Bios

Jonathan Dworin

Todd Dawson

Todd has practiced as a registered patent attorney for 30 years and has over 25 years of experience in the orthopedic industry specializing in Intellectual Property matters. He began his career in orthopedics in 1991 as a patent attorney in the Zimmer legal department and held executive-level legal positions including Vice President, Global Intellectual Property Counsel. After leaving Zimmer he served as the Vice President and Chief Compliance Office for Olympus Corporation of the Americas where he established the compliance department and culture for the company. Utilizing his broad legal background, Todd founded Dawson Consulting, LLC in 2011 to provide legal services specializing in intellectual property, licensing, and healthcare compliance issues to start-up companies in the medical device field. Todd moved to Colorado to assist one such start-up as the Vice President Intellectual Property and was instrumental in the eventual purchase and transition of that company to Biomet. Biomet convinced Todd to return to Warsaw and assume the position of Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Intellectual Property in their legal department where he led the department and assisted in the purchase and transition of Biomet by Zimmer. Todd is currently a consultant focusing his efforts on start up medical device companies. Todd’s expertise spans adult reconstructive, trauma, spine, sports medicine, extremities, endoscopic, and biologics fields. His passion for orthopedics and intellectual property is only surpassed by his love for the World Champion Chicago Cubs.

Todd holds a Juris Doctor degree from Valparaiso University School of Law and a B.S. in Electrical Technology from Purdue University. He is a registered US Patent Attorney and is licensed to practice law by the State of Indiana.

Jonathan Dworin

Jonathan Dworin

Jonathan Dworin is a Policy Analyst at SSTI, where he researches innovation-based economic development and works with initiatives supporting a better future through science, technology, and entrepreneurship. Prior to SSTI, Jonathan worked in Minneapolis-St. Paul on multiple elements of the region’s economic development strategy. He also brings several years of academic research experience on environmental, land, workforce, and economic development policy.

Originally from the Detroit area, Jonathan has degrees from Michigan State University and the University of Minnesota.

Michael E. Hawkins – Independent Consultant, Columbia City, IN

Providing Expertise in Medical Device invention, product development, materials science, manufacturing, quality, and regulatory areas. Clients include Orthoworx, an Eli Lilly endowment funded non-profit focused on improving the environment for medical devices in Indiana; Gerson Lehman Group, an expert network of consultants.

Jason Huff, Ph.D.

Jason Huff, Ph.D.

Dr. Jason Huff is Lead, Federal Science and Technology Engagement at Lockheed Martin Corporate.  His role is to understand global science and technology ecosystems and emerging markets and, using this understanding, help guide and influence the next generation of programs through targeted engagements and building strong relationships with customers and partners.  This enables Lockheed Martin to extend its influence and begin shaping future programs and platforms years in advance.

Dr. Huff previously worked as Lead, Supply Chain Innovation and Affordability at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics where Dr. Huff managed a portfolio of new technology transitions into the supply chain. Prior to Lockheed Martin, Dr. Huff was the Director, Business Development and Marketing for a small technology startup where he successfully identified niche markets and gained development agreements for new hydrogen storage and fuel cell technologies.

He started his career focused on the pulp and paper industry which led to a role at DuPont Company where he started as an R&D Engineer developing materials for medical products.  This eventually evolved into new product and market development management roles in medical, consumer and automotive markets.  As part of these roles, he created new business concepts, conducted market research and managed product launches, cross-functional and international teams which included multi-plant manufacturing.

Dr. Huff received a PhD in Chemical Engineering and Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MS in Pulp and Paper Science from the Institute of Paper Science and Technology.

Jason Huff, Ph.D.

Mr. Thomas Mulkern

Mr. Mulkern is the Chief of the Technology Transfer and Outreach Office at ARL.  He is responsible for directing Technology Transfer Programs that include; Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADA), Patent License Agreements (PLA), Test Service Agreements (TSA) and International Cooperative Research, Development, and Acquisition (ICRDA) programs that support the ARL technology portfolio.  Outreach responsibilities include support of the Army Education Outreach Program (AEOP), K-12 Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) outreach, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities / Minority Institution (HBCU / MI) programs.

Mr. Mulkern was the Chief of Global Technology Integration Division at the US Army Research Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) HQ from 2010-2013.  He provided direction, technical leadership, and oversight on all international Science and Technology (S&T) programs within RDECOM.  He facilitated international S&T activities and ensured that foreign technology was considered for use in US Army programs.

Mr. Mulkern was the International Programs Manager at ARL from 2008 to 2010.  As the ARL International Programs Manager he developed and implemented the ARL international S&T strategy and plans.

Mr. Mulkern worked for the U.S. Department of Defense in Germany from 2002 to 2007 where he promoted international cooperative research and development programs between U.S. research labs and foreign research institutes.

Mr. Mulkern began his professional career at the US Army Materials Technology Laboratory in Massachusetts.  He was subsequently employed as a research engineer at ARL in Maryland where he managed technical programs focused on lightweight polymer matrix composite materials, processing, and applications.

Mr. Mulkern earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University and a Master’s degree in Plastics Engineering from the University of Massachusetts.  Mr. Mulkern has published dozens of technical papers on polymer matrix composite research and holds one US patent.  He is married and has two children.

Emily Najem

Emily Najem

Emily G. Najem, Corporate Counsel and Director of Strategic Communications, Office of Technology Commercialization. Najem drafts, negotiates and facilitates execution of license agreements on behalf of Purdue Research Foundation. After execution of such agreements, Najem works with and monitors licensee compliance. Najem also heads up OTC outreach efforts and develops industry communication strategies and techniques for unlicensed technologies.

Najem holds a BS degree from Krannert School of Management, Purdue University, and a JD degree from Indiana University Robert J. McKinney School of Law. Prior to joining Purdue Research Foundation, Emily worked as an associate attorney at Lewis & Kappes, P.C., where she assisted clients with a variety of business and transactional matters.

David Roberts

David Roberts

David Roberts serves as the Chief Innovation Officer of the State of Indiana. He previously held the role of Senior Advisor on Innovation, Technology, and Industry Partnerships with the IEDC.  He also served as President of the Battery Innovation Center, a public-private partnership working with diverse organizations to develop next generation energy storage technologies.

David previously held a variety of roles, including CEO of EnerDel, legal counsel for Caterpillar, engineer with Lockheed Martin, board member of various domestic and international organizations, and is a patent & business attorney with Gutwein Law.  He was trained at the Indiana University School of Law and holds a Materials Science & Engineering degree from Lehigh University.

David is currently licensed to practice law in IN, IL, MO, and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Marc Ian Synderman, Esq.

Marc Ian Snyderman, Esq.

For the past 20 years, Marc Snyderman has provided leadership on mission critical projects with a diverse range of organizations to improve performance and strengthen organizational effectiveness. His experience ranges from as associate in a law firm to in house counsel positions in cable television as well as the roles of Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of a mid-tier government contractor shepherding CAGR of 26% per year for 5 years straight.

Mr. Snyderman’s diverse background in legal and operational leadership positions, provides him a unique perspective on issues and leadership challenges. He currently runs his own law firm providing outside general counsel services to small and mid-sized companies.

He also provides strategic advice on operations and growth and serves on the Board of Advisors of Hangtime Media as well as advising several non-profit boards. He has been a speaker on various government contracting issues such as sequestration and taught continuing education courses in that area for the National Contract Management Association. He received certification in Daniel Pink’s Drive motivation theory and is an active blogger and social media expert in the fields of leadership, motivation and business strategy. Further, Mr. Snyderman instituted and ran full day manager’s training sessions for the management team at the government contractor he served as a C-level executive for on topics ranging from management to compliance.

Marc holds a B.A. degree from Dickinson College, a J.D. from Rutgers School of Law and a Certificate of Executive Education in Business from Mendoza School of Business, University of Notre Dame. He is a member of the American Bar Association.