Michael Fountain

Michael Fountain

Director, Center for Entrepreneurship,
John & Beverley Grant Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship,
Professor, Industrial & Management Systems Engineering,
Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine
Room: BSN 3331
Phone: (813) 974-7900
Fax: (813) 974-6175

Michael Fountain is the founding director of the University of South Florida's Center for Entrepreneurship, where he directs the university-wide undergraduate and graduate interdisciplinary programs in entrepreneurship, including the Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship and the Master of Science Degree in Entrepreneurship in Applied Technologies. He also serves as the faculty Director for the USF Student Innovation Incubator. He holds faculty senior faculty appointments in the Muma College of Business (John and Beverley Grant Endowed Chair), Morsani College of Medicine (professor) and USF College of Engineering (professor). He also serves as an entrepreneur-in-residence at the Tampa Bay Research and Innovation Center.

Under Fountain's direction, the Center for Entrepreneurship has developed national and international prominence as evidenced by top USASBE national awards (Model Specialty Program, Innovative Pedagogy and Innovative New Course) in 2004, 2005, and 2006, the USASBE Conference Pillar Award in Pedagogy in 2009 and national ranking by Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the nation's top graduate entrepreneurship education programs for the last decade. In 2009, Fountain was honored as one of the top 100 business leaders in Tampa Bay by Tampa Bay CEO. He has served as the director of the National Consortium for Life Sciences Entrepreneurship and as an entrepreneur-in-residence with the Kauffman Foundation. He served  as the vice president for development of USASBE for four years and served as a board member-at-large for two years. He served as the national director of the National Consortium for Life Sciences Entrepreneurship from 1999 until 2004, as an entrepreneur-in-residence at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and as a member of the board for the Kauffman Fellows Program. He is a pioneer in the development and adoption of life sciences entrepreneurship as a sub-interdisciplinary specialty in entrepreneurship education linking the disciplines of science, medicine, engineering, sustainability and business.

Fountain was a pioneer in the field of development and application of the use of phospholipids in micro- and nano-particle technologies for drug encapsulation. He has successfully patented and commercialized numerous innovative medical and diagnostic products for the domestic and international marketplace, including sustained release anti-cancer drugs, genetically engineered diagnostic products for autoimmune diseases, microencapsulated dermatologic products and advanced subunit vaccine products for prevention human and animal infectious disease. His research efforts have yielded over 70 peer-reviewed publications, 23 issued US patents, over 70 international patents. His patented technology platforms are currently utilized in over 180 products worldwide. Fountain spent the last 35 years creating, financing, growing and harvesting biotechnology, and medical device and life science companies. In his career prior to coming to USF, Dr. Fountain founded or co-founded eleven new ventures, three of which became publicly traded companies. During his corporate career he has served in a variety of leadership roles including chief scientific officer, chief executive officer and chairman of the board.

Fountain earned an honors bachelor's degree from Samford University, an MS and PhD from Auburn University and an MBA from Bristol University. He also completed advanced studies in Education Theory at USF.


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