Lisa leads the technical team at the Mississippi Polymer Institute (MPI) located within the University of Southern Mississippi’s Technology Accelerator. MPI serves polymer-related companies in 4 main areas: Commercial Development of new technologies, 3D-printing or rapid prototyping, Analytical Testing, and Workforce Development. Prior to joining MPI, Lisa was co-founder and CSO of Ablitech, Inc., a pre-revenue biotech startup seeking to commercialize a polymer-based delivery platform for DNA and RNA therapeutics. While at Ablitech, she helped the company raise over $2.5 million in grant and private funding. Lisa also worked as an industrial chemist for 3 years at Eastman Chemical Company where she was able to develop and commercialize several coatings technologies, one of which had commercial success with 2-year sales of over $5.5 million.
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Lisa is a trainer at ecosVC where she helps scientists and engineers translate their research into commercial innovations. Lisa was recently selected as a member of the Women Chemists Committee of the American Chemical Society. Lisa is also a volunteer at local science fairs and enjoys working with students who are interested in STEM careers.
Lisa holds a PhD in Polymer Science and Engineering with a Technology Commercialization focus from the University of Southern Mississippi.