About Stephen A. Di Biase, PhD

Dr. Stephen (Steve) A. Di Biase, Ph.D., is President and owner of Premier Insights, LLC, an executive advisory consultancy and co-founder of VentureForge, LLC, a boutique fund-raising firm for technology start-ups. He has served in executive roles for the past 35 years and is an accomplished inventor and authored 6 books on innovation. He has led global organizations of 1000 people, managed budgets of $120 MM and has successfully launched several new businesses where he was accountable for the full P&L. Steve is an inventor with more than 25 patents, a Vistage Chair, qualified to advise CEOs through Peer Advisory Boards, and past adjunct professor at Benedictine University where he teaches Applied Innovation and Organizational Design. He has been a guest lecturer on entrepreneurship and innovation at the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University and has been honored by The Pennsylvania State University College of Science with its 2007 Distinguished Alumni Award. He is also a past member of the Board of Trustees for the Mt. Union College and the Industrial Research Institute and sits on the Science Advisory Board for The Pennsylvania State University. He has served as chairman of The Lubrizol Foundation Scholarship Committee, Chairman of the Northeastern Ohio Section of the American Chemical Society, Board member of the Cleveland Area Research Directors (CARD) and in The Boy Scouts of America where he served in a variety of posts. He is a chemist graduating from St. John Fisher College with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1974 and earning a doctorate degree in chemistry from Pennsylvania State University in 1978. Spent 26 years at The Lubrizol Corporation where he served Vice-President of RD&E and Vice-President of Emulsified Products. In 2004, Steve joined JohnsonDiversey as Chief Scientific Officer and Senior Vice President as well as serving as Interim Senior Vice President of Human Resources. In 2010 he joined Elevance Renewable Sciences as their Chief Scientific Officer. In 2012 he formed Premier Insights, LLC and in 2015 Co-Founder VentureForge, LLC.

A Primer on Intellectual Property

PROTECTION – INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (IP) STRATEGIES        “Intellectual property has the shelf life of a banana"   ~ Bill Gates ~ Before you can protect your company’s IP, you must identify it. Talk to your employees and take an inventory of any creative works (copyrights) your company owns, whether such works are used [...]

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The Innovation Imperative: Innovate or Die

Companies depend on innovation for their long-term survival, yet the innovation process is plagued with uncertainty, risk, surprise and failure. In US-based companies, more than 90% of all innovation initiatives are either abandoned or fail, costing Fortune 1,000 firms alone nearly $80 billion per year. Fortunately, innovation doesn’t have to be a chance occurrence or [...]

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