Meet Our Team

We are a group of commercialization professionals committed to building an ecosystem that fosters research, innovation, and technology commercialization. 

Operational Peeps

These are the founders and operators of Catalyzing Concepts. They maintain the tools and coordinate with our partner to provide the highest value possible to our members.

Emilie Clemmens

Ben Bickerstaff

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The Commercialization Syndicate

Meet The Syndicate. We are a group of people passionate about technology commercialization. Collectively, we’ve spent decades working in this space. Our expertise represents a wide range of skills, from sales & marketing to IP & licensing. We’re here and ready to help. 

Mr. Hager is the Managing Partner of The Neutrino Donut, LLC, a consultancy focused on the management and commercialization of science. He is a thought leader with an understanding of commercialization processes from early-stage technologies through the development of business models and execution. The company has developed institutional programs on the commercialization of emerging technologies, utilizing SBIR/STTR grant programs, licensing, and VC programs.

Coburn Pragmatic Solutions focuses on bringing technology to market by preparing intellectual property owners for business. We specialize in energy, manufacturing, remanufacturing, and complex system development

VentureCraft is led by startup veteran, Shaun Sanders. Shaun is an award winning innovator, Adjunct Professor of Business Law at USC Gould, and serves as the Senior Associate Director of the highest-performing SBDC-funded startup accelerator in the country. He has held senior roles in design, cybersecurity, marketing, legal counsel, and operations with companies at all stages of growth.

His infographics and marketing campaigns have reached more than 600 million people around the world. Out of all the hats he has worn throughout his career, he is most passionate and recognized for his unique ability to translate extremely technical concepts into captivating, visual stories that inspire their audiences to share them with others.

Artemis Editing LLC provides grant application guidance, writing, and editing for funding opportunities in science and engineering. At the helm is Dr. Emilie Clemmens, who has 25+ years' experience in biomedical sciences and engineering, including 5+ years in peer review management as a Scientific Review Officer for the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP). Dr. Clemmens has helped secure funding for organizations ranging from small startups to large medical research institutions. She provides high-level services in grant composition and study design, employing her extensive expertise in grants management and laboratory sciences. More on Dr. Clemmens and Artemis Editing can be found at, or reach out at

Bennovative Consulting is led by Ben Bickerstaff where they specialize in technology development and commercialization. Their specialties include IP, licensing strategies, business development, financial controls & projections, and customer discovery.

Rare Innovation is a full service business development firm that provides action-oriented marketing, sales, and fundraising to support the commercialization goals of deep tech innovators. Whether you seek to license technology, spin-out a startup, or scale-up your company, we can provide the business leadership you need to succeed.

Sapienne Consulting specializes in commercialization and product strategy in deep tech areas such as aerospace, quantum, advanced materials and manufacturing, cleantech, photonics, robotics and medical device. Sapienne Consulting supports US government agencies such as NASA, DOE, DOD, and the NSF in their mission to serve the national interest and ensure US competitiveness by shepherding cutting edge technologies out of the R&D stage and into the market. We believe that great technologies deserve to make a great impact both in the marketplace and in society.

Red Five Venture Studio is a full service product development shop. They ingrain themselves with your team and technology to help make your product come to life. Some services provided include: UI/UX design, software development, hardware design, website development and product branding.