Biomedical Entrepreneurship at Drexel
Entrepreneur in Residence
School of Biomedical Engineering, Science & Health Systems
Michael Herr, M.S. is an Entrepreneur in Residence in the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science, and Health Systems at Drexel University, and is variously responsible for championing the commercialization efforts for selected technologies and transitioning those technologies to the commercial marketplace. Prior to joining Drexel, Mr. Herr was the Director of Technology & Business Development for an entrepreneurial start-up company, Boekel MicroHybe, LLC. Boekel is a development stage company with a focus on improving DNA microarray research tools. The company's first goal was to develop and commercialize a technology invented at the University of Pennsylvania that reduces the time required for lengthy DNA microarray hybridization experiments. Mr. Herr was responsible for all business development, technical and R&D objectives, and worked directly with the CEO to support the firm's fundraising effort. He built strong and productive working relationships with the company's inventor, employees, key component suppliers, and consultants. Mr. Herr was able to assemble an efficient, low-cost R&D team, while leveraging University resources to execute technology development and validation. The company is currently positioned for acquisition.
Mr. Herr also worked for Exponent, Inc., which is one of the largest scientific and technical consulting firms worldwide. Mr. Herr consulted on a variety of orthopedic implant and medical device projects for client companies. His efforts were generally related to product / material testing, validation, and analysis, and his work was recognized through several peer reviewed publications. Mr. Herr designed, specified, and managed the construction of a state of the art laboratory facility, including a mechanical testing lab, an optical and microCT inspection lab, and a dissection lab for human tissue and retrieved medical devices. Mr. Herr also has experience with technology transfer through his work with the Office of Technology Transfer at the University of Rochester. Mr. Herr attended the University of Rochester, where in 1998, he earned his bachelors degree in microbiology (magna cum laude) with a focus on biomedical engineering. He earned his master's degree in mechanical engineering with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and Product Development in 1999.