Home | Mentors Mentors The heart of the Deshpande Center is its Catalysts, mentors who share their expertise with grantees working to take their technologies to the marketplace. Filter Catalysts by: Area of expertise Area of expertise Energy, Environment, and Food Healthcare and Medical Instruments and Lab Tools Manufacturing Materials and Chemicals Software and Electronic Devices Sensors, Optical Devices, and Semiconductors Gene Achter Advisor Gene Achter is an advisor and entrepreneur, aiding the development of instruments in various areas including clinical diagnostics. Rajesh Aggarwal Panda Health | Chief Growth & Strategy Officer Rajesh Aggarwal is a physician and executive leader with clinical, scientific, and technological expertise in healthcare innovations. Jeff Arnold CEO Advisor and Investor Jeff Arnold is an angel investor and mentor to CEOs for diverse life science companies. Hillel Bachrach 20/20 HealthCare Partners | Founder and Managing Partner Hillel Bachrach is an entrepreneur investing in life science and medical entities. Roopom Banerjee WhiteLeaf Advisors | Managing Partner Life Science Catalyst nurturing MIT innovators through major inflection points from company inception to high-value exit. Sameer Bharadwaj Orbia | Chief Executive Officer Sameer Bharadwaj is CEO of Orbia. Paul Blackborow Hamamatsu Photonics | Business Development Paul Blackborow was CEO of Energetiq Technology, now a subsidiary of Hamamatsu Photonics. Larry Brown Noveome Biotherapeutics | Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer Larry Brown has broad experience in large pharmaceutical and start-up venture capital based companies. Christine Bunt Verseau | Chief Executive Officer Christine Bunt is an entrepreneur, investor, founder, and CEO of life sciences companies. Malcolm Burwell Deep Science Start-up Founder As a builder of early-stage deeptech start-ups, Malcolm Burwell acts at the overlap of technology, markets and operations. Joe Caruso Advisor Joe Caruso is an active angel investor, mentor, coach and personal advisor to CEO’s and entrepreneurs. Patrick Casey Consultant Pat Casey helps clients identify and develop growth opportunities. Jose Estabil ADN Genomix | Cofounder José Estabil is experienced in translating technology into high-growth businesses. Robert Farra Entrepreneur Robert Farra is an entrepreneur/executive with expertise in medical devices development. Bonnie Fendrock Red Sky Partners | Advisor Bonnie Fendrock leads corporate and business development at biotech companies. Jim Freedman Retired MIT TLO Associate Director and Consultant Jim Freedman is experienced in product development and manufacturing of materials and processes, and patenting and licensing of new technologies. Don Golini SANICA Ventures | Consultant Don Golini has over 20 years experience in the development, management and commercialization of new technologies. Jonathan B. Green Arcadia Funds, LLC | Managing Director & Chief Technology Officer Jonathan Green co-founded an investment management firm that focuses on opportunities in specialty finance. Sanjay Gupta AirFuel Alliance | President Sanjay Gupta has expertise in launching hardware, firmware, and software systems solutions. Marina Hatsopoulos Levitronix Technologies | Board Chair Marina Hatsopoulos is an entrepreneur who has provided seed funding to hardware businesses. Mark Kirtland Pyxis Advisors | Managing Director Mark Kirtland guides equity firms, VCs, and med tech companies on strategy, commercialization, R&D priorities, and corporate development. Michael Krasner Vioby | Cofounder Mike Krasner, a pioneer in digital audio, has cofounded a number of businesses in advanced tech markets. Bob Linke IonSense, Inc. | Board Executive Chairman Bob Linke is a seasoned healthcare entrepreneur. Sissi Liu Metalmark Innovations | CEO Sissi Liu is an entrepreneur and investor targeting sustainability and climate change challenges. Val Livada Consultant Val Livada is an active member of the Boston entrepreneurship ecosystem, board member or advisor to many start-ups. George Mabry Consultant and Investor George Mabry focuses on early stage companies in medical, software, and B2B industries. Bob Mason Argon Ventures | Managing Partner Bob Mason leads pre-seed, deep-tech investments to launch products and build businesses. Jon McGrath Medtech Entrepreneur Jon McGrath is a medtech entrepreneur and has led transformative therapeutic technology projects. Jerome Meier Akeso Biomedical, Inc. | Chief Operating Officer and Consultant Jerome Meier holds senior strategic and operating roles in international business. Matthew M. Nordan Prime Impact Fund | Managing Director Matthew Nordan is an investor, advisor and analyst for early stage companies, especially related to climate innovation. Lori Pressman Consultant and Advisor Lori Pressman brings intellectual property, scientific, and business development expertise to the Deshpande table. Stan Reiss General Partner | Matrix Partners Stan Reiss focuses on early stage investments across technology sectors. John Ripple Ripple Biotech, LLC | Founder John Ripple has been CEO of five biotechs, and his LLC advises biopharmaceuticals. Marc Rudoltz MSR Healthcare Consultants LLC | President Marc Rudoltz provides executive support to pharmaceutical and biotech companies. Jason Sager Sagely Health | CEO Jason Sager is an oncology physician-scientist with more than 20 years of clinical and drug development experience. Mark Shu Danfoss | Innovation Director Mark Shu is active in sustainable energy development. Eric Swanson MIT | Research Affiliate Eric Swanson holds managerial posts in academic, industrial, and nonprofit organizations Samson Timoner Entrepreneur Samson Timoner is a serial entrepreneur with 20+ years of experience in computer vision. Jack Turner Technology Licensing Advisor Prior to retiring, Jack Turner was the Senior Associate Director of MIT's TLO. Anna Voronova MIT LGO | Research Collaboration Manager Dr. Anna Voronova’s experience spans many biotech and pharma companies. Josh Wachman Nor’easter Ventures | Managing Director Josh Wachman is a technical generalist with spikes of expertise in computer vision and machine learning. Jeffrey Wiesen Consultant Jeffrey Wiesen consults with management teams of biotech companies. Darshana Zaveri Catalyst Health Ventures | Managing Partner Darshana Zaveri leads investments in early stage healthcare.