Tech Transfer’s Executive Advisors
Tech Transfer’s executive advisors are highly accomplished, influential leaders who provide guidance aligned with APL commercialization strategy and goals. The advisors also provide Tech Transfer with invaluable connections to companies that enable APL to share knowledge and technologies benefiting our society and improving the lives of people throughout the world.
Between 1968 and 1996, Ken Morse was either the CEO or head of global sales of six technology-based start-ups. Five of these either went public or were successfully merged; one was a complete disaster. Since 1996, Ken has been giving back to the next generation of entrepreneurs, helping them build great companies and become successful globally. A particular focus has been assisting firms in Québec, Spain, Scotland, Turkey, the Middle East, and Pakistan.
Ken was Founding Managing Director of the MIT Entrepreneurship Center (1996–2009).
Ken and colleagues from MIT provide coaching and training courses specifically geared toward experienced entrepreneurs who have already decided to take the plunge, build a team, and pursue a great opportunity.
Christy Wyskiel is the Senior Advisor to the President of Johns Hopkins University for Innovation & Entrepreneurship. In this role, she also serves as the Executive Director of Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures, the division of the university responsible for technology transfer, industry research partnerships, and company incubation under the brand “FastForward.” Since her appointment in 2013, Christy has transformed the culture of commercialization at Johns Hopkins, opening 44,000 square feet of FastForward innovation space to support start-up companies, facilitating the creation of 80 companies, and generating $272 million in university revenue from licensing and industry collaborations. Johns Hopkins University start-ups have raised over $2.5 billion in venture capital during her tenure. Christy is a fierce advocate for the future of Baltimore and the role that Johns Hopkins University can play in populating the city skyline with companies borne, built, and grown locally.
Christy is a seasoned entrepreneur, investor, and ecosystem builder with 25 years of experience primarily focused on the life sciences and health care industries. Prior to her role at Johns Hopkins, Christy cofounded two Baltimore-based start-ups and served as a formal and informal advisor to many others. Prior to that, Christy worked as an institutional investor, where she had a long track record of successful investing in both public and private companies.