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NIA Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EIRs)

NIA’s Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EIRs) are experts in business development who provide free innovator support to NIA small business awardees. Learn more about NIA’s two EIRs below, and discover what EIRs can offer to help your company succeed.

What Is an EIR?

At NIH, EIRs provide business development guidance and counsel to assist awardees with progress toward commercialization objectives and ensure market success. Each EIR brings unique expertise and experience from the field. EIRs can provide:

  • Pitch coaching
  • Product and business strategy
  • Business development and partnerships
  • Investor networking
  • Competitive analysis
  • Deal review
  • Regulatory and reimbursement planning
  • General business advice
  • Commercialization strategy

Who Are NIA’s EIRs?

The NIA Small Business Programs team includes two EIRs with highly relevant expertise aligned with the NIA mission. These experts are available to offer confidential guidance to small business awardees on an as-needed basis.

Kuldeep Neote, Ph.D.

kuldeep neote

Focus area: Novel Therapeutics and Modalities, Drug Discovery Platforms and Diagnostics

Kuldeep Neote supports NIA-funded companies by tapping his extensive background in translating scientific discoveries into practical drug discovery programs. In previous roles at Eli Lilly, Johnson & Johnson, and Pfizer, Kuldeep has advanced precision and genomic-based therapeutics, including the chemokine receptor drug discovery platform; supported startups, mergers, licensing, and acquisitions; and established successful academic and biotechnology collaborations. During his postdoctoral studies at Genentech, Kuldeep cloned one of the first chemokine receptors. He holds a Ph.D. in human and molecule genetics from the University of Toronto, where he advanced the understanding of the molecular basis of lysosomal storage diseases.

John P. Reinhart, C.P.A., M.B.A.

John Reinhart

Focus area: Aging-Related Technology and Digital Health

John Reinhart provides practical guidance and entrepreneurial coaching to NIA-funded companies, tapping his extensive experience in longevity economy innovations. He is a co-founder and board member of the Thrive Center in Louisville, Kentucky, a not-for-profit innovation center that brings together consumers, entrepreneurs, researchers, investors, providers, and distributors to explore solutions that enhance the quality of life and care for a global aging population. He has held executive roles at several health care companies, including a multistate long-term care provider and an electronic health records software venture that was acquired by a NASDAQ company.

What If I Need More Support?

The NIH Small business Education and Entrepreneurial Development (SEED) office has an Innovator Support Team of EIRs and other experts who can provide guidance on related topics, such as regulatory or reimbursement strategy.

Contact the NIA Small Business Programs team so we can connect you to the right support.

Return to the NIA Small Business Main Page.

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