ALEXANDER D. STOYEN, PH.D.
JOHN G. SERVO / VICE PRESIDENT / BUSINESS ACCELERATION MANAGER
John Servo is the Vice President of Dawnbreaker, a professional services firm specializing in commercialization assistance to advanced technology firms. Since 1990 Dawnbreaker has conducted the highly successful Commercialization Assistance Program (CAP) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Approximately 50% of the participants in the last four programs received private sector investment within 18 months of program completion. The company has also worked with over 100 small R&D firms funded by the Department of Defense's (DoD) Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR), assisting them to create sound commercialization plans.
Mr. Servo is an active member of Dawnbreaker's commercialization team and works with small and large firms participating in programs that the company conducts for DOE, DoD, and DoC. Most of Dawnbreaker's programs culminate in an investment event referred to as the Commercialization Opportunity Forum, attended by Directors and Vice Presidents of large corporations and venture capital firms. Mr. Servo has primary responsibility for the company's interface with the investment community and for participation by investors at these Forums.
John has a strong background in sales, acquired over a 20 year career as a master salesman, sales trainer, sales manager, and general manager. He assists private clients with gathering market research, strategic planning, and contract negotiations.
JON SIENKOWSKI, MBA / BUSINESS ACCELERATION MANAGER
Jon Sienkowski joins Dawnbreaker with 13 years of manufacturing, product development, commercial, and finance experience in the automotive and fuel cell industries.
Mr. Sienkowski began his career in product engineering and manufacturing at General Motors, working at the vehicle proving grounds and a high volume manufacturing plant. Subsequently, he joined GM's Fuel Cell R&D program where he progressed to a position as a Systems Engineer, responsible for development of the hydrogen delivery subsystem. In this role, Mr. Sienkowski gained solid experience in technology selection and requirements development and his work resulted in five patents in control strategies and component innovations. Most recently, Mr. Sienkowski worked on GM's fuel cell commercial development team as a Senior Cost Engineer where he was involved in supplier selection, strategies for technology cost reduction, and forecasting fuel cell technology cost over a 15 year horizon.
Mr. Sienkowski has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and received his MBA from the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Rochester concentrating in Competitive Strategy, Finance, and Entrepreneurship.
RICHARD SMERBECK / BUSINESS ACCELERATION MANAGER
Richard Smerbeck brings 25 plus years of R&D experience in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries to Dawnbreaker. Over the course of his career, Richard has played key roles in the development and launch of more than 50 new products. These include Rx and OTC pharmaceutical products, contact lens care products, nutritional supplements and, skin care products. Additionally, he is an inventor on 25 patents.
At Dawnbreaker, Mr. Smerbeck heads the Phase 0 program for the Department of Energy (DOE). As the Program Manager for Phase 0, Mr. Smerbeck assists eligible small businesses, mostly women and minority owned, and those from underrepresented states, to submit a successful and compelling Phase I SBIR proposal to the Department of Energy. Mr. Smerbeck travels across the U.S., spreading the word on the program, and finding strategic partners. Mr. Smerbeck also manages the Technology Foraging Initiative for the Department of Homeland Security. Here, he is responsible for research efforts gathering information on a variety of topics as requested by DHS. In his role as a Business Acceleration Manager for Dawnbreaker, Richard provides commercialization and product develop guidance to small advanced technology businesses enrolled in SBIR/STTR programs through the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and the Department of Homeland Security.
Mr. Smerbeck has held a series of increasingly responsible positions at Warner Lambert, Schering Plough and finally at Bausch and Lomb where he retired as Vice President, Global Pharmaceutical Research and Development. In this role, Richard was responsible, at the corporate level, for the development and launch of all new pharmaceutical products. During his tenure at Bausch and Lomb, he has also held the positions of Vice President, Research, Development and Engineering, Europe; Vice President, New Product Commercialization and; Director of Product and Process Development. Additionally, Mr. Smerbeck was the principal of RVS Pharmaceutical R&D Consulting providing product development expertise to clients ranging from start-ups to established corporations. Over the course of his career, he has worked successfully along the entire product development continuum - from basic/applied research to pre-clinical efficacy methods development, business development; program management, product and process development, to executive management.
Mr. Smerbeck has a B.S in Biology from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
ALEXANDER D. STOYEN, PH.D. / Business Acceleration Manager
Dr. Stoyen joined Dawnbreaker in 2007 to lead the Strategic Initiatives area and to serve on the Business Acceleration team. He has expert knowledge of software technology and product development, business development, funding, marketing and program management, interrelationships among academia, industry and government sectors, and government relations as pertaining to budgeting, planning, authorizations and appropriations. Dr. Stoyen's strong organizational and communications skills accompany the foregoing credentials in the technology field.
Previously, Dr. Stoyen was the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of 21st Century Systems Inc. (21CSI®), a pioneer in agent-based decision support systems for time and mission critical Department of Defense and Homeland Security applications. Under Dr. Stoyen's leadership, 21CSI grew to nearly 150 employees. 21CSI's products, such as the High Resolution Situational Awareness system being used by the Marines in Iraq, transformed the way people and computers work together. Use of intelligent agents enabled these systems to adapt to changing environments and improve crucial decisions and response time by continually assessing multiple data streams. In both 2005 and 2006, 21CSI was named to Inc. Magazine's Inc. 500 list of America's fastest growing private companies. 21CSI has been named to the Deloitte's Technology Fast 50 2006 List for Virginia. In 2006, 21CSI was honored by the prestigious 2006 Tibbetts Award, which recognized the company as a leader in small business innovative research (SBIR).
Dr. Stoyen's other prior appointments included the University of Nebraska and the Peter Kiewit Institute of Information Science, Technology and Engineering, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center and IBM Zurich Research Laboratory. Dr. Stoyen has contributed significantly to a number of key technological concepts in real-time systems, complex systems and decision support systems. He has published more than 130 articles in journals, books and conference proceedings. Dr. Stoyen has served as an organizer of many professional events, chair of IEEE Technical Committees, and editor or guest editor of book series and archived peer-reviewed journals, including the IEEE Computer, J. Real-Time Imaging and J. Real-Time Systems. Dr. Stoyen is a recipient of an IEEE Computer Society Golden Core Award.
Dr. Stoyen holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Toronto.