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Sean Akadiri - Entrepreneur in Residence

Sean Akadiri

Sean Akadiri, is the Founder, President and CEO of Agric-Bioformatics INC, a data analytics company in Oklahoma City. Sean is an Ag-Tech entrepreneur passionate about using data analytics to improve the performance and productivity of livestock.

Sean came to the U.S. from Nigeria when he was 19 years old, on a student visa to attend college. He received a Bachelor degree in Biology, and a minor in Chemistry from East Central University and earned his MBA from Mid-American Christian University. He also attended University of Oklahoma college of Engineering for 3 years studying Chemical Engineering. Sean has over 15 years’ experience in the biotech and life science industries, he is also on the advisory board for the Moore Norman Technology Center’s Biotechnology Program.

Sean and his team developed the Next-Generation Livestock Management Technology Platform called AgBoost. AgBoost is a proprietary data driven analytical tool used by livestock producers across the U.S. and around the world to make selective breeding, management and marketing decisions for animals using data. (i.e. Genetics, performance, health and nutrition data). Sean’s vision is to increase consumer’s confidence and trust when it comes to food production and safety, by providing economical and viable tools that will help livestock producers become more efficient, produce safe quality food products and meet market demands.

Pam Battle - Entrepreneur in Residence

Pam Battles

From start-ups to Fortune 250 companies, Pam Battle has had the privilege of establishing, leading and growing businesses for over 20 years. 

Pam's first entrepreneurial venture was opening a retail store in the San Francisco bay area. With no experience, a lot of determination and gratitude for the many people who contributed to this venture, it became an experience that shaped her future. Since that time, Pam has been involved with start-ups in software development and financial services, leading to her current position as Director of Development for Bergen Enterprises, a local Norman company with new ventures in sustainability.

Pam is passionate about developing sustainable solutions for our community and thrives on fostering business growth.Throughout her career, Pam has connected people with their goals with a belief that collaboration, vision and execution can create amazing results.  

Mike Beckham - Senior Entrepreneur in Residence

Mike graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Oklahoma Business College and Honors College in May of 2003.  His undergraduate degree was a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with a Finance major.

Mike’s first 9 years out of college, he joined the worldwide non-profit Christian ministry CRU.  He led the ministry at the University of Oklahoma from 2009-2012.  In 2009 he was a part of the founding team for an online auction business called QuiBids.  During his time at QuiBids Mike served as Chief Analytics Officer and then Chief Operating Officer and helped lead the company to nearly 800 million in cumulative revenue.  From 2015 to present Mike has served as a co-founder and CEO of Simple Modern.

In addition to his work in the business world, Mike also has served in an adjunct capacity at the University of Oklahoma.  Currently he is a Senior Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the Tom Love Entrepreneurship College.

Kristin Garcia - Entrepreneur in Residence

Kristin Garcia

Kristin Garcia serves the Strategic Development and Operations Director of The Verge OKC, a 501(3)(c), that connects our rising entrepreneurial community to the people and resources they need to progress their vision, helping transform great ideas into impactful businesses. Kristin formerly served as the Startup Specialist for the Francis Tuttle Technology Center AXIS Programs and created a pre-accelerator. Prior, Kristin joined the Tom Love Innovation Hub team at the University of Oklahoma in December of 2017, managing the Code Lab and supporting startup program development and previously worked at a tech startup focused on solving Veteran hiring problems, Purepost.

With over 15 years in higher education and startup experience between, Oklahoma, Texas and California, Kristin believes in the focus on entrepreneurship led economic development and the value of the ecosystem towards the innovation of the area. With a Masters in Organizational Development from the University of the Incarnate Word, a certification in professional and executive coaching from the University of Dallas, and a bachelors from the Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma, she is now focused on business and startup development and growth for the Oklahoma City metro. She currently serves as the Global Entrepreneurship Week State Coordinator for Oklahoma, a member of the organizing team for 1 Million Cups Oklahoma City, an Adjunct for the OU Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Department, and former Board Member of Techlahoma.

Andy Moore - Entrepreneur in Residence

Andy Moore

Andy Moore founded Let's Fix This in 2016 as a grassroots effort to get regular, everyday people involved in politics. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor who believes that taking the time to listen and build relationships with elected officials and between neighbors will pave the way to a better Oklahoma. He received a BS in Psychology and MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Southern Nazarene University, as well as a MBA from the University of Oklahoma. In addition to his role with LFT, Andy is the Executive Director for Freedom of Information Oklahoma and People Not Politicians. Andy also serves on the board of directors for the Oklahoma AIDS Care Fund and is a member of the local board for Generation Citizen. He lives in Oklahoma City with his wife and has three fantastic kiddos and a smattering of pets. When he unexpectedly finds some spare time, Andy enjoys exploring the outdoors, gardening, running, cycling, eating tacos, and listening to live music.

Craig Shimasaki, PhD, MBA - Senior Entrepreneur in Residence

Dr. Shimasaki is co-founder and CEO of Moleculera labs, a neuroimmunology diagnostic laboratory focused on neuropsychiatric and behavioral disorders triggered by autoimmune response, based upon the research of Dr. Madeleine Cunningham at the University of Oklahoma. He has over 35 years of biotechnology industry experience, starting his career at Genentech. His research and development work included epitope mapping for an HIV vaccine, SNP-based genetic breast cancer risk prediction biomarkers, a rapid influenza diagnostic, and therapeutic and biologic products for infectious and neuropsychiatric diseases. He co-founded nine companies and led five clinical diagnostic tests through FDA 510(k) approval and is a co-inventor on several patents. He was involved in raising over $30 million for these companies and participated in taking five companies public in the U.S. and Canadian stock markets.

Dr. Shimasaki received his BS in Biochemistry from University of California at Davis, his PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Tulsa, and his MBA from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Business. He an Adjunct Professor at the University of Oklahoma, Price School of Business and teaches biotechnology entrepreneurship. Dr. Shimasaki has authored and edited two books “The Business of Bioscience: What Goes Into Making a Biotechnology Product” and “Biotechnology Entrepreneurship: Starting, Managing and Leading Biotech Companies.”  His passion is to help translate scientific and medical discoveries into acutely needed products so that more patients can live healthier lives.