Mr. Poisel is responsible for managing PCI Ventures, including transitioning technologies into start-up companies, assisting the principal investigators with funding strategies including grant applications, as well as mentoring the developing companies.
Prior to UPenn, Michael made investments in enterprise software and business services for NewSpring Capital, Apax Partners and GE Capital spanning more than ten years in private equity. He began his career in manufacturing operations for General Electric/Lockheed Martin and participated in the successful completion of several commercial and government satellite programs.
Michael graduated with honors in Mechanical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, holds an M.S. in Systems Engineering from The Moore School of Engineering of the University of Pennsylvania, and has an M.B.A. in finance and entrepreneurial management from The Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania.
From President Gutmann: "In the last few years, we have transformed Penn's innovation infrastructure, captained by the Penn Center for Innovation and culminating in our Pennovation Works ecosystem. . . . This was a banner year for the Penn Center for Innovation. Over 650 commercial agreements were executed (up from fewer than 50 a decade ago). From Mr. Poisel, learn how you can become a part of this.