Dr. Lauri Olivier joined Lynn University as a visiting professor in the College of Business and Management this semester. Beginning fall 2017, she will serve as full-time assistant professor, the Sylvester Foundation Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship and director of the Snyder Idea Lab, to help expand the entrepreneurship major and build Lynn's entrepreneurship ecosystem.
“My goal is to create an entrepreneurial climate throughout Lynn, where students have the resources and guidance to build their dreams,” says Olivier.
The Snyder Idea Lab, located on the first floor of the Mohammed Indimi International Business Center, is available for students from all disciplines to collaborate with local entrepreneurs, professors and mentors to learn how to transform their start-up concepts into ready-to-launch businesses.
Olivier will build on that concept using her extensive entrepreneurial background and experience when she assumes the directorship of the lab in the fall.
Olivier has dedicated her career to transforming the academic innovation paradigm, bringing her exceptional skills to the global challenge of building companies from laboratory research to enhance quality of life for all.
Her career has taken her overseas to source high-value opportunities and reinvent academic business models. As director for commercial activities for the University of Sydney Faculty of Medicine, she says her greatest achievement was being awarded a one million dollar Welcome Trust Translation Grant to build the business for an accelerated wound healing product, the first of its kind.
Throughout her career, Olivier has received numerous accolades for the development of radical and pioneering technologies, and numerous small business development grants from the national SBIR program for building technology based companies in the U.S.
Olivier has a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University and an MBA from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management.