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Dr. John Friar

Dr. Oscar Hauptman

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John is an experienced strategic planner and faculty member of Marketing at Northeastern University's College of Business Administration. He is also a visiting professor of marketing at Clark University.

As Director of Finance and Director of Marketing,   John developed a successful turnaround strategy for a Medical Products division of North American Philips. He has also managed public offerings and developed office automation and telecommunications marketing strategies for clients including Intel, Philips, Digital, and Polaroid.

John holds a PhD in Management from MIT, and Master and Bachelor degrees in Business Administration and Economics from Harvard.

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Oscar is on the faculty of the University of Western Sydney (Australia). Previously, he was on the faculty of the Harvard Business School.

Oscar consults on international technology transfer and all aspects of technology and innovation management. As an executive, he managed R&D, both military and civilian, the latter as the CEO of an R&D start-up. Oscar teaches executives throughout the world.

Oscar has a PhD in Management from MIT, and Master and Bachelor degrees in Industrial Management and Industrial Engineering from the Israel Institute of Technology. He was the Academy of Management's chairman for Technology and Innovation Management.

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Jim has delivered step change in corporate venturing, reducing time to market, and process improvement for Motorola, Rolls-Royce Aero Engines, and Du Pont.

Jim has experience as an officer or director of high technology companies. He was corporate Vice President of Technology for Computervision (CAD/CAM), Vice President of Engineering for Denning (mobile robots), and a Director of Artel (fiber optics LANs). He was a founder and President of both Verbex (speech recognition) and Unidata Systems (CASE). Unidata Systems achieved a NASDAQ valuation of over $30 million.

Jim is a mathematics graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; he also studied graduate mathematics at MIT.

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