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Edison Universe appreciates our partners' time and knowledge commitment to nourish the possibilities, opportunities and foundations of success to empower the imaginations and vision of tomorrow's inventors and innovators.

2013 Mentor Partners


Beyond 9 Dots - www.b9d.com

Beyond 9 Dots offers consulting to the Technology and Consumer Electronics Industries. Author, Webinars, Seminars, Power Brainstorming Facilitator. After a long career in the technology field, teaching International Marketing at DePaul & Kellogg, Hazel Wagner founded her own consulting company. She believes in life-long learning, the importance of curiosity, and the value of ambition & working. Hazel Wagner, PhD, MBA, CMC President, B9D, Inc. is a ScienceFIST mentor.

The Innovation Partners - www.theinnovationpartners.com

The Innovation Partners is a social innovation consultancy that focuses on assisting organizations to create sustainable impact. Sandra Bates, Founder and CEO, The Innovation Partners is also the author of The Social Innovation Imperative and an Edison Universe/ScienceFIST Mentor.

InvivoSciences, Inc. - www.invivosciences.com/

InvivoSciences, Inc. (Madison, WI) provides phenotypic compound screening services for first-in-class drug discovery and drug repositioning. Our- 2012 Edison Award winning-engineered tissue based high content analysis assay evaluates efficacy and safety of compounds through their effects on physiological properties of engineered tissues. Tissue constructs are fabricated using human cells, including cardiomyocytes derived from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). These constructs mimic physiological properties of cardiac and skeletal (available from Myomics, Inc. Providence, RI) muscles as well as connective tissues. The same functional parameters (i.e., biomarkers) that are used in animal studies and clinical trials are assessed for compound-induced changes in physiological properties of human tissues. In support of National Institute of Health, an application of the technology in comprehensive cardiac safety assessment has been in the late phase of validation. Tersuro "Ted" Wakarsuki, Ph.D. is the Chief Scientific Officer for InvivoSciences and a ScienceFIST mentor.

Johnson Controls, Inc. - www.johnsoncontrols.com

Building Efficiency. Johnson Controls delivers products, services and solutions that increase energy efficiency and lower operating costs in buildings for more than one million customers. Operating from 500 branch offices in more than 150 countries, the company is a leading provider of equipment, controls and services for heating, ventilating, air-conditioning, refrigeration and security systems. Johnson Controls is involved in more than 500 renewable energy projects including solar, wind and geothermal technologies. Its solutions have reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 16 million metric tons and generated savings of $7.5 billion since 2000. Many of the world's largest companies rely on Johnson Controls to manage 1.5 billion square feet of their commercial real estate. Johnson Controls, Inc. presented a Learning Exchange on April 23rd, 2013.

KLD Energy Technologies - www.kldenergy.com

KLD brings innovative green technologies to the market. We focus on sustainable products that have a positive global impact on people's lives and the environment. Our electric drive system represents a shift in design, enabling the production of highly efficient, less polluting products. We have our headquarters in Austin, Texas, a research facility near San Jose, California and offices in Malaysia, China and Vietnam. ScienceFIST mentors include Christian Okonsky, CEO and John "Jono" Bautista, Director of Engineering.

Ergologistics/Lift-N-Buddy - www.liftnbuddy.com

Lift'n Buddy is the revolutionary mobile lifting device that combines the best of a standard two-wheeler's durability and functionality, with automatic lifting and lowering capabilities. Lift'n Buddy was the recipient of the 2012 Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Awards for Technology Design as well as the Edison Award for new product innovation in the category of Industrial Design Tools. The Lift'n Buddy has been designed with proper ergonomics and safety in mind for any person and any moving and lifting job. These mobile lifting devices, fabricated of durable, lightweight, extruded aluminum, help companies avoid the exposure of employee injury, litigation, and workers' compensation claims.Doug Snider, VP Product Design & Development lead a ScienceFIST Learning Exchange on March 31, 2013.

The Pathfinder Group of Princeton

Mission: Business builders who would rather out-think than outspend competitors to win. The Pathfinder Group of Princeton helps clients uncover consumer and business insights to build strong profitable businesses. With over 25 years of experience as clients ourselves, we know how to help clients use data and insights to create magic that consumer's love. We are Pathfinders; we'll show you the way. Elizabeth Houlihan will shared her expertise as a mentor to ScienceFIST students in Winter 2013.


Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.

Thomas A. Edison

The reason a lot of people do not recognize opportunity is because it usually goes around wearing overalls looking like hard work.

Thomas A. Edison

If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.

Thomas A. Edison

The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense.

Thomas A. Edison

Restlessness is discontent and discontent is the first necessity of progress.

Thomas A. Edison

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.

Thomas A. Edison
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