Developments in Alternative Energy

Mr. Chris Mather and Mr. Theodore Theofrastus
Chief Executive of National Initiatives and General Counsel & Chief Innovation Officer at the Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center (TBEIC)
(Recorded 02-2014)


Mr. Mather is Chief Executive - National Initiatives at the Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center (TBEIC), which is a federally funded center aimed at the development and commercialization of early stage clean energy technologies. Mr. Mather is also President of Leveragent LLC, which is a professional services firm focused on technology and commercialization center management, entrepreneurship and early stage capital. He is also Director of Enterprise Development at the SMART Commercialization Center for Microsystems at Lorain County Community College, which is a shared-resource, multi-user center focused on MEMS, microsystems and sensors. Mr. Mather previously served as President of JumpStart Techlift Advisors and prior to that as Vice President – Entrepreneurship for NorTech. He also has served in top executive positions with a number of established and venture backed firms including, Ion Optics, Inc. (a venture backed maker of MEMS sensors), APSCO (Ohio's largest electronic manufacturing services provider), the Gould Instrument Systems subsidiary of ThermoElectron Corporation, and the SmartWare Division (software solutions and hardware accessories) of APC. Mr. Mather has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Mr. Ted Theorfrastous is General Counsel & Chief Innovation Officer at the Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center (TBEIC), which is a federally funded center aimed at the development and commercialization of early stage clean energy technologies. He is also Managing Attorney in the Case Western Reserve University Intellectual Property Venture Clinic. Mr. Theofrastous is also the Co-Founding Faculty and Managing Director of Fusion, which is an interdisciplinary graduate certificate program in technology management and commercialization. Mr. Theofrastous's law firm, ThetaSquared, is a strategic technology commercialization firm. Earlier in his career, he managed a diverse IP portfolio and launched startup companies for the Cleveland Clinic Foundation designed to commercialize products based on CCF intellectual property. Before joining CCF, Ted practiced at the law firm of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P. Mr. Theofrastous holds a BA degree in History and Economics from Marlboro College, and a JD in International Law and Intellectual Property from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law.