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The UCR EPIC team of Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EIRs) are senior business leaders that want to give back to the community and help build a strong and resilient local economy.  

The EIRs at UCR EPIC are experts in business formation and development who have been successful entrepreneurs or seasoned executives from large corporations with experience in an entrepreneurial setting. Most EIRs have either founded a company or joined a startup early on.   Our EIRs offer entrepreneurs valuable industry connections and expertise in the areas of agriculture, biotech, clean energy, water, medicine, transportation, entertainment, IT, and sustainability among others. 

EIRs work with UCR and community entrepreneurs through the EPIC SBDC to provide mentorship and guidance to develop and grow their business as well as prepare to seek investment.   EIRs also mentor participants in the I-Corps entrepreneurship workshop taught quarterly on campus.   

We always welcome new EIRs and Mentors into our programs.  To learn more about becoming an EIR or a Mentor contact Martin Kleckner.

 

CEO-in-Residence

OTP implemented a new “CEO-in-Residence” program with the goal to review the portfolio of UCR technology, selecting those with the greatest commercial potential and accelerate their path to market.

Mr. Brynley Lee, the initial CEO-in-Residence, identified Professor Masaru Rao’s research as the leading candidate for 2 reasons: 1) the potential of its innovative SoloPore™ cellular engineering technology to transform the growing field of cell therapy, 2) the strong engagement of the entrepreneurial scientific founder from UCR’s Biomedical Microdevices Laboratory. Following customer research with potential users of the technology and discussions with venture capital providers, including UCR’s Highlander Venture Fund, Brynley joined Basilard BioTech as its founding CEO, incorporated the company, and negotiated a license from UCR to secure Dr. Rao’s technology for Basilard’s development.

Contact

Martin Kleckner
Interim Director, EPIC SBDC
Entrepreneurship and Innovation

619-892-2562 
martin.kleckner@ucr.edu

EIR Spotlight

Martin Kleckner

Mr. Kleckner has 28 years experience in operations and business development in life sciences, healthcare, oil & gas, and cable television. He has advised over 115 emerging and Fortune 100 companies with corporate planning and strategy, commercialization and public policy throughout Europe, Asia & the Americas. He participated as founder or early-stage employee in five venture start-ups with two successful exits. Mr. Kleckner has been instrumental in supporting faculty and small businesses submit winning SBIR/STTR proposals through the EPIC SBDC SBIR/STTR Resource Center.

Our EIR Team

Chales Gay

Charlie Gay

Entrepreneur-in-Residence
EPIC
Shomit

Shomit Ghose

Entrepreneur-in-Residence
EPIC
Jay Gilberg

Jay Gilberg

Lead I-Corps Instructor
Entrepreneur-in-Residence
EPIC
Kevin Glenn

Kevin Glenn

Entrepreneur-in-Residence
EPIC
Eric Gosink

Eric Gosink

Entrepreneur-in-Residence
EPIC
Ken Gruys

Ken Gruys

Sr. Advisor
Entrepreneur-in-Residence
Corporate and Strategic Partnerships
Leslie Hickle

Leslie Hickle

Entrepreneur-in-Residence
EPIC
Jay Kadowaki

Jay Kadowaki

Entrepreneur-in-Residence
EPIC
Martin Kleckner

Martin Kleckner

Entrepreneur-in-Residence
EPIC
Doug Kollmyer

Doug Kollmyer

Entrepreneur-in-Residence
EPIC
Christos Kritikos

Christos Kritikos

Entrepreneur-in-Residence
EPIC
Richard Kuntz

Richard Kuntz

Entrepreneur-in-Residence
EPIC
David Ochi

David Ochi

Entrepreneur-in-Residence
EPIC
Alexandra Orozco

Alexandra Orozco

Associate Director
Entrepreneur-in-Residence
International Partnerships
Mihai Patru

Mihai Patru

Entrepreneur-in-Residence
EPIC
Juan Carlos

Juan Carlos Perez

Entrepreneur-in-Residence
EPIC
Art Salyer

Art Salyer

Entrepreneur-in-Residence
EPIC
Anil Shanbhag

Anil Shanbhag

Entrepreneur-in-Residence
EPIC
Steve Sharp

Steve Sharp

Entrepreneur-in-Residence
EPIC

Your Entrepreneur-in-Residence Liaison

Martin Kleckner                       

Interim Director, EPIC SBDC                                                                                                                                                                      619-892-2565 
Entrepreneurship and Innovation                                                                                                                                 

martin.kleckner@ucr.edu

 

Martin has 28 years experience in operations and business development in life sciences, healthcare, oil & gas, and cable television. He has advised over 115 emerging and Fortune 100 companies with corporate planning and strategy, commercialization and public policy throughout Europe, Asia & the Americas. He participated as founder or early-stage employee in five venture start-ups with two successful exits. He was a co-founder/Senior Vice President of RefluxMD.com, a Health 2.0 Internet company specializing in gastroesophageal reflux disease and Senior Advisor to Respiratory Technology Corporation (ResTech). He was co-founder of U P Laboratories in San Diego. Earlier he was an investor and lead business development for RegeneMed, a company creating three dimensional (3D) engineered liver tissue for use in drug discovery research; co-founder and Chief Business Officer for Salvino-Flex LLC wherein he managed the research and development of a chest tube insertion device, ultimately selling the company. He was also Director of Development for Science & Engineering Associates for the commercialization of a companion diagnostic technology for cervical, ovarian and oral/pharyngeal cancers and SpyFinder, a hidden camera locator (used in a 2004 episode of CSI Miami). He has also provided commercialization advisory support and grant proposal review for the National Institutes of Health, Drexel Foundation, and Coulter Foundation. He received his PhD and MA in Public Policy from the University of California and MBA at the UCLA Anderson School.