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Mr Jayson D. Pankin
Co-Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer, AutoHarvest Foundation
Jayson D. Pankin is a founder, President, and CEO of the nonprofit AutoHarvest Foundation. Jayson and his partner, Dr. David E. Cole created a unique innovation ecosystem led by some of the most highly respected figures in the automotive and manufacturing industries. In 2012, AutoHarvest.org was launched as the world’s only truly neutral and global on-line meeting place for innovators of all types with an interest in advanced manufacturing intellectual property. This system allows users of all types to showcase capabilities, technologies and needs system-wide and then privately connect with fellow inventors and commercializers to explore technology and business development opportunities. Partnered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, AutoHarvest democratizes access across the innovation value chain—from grassroots entrepreneurs to corporate titans. From 2003-2010 he led Delphi Automotive’s commercialization activities targeting spin-outs of potentially disruptive technologies into start-up companies. For over thirty years, Jayson has been a venture partner specializing in early stage and turnaround situations. He was named by IAM Magazine as one of the World’s Leading IP Strategists and was the Small Business Foundation of Michigan’s “Intrapreneur Extraordinaire” for 2008. He earned his BBA in Accounting and MBA in International Business at the George Washington University.