Ruben Derderian Joins HTC

Houston Technology Center (HTC) announces that Mr. Ruben Derderian is joining HTC as Director of Acceleration.

Ruben Derderian is an accomplished corporate leader and entrepreneur with more than 35 years of executive-level business experience. His expertise in strategic planning, competitor analysis, and product development and launch give him a rich skill set with which to assist companies in all phases ranging from concept development, business plan development, funding, and sustainable profitable growth.

At the Houston Technology Center he serves as Acceleration Director working with companies who wish to establish their technologies in the US Gulf Coast market.

Derderian began his executive career as President of Sharplan Lasers in 1988.  He joined Herman Miller as Vice President of the Milcare Division in 1990.  In 1994, he was named President of Leica’s US Microscopy Division and in 1996 he became President and CEO of Draeger Medical, Inc., a worldwide manufacturer and distributer of medical devices.  At Draeger he oversaw a 650-person company with five divisions and $200 million in annual sales. While with Draeger, Derderian significantly improved profit margins and identified emerging niche markets that led to a significant increase in sales. In 2004, Derderian retired from Draeger to form his own company, Derderian and Associates, a niche medical device and life science consulting firm. In 2008 Michigan State University to run the Bioeconomy Program at the Product Center in the Department of Agriculture where he worked with non-traditional agriculture start-up companies in the Bioeconomy sector.  In 2011 he transitioned to MSU Technologies as a Commercialization Advisor supporting MSU faculty start-up companies.   In 2012 Mr. Derderian joined a new venture of the MSU Foundation, Spartan Innovations, as Portfolio/Finance Manager.  In that role he was responsible for the day-to-day oversight of Spartan Innovations as well as tracking the Foundation’s equity investment in start-up companies founded around MSU intellectual property.  He has served on the Board of Directors of Leica Microscopy World Wide, Draeger Medical Ag. GmbH, the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation, Michigan Instruments, NelPretec, Phenometrics, and CourseWeaver and as an Advisor to Biophotonic Solutions, Retia Medical, JIT Medicine, Zon Labs, and Hydrosimulatics.