June 9, 2015: The Yale Entrepreneurial Institute (YEI) is expanding its Entrepreneur-in-Residence Program to provide additional support to innovative Yale students and faculty pursuing new venture ideas across a wide range of industries. The newest EIRs include Susan Froshauer, the President and CEO of Connecticut United for Research Excellence (CURE) and a member of the YEI Operating Board who will provide guidance to biotech teams; and John Dexheimer, the president of LightWave Advisors, Inc. who will lend expertise to teams with an engineering background.

“We are increasingly seeing teams with a science background looking for ways to connect with available state funding and industry experts,” says Erika Smith, Deputy Director at YEI. “Susan and John will be terrific additions to our team particularly as YEI expands resources for faculty and postdocs looking to commercialize new technologies.”

Long-time YEI Executive-in-Residence Richard Foster (’63 BS, ’65 MS, ’66 PhD) has provided ongoing support to teams in the healthcare and medical fields, meeting one-on-one with founders, and serving as a frequent judge for pitch competitions and speaker for events related to innovation in healthcare. Dr. Foster is an emeritus director of McKinsey & Company, where he founded both the healthcare and private equity practices, a Lecturer in Management at Yale School of Management and the author of two best-selling books: Innovation: The Attacker’s Advantage and Creative Destruction.

“Dick has been an important advocate for our healthcare-related teams,” says Jim Boyle, Managing Director of YEI. “He brings incredible enthusiasm and insight to Yale students and faculty, drawing on many years of experience on the frontlines of healthcare innovation.”

This past year, YEI also brought on Patrick Struebi as a Social Entrepreneur-in-Residence to provide guidance to teams developing for-profit, mission-driven companies. Struebi is the founder of Fairtrasa, a company that is leading the charge on fair trade farming worldwide. Also new to the team this year were marketing experts Tom Jasinski (’78) and Richard Hunt (SOM ’81) who provide early guidance to teams considering applications to YEI’s Venture Creation Program.

CONTACT: Brita Belli, Communications Officer, Yale Entrepreneurial Institute, (203)804-1911,

Brita Belli

Brita Belli is the Communications Officer for the Office of Cooperative Research and the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute. Prior to joining OCR, Brita was an editor and freelance writer whose work has appeared on the websites of the New York Times, National Geographic, the Union of Concerned Scientists, Environmental Health News,,, as well as in many print publications. She is the author of The Autism Puzzle: Connecting the Dots Between Environmental Toxins and Rising Autism Rates (Seven Stories Press).

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