TECH's Innovation Fellows Program invites leading scholars and practitioners to participate in the Harvard innovation community by sharing their independent work, engaging with students in supervised reading and research, providing guest lectures and otherwise exploring, discovering and developing insights into the theory and practice of innovation and entrepreneurship. Meet our Innovation Fellows below.
John Boyce, Biotech Innovation Fellow
John is President and CEO of Exosome Diagnostics. In 2013, he was awarded the honor as one of the top 15 Technology Luminaries in the state of Massachusetts by the Boston Business Journal and Mass High Technology. John is an energetic leader and serial entrepreneur who has successfully raised over $100 MM in funding from venture capital, as well as from private investors. Most recently, John was the CEO of GnuBIO, Inc., a desktop DNA sequencing company that John co-founded in December 2009. John raised an initial Series A round of $8 MM in September 2012, and grew the company to 54 employees. Based on the clinical strategy and product roll out initiative that John put in place, GnuBIO was acquired by Bio-Rad in April 2014, providing investors with a significant return with a deal valued at ~6x ROI ($110 MM). Prior to GnuBIO, John built and sold Affomix (a digital proteomics company) to Illumina for ~$25MM resulting in a 5X ROI for investors and shareholders. Through numerous additional companies in the life science space, John built and served in key positions to either drive these companies towards a sale or drive towards an IPO. John also conceived, founded, and ran the Consumer Genetics Conference, which he sold to Cambridge Health Instititue in 2012.
Rick Harriman, Senior Innovation Fellow
Rick Harriman is a Senior Fellow and former CEO and Managing Partner of Synecticsworld. He works across multiple industries and currently his three areas of deepest interest are social innovation, strategy and building capability for innovation. Rick is a patent holder and the author of a number of articles and book chapters on creativity in business. Rick co-wrote Creativity, Inc.: Building an Inventive Organization, which was published by The Harvard Business School Press and has been translated into multiple languages. Learn more about Rick Harriman here.
Deborah Hurley, Global Innovation Policy Fellow
Deborah Hurley is Principal of the consulting firm she founded in 1996, which advises companies, governments, international organizations, civil society, and foundations on advanced science and technology policy. She is also Adjunct Professor of the Practice of Computer Science, Department of Computer Science, Brown University, and Senior ICT Expert, Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility, Sydney, Australia. At the OECD, she launched the Working Group on Innovation and Technology Policy and initiated the work on cryptography technologies and policy and on nanotechnology. Hurley wrote the seminal report on cybersecurity and carried out activities on privacy, information and communication technologies, biotechnology, and new environmental and energy technologies. She directed the Harvard Information Infrastructure Project. She served on boards and committees for the U.S. Department of State, American Association for the Advancement of Science, National Academy of Sciences Research Council, and International Federation for Human Rights. Hurley received the Namur Award of the International Federation for Information Processing in recognition of outstanding contributions, with international impact, to awareness of social implications of information technology. http://scholar.harvard.edu/deborah_hurley.
Meredith McPherron, Management Innovation Fellow
Meredith offers focused insight on the entrepreneurial journey, deep marketing and general management experience, and a broad network as an angel investor and advisor for startups at the intersection of consumer and tech. Her 25+ year career includes senior management experience in both start-up and established business ventures.
Meredith is currently a co-founder and managing director of studio h ventures, a venture studio that creates, seeds, and incubates high impact startups focused at the intersection of consumer and tech. Most recently, Meredith served as director of the Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School where she reignited the HBS entrepreneurial initiative with a focus on supporting all stages of new venture creation for students and alumni. Meredith received her A.B. from Harvard College (1989) and M.B.A. from Harvard Business School (1993).
Antonio Oftelie, Public Sector Innovation Fellow
Antonio Oftelie is TECH's Public Sector Innovation Fellow. He conducts research at the intersection of law, policy, and technology and administers the Public Sector Innovation Award program. In addition, Mr. Oftelie is the Executivee Director of Leadership for a Networked World Program (LNW), a think tank started at Harvard Kennedy School in 1987 which provides uniquely powerful leadership summits, practitioner research, and organizational transformation programs. Learn more about Antonio Oftelie here.
Alex Patin, Blockchain Innovation Fellow
Alex Patin is CTO of Squarelink and TECH’s Blockchain Innovation Fellow. His current research focuses on enabling the mainstream adoption of blockchain through innovations in scalability, security, and user experience. At Harvard, Mr. Patin supports initiatives within the Harvard blockchain ecosystem and facilitates joint collaboration with other universities. Additionally, Mr. Patin is an award-winning engineer and assists organizations from early-stage startups to Fortune 500 with effectively navigating and leveraging blockchain technologies in their solutions. Learn more about Alex Patin here.
David S. Ricketts, Strategic Innovation Fellow
David S. Ricketts received his PhD from Harvard University and has held appointments at Carnegie Mellon University, Harvard University, MIT and North Carolina State University. He helped develop the Innovation in Science and Technology course: From Idea to Pitch and co-teaches the course with the TECH Fellows and SEAS faculty. He is an award winning scientist and engineer whose innovations have been featured by Popular Science, Smithsonian, NBC News, CBS News, Fox News, ESPN, and many other science news outlets. He is the recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award and the U.S. Defense Advanced Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Investigator Award. He also serves as the Director of The Innovators Forum, an international forum for senior leaders in the private, public and non-profit sectors to discuss, develop and disseminate new innovation strategies. He also serves as the chair for the Strategic Innovation Summit series. Learn more about David Ricketts here.
Victor Seidel, Technology Management Innovation Fellow
Victor Seidel is a professor at the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business, Babson College where he researches topics in technology and innovation management, with an emphasis on the evolving nature of the design process. He focuses on how managers, from those running start-ups to those in large R&D organizations, can best navigate from initial concept to final innovation. Increasingly, his work investigates how design teams use online communities as sources of continuous innovation. Learn more about Victor Seidel here.
David Sengeh, Global Innovation Fellow
Dr. David Moinina Sengeh, born and raised in Sierra Leone, completed his Ph.D. at the MIT Media Lab, where his research in the Biomechatronics Group focused on the design of comfortable prosthetic sockets and wearable interfaces. This work was at the intersection of medical imaging, material science, human anatomy, computer-aided design and manufacturing.
David is on Forbes 30 Under 30 in Technology for 2013, a 2014 TED Fellow, on the Wired Smart List 2013, winner of the Lemelson-MIT National Collegiate Student Prize, and other awards. He has been invited to give talks at institutions like the United Nations, corporate and academic organizations on topics related to education, youth innovation, prosthetics design and more. He is the President and co-founder of the international NGO Global Minimum Inc. (GMin). David holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering from Harvard College.