Tech Launch Arizona mentors-in-residence (MIRs) accelerate the commercialization of UArizona technologies. They serve as employees of the University within our office to provide early-stage technology assessment, and to help transform those technologies into successful startup companies. MIRs partner with TLA licensing managers and university inventors to develop startup teams and go-to-market strategies, and to help prepare both assets and ventures for license. MIRs manage a portfolio of startup projects; it is TLA's standard practice for MIRs to maintain strict confidentiality and disclose any engagements with external companies that may compete with university startups. In cases where MIRs are invited to take a more formal role in a startup company, the MIR will be asked to step out of his or her role with TLA to avoid any potential conflict.
TLA supports commercialization efforts across the University and our MIRs represent multiple industries and disciplines. They bring proven technology commercialization and startup success to the process. If you are interested in learning more about the MIR role please contact Bruce Burgess, Director of Venture Development.
Following receipt of his electrical engineering degree from Northeastern University in Boston, Steve's 25-year career includes working in systems engineering, designing electronics, and leading companies through growth and acquisitions. He founded and exited his own electronics company right here in Tucson. And he flies planes.
Manisha has over fifteen years of experience working with leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and has extensive scientific and capital markets expertise. Most recently she served as Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Portfolio Innovation and Investor Relations at Allergan where she was ranked #1 by Institutional Investor for Best Investor Relations Professional, Best IR Team, and Best IR Program in the pharmaceuticals sector.
Bob has been a key player and successful serial entrepreneur in the software and services industry for more than 45 years and remains the managing partner for DVI Equity Partners. As a serial entrepreneur, he has had six successful exits. He has been honored as the 2001 Entrepreneur of Year and is a renowned expert who has spoken at various conferences around the world on the topics of defense, disinformation, and cyber warfare.