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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.






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Blog — Premier Insights, LLC

Stephen Di Biase

On May 15 I will be publishing a six-hour course on applied intellectual property that can be self-administered. My intent behind publishing this course is to enable employees, students, startup companies, and the technology transfer departments of universities to have access to a readily applicable treatment of intellectual property. The course will allow students to appreciate everything from standard definitions of actual property to how to develop an intellectual property strategy designed to facilitate the accomplishment of their firm's strategic intent.

Access to the course will be available for a nominal fee that will be discounted for the first 50 students. In addition to the course, the script and textbook intellectual property handbook for startups come with the course. Beyond the course materials and textbook, a diagnostic tool is available for how to use intellectual property to develop a strategy that supports your business objectives.

If you are interested in additional information on this course please send me an email at

The learning objectives for this course are:

1.      Becoming acquainted with the kinds of Intellectual Property available to the Firm such as patents, trade secrets, know-how, copyrights, trademarks etc and when and how to use them effectively.

2.      Understanding various kinds of agreements for protecting the Firm’s Intellectual Property such as Confidentiality Agreements (CDAs), Non-disclosure agreements (NDAs), joint development agreements (JDAs) etc.

3.      Becoming familiar for using patents as the cornerstone of the Intellectual Property strategy.

4.      Be exposed to proven Intellectual Property management processes and the roles played by various parts of the Firm (e.g., sales, marketing, R&D, manufacturing etc.).

5.      Recognizing when to select the various kinds of Intellectual Property strategies (e.g., aggressive, assertive, passive etc.) employed in context to external variables impacting the business.

6.      Sharing tactics for beating the competition using the Firm’s Intellectual Property strategies with mini-case study examples.

7.      Reviewing three complete case studies.

8.      Understanding the value of “Intellectual Property Masters” externally sourced or found within the Firm.

9.      And finally obtaining a list of hyperlinked curated references for additional evaluation.