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Bates Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership

William Newman

Managing Director

Leaving a career as university researcher to found a start-up, and from that position gaining 5 years of investment experience in a venture fund, Bill Newman brings a business perspective to the academic and research environment. Bill earned a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering and applied mathematics prior to joining the research faculty at MIT, where he served for more than a decade as a principal investigator on NIH-funded research and directed a joint program at MIT and the Harvard Medical School to develop and evaluate technology for the treatment of cancer. His discoveries led to four patents, and he left MIT to found a medical instrumentation start-up based on this research. After earning an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management, he entered the venture industry to focus on early-stage investments, ultimately launching NTV in 2002. He serves on numerous corporate boards within the NTV portfolio, and on various academic and civic boards including past chair of the Oregon Bioscience Association, and as founding member of Oregon’s Innovation Council, the state’s advisory board on knowledge and innovation based economic development.

Bill teaches Implementing Innovation (EINV 241) with Samir Parikh. Together they guide students through the fundamentals of entrepreneurial activity including finance, operations, and revenue models, used by for-profit and nonprofit enterprises.