Jean-Michel Molenaar
Professor of the Practice
Tufts University

Jean-michel Molenaar is a Professor of the Practice at Tufts University, working on the creation of a (bio)fabrication lab, in conjunction with the Silk Lab, to advance research and facilitate experimentation on advanced materials and smart systems.
He also manages Fab Connections (Europe) Limited, an internationally operating company based in the UK, developing projects and solutions for, and with, a global network of digital fabrication labs. Next to that, he is managing the global How to Grow (almost) Anything course on synthetic biology (, and the integration thereof in a new globally active educational system, – @JM_Molenaar

Fiorenzo G. Omenetto
Frank C. Doble Professor of Engineering & Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Tufts University

Fiorenzo G. Omenetto is the Frank C. Doble Professor of Engineering, and a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Tufts University.  He also holds appointments in the Department of Physics and the Department of Electrical Engineering. 

His research interests are at the interface of technology, biologically inspired materials and the natural sciences with an emphasis on new transformative approaches for sustainable materials for high-technology applications.  He also serves as Associate Dean for Research for the School of Engineering.

He has proposed and pioneered the use of silk as a material platform for advanced technology with uses in photonics, optoelectronics and nanotechnology applications, is co-inventor on several disclosures (~100) on the subject, and is actively investigating applications of this technology base both for technical and design applications.  He is a co-founder of three startups and has active roles in their governance.

Prof. Omenetto was formerly a J. Robert Oppenheimer Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratories, a Guggenheim Fellow, and is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and of the American Physical Society.  He was named one of the 50 top people in tech by Fortune magazine alongside a class including among others Steve Jobs, Larry Page, Shigeru Miyamoto.  His research has been featured extensively in the press withcoverage in the most important media outlets worldwide.


Chris Stepanian
Windgap Medical

Chris Stepanian is a co-founder of Windgap Medical, its CEO, and a board-member. Windgap is commercializing its patented wet/dry autoinjector platform to address major deficiencies in the anaphylaxis market, a $1.3 Billion opportunity. He helped Windgap raise $6.5 in equity funding from angel, venture, and strategic sources. He has more than 25 years of experience in operations, finance, strategy, and technology with experience in aerospace, automotive, contract-research, industrial materials, and healthcare industries. Previously, he was a founding team member of Aspen Aerogels ( NYSE: ASPN ). He has engineering degrees from Rensselaer and Texas A&M along with an MBA from MIT’s Sloan Fellows program

Sarah Boisvert
Potomac Photonics, Inc.