Life Science Strategy and Innovation Team

Munevar & Associates, Inc. is a life science technology development and commercialization strategy consulting company founded and led by Dr. Steven Munevar. The company is comprised of an integrated, multidisciplinary team of researchers, technical, and business professionals, focused on supporting the development and commercialization of novel life science centered products and services. We provide, information, analysis, resource navigation, and perspective on an as needed basis, empowering your decision making where and when it is needed most.

Chief Innovation Navigator: Steven Munevar, Ph.D. , Cellular and Molecular Physiology, MBA
As a biomedical research scientist, Dr. Munevar contributed first hand towards the growth and advancement of life science research. Seeking to play a further role in the realization of the vast potential he observed during his tenure as a research scientist, Dr. Munevar set out to apply his multidisciplinary background in bioengineering, biomedical science, and business management towards bridging the gap between research bench and patient bedside. With this vision, Dr. Munevar sought to build a comprehensive bench to bedside technology development and commercialization solutions service geared toward realizing the potential of emerging biomedical research, leading to the inception of Munevar and Associates, Inc. Dr. Munevar set out to draw together a team of passionate and driven professionals with varying but complimentary backgrounds toward addressing challenging life science centered technology development and commercialization hurdles: An interview with Dr. Steven Munevar

Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR): Andrew Johnson, Ph.D., Cell and Molecular Biology, PMP
20 years of product management, business development, and technical expertise leading emerging and established companies to commercialization in proteomics, genomics and pharmacodynamics/ pharmacokinetics our EIR, Andrew Johnson (Andy) truly embodies the “master” entrepreneur We are truly excited to have Andy join our Munevar & Associates family and share his experience and expertise with our clients. You can learn more about Andy and gain further insight into all things life science commercialization at his blog: UpStart Life Sciences

Building the Team

Sharing a common goal of bridging bench to bedside, Dr. Munevar assembled a team spanning biomedical research/medicine, bioengineering/bio-computation, as well as MBA level business professionals (among others). Taken together, our multidisciplinary team encompasses the expertise and experience to successfully support your ongoing life science focused technology development and commercialization project needs.  Below is a brief introduction to our Associate Navigators and Navigation Analysts that comprise the heart of the company.

Associate Navigators

  • Name: Sulo Musyaju, Associate Navigator, Director of Finance
  • Degree: MBA, Masters in International Economics and Finance
  • Expertise/Experience Synopsis: Strategic financial planning, modeling, business analytics, risk management, process improvement, systems implementation and compliance. Previous experience with public, private, and SBIR funded companies in life science, medical device and advance technologies. Hands-on experience in managing finance, accounting, treasury and operational needs of businesses at R&D, clinical trials and growth stages. Multi-lingual. Fulbright Scholar. 
  • What are you passionate about: To be a part of solution, be challenged every day, and to mentor.
  • Name: Soumya Ray, Associate Navigator, Director of Bio-computing
  • Degree: Ph.D. Protein Crystallography and Biophysics
  • Expertise/Experience Synopsis: Research on developing new computational and experimental technology to facilitate small molecule discovery in neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease. Extensive industry experience as Co-founder of Stemetix Pharmaceutical and independent consulting.
  • What are you passionate about: Applying multidisciplinary tools and technology toward solving life science challenges.
  • Name: Lu-Ann Pozzi, Associate Navigator, Director of Corporate Outreach, Director of Science Shaping Our World-SHOWTM
  • Degree: Ph.D. Immunology and Virology
  • Expertise/Experience Synopsis: Extensive career spanning academia and industry in the space of infectious disease and vaccine development.   Has contributed extensively in a range of start-ups as well as larger life science companies and currently leads our educational outreach initiative, Science Shaping Our World-SHOW which is an ongoing seminar/networking series and professional development resource.
  • What are you passionate about: Communicating advancements in the life science space and creating greater community awareness around unmet need.