We partner with industry-leading experts who bring complementary and highly specialized knowledge and experience. Together, we can offer comprehensive solutions to your most challenging innovation problems.
Mark Klopp is an established expert on licensing, strategy, operations and implementation of Corporate Venturing. A former Eastman Chemicals executive and now a consultant, Mark has helped multiple corporations launch, accelerate and turn around their corporate venturing efforts.
In his management, advisory and consulting capacity to corporations and early stage companies, Mark has assisted in the execution of corporate venture capital, licensing in and out, M&A, incubation, spin outs, joint development, joint ventures, marketing agreements and other strategic alliances. Mark has also served as a business/corporate development outpost and technology scout located strategically in Silicon Valley. He brings the necessary relationships and domain knowledge to find and screen relevant companies and technologies.
Mark is a former Board Member of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and served as Chairman and founding member of the Corporate Venture Group. Formerly Managing Director of Eastman Ventures, Eastman Chemical Company’s corporate venture capital arm, Mark started up and led the company’s efforts to invest in and partner with private companies. He and his team forged relationships and co-investments with premier venture capitalists and corporations. Eastman invested with a top-quartile IRR track record in 25 ventures and 5 venture funds spanning Information Technology, Life Sciences, Advanced Materials and Clean Technology.
Mark developed extensive operating experience in international business management, sales and marketing while with Eastman. Previous assignments included Assistant to the CEO and Chairman, Regional Business Manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa, and several Marketing and Sales executive positions.
Mark earned a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Tech and an MBA in Management from Roosevelt University.
Dr. Eugene Buff brings unique expertise and close to 20 years of experience matching people and technologies across industries and geographies.
Eugene is a Registered Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP) and Certified Licensing Professional (CLP). He has substantial experience in a wide variety of industries, including but not limited to healthcare, biotechnology, medical devices, consumer products, materials and chemical manufacturing. He has been a primary broker on several highly publicized licensing deals between North America, Europe, Asia (Japan & Korea) as well as developing economies (Israel, countries of Former Soviet Union).
Eugene is a Founder and President of Primary Care Innovation Consulting (PCIC), a new type of innovation management and business development firm directed towards companies’ growth by open innovation.
Eugene is an active member of the Licensing and Technology Transfer community and often mentors and presents on issues of Intellectual Property, Innovation and Commercialization both in US and internationally.