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 that there are many companies, organizations and individuals that have shown that by asking the right questions and consistently using the right tools, innovators can reduce the technical and economic risk of commercialization and increase the chances for success. Bringing those voices and that experience together for the greater good is what ACIR is all about.

ACIR is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting economic development and growth through practical commercialization, entrepreneurship and innovation.  Our Alliance is made up of organizations and individuals from both the private and public sectors who share our goals of promoting entrepreneurship, commercialization and innovation worldwide.

Our mission is to promote best practices in innovation, entrepreneurship and commercialization, whether in tech transfer offices, techno-parks, incubators, government agencies or by directly assisting startups to successfully enter the market.  Please see “Our Work” for a review of the services we provide.

Meet our team

Founder

ERIK AZULAY

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

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Director

LINDA WHEELER

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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President, Solving Organ Shortage

DR. RONALD LANDES

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

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CHRISTY LAURIDSEN

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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DR. LARA CAMPBELL

Dr. Lara Campbell has been working to promote scientific development and innovation around the world for almost twenty years.

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Program Manager

MALIKA TANEJA

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 has…

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Meet our consultants

JACKIE STENSON

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 COLENBRANDER

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 PANT

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

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 MALIK

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

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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CLIFF ZINTGRAFF

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

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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