The iP2Biz team is uniquely qualified to help you navigate Front End Innovation, allowing your company to focus on ideas with the highest possibility of successful commercialization. We’ve been helping large companies drive innovation and accelerate growth for more than 12 years, and our partners, John Bacon, James Throckmorton and Bill Weber, bring diverse perspectives and 75 years of executive experience to every project we tackle. From finding the right innovation focus for your company to discovering the emerging technologies you need to move forward with confidence, iP2Biz has the right team to make it happen. We are the Front End Innovation experts.
John Bacon is a lifelong practitioner of Front End Innovation, a discipline that led directly to the creation of iP2Biz LLC where he is a founder and the Chairman. John has spent his entire career working with early stage technology, creating markets for breakthrough technologies. He was an executive for 17 years with Scientific-Atlanta, Inc. (now Cisco), in a variety of roles including serving as managing director of the company’s United Kingdom operation and, as Group Executive of Satellite Communications, building and marketing satellite communications equipment in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. He was a software entrepreneur for more than 15 years, running several venture capital-backed companies and—after raising close to $40 million from seven venture capital firms—taking two of them public, one in the United States and one in Europe. John has also been the CEO of a company spun-out from a major research university to monetize a dense cluster of image-processing patents. The patents were valuable, but the company was making no commercial progress, and John successfully created a roadmap which led the company from university research into commercial markets. These diverse technology leadership experiences combined with a period of venture investing have given John a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing corporate innovation, an understanding which led to the founding of iP2Biz.
John is on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Tech Foundation, and chairman of the board of the Georgia Tech Research Institute. He has served on the Boards of Directors of the Technology Association of Georgia, Business and Technology Alliance, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, and many civic, arts and community organizations.
John has traveled from South Korea to Denmark to help companies and governments commercialize research and has contributed to recommend actions at the request of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. He is also a faculty member of the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps program which connects small university spinouts with corporations. He holds a degree in engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and has completed advanced management development work at Harvard Business School and the Wharton School of Business.
jb @ ip2biz. com • 404.961.7660
James Throckmorton is a founder and CEO of iP2Biz LLC. He has advised CEOs of manufacturing and technology companies for more than 25 years. As an operating executive and an advisor, he has worked with boards of directors of both private and public companies. James has worked with university researchers while analyzing technologies and has conducted more than 100 market, industry and technology analyses in the energy, biomedical and enabling technologies spaces. The process of discovery at the intersection of markets, industries and technologies provides the foundation for the iP2Biz process. Previously, he held a broad range of senior management positions including marketing, sales, operations, materials management, purchasing, new product development and finance in the US and Europe. He was an instructor at Ohio State and holds degrees from Ohio State University (BS, Mathematics; MS, Computer and Information Science) and the University of Minnesota (Executive MBA).
James is a member of the board of Gorbel, Inc, TiFiber LLC, The Reh Center for Entrepreneurship at Clarkson University and the Atlanta Chamber Players. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling to unique places to watch birds.
jt @ ip2biz. com • 404.961.7662
Mr. Weber is the President of iP2Biz. He joined the company in 2014 after spending fourteen years in various executive positions with fast-growing technology companies.
Prior to joining iP2Biz, Bill spent eight years as general counsel for Cbeyond, Inc., a public technology company headquartered in Atlanta which was taken private in 2014. Before Cbeyond, Bill spent four years at Covad Communications in a variety of roles including regional vice president and vice president, regulatory affairs & operations. When he left Covad in 2006, Bill was responsible for leading the regional teams controlling all of the company’s regulatory and legislative affairs in 35 states.
Mr. Weber grew up in Decatur, Georgia. He attended the United States Naval Academy where he received a B.S. in 1987, graduating with honors and accepting a commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. As a Marine tank platoon commander stationed in Camp Pendleton, California, Mr. Weber completed deployments to Okinawa, Japan and to Korea. Later, during Operations Desert Shield and Storm, he served as a platoon commander in the 1st Light Armored Infantry Battalion. Following the conclusion of hostilities, Mr. Weber was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V” for his actions in the Al Burquan oil fields on February 25, 1991. Five other Marines under his command were also awarded the Bronze Star Medal.
The Marine Corps sent Mr. Weber to law school at the University of Georgia where he graduated cum laude in 1996. He practiced law for the Marine Corps at Parris Island, South Carolina, but acted as military defense counsel in numerous courts martial in other parts of the country. After leaving the Marine Corps as a major in 1999, Mr. Weber taught trial and appellate advocacy at the law school at the University of Georgia before moving to a commercial litigation practice at a large Atlanta law firm in 2000 and then in-house in 2002.
Mr. Weber is on the Board of Directors and is Chairman of the Legal Advisory Committee of the Georgia Innocence Project, a non-profit organization whose mission is to free the wrongly convicted through the use of DNA testing, to advance practices that minimize the chance that others suffer the same fate, to educate the public that wrongful convictions are not isolated or rare events and to help the exonerated rebuild their lives.
bill.weber @ ip2biz. com • 404.961.7661
Greg Bischak has spent over 25 years driving growth in technology based companies globally. He has led research and development, operations management, business development, marketing, business sector management and organizational development in private and government sectors, including, aerospace, defense, communications, commercial electronics, industrial, medical device, and material science markets. His activities have included transferring technology internationally, driving technical innovation across international teams, collaborating with universities and research labs, negotiating strategic partnerships, and leading business teams to bring new technologies to market.
Greg’s career includes Managing Principal of GBA Consulting, Principal at Giles & Company Strategic Business Consultants, Vice President, Business Development L-3 Communications, various leadership positions at Raychem/Tyco Electronics and as Director of European Operations based in the UK for Andrew Corporation where he established a technology center.
Greg holds a BSEE from the Illinois Institute of Technology has completed graduate work at IIT and University of Edinburgh and is a member of numerous professional associations.
gb @ ip2biz. com • 415.602.8250
Patty Long Merritt is Director of Client Operations for iP2Biz. She joined the company in 2015 to ensure the company’s operational infrastructure keeps pace with its growth.
Patty has more than 25 years experience in the technology industry. Patty spent the early part of her career in product development for small software start-ups before transitioning to consulting in the Learning & Development space. Her expertise lies in technology-based learning solutions for telecom, call centers, supply chain, purchasing, and sales.
Patty has a Bachelor’s in English from the University of Rochester and a Masters in Art History from Emory University. Patty volunteers with her son’s swim team and at Christ Church Atlanta. Whenever time permits, she attends art exhibits and snorkels.
plm @ ip2biz. com • 678.637.8525
William P. King, Ph.D. is the Chief Technology Officer at the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute at UI LABS in Chicago, IL, where he directs a $100M portfolio of technology investments. He is a Professor of Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he holds the Ralph A. Andersen Endowed Chair.
Dr. King received a Ph.D. from Stanford University and completed the Program for Leadership Development at Harvard Business School.
Dr. King works on projects at the interface between technology and business. He is an expert on advanced manufacturing, nanotechnology, and advanced materials. He has been founder, adviser, or director at a dozen early stage and growth stage technology companies.
Dr. King often consults for companies on technology strategy, industrial internet of things, 3D printing, digital manufacturing, materials, and new product development.
Dr. King’s awards include the PECASE award from the White House and the ASME Gustus-Larson Award for accomplishment in Mechanical Engineering. He was named by Technology Review Magazine as a person whose innovations will change the world.
Dr. King has published 210 journal articles and is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Physical Society.
Dr. Robert McGrath has provided research leadership at major universities and national laboratories. He has served as Senior Vice President and Director of the Georgia Tech Research Institute, as Senior Vice President for Research at Ohio State, and as Associate Vice President for Research and Director of Strategic Interdisciplinary Initiatives at Penn State. In these roles, Bob worked extensively with researchers from Engineering, Medicine, the Physical Sciences, Biosciences, Architecture and Agriculture and their industry counterparts.
Bob has a strong track record of accomplishment working with federal agencies such as NSF, NIH, DOE, NASA, DoD, and DHS, as well as on R&D partnerships with industry, IP management, and technology transfer. He was formally appointed by Ohio Governor Strickland to serve on the Third Frontier Board managing the State’s $2 billion technology based investment fund for stimulating innovation and jobs. Leveraging against Third Frontier investments, Ohio State’s industry funded R&D expenditures grew to over $120 million per year, to make Ohio State at that time the nation’s leading university in terms of industry sponsored R&D.
Earlier in his career, Dr. McGrath served as researcher and then as Division & Program Manager at Sandia National Laboratories with responsibilities for U.S. International Programs in Fusion Plasma-Materials and High Heat Flux Technologies; High Performance Computing Applications; Cooperative R&D with SEMATECH on microelectronics manufacturing; and other high priority programs. In 2008, he joined Battelle Memorial Institute and played an instrumental role in their successful bid to manage and operate the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Currently, Bob serves as Director of the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute at the University of Colorado-Boulder, a joint position between the University and NREL.
Dr. McGrath regularly contributes to the Nation’s overall R&D Strategy. He served in 2014/2015 on a Task Force for the Secretary of Energy assessing National Laboratory management, R&D investments, industry partnerships and technology transfer, and he contributed to the Defense Science Board’s Report on Technologies and Innovations for 2030.
Bob received his Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering (Plasma Physics) from The University of Michigan. He earned Baccalaureate and Masters degrees from Penn State University in Engineering Sciences (BS), Physics (MS) and Mathematics (MA).
Chris Bohlmann is a Senior Research Analyst who received his B.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. As an undergraduate, he developed a software model of a hybrid electric vehicle as part of ongoing research into alternative energy sources and storage applications.
Outside the office, Chris plays the piano and synthesizer and records music with his bandmates. Additionally, he seeks out unique music venues across the country to satisfy his enthusiasm for the live music experience.
Dr. Lynn Murray is a Senior Research Analyst at iP2Biz. Lynn grew up in Marietta, GA and joined iP2Biz in 2014 after returning to the Atlanta area.
Lynn has a broad interdisciplinary engineering background which includes cell biology, polymer chemistry, semiconductor fabrication, and nanotechnology. She has previously worked as an editor for academic publications and laboratory superintendent, and spent time as a visiting academic in both Australia and New Zealand. Lynn earned a PhD in Biomaterials Engineering through the University of Canterbury (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering) in Christchurch, New Zealand and has a BS in Biomedical Engineering with a specialty in biomechanics from University of Wisconsin – Madison, where she spent four years as a student-athlete for the women’s soccer team.
In her spare time Lynn enjoys playing all manner of sports, particularly competitive soccer and tennis, learning new computer programs, traveling, reading, watching classic movies and cheering on Atlanta’s hopeless sports teams.
Christy is a seasoned researcher with a long background in journalism, advertising, and teaching. She received her undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Florida. After ten years in television news, Christy returned to school to earn a Masters in Communication from San Diego State University, where she also taught in the fields of advertising and public speaking. She currently resides in San Diego, where she spends her time researching, volunteering at public schools, and raising her two daughters.