Michael Fountain holds three faculty appointments at USF, serving as the John & Beverley Grant Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship, a professor in the College of Engineering, and a professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine. He currently serves as founding director of the USF Center for Entrepreneurship and the director for university-wide, interdisciplinary entrepreneurship educational programs. The Center's national prominence is evidenced by receipt of top national awards in 2004, 2005, and 2006 and is ranked among the top 25 best graduate entrepreneurship programs by Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine for the USF graduate entrepreneurship educational programs in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Dr. Fountain also, serves as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Tampa Bay Research and Innovation Center (TBRIC) housed at the USF Center for Advanced Medical and Learning Simulation (CAMLS) located in downtown Tampa.
An expert in creating, financing, and growing biotechnological, medical device, and life science companies, Dr. Fountain founded or cofounded seven new ventures (three later publicly traded companies) and patented and commercialized numerous innovative medical and diagnostic products (including sustained release anti-cancer drugs, genetically engineered diagnostic products for autoimmune diseases, microencapsulated dermatologic products and vaccine products for prevention of human and animal infectious disease). He was a pioneer in the development and application of the use of phospholipids in micro- and nano-particle technologies for drug encapsulation. Dr. Fountain has been instrumental in the development and deploying of entrepreneurial programs on an international level. He has served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation overseeing strategy, venture capital and private equity, and life sciences entrepreneurship.
Fountain received an Honors BS from Samford University, MS and PhD from Auburn University, and MBA from Bristol University. He also completed advanced studies in education theory at USF. During his corporate career he served in leadership roles including chief scientific officer, chief executive officer and chairman of the board. Currently, Dr. Fountain serves on numerous advisory boards relating to the fields of biotechnology and life sciences.
- GEB 6930/EIN 6935 - Strategic Market Assessments for New Technologies
- GEB 6930/EIN 6935 - New Product Development
- GEB 6930 - Advanced Topics in Entrepreneurship
- Baker, W., Cadenhead, G., Dickson, P., Flock, Z, Fountain, M., Jones, E., Leigh, Tom, Lingard, J., Lusch, R., Noble, C., O'Donnell, M., Rindfleisch, A., Theroux, J. Business Education Transformation for America. Backbone Press LLC. Portsmouth, N.H. (2012) 1-36.
- Spangler, E., White, J., Kasti,M. and Fountain, M.W. 2012. Asset Mapping of a Major Research University Using Innovation Hub Modeling. Technology and Innovation (in press).
- Smith,A., Giunta, B., Bickford,P.C., Fountain, M., Tan,J., and Shytle, R.D. 2010 Nanolipidic Particles Improve the Bioavailability and Alpha-Secretase Inducing Ability of Epigallocatechin-3-Gallate (EGCG) for the Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease. International Journal of Pharmaceutics 389 (2010) 207-212..
- Executive Director, Tampa Bay Research and Innovation Center at the Center for Advanced Medical and Learning Simulation
- Boards of Directors: Intezyne Technologies, Inc., Tampa Bay Innovation Center, USF CONNECT
- Advisory Boards: USF Students in Free Enterprise, Nanosolutions, LLC., Transgenex DDS and Proteacel, LLC.
- Business and Scientific Advisor: Dermazone Solutions, Inc., NanoSolutions, LLC.
- Community Service Boards: Tampa Chamber of Commerce, BioFlorida, Hillsborough County Economic Development
- Research Advisory Board: Auburn University