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Dr. Stephen A. Di Biase served as the Chief Executive Officer of Laser Applications Technology (LAT) LLC and as currently President of Premier Insights, LLC. He is an entrepreneur, building businesses and capabilities from emerging technology.  In leading LAT, Dr. Di Biase developed the business model and go to market strategies for introducing a disruptive technology for labeling produce.  With Premier Insights, Dr. Di Biase teaches leaders how to become more innovative by making innovation a discipline they can refine.

During his 40 year career, Dr. Di Biase has become accomplished in using innovation to create value in a global commercial setting.  He has over 20 patents, mentored technical professionals, and taught innovation and human resource management in both corporate and university settings. He has guest lectured at several academic institutions and has authored books, patents and corporate publications. 

Dr. Di Biase graduated from The Pennsylvania State University and sits on the Science Advisory Board for The Pennsylvania State University. He is also a retired member of the Board of Trustees for the Mt. Union College, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Industrial Research Institute, a leading experienced based innovation management association.

Prior to joining JohnsonDiversey, Dr. Di Biase spent 26 years with the Lubrizol Corporation, where he held a variety of leadership positions, including general management roles and those with profit and loss responsibility for emerging businesses derived from technology platforms.  These global assignments often involved business development from strategy conception to execution managing teams of Sales, Marketing, and Business Development professionals.

Prior to accepting the assignment in business development Dr. Di Biase was the Vice President – Research, Development, and Engineering where he was responsible for the global technical and scientific leadership for a centralized R&D function comprising of 700 professionals, an operating budget of $120+ million, and a capital budget of $10+ million. 

In this role Dr. Di Biase fostered innovation and delivered results using processes such as stage gates, project and portfolio management, 6-Sigma, and advanced statistics while introducing a variety of IT based tools such as data mining and predictive modeling.

Dr. Di Biase 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.   Dr. Di Biase has been honored by The Pennsylvania State University College of Science with its 2007 Distinguished Alumni Award and serves as an adjunct professor at Benedictine University in Naperville IL.







"Making Innovation A Discipline"

Stephen A. Di Biase, PhD, President, Denise C. Benson, Chairwoman of the Board

Premier Insights, LLC, provides accomplished, seasoned professionals for addressing you innovation-related business challenges. What is in a name?Premier Insights was specifically selected because our leaders bring these kinds of insights to bear on your opportunities. We purpose to develop insights so compelling that your leadership team will subordinate their self-interests to act on behalf of your organization. Our insights help connect the "unrelated dots" leading to innovations creating and sustaining wealth for your firm. Our professionals are cost-effective adding value immediately making a positive impact on your organization.

Under the book tab you'll find a series of texts on innovation in the context of living well, building your career and being part of the "Plissken Faction". The intent of this series is to offer clients, be them senior executives, parents, students or just those curious about having a higher quality of life, an educated point of view based on my life's experiences. 

A discipline is a behavior, that once mastered, becomes a skill infinitely reusable as strength. Innovation is the human response to change creating value in the present. Said another way innovative behavior is the ultimate in problem-solving, solving problems in ways unexpectedly advantaged. So imagine what a person could do if they made innovative behaviors disciplines. The following are abstracts describe a series of books on how one can make innovative behaviors disciplines in their "tool kit of life". The texts are targeted at business professionals, employees, students, and retirees. Anyone can benefit from learning to be more innovative. More detailed descriptions can be found at where the books can be purchased. Also find these on

"Applied Innovation: A Handbook" outlines how a start-up CEO can take an innovation from concept to repeat sales including everything from the strategic elements of what innovation is to business models and intellectual property to how one sets up an advisory board etc. This work focuses on offering a road map for building a company from the ground up but can be applied to existing firms as well. The premise is that anyone can learn and apply the concepts of innovation in any part of their business and personal life if they know what is required.

"Advancing Your Tech Career: A Handbook" provides a road map to technical professionals, be those in IT, science, engineering or hybrid degrees, for how to navigate the ambiguous environment of their first job. The treatise deals with the Research and Development environment but is applicable to all new employees in any function.

"10 Keys To Unlock Your Innovative Self" offers the reader a short, simple, easy and fun treatment teaching anyone how to use the basics of innovative behaviors for becoming a more effective problem solver leading to a higher quality of life.

"10 Secrets for Raising Innovative Children" describes what parents can do to help their children build upon their natural tendencies to be innovative while offering a buffer to the potential damage they'll experience when they begin their formal education at age 5. There is significant evidence that from age 5 to age 20 the typical person experiencing the traditional US educational system will lose almost all of their capabilities for being innovative.

"The Snake Person's Guide to Living the Good Life" aligns the characteristics of "The Plissken Faction" with classical innovative behaviors describing what this cohort might do with their opportunity for transforming humanity. This generation of "Parseltongues", 80 million people in the US, and 1.7 billion people worldwide, has the potential for transforming life on a scale never witnessed before. It's a must read for all Snake People.

"The Snake Person's Secrets to a Happy Life" cross roughs "The Plissken Faction" with a tried and true philosophy for finding happiness in the noise of modern life. Happiness is both "fractal" - looking the same regardless of context - and very situational – being impacted by circumstances. Understanding the fractal components allows a “Snake Person” to more effectively deal with their situations.

"La Dolce Vita" describes my life's journey from a lower middle-class family to the ranks of a Fortune 500 executive while enduring the challenges of a lifetime of poor health. The learning is that a good life is possible if one looks upon adversity as a source of advantage while focusing on what’s important and managing the urgent appropriately.  

About Stephen A. Di Biase, PhD

Dr. Di Biase is the president of Premier Insights, LLC, and an innovation practices consultancy and is a member of Cornerstone Angels, a Chicago-based angel investor group. He has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Laser Application Technologies, a high-technology company delivering technology to the food service industry. He is a qualified Vistage Chair mentoring CEOs of technology- based start-ups and is an adjunct professor at Benedictine University.

Dr. Di Biase has served as the Chief Scientific Officer of Elevance Renewable Sciences, a high technology specialty chemicals company, and as the Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer for the Research Development and Engineering Department at Diversey Inc. In these roles he was responsible for technology innovation, research, development efforts, and technical resource management. He also served as interim Senior Vice President of Human Resources.

Before joining Johnson Diversey, Dr. Di Biase spent 26 years with the Lubrizol Corporation, where he held a variety of leadership positions, including general management roles and Vice President – Research, Development and Engineering and Vice President – Emulsified Products.

Dr. Di Biase sits on the Science Advisory Board for The Pennsylvania State University and served as a past member of the Board of Trustees for the Mt. Union College, the Industrial Research Institute, among other board roles. Dr. Di Biase has been honored by The Pennsylvania State University College of Science with its 2007 Distinguished Alumni Award.