Annual Conference Organizing Committee
Conference Agenda & Programs
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As this is the first NACEA Annual Conference since its inception 4 years ago, NACEA EC team has been working hard to bring an exciting and worthwhile event to everyone. We appreciate your support in the past few years, and hope we can work together to bring more opportunties to this community and all entrepreneurs alike. We are looking forward to seeing you again at this grant celebration.
Conference Agenda & Programs
Session II (Rm 202) Legal, Financial & Accounting Management of Your Business
Chair - Tao Tao, NACEA VP of Seminar & Activities
Panelists: Zhun Lu, Ph.D., Attorney at Law, Associate, Director of Asian Pacific Practice, Connolly Bove Lodge & Hatz, LLP ; Michelle Wu, Attorney, Graham Curtin, P.A. ; Young Lee, Senior Financial Adviser, Merrill Lynch; James Ho & Carol Ho, CPA, CEO & VP, Ho's Accounting Firm
Session III (Rm 202) Entrepreneurship: Biotech & Sustainability in 2010s & Beyond
Chair - Alan San Juan, M.S., M.B.A.
Panelists: Judith Sheft, Assistant VP of NJIT Technology Development; Dahai Guo, founder & CEO, PuraCap Pharmaceutical; Steve Sun, Co-founder & CEO, Genewiz, Inc.; Jonathan Cloud, Founder & Chairman, Sustainable Business Incubator and the Center for Leadership in Sustainability; Dickson D. Despommier, Microbiologist, Ecologist and Professor of Public Health Columbia University; Xiongwei Shi, EVP of Sundia MediTech Company, Shanghai; Bibo Xu, President, Primera Analytical Solutions Corp; Weidong Zhang
Session IV (Rm 206) Government Funding & Contracting Opportunities
Chair - Dr. David Jin, Ph.D, M.D., NACEA Board Director
Panelists: Paula Durand, Senior Venture Officer, Clean Energy, NJ Economic Development Authority; William Boone, Assistant Director, SBA Regional Office Newark; Patrick Guiotti, SBDC Senior consultant, former Director of Small Business Office, NJ Dept of Commerce, President of PJ Consulting
Biographies of Speakers/Panelists
Assemblyman Upendra J. Chivukula
Upendra Chivukula is the first Asian-Indian American elected to the New Jersey General Assembly and the fourth Indian- American in the US to be elected to state office. He is currently serving his fifth term in the Assembly, representing the 17th district, which encompasses Highland Park, New Brunswick, North Brunswick, Piscataway, Milltown, and Franklin Township. Upendra is the Chair of the Telecommunications & Utilities Committee and a member of the Appropriations Committee in the Assembly. He is a member of the Science and Technology Commission for the State of New Jersey, the Asian American Study Foundation and recently became a member of the Intergovernmental Relations Commission. He has served on the International Education Taskforce, World Languages Instruction Committee and the Board of State Canvassers. Upendra co-founded the NJ Legislative Science & Technology Caucus, as well as the World Languages & International Studies Caucus in the Legislature. Governor Florio of New Jersey appointed him to be a Public Member of the New Jersey State Board of Social Work Examiners. He served on the board of the New Jersey State Cross-Acceptance Committee from 1994 to 1997. Assemblyman Chivukula is on National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Executive Committee. He was past Chair of the NCSL Communications, Technology and Interstate Commerce Committee. He also served on the Energy & Electric Utilities Committee, as well as the Task Force on Homeland Security for the NCSL. Assemblyman Chivukula has served on the New Jersey delegation to the Democratic National Convention in 1996, 2000, 2004 and in 2008. Upendra was an Elector for the Electoral College in 2004.
is a Leadership New Jersey Fellow (1998), Flemming Institute Fellow
(2003), and the Past President of Franklin Township Lions Club and
Zone 2 Chairman in District 16-D. He is a National Committee Member
of the Association of Indians in America, Past Secretary of NJ
Chapter of Indian American Forum for Political Education and Past
President of Asian American Political Coalition. He graduated from
the Senior Managers in State and Local Government program at the John
F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and is a
graduate, University of Virginia, Emerging Leaders Program
has a B.E.E. from Guindy’s Engineering College, India and
Masters in Electrical Engineering from City College of the City
University of New York. He is a consultant for WTC, Inc and has
drawn extensive technical and business experience working at AT&T
has been married for over 30 years to his wife Dayci and has two
children, Suraj and Damianty.
William C. Boone
Assistant District Director, Lender Relations Division/Capital Access, Small Business Administration, Newark, NJ
As the Senior Credit Officer of the Small Business Administration’s New Jersey District Office, Mr. Boone is responsible for the delivery of the entire Agency’s Loan Programs throughout New Jersey. Mr. Boone is in charge of increasing SBA loans volume in New Jersey to the small business community by the enrollment of “new” SBA Lenders, which included Federal Credit Unions and Community Banks, as well as Saving Institutions.
Mr. Boone was appointed Chief of Finance for SBA New Jersey District Office in October, 1994 and became Assistant District Director, in charge of all Agency Credit and Lending issues for the New Jersey SBA office in 1996.
Out of 69 SBA offices nationwide, the New Jersey District Office is now always ranked as one of the Agency’s top District, regarding SBA approved loans, nationwide, sometimes as high as # 2 nationwide.
Mr. Boone attended Union
College, as well as Bloomfield College, where he made the Dean's
List, majoring in Business
Administration & Accounting. He was a Vice-President of Commercial Lending
at First National
State Bank (now
Wachovia Bank/Well Fargo) for 10+ years. Mr. Boone was a Marine,
S/Sgt and is a Viet-Nam Veteran. Hence, as an ex-banker &
veteran, he understands small businesses needs for financial
Senior Venture Officer, Clean Technology, NJ Economic Development Authority (EDA)
The EDA is a state financing and development agency that works to
strengthen New Jersey’s economy by retaining and growing
businesses through financial assistance, by renewing communities, and
by promoting the State’s strategic advantages to attract
domestic and international businesses. Paula focuses on working with
investors and early stage clean technology companies under the Edison
Innovation Fund, an integrated set of resources that support
financing initiatives throughout all stages of development and
commercialization, and delivering a suite of clean energy solutions
to this community. She previously worked in middle market corporate
finance at Chase and corporate and investment banking at HSBC where
she managed a global portfolio of over 100 public sector clients. She
is a member of several clean energy advisory review boards at the
EDA. She also serves on the Fairleigh Dickinson University
Sustainable Business Incubator Advisory Council and several boards of
professional accounting and finance organizations. Paula received her
BA degree in Economics from Northwestern University, her MBA in
Finance from NYU and is a Certified Management Accountant.
Judith A. Sheft,
Associate Vice President, Technology Development, NJIT
Judith A. Sheft is the Associate Vice President Technology Development at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. She is responsible for managing the university’s Office of Technology Development and creates programs and policies focusing on patent creation, intellectual property valuation, strategic use and protection of IP assets. She is also involved with economic development in the Newark Innovation Zone having responsibilities for management of the university’s high technology business accelerator/incubator, the Enterprise Development Center, and the Defense technical Procurement Center. She is the strategy lead for entrepreneurial initiatives on the North Jersey WIRED grant. Since 2007 she has been a member of the NJ – Israel Commission.
Prior to joining NJIT, she had been a founding member of Licenz Group, an IP consulting firm that focuses on assisting companies to maximize the value of their IP portfolio. Before that she had worked as the Intellectual Property and Compliance Vice President for Agere Systems, the semiconductor subsidiary of Lucent Technologies. In that capacity she had profit and loss responsibility for Agere’s patent and technology licensing business. She was involved in the allocation of intellectual property assets during the AT&T trivestiture and is experienced in assessing patent portfolios. Ms. Sheft has provided IP guidance to many of the high technology M&A and divestiture activities at AT&T and Lucent.
Ms. Sheft has extensive business development experience outside the U.S. She played a lead role in negotiating a long-term alliance between Lucent/Agere and NEC in the field of semiconductor manufacturing technology. The alliance has lasted over a decade and is a prime example of collaboration between competitors.
Ms. Sheft has a BS and MS in Mathematics from the University of Illinois
and an MBA in International Business from the Wharton School of the
University of Pennsylvania. She is a frequent speaker on the topic
of intellectual property and strategic alliances and is an active
member of the Licensing Executive’s Society.
SBDC Senior Consultant, President and owner of PJG Consulting (former Director of Small Business Office, NJ Dept of Commerce)
Patrick Guidotti has over thirty five years with the New Jersey State government in areas of procurement, construction, small business certification and economic development. During his time with the New Jersey government he has held several management positions working in the Division of Building & Construction and the Department of Commerce.
While with the Division of Building & Construction he was the lead man in a survey crew with the Civil Engineering Section and also became manager of the Contractors Prequalification Office where he was responsible for the contractor’s classification program.
His next position was with the Department of Commerce. He spent many years there in the Small Business Office, rising to the Director’s position where he was charged with the responsibility of administering and monitoring the small, women and minority set-aside and certification program. He also was responsible for the small business assistance and development program and represented the Department of Commerce on the Governor’s Study Commission on Discrimination in Public Works and Construction Contracts.
For the past several years, Mr. Guidotti has partnered with the New Jersey Small Business Development Center (SBDC), a publicly funded organization that provides assistance to small businesses. He has been tapped as keynote speaker covering areas of certification, procurement and construction and has provided one on one counseling through the SBDC to hundreds of businesses.
Mr. Guidotti has been a guest speaker at many events and received numerous awards from various organizations including The American Society of Professional Estimators, The National Association of Purchasing Management, The National Contract Management Association, The New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners and The Regional Alliance for Small Contractors.
Currently Mr. Guidotti is President and sole owner of PJG Consulting, a business development and assistance firm specializing in government procurement and construction contracting. He is also a full partner of THE Contract Connection, LLC.
This business development consulting firm was formed to help businesses
navigate government contracting opportunities, including Federal,
State and local agencies. It is part of the New Jersey Chamber of
Commerce Affinity group.
HSBC Bank, Vice President Branch Manager
Chang has been with HSBC for over 2 1/2 years and was recently promoted to
become the Branch Manager of our Edison, NJ. He was been
involved in the financial industry field for over 15 years since
graduating from Lafayette College, Easton PA. Chang was the
2009 "The HSBC Way" recipient for outstanding performance,
for assisting personal and business customer regarding their global
wealth and financial servicing needs.
Chief Operating Officer of Across Nations Certified Development Company
Across Nations CDC is a non-for-profit organization established to fund for-profit small to mid-size businesses to encourage Economic development and job creation in the private sector through Government Funding Programs, especially the U.S. Small Business Administration 504 Program.
Mr. Kron has been in the finance business for the last 20 years and
have been working with Across Nations since 2006.
Ph.D, President and CEO of GENEWIZ Inc
Dr. Steve Sun is the co-founder of GENEWIZ Inc., a contract research company that specializes in DNA sequencing, gene synthesis, molecular biology, genomics, and GLP/GLIA standard DNA services. GENEWIZ’s global headquarters is located in New Jersey, with laboratory operations in New Jersey, California, Maryland, and Massachusetts in the US, and in Beijing and Suzhou in China. The mission of GENEWIZ is to contribute to the advancement of life sciences and technologies by making research more productive and cost efficient through scalable services. With works characterized by a high degree of speed, reliability, and competence, GENEWIZ serves thousands of researchers across the US and worldwide, and becomes the market leader in the DNA services.
Independent marketing researching firm Frost & Sullivan selected GENEWIZ, Inc. as the recipient of the 2006 Growth Strategy Leadership Award, in recognition of its high quality services and unparalleled support in the North American DNA sequencing services markets.
In 2010, Dr. Steve Sun, and Dr. Amy Liao, COO, co-founders of GENEWIZ, Inc. received the regional Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award. The Ernst & Young award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic, growing businesses, and is selected by an independent panel of judges.
Dr. Sun serves as a member of the Scientific Advisor Board at Neogenix Oncology Inc, a cancer therapeutics and diagnostics company with operations in the states of New York and Maryland. He is a member of the Board of Directors at Frontage Laboratories since it founding in 2000. Frontage specializes in pharmaceutical analysis, bioanalytical testing and method development, and custom synthesis of investigational compounds, with operations in the U. S. and China.
Dr. Sun serves as a member of the Innovation Sounding Board of Rutgers University’s Center for Innovative Ventures of Emerging Technologies (CIVET). CIVET’s mission is to encourage dialogue between academic researchers, their industrial counterparts, and entrepreneurs regarding technology commercialization.
Dr. Sun obtained his Bachelor degree from Tsinghua University in Beijing,
and his Ph.D. from Columbia University in New York City. His
postdoctoral training was at the Rockefeller University in New York City.
Chairman, Sustainable Business Incubator
Senior Fellow, Institute for Sustainable Enterprise, Fairleigh Dickinson University, and Founder, Center for Leadership in Sustainability
Jonathan Cloud is a lifelong environmentalist, community organizer, and entrepreneur. An early pioneer in passive-solar design and construction in Canada in the 1970s and 80s, as well as an environmental community activist, he received a UN Environment Award in 1985, in recognition of his work in renewable energy, conservation, and appropriate technology.
His career has spanned journalism, politics, invention, housing design and construction, database, software, and Internet development, financial services, networking, nonprofits, network marketing, and sustainable business development.
His current focus is on reorganizing the Sustainable Business Incubator,
which assists entrepreneurs with start-up ventures in renewable
energy, CO2 reduction, and other environmental technologies, as well
as with emerging business models involving carbon trading,
sustainability consulting, and sustainable social enterprises.
Dickson D. Despommier
Microbiologist, Ecologist and Professor of Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences at Columbia University.
Dr. Despommier conducts research on intracellular parasitism and teaches courses on Parasitic Diseases, Medical Ecology and Ecology.
In recent years, Despommier has received considerable media coverage for his ideas on Vertical Farming . Vertical Farms are a proposed agricultural technique involving large-scale agriculture in urban high-rises or "farmscrapers". Using advanced greenhouse technology and greenhouse methods such as hydroponics, these buildings would produce fruit, vegetables, edible mushrooms and algae year-round!
Dr. Despommier's new book "The Vertical Farm: Feeding the World in the 21st Century" has just come out.
Michelle Wu, Esq.,
Attorney, Graham Curtin, P.A.
Ms. Wu is an experienced attorney with Graham Curtin, P.A., a prestigious mid-sized, full service law firm located in Morristown, New Jersey. Her focus of practices is corporate law and immigration law.
Her corporate law services include the incorporation of various forms of entities; corporate governance documents; drafting and negotiation of various commercial contracts and leases; intellectual property licensing and transferring; strategic alliances including mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, divestitures and reorganization; securities and investment; initial public offering, commercial loans and refinance; government licenses and permits; cross-border transactions; international trade; and corporate counseling. Her immigration services include the petition, change, and extension of various non-immigrant visas; permanent residency (employment- based, family-based and investment immigration); and citizenship petitions.
Ms. Wu is licensed in both New Jersey and New York. She has worked in the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division and the federal District Court for the District of New Jersey. She is a graduate of Columbia University and Rutgers University Law School. Mandarin Chinese is her native language. Her contact information is: firstname.lastname@example.org; 973-401-7108(office); 973-687-6816(cell).
The firm Graham Curtin has represented clients in New Jersey and New York
metropolitan area, and from around the United States and overseas.
The firm’s clients include national and international insurance
companies, manufacturers and purveyors of goods ranging from
automobiles to semiconductors, casinos and hotels, real estate
concerns and developers, hospitals and clinics, municipalities,
professional corporations, nonprofit organizations, and individuals.
The firm’s areas of expertise include corporate and
transactional law; litigation; intellectual property law; labor and
employment law; real estate law; tax law; immigration law; and trusts
and estates law.
Ph.D., Associate, Director of Asian Pacific Practice, Connolly Bove Lodge & Hatz, LLP,
Dr. Lu represents clients in a variety of areas including patent counseling, opinions, litigation, and prosecution primarily in the biotech, biomedical, pharmaceutical, and chemical areas. He also advises clients on corporate matters relating to IP management.
Zhun is currently working with Asian Pacific based companies entering the U.S. as well as U.S. and other international companies operating and doing business in the greater China marketplace. He is an honorary member of the Chinese Intellectual Property Society and has been a frequent lecturer at law firms, universities, companies and conferences in China, Japan, Korea, Singapore and Taiwan. His unique background enables him to help international clients with their IP protection needs and business operations in the U.S. and Asian Pacific regions.
Before joining the firm, Zhun worked as a research scientist at the Yale
School of Medicine and as an intern for the Honorable Peter Dorsey,
former chief judge of the Federal District Court for the District of
President & CEO, PuraCap Pharmaceutical LLC, Founder of Enspire Group.
PuraCap Pharmaceutical is developing, manufacturing and marketing broad range of Rx and OTC pharmaceutical products in the global markets.
Through his professional career, Mr. Guo has held senior positions in several multi-billion dollar global companies in pharmaceutical and healthcare product industry, such as Roche, Ansell healthcare, Inverness medical.
Mr. Guo has broad experience in sales & marketing, product development, global strategic planning and biotechnology research. He has demonstrated strong leadership in successfully marketing global healthcare brands and over 2000 different products in 90 different countries, including major retail markets like US, Canada, West Europe, Australia and China and India markets. Particularly, his strong marketing expertise has covered every sales channel in the US retail (Food/Drug/Mass/e-commerce/C-stores), hospital and industrial (B-2-B) markets. His broad and hands-on experience also enabled him to build and grow another New Jersey based start-up biotech company, Cell & Molecular Technology Inc., (now a division of Invitrogen) successfully 13 years ago.
Before he came to US, Mr. Guo conducted molecular biology research at China's top research institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese International Science Center in Beijing. He has introduced various bio-medical products into China market.
Mr. Guo has MBA from Cornell University and M.S. of Biology from Rutgers
University. He also completed distinguished Six-Sigma Black Belt
training, awarded by America Society for Quality.
Entrepreneur and VC, Managing Director, Sterling Atlantic, LLC
Mr. Ray Garcia has over 20 years of experience in technology innovation
and strategy within large global corporations and entrepreneurial
ventures. He has consulted for venture capital and PE firms in New
York City as part of his advisory practice. Ray has launched several
startup ventures as well as advised over 30 Internet startups at
various stages of growth. He has expertise in the research and
development of complex commercial software products for delivery to
international clients. Early in his career he worked as an executive
in banking for Citibank, Republic National Bank (HSBC), and did
consulting work for Morgan Stanley and Bank of America. His first
startup venture experience was with Clearcross, a leader in
international trade software which is now owned by Kewill, a publicly
traded UK company. After working for the investor community for a few
years Ray co-founded Smart Systems Technology, an early innovator in
the proximity (contactless RFID) payments industry. Most recently,
Ray was an Executive in Residence at MIT Media Lab, and is currently
a board advisor and Executive in Residence at the Field Center for
Entrepreneurship at Baruch College City University of New York. Ray
serves as a coach to aspiring entrepreneurs and has formalized this
process within the BCAP.biz program to help promote international
economic development through entrepreneurship. He is a graduate from
the School of Engineering at City College of New York and resides in
James Ho & Carol Ho, CPA
Mr. Ho graduated from Master of Accounting program in the University of Rhode Island in 1979 and have had more than 30 years accounting and taxation experience and 24 years as CPA. He started his own accounting firm serving both individual and corporate customers since 22 years ago. Before then, he was a tax manager of Formosa Plastic Corporation in Livingston, NJ, which is the largest public trading corporation based in Taiwan.
Carol Ho jointed Ho’s Accounting firm
after she worked for Ernst & Young, one of the biggest CPA
firms in U.S
Dr. Xiongwei Shi
EVP of Sundia MediTech Company in Shanghai.
Dr. Xiongwei Shi received his Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry in 1993 from Sate University of New York. Then he moved to Cornell University as a postdoctoral research associate in synthetic organic chemistry?
In 1996, Dr. Shi started his industrial career as a senior chemical process scientist in Schering-Plough Research Institute. During the period of 1996-2004, Dr. Shi involved in many development projects to support phase I, II, III clinical studies and commercial production of intermediates and APIs. These projects included new synthesis and process development of Anti-Fungal and Anti-Cancer drugs and other drug candidates for Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, AIDS disease.
In 2004, Dr. Shi established United Pharmatech, offering global pharmaceutical company's diverse custom synthesis, process research, development and scale-up outsourcing services as well as manufacturing of pharmaceutical intermediates and APIs in cGMP environment. In 2007, his company merged with Sundia Meditech to provide an integrated service for clients worldwide. Currently, his company has more than 600 scientists with over 100 clients.
Dr. Shi has been an Executive Committee Member of Sino-American Pharmaceutical Professionals Association (SAPA), Lifetime Member of SAPA and Member of American Chemical Society for many years. He has published more 30 peer-reviewed papers in international journals and holds many patents.
In 2004, Dr. Shi quitted a nice job in Schering-Plough and went back to Shanghai to start up United Pharmatech Co. Ltd, an outsourcing service company, offering global pharmaceutical company's diverse custom synthesis, process R&D and scale-up production of clinical intermediates and APIs required in cGMP environment. Six years later, his company has become a leading CRO company in China.
Blake Zhang, Daiwa Capital Markets
Since Sep. 2001, Blake started career in New York with JP Morgan Chase Bank. He has been working in Daiwa Capital Markets as the Vice President on Proprietary Trading Desk responsible for dynamic market risk management since 2006. Daiwa Capital Markets is one of the 18 primary dealers of the US Treasury today.
Meanwhile, as an active board director of Asian Financial Society (AFS), a non-profit organization initially founded by and affiliated with the Committee 100, he serves AFS today that connects about 3,000 professionals in the U.S.
Blake holds an MBA degree from NYU Stern, M.Sc. from National Univ. of Singapore (NUS)
and B.Sc. from University of International Business and Economics (UIBE).
Origin date: April 11, 2007