David Abbott, Ph.D., Business Advisor – Abbott has twenty five years of experience in commercializing new technologies and building new businesses, from Fortune 500 Corporations to business startups. He recently successfully served as turnaround Chief Executive Officer of Independent News Network, a telecommunications startup based in Davenport, Iowa.
Abbott has extensive experience with biofuels, having served has served as Senior Vice President of business development and technology for a large value-added agricultural company, Grain Processing Corporation. He also served on the US Department of Energy Steering Committee on Bio-based Energy and Products, and the Iowa Steering Committee on Value Added Agriculture. Abbott also served as Chairman of the Board for Innova LLC, a successful specialty products marketing company.
Abbott’s industry experience includes managing multiple business units and technology commercialization organizations. He has experience with mergers, acquisitions, technology commercialization and joint ventures in various industries.
He holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Tennessee, and was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Abbott also consults with a number of small businesses working to expand markets and grow sales and profits.