Singularity University Welcomes Sandra Miller, Former Kauffman Foundation and Stanford Biodesign Executive, to Direct New Venture Activities, Including SU Labs
Mountain View, CA (May 16, 2012) — Singularity University (SU) has announced the appointment of Sandra Miller, an entrepreneurship education expert, as Managing Director of New Venture Development. Ms. Miller will be responsible for SU’s first incubation program, SynBio Startup Launchpad, while also working closely with Vice President of Strategy & New Venture Development Gabriel Baldinucci. Singularity Labs will be the model for SU’s work “after the classroom” and will encompass faculty and alumni research, new company generation and incubation, and innovation services for larger companies around the world.
“Sandra brings specialized experience to Singularity University and we are very excited to have her as a senior member of the Singularity University team. Sandra’s acumen in developing innovative entrepreneurship programs and advising early stage ventures is a perfect fit for SU, as we expand our offerings beyond education into the realm of catalyzing and mentoring companies around the world to solve humanity’s grand challenges,” said Singularity University CEO Rob Nail.
“Creating, incubating and financing companies to positively affect the lives of a billion people are central elements of SU’s vision. We call this 10^9+ impact,” said Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, SU Chairman and Co-Founder. “Sandra’s extensive experience with leading entrepreneurship and innovation programs at the Kauffman Foundation, an SU Corporate Founder, and at the Stanford Biodesign Program are well suited to support SU’s entrepreneurial community.”
“I am honored to be a play a role in realizing Singularity University’s bold mission to positively impact a billion people, and am inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit of the Singularity University community,” said Miller.
Previously, Ms. Miller played a major role in the formation and growth of two world-class entrepreneurship education programs: Kauffman Labs for Enterprise Creation and the Stanford Biodesign Program, where she was Director and Managing Director, respectively. Sandra has advised more than 100 early stage technology-based companies and is an invited lecturer on the topics of entrepreneurship education, the commercialization of university research and related policies.
Sandra Miller has a BA from San Jose State University and MBA from Pepperdine University and completed the Women’s Director Development Program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
About Singularity University
Singularity University’s mission is to assemble, educate, and inspire a new generation of leaders in business, science, finance, and government who strive to understand and use exponentially advancing technologies to address humanity’s grand challenges. Corporate Partners include Autodesk, Cisco, ePlanet Ventures, Genentech, Google, Kauffman Foundation, and Nokia. Since 2009, SU has hosted students and industry leaders from more than 60 countries at its campus at NASA Research Park, Moffett Field, CA.
SU offers a Summer Graduate Studies Program and numerous Executive Programs throughout the year focused on the impact and incubation of exponentially advancing technologies in the key areas of medicine and neuroscience, networks and computing systems, artificial intelligence and robotics, biotechnology and bioinformatics, nanotechnology, space and physical science, and energy and environmental systems. SU programs focus on the intersection of these areas with each other, and with policy, law, and ethics; design; entrepreneurship; finance and economics; and futures studies and forecasting.
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