Laura Smoliar, Ph.D.
Laura Smoliar specializes in the commercialization of technology – helping customers identify specific needs and continuing through design and development of real-world solutions to production and packaging of specialized products. Outsourcing is a particular area of Laura’s expertise: management of key supplier relationships and leveraging manufacturing partners to accelerate time-to-market; creation of supply chain functions to support predictable manufacturing while minimizing inventory; and management of cross-functional teams as well as technology transfer processes across companies, including overseas partners. A leader of three start-ups – including her current role as CEO of Peppertree Engineering – Laura’s work experience in Silicon Valley, Asia, and Europe provides a decidedly international perspective, in-depth knowledge of the fundraising process from seed funds through Series C, and insight into patent portfolio management including original filing in the U.S. and overseas. A mentor to science graduates since 1997, Laura also serves as a trusted expert advisor to venture capital and equity investment firms and to technology start-ups.