Our Advisory Board

STEM Genesis has assembled an Advisory Board of seasoned professionals that provide input and advice of various matters such as research & development, business, finance, commercial viability of technology, and grant funding.  As our technology portfolio grows, we plan to expand our advisory board to address the full spectrum of technical and business needs. 

Scott Hampton, Mentor/Advisor:  Mr. Hampton founded several medtech startups and advised dozens more.  He is a seasoned entrepreneur with deep knowledge of early-phase execution, lessons learned in the trenches over the last twenty years.  He has more than twenty patents issued and applied for, primarily in ophthalmology but also drug delivery and other areas of medicine.   His focus is on aligning business needs and realities in the areas of design, manufacturability, regulatory and quality compliance, patents, and market access.  Starting with research in 1995, Mr. Hampton has worked with industry professionals to refine practical tools and business methods to make sure that the time and money invested in an idea is realized as the ideal product in a timely fashion.   Executive in Residence, Moffitt Cancer Center.  Industry Mentor to the Tampa Bay Technology Incubator, USF.

Aris Despo, MBA, MS:  Mr. Despo is an entrepreneurial CEO and public company senior executive who understands and recognizes the significance of identifying mission critical intellectual property and competitive advantages to drive revenue growth.  He enjoys the daily adrenaline of managing early-stage or turn-around businesses, motivating employees, and creating investor value.  Mr. Despo is a leader in innovation, market vision, and business execution. 

David Mc-Feeters-Krone, MBA: David is an expert in business development, licensing & open innovation. After various roles at MIT, NASA, CenterSpan, and Intel, he started his own firm in 2001.  His clientele have included Sharp Technology Ventures, P&G, Deloitte, U.S. DoD, NASA, NIST, research hospitals, and the National Technology Transfer Center.  He has helped establish dozens of strategic R&D partnerships.   David is an adjunct professor at Portland State University, a member of the Licensing Executives Society, and on the advisory board of Innovation Assets Group, Kerstech, Tangitek, and Harlyn Medical.  David speaks regularly on Open Innovation and Technology Commercialization.  He holds a Physics degree from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.

Tyler Tatum, BS: Tyler has over 15 years of experience in technology focused startup ventures, including 10 years in a management / leadership role.  Tyler’s core strength is his ability to turn customer needs into marketable products by facilitating communication between business leaders, current and prospective customers and technology developers. He has extensive experience with the STTR/SBIR program.  

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