Shahram Hejazi, is a life science investor and entrepreneur with general management experience in both early-stage ventures and large global companies. Over his 25+ year career, Shahram has founded and/or directed the growth of more than two dozen startup companies. As a venture partner with BioAdvance, he is responsible for investments in research tools, devices, diagnostics, and digital health. His board responsibilities include Halo Labs Inc., Cohero Health Inc., WellTrackOne Inc., HealthQX LLC, Infrascan, Inc., Oncora Health Inc., and WellSheet Inc. In addition to his current board responsibilities at BioAdvance, he is also the Chairman of the advisory board of Integral Molecular Inc., and the Chairman of Pediatric Device Consortium fund at CHOP. He is also the founder and CEO of Optimeos Life Sciences, Inc., a venture funded biotech company, and former James Wei Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship and current Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at Princeton University. Previously, Hejazi was the president of Kodak’s life science division, where he had global responsibility for R&D, manufacturing, operations, sales, marketing, and service. Before Kodak, he was the founding CEO of Zargis Medical Corporation (a Siemens' spin off ), where he led the company’s efforts in areas ranging from raising capital and technology development to completion of several clinical trials, FDA approval, and product launch. The company was later sold to 3M. Prior to that, Hejazi was the Global Head of the Strategic Business Development at Siemens Medical, responsible for identifying growth/investment opportunities and new business development in life sciences and digital health. While there, he was instrumental in establishing the Siemens corporate medical venture unit. Earlier in his career, Hejazi held R&D management positions within the imaging and nanotechnology fields at Kodak and IBM. His Past board responsibilities include FDA industry advisory panel member for Molecular and Clinical Genetic Devices, Fox Chase Cancer Center, and Alpha Innotech Corp (Nasdaq: APNO). Hejazi has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering with emphasis in biophysics (SUNY at Buffalo) and an executive business education (Stanford University).
Cornelia Huellstrunk serves as the Executive Director of the Keller Center at Princeton University. The Keller Center’s mission is to educate leaders for a technology-driven society, by innovating education and fostering innovation, design and entrepreneurship. Cornelia has an international academic and professional background. Prior to joining Princeton University in 2009, she worked with Texas Instruments’ semiconductor business for over 12 years. At Texas Instruments, she worked as the global marketing manager for the MSP430 microcontroller business in Dallas growing a small fledgling business to a dynamic multi-million dollar business within TI. Prior to joining the microcontroller division at Texas Instruments, she worked in various TI businesses and locations worldwide including London, Nice and Munich. She also spent half a year working as a market researcher in Bangalore, India with MAA Communications. A graduate of Columbia University with a BA in economics, Cornelia holds an MBA from the German university Universitaet des Saarlandes in Saarbruecken, Germany.
Martin Johnson '81
Martin Johnson is Founder and CEO of Isles, Inc., an urban sustainable development organization that fosters self-reliance and healthy neighborhoods. Founded in 1981, Isles arose from a student-initiated seminar and thesis at Princeton University in 1981. Nationally recognized as a model for innovative and effective nonprofit development, Isles has received awards from the U.S. EPA, the White House, the United Nations, and numerous other organizations. Isles work includes community planning and green real estate development, wealth creation, environmental health, urban agriculture, education for under-served high school drop-outs and job training. Mr. Johnson co-founded other development organizations and projects, including: New Jersey Community Capital, Housing and Community Development Network of NJ, Building One New Jersey and the Success Measures Project, a national effort to develop impact measures for community-building work. Marty is a 1981 graduate and former trustee of Princeton University, where he played football and baseball. He came back to teach a course on Rethinking Poverty: Community Development Research and Policy at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 1996. He is a trustee of the Capital Health System and National Housing Institute. Marty and his wife Liz raised three sons in Trenton, New Jersey.
Stephanie Landers is an Entrepreneurial Program Manager in the Keller Center, based in the Princeton Entrepreneurial Hub. She joined the Keller Center in 2006 and currently manages the eLab Accelerator and Incubator Programs, which are designed to help both undergraduate and graduate students build their own startup ventures while at Princeton. She meets with and advises students on first steps, and helps connects them to a broad network of seasoned mentors and advisors, faculty, guest speakers, and potential investors.
Stephanie also manage the Keller Center's Student Project Funding Program, which provides support to students pursuing research and development projects in STEM fields, as well as entrepreneurship and design thinking.
Aside from her work with students, Stephanie always eager to connect with individuals who are willing to lend their time and expertise to Princeton's budding entrepreneurs.
Joy Marcus '83
Joy Marcus has been a trailblazer in digital media for over 20 years, transforming traditional companies into digital leaders as well as developing new businesses. She was named by Crain’s New York as a Women to Watch in Tech in 2014 and to the Digital Power 50 by The Hollywood Reporter in 2009 and 2010. In 2014, she received a Women of Power and Influence Award from the National Organization for Women (NOW). Ms. Marcus is currently Executive Vice President and General Manager, Digital Video of Condé Nast Entertainment (CNÉ), a division of Condé Nast that develops and distributes premium digital video, television and film worth watching. As EVP/GM, Ms. Marcus is responsible for CNÉ’s digital video business including distribution, business development, technology and product development, revenue operations, marketing, communications and research.
Prior to joining CNÉ in 2015, Ms. Marcus was the CEO of Bloglovin’ and a Venture Partner at Gotham Ventures where she led the firm’s investment in DailyWorth, a digital media company targeting professional women. Ms. Marcus was a James Wei Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship at Princeton University for the academic year 2014-15. Previously, Ms. Marcus was U.S. General Manager for video sharing website Dailymotion, which she led from launch through its ~ $200 million acquisition by Orange (France Telecom) in January 2011.
Ms. Marcus has held senior executive positions at Time Warner (AOL) and Barnes&Noble.com, which she helped take public at a $2.2 billion valuation in 1999. She started her career at MTV Networks where, as Vice President, International Business Development, she helped launch the MTV channel in markets including Russia, Brazil and South Africa. Ms. Marcus currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Princeton University Center for Jewish Life and MOUSE, which provides technology education in New York City public schools. A graduate of Princeton University (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and New York University School of Law, Ms. Marcus resides in New York with her husband and two children.
Ed Zschau '61 P86 H11
Ed Zschau (pronounced like the first syllable of “shower”) is a Visiting Lecturer with rank of Professor at Princeton University in Electrical Engineering and in the Keller Center. From 1997-2000, he was Professor of Management at the Harvard Business School and a Visiting Professor at Princeton. He was founder and CEO of System Industries, a computer products company, from 1968 through 1981. In 1982, Ed was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and represented the Silicon Valley area in Congress for two terms ending in 1986 when, as the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate from California, he was defeated by the three term incumbent senator, Alan Cranston. In 1987, Ed became a General Partner of Brentwood Associates, a Los Angeles-based venture capital firm, and in 1988 was elected Chairman and CEO of Censtor Corp., a company which had been founded by Brentwood to develop advanced magnetic recording components for disk drives. He left Censtor in April 1993 to serve as General Manager of the IBM Storage Systems Division until July 1995. During the 1960′s Ed was for five years an Assistant Professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, teaching courses in computer systems, management science, and business policy. In 1967-68 he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Harvard Business School where he taught the required first year MBA course in managerial economics. Currently, Ed is the Founding Chairman, Emeritus, and a member of the National Advisory Board of the Tech Museum in San Jose, California, is on the Board of Scholars of the ACCF Center for Policy Research in Washington, DC, and is a Senior Fellow of the California Council on Science and Technology. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Princeton Power Systems, NanoNuvo Corporation, Polyera Corporation, and StarTek, Inc. (NYSE), as a director of Chisholm, Inc., and as an investor/advisor for Nimbus Data Systems. Ed and his wife, Jo, currently reside in Nantucket, Massachusetts, and Los Altos, California. They have one son, Ed Zschau, Jr. ’86, two daughters, Liz Maples and Cameron Hamblin, and eight grandchildren: Sydney, Sloane, and Spencer Maples, Alison, Victoria and Elizabeth Hamblin, and Isabelle and Grant Zschau. Ed has an A.B. degree (cum laude) in philosophy from Princeton University and M.B.A., M.S. (statistics), and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University.