Meet the Panelists of Running a Startup: Perspective of Two Women Founders and CEOs from Cornell
March 29, 2021
For the third WI2 webinar, we speak with two women founders and CEOs from Cornell University to find out about their experience as female founders/CEOs and to hear about the lessons learned during the formation and the growth of their venture.
Dr. Rachel Dorin is TeraPore’s CEO and company founder. She is co-inventor of TeraPore’s core technology and received her Ph.D. from Cornell University’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Dr. Dorin is passionate about innovation, growth, and gender equality. She started TeraPore with a vision to solve mission-critical purifications with advanced filtration technology.
Dr. Dorin received B.S. degrees in Chemistry and Biology from the University of New Mexico (UNM). She worked at Sandia National Labs Advanced Materials Labs on nanostructured metals for energy applications for several years. She also performed research on gene expression in fluorescing microbes in UNM’s biology department. Her research at Cornell focused on the application of self-assembling materials to separations applications. She received a minor in business from Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management and led the Technology Entrepreneurship @ Cornell organization. Dr. Dorin was the recipient of Cornell’s McMullen Fellowship as well as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.
Siyu is the co-founder and CEO of Lionano SE and its heritage company Lionano Inc. She founded Lionano through a business plan competition at Cornell. She worked in Cornell Tech Transfer office and later on drove the first commercialization project through sponsorship from Columbia University. She has successfully closed series of financings for Lionano Inc. and Lionano SE. with more than $50M raised from a variety of VCs and PE from the US and Europe. She grew the sales from zero to full capacity demand in 4 months for Lionano Inc. She also led the partnership agreement execution with 5 out of World’s Top 10 Auto OEMs, 2 battery manufacturers, and 3 strategic material suppliers for Lionano SE. Prior to Lionano, she worked in Johnson & Johnson in sales & marketing and led strategic alliances with external Fortune 500 partners. She received both her Ph.D. in Chemistry and MBA from Cornell. She is a Six Sigma Black Belt.
Alice Li is the Executive Director of Cornell’s Center for Technology Licensing (CTL), the university’s technology transfer office. She oversees activities in technology management, marketing, licensing, and outreach to support Cornell’s goals in commercializing technologies, promoting startups, and building partnerships.
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