The Neutrino Donut – Business Partners – Jon Würfl

The success of The Neutrino Donut is based upon our partners and the expertise we bring to projects.

Jon Würfl is a longtime friend and business partner whose expertise in defining customer requirements has been an asset on several projects. Most recently, we have worked together on several consumer product engagements. Previously, he has been an expert in business processes and his knowledge of retail programs is unsurpassed.

Jon is an independent consultant out of San Francisco and his LinkedIn profile is https://www.linkedin.com/in/jwurfl/.

The Neutrino Donut – Advertisements for Myself

Points to you for getting the Norman Mailer or Jim Bouton reference. Part of this process in developing an organization is to note some of our projects. I am providing a summary of the overall projects. Information on individual projects can be found in this blog.

  • Thought leader with understanding of commercialization process in the evaluation of technologies and businesses.
  • Completed over 300 technology assessments and over 250 business development projects in innovative technologies over the last ten years for domestic and international clients.  A full list of recent projects is contained on The Neutrino Donut site. Project clients including grant reviews for DoE, DoD, NIH, NSF, and other agencies as well as US and foreign universities. Applications included military and non-military opportunities. Research projects varied from 80 pages to 10 pages, based on client requirements, market definitions, and agency reporting requirements.
  • Member, two grant review panels with NIH and DoD. Evaluated grant proposals for commercialization, provided reports and participated on review panels as member of team.
  • Managing partner of consultancy in the commercialization of university technologies, industry startups, and science-based technologies. Project management efforts included managing multiple deadlines, varying engagements, reporting requirements to client and their clients, and developing ongoing relationships with all parties. Developed long term relationship with each client with reputation for delivering quality evaluations of technologies.
  • CEO of biotechnology company based on University of Pennsylvania technology. Marketing Manager for diabetes medical technology (Airware) developed privately in Santa Barbara. Responsible for development of business strategy, grant application processes, IP challenges, and developing next stages for technologies. Shareholder in each company.
  • Senior member of teams responsible for commercialization of entrepreneurial efforts in Hungary, India, Korea, Mexico, Portugal, Chile, Ukraine, Russia, Qatar and other countries.  Responsible for closing deals for clients in each area across multiple technology areas.
  • Conducted assessment and development projects on behalf of the University of California, Irvine, The University of Texas at Austin, and projects for multiple universities in the area of technology assessments and business development.
  • Delivered multiple presentations on the grant funding process, including military research BAAs, SBIRs, STTRs, and other mechanisms. Executed on programs on behalf of clients.
  • Developed and executed global online conference on entrepreneurship with 55 speakers in 24-hour period. 
  • Evaluated legal documents on behalf of clients, my organization, and the university.
  • Product management SME with experience in multiple verticals, including medical, pharmaceutical, information technology, environmental, manufacturing, process, energy, consumer goods, transportation, and biotechnology in global projects.
  • Responsible for cross functional programs with local management, global managers, industry partners, and entrepreneurs in closing agreements for domestic and international opportunities.
  • Member, screening committee of new medical technologies, SoCalBio.
  • IC2 Fellow, The IC2 Institute, The University of Texas at Austin.

Neutrino Donut Project – NIH Scouting for Grant Opportunities

The Neutrino Donut is working with multiple clients on the identification of grant opportunities within NIH. As part of this process, we have identified contact points for grants, developed an information strategy, and executed on the contact points to determine the most effective grant opportunities.

The challenge is presenting an effective proposal is the identification of the right grant vehicle for the technology. This involves additional work up front and the leveraging of current relationships.

The Neutrino Donut – Grant Programs – How to Commercialize

This is where grant applicants have problems. They do not understand the process of taking their science into the marketplace. Issues such as product definition, pricing, scaling, customer identification, sales process, all are key topics for consideration. This is also where grant applications fail.

Contact us, we can help.

e hager 81 at gmail

The Neutrino Donut – Entrepreneurship Advisory Programs – Italy and USC

The Neutrino Donut recently completed multiple sessions with startups assisting them in understanding the markets for their technologies. Multiple startups from Italy with energy and high tech ideas discussed their ideas and programs. At USC, we met for the third consecutive summer, with a group of high school students who spent the summer developing their business.

SBIR – The Commercialization Review – A Fast Review

Got a startup? Want a review of your commercialization plan? The Neutrino Donut will review your plan and give you feedback and recommendations for direction. This is a short engagement, fixed cost, and we will ensure you get some good ideas for improving your grant. The Neutrino Donut is on multiple grant review teams, and we know what works and does not work in these sessions. Contact us at ehager 81 at g mail for more information.

SBIR – The Funding Process

The grant seeker will make a mistake if they view the SBIR as the only source of funding. The military runs Broad Agency Announcements (BAAs). Local entities support job creation programs, the development of manufacturing systems is an additional category with a source of funds. Sometimes, all you have to do is whisper the word “Texas” and funding opportunities will appear. (Shout out to Michael). Additional resource and funding options are available. When you break your project into sections, you can isolate funding for specific aspects of the projects and avoid overlap or funding coordination issues.