About us

At the Alliance For Commercialization and Innovation Research, we recognize that innovation is hard and bringing that innovation to the market and successfully commercializing it is harder still. ACIR is here to help.

Unfortunately there is no one “magic bullet” that drives commercialization, much less one that guarantees success in the marketplace.  However, we have found by asking the right questions and consistently using the right tools, innovators can reduce the risks of commercialization, increasing the chances for success. Bringing those lessons learned and best practices together for our customers is what ACIR is all about.

ACIR is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting economic development and growth through practical commercialization, entrepreneurship and innovation.  Our Alliance is a strong network of organizations and individuals with extensive, practical experience and who share our goal of helping innovation thrive for a better world.

Our mission is to help build successful innovation ecosystems. We work with government agencies, incubators, tech transfer offices, techno-parks and incubators as well as directly assisting startups to successfully enter the market.  Please see “Our Work” for a review of the services we provide.

Meet our team



Erik Azulay is a technology commercialization expert specializing in startups and international market strategies.

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President, Solving Organ Shortage


Mr. Landes founded and led Landes Bioscience, publisher of 50 peer-reviewed life science journals, for 20 years.

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Christy Lauridsen is a business and technology consultant committed to working with governments and firms to overcome innovation hurdles and promote economic growth…

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Assistant Manager

Preksha Kapoor

Preksha graduated in commerce from Delhi University and subsequently gained three years of experience in auditing and assurance with one of the world’s leading consultancy firms.

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Linda Wheeler is a retired finance executive of a multi-national Fortune 500 corporation where she was responsible for accounting and regulatory compliance.

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Director Of Operations

M.N. Saquib Khan

Saquib is an experienced professional with a specialization in innovation, technology development, and public advocacy. He has worked with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and…

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Meet our consultants


Jackie specializes in facilitating sustainable innovation processes, and in the development and dissemination of socially impactful solutions to underserved markets.

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Emma is an internationally recognized social entrepreneur and international development professional. She is the founder and Head of the Global Distributors Collective, a collective of over…

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Nidhi is the co-founder of Science For Society – S4S Technologies. S4S Technologies is a near-farm gate food processing platform converting farm losses to value-added products for…

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Manya Jha is the co-founder of Morphedo, a product engineering company, caters to research, design, and manufacturing requirements of businesses to engineer smart electronics…

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Nimisha Varma

Nimisha the Co-founder and Director at Aloe Ecell. She has been recognized as one of the top 51 Women Entrepreneurs of Tier-II cities of India by CWE HUB and has more than 4 years of entrepreneurial…

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Sameer is an innovation expert, whose core experience is in designing and implementing innovation programs for early-stage ventures, corporate, and universities…

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Adam Bates is the founder and CEO of Caliham Group, a market expansion services company based in Thailand. He is also a lecturer of the International Business program…

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Dr. Cliff Zintgraff is Chief Learning Officer of the San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology (SAMSAT), a museum and STEM Center in San Antonio, Texas, USA. He assumed…

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Cam Houser has guided entrepreneurship communities in 30 countries across five continents. His work–designing and delivering entrepreneurship and innovation programs…

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Malika is a Chartered Accountant by profession. She worked with one of the leading global consultancy groups for six years in the field of auditing and assurance services and…

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High-impact technology leader with leading U.S. and international IT organizations, including Microsoft and Amazon. Rick has deep experience in global online/cloud service delivery and a passion for delivering solutions that optimize…

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