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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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Intellectual Property: A Handbook for Startups

A collection of publications about how to apply innovation techniques to every aspect of life and business. 

                                                             Leveraging Intellectual Property: A Handbook for Startups

This text will help educate startup Founders and their teams to the critical elements of Intellectual Property (IP) from an applied view point. It will cover in useful detail: 

How one defines IP.

the critical to success elements of IP.

how to manage traditional and digital IP effectively. 

how to confuse and win against competitors.

My approach is addressing this complex topic is to carefully curate the literature, parsing the material into what are "fractal elements" - the same regardless of circumstance and insights of how one would apply these basic principles to real world situations. This approach is enhanced by my 40-years of experience in dealing with IP as an inventor (25+ patents) and senior executive. 

Since each situation is unique a customized approach, by an "IP Master", is required for applying of the "fractal elements" effectively. Being an "IP Masters" I know these experts can be found at legal firms: However they are best sought out among available practitioners bringing with them a breadth of real world experiences.



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The VentureForge Way: Funding Your Startup

Financial capital is the lifeblood of any new venture. Without it, the startup will crash and burn before it even has a chance to fully launch. Far too many great ideas never reach the marketplace because innovators, entrepreneurs, and founders fail to raise the money needed for creating and sustaining success. VentureForge captures the essence of the work that goes into starting and financing a new business venture. It is not unlike what the blacksmiths of bygone years did when shaping metal in a forge. You begin with an unshaped lump of an idea you think might be viable, but a whole lot of pounding and reshaping goes into making it a finished product worthy of the attention and dollars of investors. Authors Stephen Di Biase, David Collette, and Kshitij Arora show you how to make it happen, the VentureForge Way.


A Millennial's Guide to Living the Good Life

"A Millennial’s Guide to Living a Good Life" describes how this cohort of "Digital Natives", 80 million people in the US, and 1.7 billion people worldwide, might find happiness while transforming humanity on a scale never witnessed before. It offers behaviors that will combine career success with a happy life while making the world a better place. This treatise cross roughs "The Millennial Generation" 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 “Millennial” to more effectively deal with their situations. I also align the characteristics of "The Millennial Generation" with classical innovative behaviors describing what this cohort might do with their opportunities for transforming humanity. It's a must read for all Millennials whether they’re on the eve of their journey or already well on their way. It’s also a “must read” for those non-Millennials who work with and lead them. I am fortunate to have lived what I consider "the good life," in spite of life dealing me a difficult hand on several fronts. If you're looking to live the good life, my hope is that you will benefit from some of the lessons I have learned along the way.



Advancing Your Tech Career: A Handbook

A handbook that prepares you for a career in a tech career with lessons they don't teach you in school.
The situation: 

You just graduated from college, where you worked very hard to acquire a technical degree in information technology, biology, physics, engineering, and many others. In addition to working very hard you may now be entering the workforce with significant debt. A recent estimate made by the government suggests that the average debt for student today is nearly $30,000 and when combined with a slowly growing economy and wage stagnation, paying off this debt is not only a burden you but a significant drag on the economy. So your first priority is finding a decent paying job, beginning your life, leading to a financially successful career. 

"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.  It has my personal case study and touches on the context within which one manages their technical career, describes the "innovation imperative" every technical professional must understand, touches on critical success factors of leadership, proactive career management, understanding the interface between a technical professionals contributions and the business financial performance, and closes with a treatment of the critical processes and organizational interfaces such professionals will encounter. 





10 Keys to Unlock Your Innovative Self

A quick but essential read to help you integrate innovative thinking into your daily life
Simply put being an innovator is the same as being a problem solver and solving problems better leads to a higher quality of life. Despite everyone being born an innovator many people forget how to do it when they go to school and need to be retaught to do so.  

"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. Specifically this treatise touches on why every human being is an innovator at birth, how we can maximizes this natural trait, the importance of curiosity, imagination, inquiry, methods of learning, the importance of play and passion and how to use the scientific method while being careful of formal education.



Applied Innovation

Outlines how leaders, be them a start-up CEO or seasoned leader in an established firm, 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. 



10 Secrets for Raising innovative Children

USEFUL ADVICE for how parents can teach their children to be innovators, which is the same as teaching children to be problem solvers, leading to a higher quality of life for you and your children. 
"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.

No one is prepared for parenting: It’s a “learning on the job” experience, and as such, it’s not uncommon for the first offspring to be an “experiment” followed by improvements should additional offspring arrive. Now given innovation is a mystery in its own right raising innovative children becomes almost an inconceivable challenge. However, this should not be the case.



La Dolce Vita 

Easy and fun reading on one man's philosophy of a life well lived despite many trials.
How did I come to write this book? Implausible as it may seem, it was by popular demand of those wanting to remember my "sage advice". I'm proud for the opportunity to share my educated points of view with the people most important in my life: Denise, Chris, Stephanie, Nick and Robert Benson (aka Arnold) and others willing to learn something new and useful.