Life after Graduation – a panel discussion from successful CEO graduates of McGovern Center

The McGovern Center, a startup incubator located in Weill Hall on Cornell’s Ithaca campus, assists Cornell faculty, staff, students, and outside entrepreneurs in putting together companies based on Life Science technologies, and helps the company grow from their entry state to “graduation” when they merit profitable independent operation, acquisition, or significant outside investment. In 10 years of operation, the Center has admitted 23 residential companies and successfully graduated 7 companies. 

We are excited to invite you to a webinar with three successful CEOs graduated from the McGovern Center to discuss the life after graduation – how they manage the next stage of growth after our incubation. You will hear their first-hand experiences regarding do’s and don’ts on fund raising, business planning, team expansion, etc. There is a limit of 100 seats so please register asap. 

When: Nov 20, 2020 (Friday) 12:00 – 1:30 PM Eastern Time
Topic: Life after Graduation – a panel discussion from successful CEO graduates of McGovern Center 
12:00-1:00 PM Panel Discussion
1:00-1:30 PM Q&A

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  • Ryan Boyko, CEO, Embark Veterinary

Embark is on a mission to improve the life and longevity of dogs. Today, Embark is a leader in the canine DNA testing service space, offering pet wellness advice with comprehensive ancestry, trait and genetic disease risk information for dog owners and breeders. Embark was founded by Ryan and Adam Boyko, two brothers, based on research thy conducted while Adam was (and is) an associate professor in biomedical sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Embark incubated at the McGovern Center from 2016-2017, holding the record for the shortest incubation period. In 2019, Embark raised $10 million in series A funding with investors such as F-Prime Capital, Slow Ventures, Section 32, Third Kind Venture Capital, Freestyle Capital, FJ Labs, and Anne Wojciciki, CEO of 23andme.

  • Alex Yu, Founder and President, Lionano SE Inc., and Former CEO of Lionano Inc. (“Lionano” collectively)

Lionano has developed advanced material for lithium batteries that have qualified multiple customers in the EV, consumer electronics and energy storage application. The original IP was developed in the laboratory of Hector Abruña, the Émile M. Chamot Professor Chemistry and Chemical Biology. Lionano Inc. was founded in 2013, and subsequently incubated at the McGovern Center from 2015-2017. Headquartered in Woburn, MA, Lionano SE Inc. is currently developing world-class technology for the next-generation battery. The company has raised more than $40 million up to date.

  • Charles Hamilton, CEO, Conamix

Conamix produces advanced materials for rechargeable batteries – materials that can yield 30% to 50% more energy than current batteries. The company was founded by Charles Hamilton BS ’94 and MBA ’04, chief executive officer; Bart Riley, Ph.D. ’90, chief technical officer; and Tobias Hanrath, professor in Cornell’s Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; and it runs in part on technology developed by Hector Abruña, the Emile M. Chamot Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. Conamix incubated at the McGovern Center from 2015-2019. Conamix has garnered a $10 million investment from Volta Energy Technology Partners, Hegemon Capital, and from New York state’s Innovation Venture Capital Fund.