Xinyu received his B.S. in chemical engineering with a minor in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Xinyu has an entrepreneurial mindset focusing on the promotion of health and well-being in medical, biomedical, and general consumer and subsistence markets. Xinyu has worked on multiple start-up, R&D, and engineering projects in collaboration with professors, UIUC students, and the Thiel Fellowship community.
Tim Hoerr, CEO of Serra Ventures, is a seasoned business executive with over 25 years of experience spanning a variety of industries. He has worked with numerous high technology start-ups including those in the life sciences, bio-tech and material sciences sectors. Tim serves the University of Illinois technology community in the role of Entrepreneur-in-Residence at EnterpriseWorks business incubator in the Research Park.
Bita received her M.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2010. She has 5+ years of work experience on production management and quality control. Prior to joining Serionix, she worked at ATSP Innovations and Micron Technology. She has also led NSF and NASA SBIR projects as a principal investigator.
Dr. Economy received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland and is Professor Emeritus of Material Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois. Dr. Economy has 30+ years of experience in industrial R&D management. In 1989, he joined UIUC as Professor and Head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.
Erich holds a B.S. (cum laude) in Materials Science & Engineering from the University of Illinois. He is rapidly building expertise in materials characterization and experimental design.