Biggs, COO of the Innovation Gateway startup program, leads all activity related to faculty research-driven startups. He was originally trained as an accountant and worked in the banking world, then moved on to have extensive experience in leading and building businesses globally, as well as running small venture-backed businesses. He was involved in the VC-backed business that commercialized the technology behind Dolly, the first cloned mammal, and a startup developing a new vaccine platform. He has been the principal in purchasing and selling numerous technology-based businesses and has run a large R&D program within a multinational corporation.
Martin is the Associate Director of the UGA Startup Program, where he works with faculty and students to educate, mentor, guide and advise UGA startups through initial formation, funding and growth strategy. Martin’s company portfolio is focused on the therapeutic, medical device and diagnostic startup companies. Martin holds a B.S. and M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from N.C. State and UNC-CH, respectively. Martin was co-founder of a university spin-out startup company, Augment Medical, and later worked as a Project Engineer at Yukon Medical. Before coming to UGA, Martin served as the Assistant Director of KickStart Venture Services at UNC-CH.
Dr. Dan Geller is The Assistant Director of the Innovation Gateway Startups Program and Agricultural Engineering Faculty in the College of Engineering. Dan has a long history of industry directed research and has developed several commercial bio-based products including “Smarter-Starter” a renewable charcoal lighter fluid. Dr. Geller is also an entrepreneur and owns several companies including Kindercore Vinyl, a phonograph record press which opened in 2017.
Wu is an engineer working with the UGA Startup Program. He oversees the engineering and material science startups in the Startup Program’s portfolio, and provides prototyping assistance to startups. Wu obtained his B.S. and M.S. in Biological Engineering from UGA and has worked on projects spanning from indoor UAV navigation to a portable blood flow monitor.