Terry Adams

Mr. Terry Adams has vast experience across numerous FMCG/CPG product categories, including Food, Beverages, Home Care, and Personal Care in the fields of scientific research and product development. He began his career at Procter and Gamble in Cincinnati, Ohio as a product researcher in the Soaps and Detergents Division.

Mr. Adams joined the Dial Corporation (now a company of Henkel) in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he became the Manager of Process Development for the Personal Care Division. He was later appointed Manager of International Technology Coordination, covering all of Dial Corporation’s product categories.

Mr. Adams joined the Kimberly-Clark Corporation in several roles, eventually appointed the Senior Research Manager of the Global Intellectual Asset Management (GIAM) Team. Mr. Adams provided strategic coordination of Kimberly-Clark’s 3500 patent families and other global intellectual assets across numerous technologies.

Mr. Adams relocated to Vevey, Switzerland, and joined Nestlé as Assistant Vice President and Head of the Technology Intellectual Property (TIP) function within Research and Development, a matrix network across 28 technology centers in 10 countries. He later took on additional responsibilities for the operational and support functions of the Intellectual Asset Management and Patent departments, including competitive intelligence, technology scouting, IT systems, and managing external IP law firms.

Mr. Adams started Lopaka Consulting LLC before relocating back to the US. He joined the Office of Research staff at Howard University in May 2020 to lead the Iintellectual Property and Innovation unit, where he is tasked with building out the IP function at the University.

Mr. Adams is one the IAM Strategy 300 World’s Leading IP Strategists designated for individuals who are leading the way in the development and implementation of strategies that maximize the value of IP portfolios.

Mr. Adams received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Chemical Engineering from Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Kebreten Manaye, MD

Kebreten Manaye is a Professor and Chair of Physiology and Biophysics at one of the premier Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Howard University. Kebreten is the past Director of Graduate Studies in her department and has enhanced the participation of minorities in cutting-edge STEM programs. She is co-PI of the NIH-funded Howard University Advancing Diversity in Aging Research (HUADAR) program that identifies bright minority students from STEM disciplines early during their undergraduate years. She prepares them to successfully compete for graduate studies and other professional careers through extensive mentoring and training. She also has contributed to the Center for Brains, Minds, and Machines (CBMM), one of the NSF Science and Technology Centers, and for two decades has trained and mentored promising students through the Step-Up NIH program. Dr. Manaye is a gifted mentor to her students and faculty and fosters diversity and equity in medical school. Dr. Manaye has received numerous teaching and research awards. In 2023 she was elected as the first black woman to serve as the President of the Association of Chairs of Physiology Departments.

For NeuroTech Harbor she will serve as PI. Dr. Manaye and her team’s major role is to increase the number of women and URMs innovators through outreach and education, and to enhance equity and accessibility of neuromedical solutions. Her Pathways program will expand diversity amongst neurotech innovators and increase participation by women, Black, LatinX, and communities of color.