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The Girvan Institute of Technology is a non-profit-public benefit California corporation, exempt from federal taxes, under Section 501 (c) 3 of the federal tax code, as well as California taxes. Girvan was established in January 2002 and operates incubator facilities for early-stage high-tech companies.

The Institute works to:

To faciliate the development of new technologies from concept to application

To foster the formation and development of early-stage high-tech companies

To make these processes as rapid and efficient as possible

We put innovative technologies to work, and we help young high-tech companies get from where they are to where they want to be.

Technology Transfer and Commercialization

As a part of our effort to move technologies from concept to application, the Institute has close relationships with the nation's research and development organizations and works to transfer technologies from, e.g., universities and government laboratories, to the commercial / industrial sector and to support the commercialization of those technologies.

Support for Early-Stage High-Tech Companies

As to our support for young companies, in addition to providing incubator facilities, w e strive to connect our start-up "affiliates" with sources of capital, providers of technology and product development services, strategic partners, channel partners and customers, targets for merger and acquisition and sources of complementary technologies. Girvan also assists affiliates with the acquisition, development, protection and management of intellectual property.


The Institute conducts its work so as to provide opportunities for hands-on educational experiences for students (interns) who aspire to careers in the world of entrepreneurship.


Girvan operates an incubator in the heart of the aerospace and defense complex in southern California (El Segundo, California). The facility is located one mile from Los Angeles International Airport.


Girvan has been working to help young high-tech companies since early 2002. Its first undertaking was to assist NASA's Ames Research Center to transfer and commercialize technologies developed at the center. In parallel with this effort, the Institute developed and honed capabilities to support early-stage high-tech companies engaged in commercialization efforts and undertook tech-transfer work with other large R&D organizations.

At this writing, more than 170 companies (our affiliates) have graduated from our incubators and nine are currently on-site affiliates at our El Segundo facility. Also, we have worked with more than twenty off-site affiliates. These off-site affiliates are based in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Chile, India, Israel, New Zealand, Norway, the Philippines, Portugal and elsewhere, as well as in the U.S. .

Although we do not attempt to keep up to date the status of our affiliates after they graduate from our system, we know that twenty-two of our companies have generated transactions valued well in excess of $1 billion. These transactions include financings (by about fifty venture capital firms) and acquisitions (by Akamai Technology, AuthenTec, Autonomy Corp., Corium International, Microsoft, Oracle, Taylor Corporation and Technorati).


Roy DoumaniRoy Doumani
Professor of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Roy Doumani is Professor of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is a member of the Advisory and Oversight Board of the California NanoSystems Institute, which has facilities at UCLA and UC Santa Barbara and a member of the External Advisory Board of the Nanosystems Biology Cancer Center at the California Institute of Technology (Cal Tech). He has been involved in the formation, capitalization, and operation of a number of businesses, including companies in software (health services & offshore computer programmers), biotech (prostate cancer research), finance, and technology.

Doumani is active in the development and ownership of industrial and commercial real estate, and is currently a partner in The Hills, a 5,000-home residential development in New Jersey with sales in excess of $1.5 billion. He is a venture partner at Fulcrum Venture Management, LLC. He also has business interests in Asia and holds an equity position in the first joint-venture bank in the PRC, Xiamen International Bank (XIB), of which he serves as vice chairman. Doumani has been engaged with numerous financial institutions. He is founder and former director of First Los Angeles Bank and has served as chairman of First Interstate Bank of Hawaii, director of HonFed Bank, and chairman of World Trade Bank in Los Angeles. He is a former board member and advisor to companies in the United States, Asia and Europe, including CTI (CTMI, NASDAQ), where he served as vice chairman.

In addition to his business interests, Doumani sits on the advisory boards of RAND's Center for Middle East Public Policy and its Center for Asia Pacific Policy. He is a member of the UCLA Board of Governors, the UCLA Foundation and serves on the Foundation's investment committee. He has established two endowed chairs at UCLA, one in the Department of Bioengineering and one in the Department of Urological Oncology.

Doumani earned his bachelor's degree in business and finance at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and his J.D. at the University of Southern California.

Paul ColemanPaul Coleman
Chairman, ex-officio President, Girvan Institute

Paul J. Coleman, Jr. is an emeritus professor of space physics at the University of California at Los Angeles.
He holds B.S. Engineering degrees in mathematics and physics, an M.S. degree in physics, and a Ph.D. in space physics. He served two years as a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force, with duty in Europe, South Korea, and the Middle East (1954-1956).

His early professional experience includes positions at the Ramo-Wooldridge Corporation (now TRW Systems) and at the headquarters of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in Washington, D.C., as manager of NASA's interplanetary sciences program.

In 1966, he joined the faculty at UCLA. There, with Dr. T.A. Farley, he established a laboratory for research in space physics. In the course of his research on charged particles and electric and magnetic fields in space, he has worked with the Explorer, OGO and ATS series of earth satellites, the Pioneer series of deep-space probes, the Mariner series of planetary spacecraft, Apollo's 15 and 17, and Galileo. He has written or collaborated in writing more than 150 articles on research in the space sciences and developments in space technology.

In 1970, NASA awarded Dr. Coleman its Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal for his contributions to the exploration of the solar system. In 1972, he was awarded a second of these medals for his contributions to the exploration of the moon. In 1975, he was elected to the International Academy of Astronautics. During 1975-76, he was a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow and a Senior Fulbright Scholar.

In 1985, Dr. Coleman was appointed by President Reagan to the National Commission on Space. In 1991, he was appointed by Vice President Quayle to the Space Policy Advisory Board.

Professor Coleman's career includes positions as president and chief executive officer of the Universities Space Research Association (USRA), a non-profit corporation owned by eighty-three universities and chartered to facilitate scientific research, technology development, and education in space-related fields of endeavor; assistant director of the laboratory and served concurrently as manager of the Earth and Space Sciences Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory; director of the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics at UCLA; and director of the National Institute for Global Environmental Change (NIGEC), which is operated by the University of California for the U. S. Department of Energy.

Also in public service, Dr. Coleman is a former chairman of American Technology Alliances, Inc., a former trustee of the Universities Space Research Association and a founding member and a former chairman of the oversight committee for the San Diego Supercomputer Center. He was a founding member of the steering committee for the California Space Institute. He has also served as a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, a trustee of the International Small Satellite Organization, a director of the National Institute for Space Commercialization, and as a member of the National Advisory Committee of the School of Engineering at the University of Michigan. In addition, he is a consultant to the Federal government on research and development.

In the private sector, Dr. Coleman is a consultant to industry on research and development and to the financial community on high-technology enterprise. He is a director of Axcess, Inc., Biocentric Solutions, Inc., and Knowledge Vector (formerly Topic Radio). He is a former director of CACI International, Inc.; Fairchild Space and Defense Corporation; One Room Systems, Inc.; Southeast Interactive Technology Fund II; Scyld Computing Corporation; Space Operations International, LLC, SOI Holdings, LLC; and others. Also, he has served on the boards of scientific and technical advisors of Orbital Sciences Corporation, Micro Satellite Launch Systems, Inc., and others.


Dr. Henry McDonaldDr. Henry McDonald
Chair of Excellence Professor of Computational Engineering, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Dr. Henry McDonald is a professor of computer science at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga and holder of the chair of excellence in computational engineering in the Graduate School of Computational Engineering. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Tennessee, he was director of the NASA Ames Research Center.

Dr. McDonald's broad research interests include: information technology, especially applications to artificial intelligence; supercomputing especially applications to computational fluid dynamics: and nanotechnology, especially applications to bio-medical science and technology and information science and technology.

As an entrepreneur In the private sector, Dr. McDonald was founder, president, and chief executive officer of Scientific Research Associates, Inc., Glastonbury, Connecticut, and a co-founder of Advanced Pulmonary Technologies, Inc., both based in Glastonbury, Connecticut. In 1989, the latter company was selected as the Small Business of the Year for High Technology by the State of Connecticut.

Professor McDonald is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the Royal Academy of Engineering Fellows (UK). He holds a B. Sc. in Engineering and a D.Sc. in Engineering from the University of Glasgow in Scotland.


Admiral Thomas B. Hayward (ret.)Admiral Thomas B. Hayward (ret.)
Vice Chairman, Voyager Learning

Admiral Thomas B. Hayward is a co-founder of the Voyager Learning and serves as its Vice Chairman. In July 1982, Admiral Thomas B. Hayward retired from the United States Navy as Chief of Naval Operations after 40 years in uniform. His distinguished military career included extensive combat in Korea and Vietnam as a carrier aviator, Commanding Officer of the aircraft carrier USS America; Commander, United States Seventh Fleet; and Commander in Chief of the United States Pacific Fleet prior to his 1978 assignment as Chief of Naval Operations and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Upon retirement, Adm. Hayward established Hayward Associates, a consulting firm specializing in international business development. Adm. Hayward has served on several boards of directors. He also serves as vice chairman, Pacific Forum/CSIS; as a member of the U.S.-Japan Leadership Council; as board member (former chairman) of the Ethics Resource Center; and as a member of the National Advisory Board of the Private Sector Council. He has also served as Chairman of the National Security Advisory Council of Stanford Research Institute.