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He is a leader, scientist and business professional with expertise in management, and interpersonal and organizational communications. His experience spans the academic, startup and corporate sectors. Dr. Mulder’s focus at Spectrum is on developing Spectrum Health Innovation’s strategic initiatives, which explore health care problems, inspire idea generation and build community relationships. His goal is to harness talent and engage resources to develop promising new health care technologies.

Prior to joining Spectrum Health in 2013, Dr. Mulder served as director of the Office of Technology Transfer at the Van Andel Research Institute. There he worked directly with researchers to identify, protect and commercialize new technologies. He also served as a biotech consultant with the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center’s tech team, where he assisted with the growth of Michigan-based biotechnology startups by applying his diversified skillset encompassing technology evaluation, intellectual property, business plan and grant writing, venture capital, as well as structure and negotiation of complex license agreements. Additionally, Dr. Mulder’s research in the field of DNA replication and repair, combined with his passion to invent, led him to assume a lead role as senior scientist and member of the board of directors at Visigen Biotechnologies, a University of Houston biotech startup focused on the creation of a novel, next-generation, DNA sequencing technology; acquired by Life Technologies.

Dr. Mulder graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in biology from University of Houston in 1996 and a doctorate in biology in 2002. His doctoral thesis was entitled “Improvements in the fidelity of HIV-1 reverse transcriptase with gamma-phosphate modified nucleotides.” He earned a Master of Business Administration from Grand Valley State University in 2008. He currently serves on the Invest Michigan Investment Review Committee, Wayne State University’s MTRAC Review Committee, and the University of Michigan MiKickstart Review Committee.

Anthony earned his Bachelor’s from Central Michigan University in Entrepreneurship with a focus in Business Information Systems, Management and Marketing and earned a Master’s in Healthcare Innovation from Arizona State University. Anthony is active in volunteering his time outside of work within the Grand Rapids area, as well serving on Central Michigan University’s Young Alumni Board and Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Emerging Leaders Council.

Jessica was awarded her Associate degree in Business Administration from Muskegon CC and Bachelor degree in Business Science Management from Cornerstone University.

In addition to engineering, Eric has had success as the CEO and founder of a startup, having won several business plan competitions and raised grant and private funding. He has earned MSE in Mechanical Engineering and his BSE in Product Design and Manufacturing Engineering from Grand Valley State University.

He serves on the industry advisory board for MSU Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering (BAE) and the KCTC Health Science Early College Academy’s Biomed program. In addition, he is a member of the RSNA 3D Printing in Medicine Special interest Group.

Kris held several leadership roles including charge nurse, supervisor of the short stay surgical unit, and nurse manager of the observation unit, admission/intake unit and chest pain center. Kris successfully transitioned the surgical short stay unit to an emergency department observation unit and managed a $1.2M unit renovation.  She opened and closed the admission/intake unit during flu seasons and challenging census peaks.  Kris is completing PI bronze certification and has participated in and led a number of VSAs, RIEs and A3s within the system.

Kris joined the Spectrum Health Innovations team in January of 2015 as a clinical innovation specialist, leveraging her nursing and leadership experience to help develop new healthcare products and technologies.

Kris is a BSN graduate of Ferris State University. Kris has been trained in human centered design at the Luma Institute and has a certification in Healthcare Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Duke University.

Kris is a member of the American Nurse Association and the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses.

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