Associate Director, University of Central Florida, Office of Research & Commercialization
Although trained as an engineer, Ms. Wesser’s chief responsibilities have been involved in technology economic development for the Southeastern US, state of Florida and the Central Florida region. She has assisted hundreds of entrepreneurs, research faculty and students over nearly ten years in starting technology companies, pursuing federal funding for R&D and generating revenues. Ms. Wesser also worked for several microtechnology focused start-ups, most notably a National Labs’ spin-out for state of the art batteries, Planar Energy Devices. While Product Line Manager, she lined up Fortune 1000 company and US military customers, won a R&D 100 and World Technology Award for the company, and participated in the development of their awarded $4M ARPA-E funding. In 2010, she was awarded a SBIR from the National Institutes of Health to develop an innovative wound care treatment and sensor device. The grant enabled her to launch her own start-up, PharmAcute, to design devices that treat geriatric, paraplegic, and other patients suffering from chronic pressure ulcers.