Seawolf Holdings, LLC

Dr. Helena Wisniewski, Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Studies, created the following technology commercialization and venture fund structure to commercialize technology based on faculty and student research at UAA. The UA Board of Regents approved the fund structure in July 2012. Dr. Wisniewski was elected President of Seawolf Holdings in August 2012, and the Board of Directors of Seawolf Holdings, LLC was approved by the Regents in September 2012. 

UAA Technology Commercialization and Private Investment Structure

The purpose of Seawolf Holdings is to: 

  • Provide a corporate interface between UAA and its enterprise companies
  • To protect the university and limit its liabilities
  • Holding and commercializing Intellectual Property
  • Manage companies and enterprises

The functions of Seawolf Holdings include:

  • Overseeing the subsidaries
  • Determinine which University Intellectual Property is commercializable and advise the fund
  • License Intellectual Property to the IP/Sub LLC
  • Review and approve all investment and divestment decisions until a 3- to 5-person investment committee is formed

The purpose of the Seawolf Venture Fund is to:

  • Provide early-stage investment in select startup companies as a for-profit private equity fund
  • Enhance the reputation of Anchorage as a center for technology advancement and innovation
Seawolf Holdings, LLC
Board of Directors

Dr. Helena S. Wisniewski, FNAI, Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Studies at UAA, President Seawolf Holdings, Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

  • Senior executive/leadership experience – government, industry, academia (includes: DARPA, CIA, Lockheed, Titan, Stevens Institute of Technology).
  • Technological entrepreneur – launched and sold startup companies and is a Founding Director of the Arctic Domain Awareness Center at UAA.
  • Serves on public and private Boards of Director and government committees.

Mr. Thomas Hook, CEO, Q Holding Company.

  • Former President/CEO of Integer Holdings: largest medical device outsource manufacturer in the world.
  • Led and successfully integrated acquisitions across the globe.
  • Serves on Boards of Directors of public companies.

Mr. Stephen Socolof, Managing Partner, Tech Council Ventures.

  • Founder and Managing Partner of New Venture Partners - a global venture capital firm dedicated to corporate technology spin-outs with over $700 million under management.
  • NVP Launched 50 companies built upon innovations from (Lucent, British Telecom, Boeing, GE, IBM, Intel).

Dr. John Bischoff, Managing Partner of Half Moon Ventures LLC and Adjunct Professor, George Washington University

  • Former Vice President of Finance and Operations, America Online, Inc.
  • Held executive positions at IBM, including IBM Research at Watson Labs.
  • Serves on corporate and university boards.

Mr. John Wanamaker, Managing Member, Alaska Venture Partners

  • Active angel investment practice investing in companies both in and out of Alaska.
  • Founded/co-founded 7 companies.
  • Investor/Director of the Boardroom, and Vertical Harvest Hydroponics.
  • Serves on public and private Boards of Directors.

Dr. John Sibert, Founding Chairman, National Association of Seed & Venture Funds

  • Founding Executive Director, Alaska Science &Technology Foundation.
  • Former COO Tech Transfer & Industry Collaboration, California State University Institute.
  • Member of private and public Boards of Directors.

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