Physics Entrepreneurship Program Faculty

Robert Brown, PhD, Physics Entrepreneurship Program MentorPortrait of Professor Brown

Bob Brown is Distinguished University Professor and Institute Professor of Physics at CWRU. For more than 30 years, he has collaborated on industrial physics projects with high-tech companies in the areas of radiation physics, MRI, PET, CT, electromagnetics, inverse methods, mechanical and thermal modeling, nonlinear dynamics, EEG, MEG, AND industrial and medical sensors. As an entrepreneur, Bob has played (or is currently playing) a pivotal role in the rise of at least eight highly successful startups, including MR Innovations, USA Instruments, QED, AllTech, ViewRay, Hemex Health, SpinTech, and Crystics. Several of these companies involved partnerships with former students (which are Bob’s two most important professional words!). Bob has won several awards for teaching and mentorship, and has mentored more than 100 students. His former students hold at least 150 patents--ten co-authored by Bob.

Edward M. Caner, Director, STEP & Faculty Director, Physics Entrepreneurship

Ed Caner playing violin in a crouching position on the MGM stage
Photo Courtesy of Barry Gabel, LiveNation

Ed Caner's primary mission is to empower the individual student to formulate and achieve their (and nobody else's) goals. Ed has served as a faculty member in the Department of Physics and STEP Director at Case Western Reserve University since 2006. In the classroom, Mr. Caner teaches the graduate course sequence “Modern Physics for Innovation” and the undergraduate courses “Physics for World Leaders” and “Energy & Society”. He has served as mentor and thesis advisor to over 25 MS, Physics awardees. Outside of the classroom, Ed has raised over $4 million in capital for  small companies and startups, and is advisory board member for several organizations and corporations. Mr. Caner has a Master of Science in Physics, Entrepreneurship Track from CWRU, a Master of Arts in violin performance from Cleveland State University, and undergraduate degrees in Engineering Physics and Physics from Miami University.

Christopher Cullis, PhD, Faculty Director, Entrepreneurial Biotechnology, Chair, Dept. of Biology and Student Adviser/Mentor

Portrait of Professor CullisDr. Cullis’s career and experience span three continents (North America, Europe, Africa) and a range of entrepreneurial, academic and federal institutions. Dr. Cullis’s research interests include the mechanisms by which DNA within the cell can change rapidly, particularly in response to external stimuli. In 1998, Dr. Cullis founded NovoMark Technologies Ltd, the main area of focus of which is to discover molecular markers for commercial plant production. He continues to run the biotechnology company located in Cleveland. On the federal level, Dr. Cullis held an administrative position at the National Science Foundation as Director for the Plant Genome Research Program.


Joseph Jankowski, MBA, PhD, CWRU’s Chief Innovation Officer and Director, Neuros Medical, Inc.

Joseph JankowskiDr. Jankowski is a Trustee of BioEnterprise, a member of the Veterans Affairs Advanced Platform Technology Executive Steering Committee, and Director, BioInvision, Inc. He was formerly CWRU’s Associate Vice President for Technology Management where he led the University’s commercialization efforts that stem from the more than $300 million of research activity taking place at the CWRU and its affiliate institutions annually. Dr. Jankowski holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Sciences, an M.B.A. from the Weatherhead School of Management and a dual B.S. in Chemical and Environmental Engineering Technologies from the University of Dayton.


Emmitt R. Jolly, Assistant Professor of Biology

Portrait of Professor JollyDr. Emmitt R. Jolly received his doctorate in biochemistry and molecular biology and masters degree from University of California, San Francisco as well as completed a postdoctoral fellow in molecular parasitology at UCSF. He graduated cum laude in Biology from Tuskegee University in Alabama. He has received numerous awards including Minority Training Research Training Forum Acres of Diamonds Award in 2005 and 2006. Dr. Jolly teaches BIOL 491, Contemporary Biology for Innovation.



Craig A. Nard, Galen J. Roush Professor of Law and Director, FUSION Certificate Program in Design, Innovation & IP Management

headshot of Craig A. NardCraig A. Nard is the Galen J. Roush Professor of Law, Director of the Spangenberg Center for Law, Technology & the Arts, and Director of the FUSION Certificate Program in Design, Innovation & IP Management. He is also a Senior Lecturer at the World Intellectual Property Organization Academy at the University of Torino, Italy, and Principal Advisor to the Center for Studies and Research in Intellectual Property in Calcutta, India. Nard practiced intellectual property law in Dallas, Texas prior to becoming the Julius Silver Fellow in Law, Science, and Technology at Columbia University School of Law. After his fellowship, he clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C. for the Honorable Helen W. Nies, and then the Honorable Giles S. Rich. Nard has published in various law reviews and is the author of the patent law casebook, The Law of Patents (Aspen Publishers 3d Ed. 2014), and The Law of Intellectual Property (Aspen Publishing – 4th Ed. (2014) (with Madison and McKenna).

Theodore C. Theofrastous, Managing Director of Fusion, Distinguished Practitioner in Residence, Managing Attorney – CWRU IP Venture Clinic

Portrait of Ted Theofrastous

Ted Theofrastous has extensive experience in the field of high technology development and commercialization, both as a business architect/manager and as a legal professional. Prior to founding his corporate legal practice and ThetaSquared, a strategic technology commercialization firm, Ted served as managing director and fund counsel for a small family venture fund, where he created and managed a portfolio of new and existing technology startup investments. Before the fund, Ted managed a diverse IP portfolio and launched startup companies for the Cleveland Clinic Foundation designed to commercialize products based on CCF intellectual property. Ted’s roles related to the tech startups he works with typically include business structuring and operational planning, developing an intellectual property strategy, negotiating financial investment and playing an active role as a manager and/or director.

Bruce E. Terry, STEP Affiliate and Mentor

Bruce E. Terry was President and CEO of Mayfran International, Inc. in Mayfield, Ohio from 1987 to 2004. Prior to this appointment, he served for ten years in the positions of Executive Vice President and General Manager; and Vice President of Sales. During his tenure at Mayfran, he won dozens of multi-million dollar contracts, and drove the company’s market penetration in Japan and Europe; and negotiated numerous successful global license and technology agreements, joint ventures, partnerships, and acquisitions. Mr. Terry spent the first 11 years of his career as a sales leader in the overhead crane industry. He is particularly talented in the field of sales and marketing and application engineering. He holds an MBA from Drexel University in Philadelphia, a Bachelor of Business Administration, from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and has partially completed a Doctor of Business Administration at Cleveland State University. From 1962 through 1966 he served as a Sergeant, Intelligence Operations Specialist, in the United States Air Force stationed in Texas, Nebraska and Korea. Mr. Terry is an expert in the area of innovation methods, including the teaching of related disciplines. He is active member of the North Coast Angel Fund, serving on its screening committee and performing due diligence. He is also a member of TIE and the Ohio Venture Association and is a mentor to and an investor in a number of regional start-ups.