Dr. Kaderlan has operated at the intersection of academia and industry for almost twenty years, from multiple perspectives and in many contexts. Much of his time and effort have been devoted to creating a more entrepreneurial culture within universities.
Currently, he is President of Technology Innovation Group, Inc. (TIG), which assists corporations, universities, research institutes and regional governments to convert knowledge to wealth. TIG creates public-private partnerships to establish technology-based enterprises that are critical for economic growth. The company grows individual companies, creates and assists incubators, accelerators and innovation hubs, and stimulates the transfer of technology from research institutions to the marketplace. TIG operates both globally and within the U.S.
Current and recent activities include: curriculum design for a Masters program in Technology Commercialization for a university in South Africa; conducted an assessment of life science entrepreneurship in South Africa; conducted an assessment of technology business incubators (many based in universities) in Chile; developed joint business plans for incubator and innovation support center in Durban, South Africa; conducted feasibility study for technology commercialization center in Jordan; designed and presented a workshop on international incubation management in partnership with International Business Incubator of Silicon Valley and San Jose State University; designed and presented workshops on business incubation and economic development for national, provincial, and municipal officials in South Africa; participated on a panel at Global Forum on Business Incubation sponsored by World Bank in New Delhi; gave the keynote presentation for international conference (South African Research and Innovation Managers) on research as an agent of transformation in South Africa; conducted an assessment of ICT commercialization and new venture formation in Romania; conducted assessments of the entrepreneurial environment and technology commercialization in Kazakhstan and Poland.
Prior to that, he was Director of Austin Technology Incubator (ATI) of The IC2 Institute at The University of Texas at Austin, considered one of the premiere technology business incubators in the world. Incubator companies come from within the university—students as well as faculty—and from the private sector. He co-designed and co-taught, for four years, “The Enterprise of Technology” a graduate level course at UT that is cross-listed in the Colleges of Engineering and Natural Sciences and the Schools of Business and Law. The course focuses on the assessment of commercial potential of early stage technologies. One of the major motivations in starting the course was to stimulate the development of an entrepreneurial culture on campus. He also taught this course at Texas A&M University.
For three years, he also served as Editor of InnovationMatters, an on-line newsletter covering innovation and technology transfer and commercialization for international subscribers.