Track 1 Speakers
Sheri Cummins joined NIH in 2008 as a customer relationship manager for the electronic Research Administration (eRA) program, focusing on eRA’s external services including eRA Commons and electronic application submission. In this capacity, Cummins was responsible for initiating and managing eRA projects to enhance services available to the extramural research community, including ASSIST, eRA’s newest service for the electronic preparation and submission of multi-project applications to NIH. Cummins recently joined the Division of Communications and Outreach for the NIH Office of Extramural Research where she continues to develop resources to help applicants navigate through NIH’s systems, policies, and procedures.
Prior to coming to NIH, she worked for GE Global Exchange Services for 13 years in various roles, including people and project management, communications, customer support and client advocacy. She is an alumna of the University of Maryland, where she received a B.S. in Computer Science.
Lenka Fedorkova, Ph.D., currently serves as the assistant program manager for the SBIR/ STTR programs at NIH, where she provides resources and access to critical information to small business communities interested in obtaining federal funding and manages NIH’s commercialization assistance programs. Fedorkova has a long-standing interest in the biomedical innovation enterprise. Prior to joining the SBIR/STTR office, she was a congressional liaison in the NIH Office of Legislative Policy and Analysis for three years, most notably overseeing intellectual property, commercialization and small business innovation matters, and provided strategic intelligence and advice to NIH leadership.
Fedorkova was awarded the prestigious AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship and worked in the NIH Office of Technology Transfer on international technology transfer capacity building, R&D partnerships and negotiating license agreements. She also served as biotechnology special adviser to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a think tank working with Central and Eastern European emerging economies. Before joining the NIH, she served at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) as Program Director for Outreach and Marketing for the Science Careers division at AAAS. Fedorkova holds a doctorate from Kent State University in neuroscience with a specialty in sleep research and plasticity of the mammalian biological clock.
Jonathan Gindes, MBA, RAC currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice-President of Business Development at Affinergy, LLC. In addition to managing Affinergy’s daily financial affairs, Gindes focuses his time procuring sufficient capital to enable the rapid growth of Affinergy, whether through grants and other growth capital sources. Gindes plays an active role on the operations side of Affinergy, as well, and supervises the sourcing of all of Affinergy’s equipment and supplies. He also is responsible for securing relationships and supply agreements with component suppliers for Affinergy’s future products.
Prior to attending Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, Gindes spent several years working alongside senior management in the corporate strategy group at Deutsche Bank. His work focused on merger integration, growth and consolidation strategies, and business plan development for potential spinouts.
Gindes received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Rutgers University. He serves on the board of the Council for Entrepreneurial Development as well as Fuqua’s Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club and is a frequent lecturer to Global Executive and Full-Time MBA programs at the Fuqua School of Business. He also became certified in regulatory affairs (RAC) in 2009 and was recently a recipient of the Triangle Business Journal’s CFO of the year award.
Ann Hardy, Ph.D., currently serves as the NIH Certificates of Confidentiality Coordinator and as one of two extramural human research protections officers in NIH’s Office of Extramural Research (OER). Prior to joining OER, Hardy served as a scientific review officer and as the deputy chief of the Health of Populations Integrated Review Group at the Center for Scientific Review (CSR). Hardy has a master’s degree in microbiology and a doctoral degree in epidemiology, both from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. Upon completion of her doctoral training, Hardy spent five years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention working on AIDS surveillance and epidemiology. She then spent 12 years at the National Center for Health Statistics, progressing from an analyst to the associate director for science for the National Health Interview Survey. Hardy’s areas of expertise include human subjects protections, health survey and epidemiological methods and infectious disease epidemiology.
Lisa Kurek joined BBC as a managing partner in 1997. She has spent 15 years in product and business development and sales and product management in the industry with large, publicly-held corporations, as well as small start-ups. In addition to overseeing all aspects of client relations at BBC, Kurek is nationally recognized as a trainer in grant writing and commercialization for entrepreneurs. She is an expert in the federal SBIR/STTR programs, having trained thousands of entrepreneurs in how to prepare winning SBIR/STTR proposals and coached hundreds of companies one-on-one through the process. Her experience includes R&D, sales and marketing, business development, and executive management. Kurek trained in bioengineering and began her career developing medical devices at Baxter. She then moved to Boston and spent 13 years with Millipore Corporation, where she morphed from an engineer into a sales and marketing person. She has been involved with several early-stage entrepreneurial companies. She was vice president of sales and marketing at BioImage, a biotechnology tools company, and held interim management positions at both Accumed Systems, a medical device company, and Thromgen, a developer of biopharmaceuticals.
Kurek earned two degrees in biomedical engineering, a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and master’s degree from the University of Michigan.
Eileen Morgan currently serves as the director of the Division of Assurances in the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) at NIH. Morgan previously served as a senior assurance officer in the Division of Assurances within OLAW. Eileen holds a B.S. in technology management from the University of Maryland with an A.A.S. in animal health technology. She has 28 years of experience in animal models-based biomedical research and compliance oversight in the humane care and use of laboratory animals. Her experience includes service as chief of the Facility Management Branch in the Division of Veterinary Resources of the NIH Intramural Research Program and positions at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the American Red Cross, Holland Laboratory, Cleveland Research Institute and Affinity Biotech, Inc. She has served as a chair and member of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
Maureen L. Mulvihill, PhD co–founded Actuated Medical in 2006 with a vision to integrate piezoelectric and other controlled actuation technologies into medical devices. She is responsible for the company’s corporate vision and maintaining its vibrant culture. In addition, she directs commercialization efforts working closely with clinicians and strategic partners to ensure products are viable in real world settings.
Under Mulvihill’s leadership, Actuated Medical has continually grown in both revenue and staff. Mulvihill has been a Finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award for the Western Pennsylvania, and West Virginia region twice. She has also been recognized by PA Business Central as “One of the Top 100 Business People in Central Pennsylvania” four times. She was recognized as “One of the Top Women Making a Difference in the Central Pennsylvania region” and as an Enterprising Women of the Year Finalist by Enterprising Women Magazine.
Mulvihill earned her Ph.D. from Penn State in Materials, with a focus in piezoelectric actuator and transducer applications. Prior to Actuated Medical, she worked at several small technology firms developing and commercializing piezoelectric motors, adaptive optics and medical devices.
Scott Somers, Ph.D.
Scott Somers, Ph.D., is a program director at the NIH’s National Institute of General Medicine (NIGMS) in the Division of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biological Chemistry, where he administers research and research training grants in trauma, burn and peri-operative injury. Somers also oversees grants in the area of physiology. Prior to joining NIGMS, Somers was an assistant member of the James N. Gamble Institute of Medical Research. He earned a B.S. in genetics and a Ph.D. in microbiology from Ohio State University. Somers conducted postdoctoral research at Duke University Medical Center.
Robert Vinson serves as an assistant program manager for SBIR/STTR in the Office of Extramural Programs of the Office of Extramural Research at NIH. In this role, he is responsible for providing resources and critical information to the small business community and federal staffers. He serves as the contracting officer’s representative for the Niche Assessment (primary) and Commercialization Assistance (secondary) programs and provides technical assistance, data analysis and program coordination for both NIH Technical Assistance Programs.
Prior to joining the NIH SBIR/STTR Office, he was a senior grants policy analyst at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). In that role, he managed initiatives and special projects on a variety of grants and administrative policy issues. He began his career at NHLBI in 1993 as a grants management specialist and then rose to the positions of team leader, grants management officer (GMO) and branch chief. Vinson recently served on a short detail to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology where he was part of a cadre of GMO’s responsible for establishing standard operating procedures and allocating American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds. Additionally, for five years prior to joining NIH, Vinson was a commercial loan officer, with an emphasis on small business and community marketing.
Andre Walker, B.S., is a grants management specialist at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) at NIH. Walker has over 9 years of experience in the field of grants management and has spent much of this time managing all aspects of pre-award and post-award functions for a large portfolio of diverse and complex mechanisms. In 2011, Mr. Walker became the Office of Grants Management (OGM) SBIR/STTR Coordinator and OGM Subject Matter Expert. Prior to joining NHLBI, Walker was a grants technical assistant at the National Institute of Digestive, Diabetes, and Kidney Institute (NIDDK) at NIH. Mr. Walker is currently co-chair for the Grants Management Advisory Committee’s SBIR/STTR Subcommittee where he is charged with promoting consistent procedures and best practices across NIH for the administration of SBIR/STTR grants and serves as a resource for NIH-wide initiatives related to the SBIR/STTR Program.
Ted Williams serves as a supervisory grants management specialist at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). He has been with NICHD for over four years and is the grants coordinator for SBIR and STTR awards. Williams joined the staff of NICHD in May of 2008 after working in the grants office at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) for more than eight years, where he also coordinated SBIR and STTR awards.
Williams is one of NIH’s most experienced specialists on these types of grants. He spearheaded the development of the NIH SBIR/STTR Vision Subcommittee and served as its co-chair for two years. He has also been involved in various SBIR/STTR focus groups that have benefited from his small business and grants management expertise and has been active member of the Annual NIH SBIR/STTR Conference Planning Committee for the last two years.
Before joining NIH, Williams worked in Congress for about ten years, serving on the personal staff for members in the House of Representatives. He also worked as a legislative and policy analyst on contract with the U.S. Department of Transportation. Williams received a B.A. from Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio in economics and business and obtained an M.A. from American University in Washington, D.C. in American politics.
Maritza Zeiberg is a Certified Public Accountant and the director of the Division of Program Integrity in the NIH Office of Management Assessment. She has worked at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for 27 years and spent over 19 years at NIH providing advice to management and managing a diverse organization of analysts, auditors and CPAs in conducting complex reviews of allegations of fraud, waste and abuse of grants, contracts and programs. She has led complex assessments of internal control programs and conflicts of interest issues related to NIH employees and grantee institutions. Zeiberg also serves as the NIH liaison for the OIG Office of Investigations, the Department of Justice, and other law enforcement organizations. With her high-performing staff, she has managed over 1,000 reviews and made recommendations that have saved the U.S. Government over $40 million dollars and put over $500 million to better use. Before coming to NIH, Zeiberg worked in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health at HHS. In this position, Zeiberg worked with teams to develop policy for HHS Operating Divisions and conducted risk assessments of HHS programs.