch competitions. He has a continued proven track record of managing programs for entrepreneurs to scale their startups across several sectors including technology, health, and engineering. Dario is an avid supporter of the Open Startup organization based in Tunisia that provides young entrepreneurs with resources from US universities and international partners to scale their startups. Prior to Columbia, Dario managed grants for the Rockefeller Foundation and other private foundations. He studied Environmental Studies at Dickinson College, PA and interned for a Brooklyn, NY based startup to support business development operations for a producer of eco-friendly cleaning products. Dario will graduate in May 2023 from Columbia University’s SIPA program with an EMPA degree, concentration in Innovation & Management.