Sam Kogan, PhD

Dr. Kogan has more than 30 years of experience in Research and Development and innovation.  His work has been adopted by leading global companies such as GE, Intel, Siemens, Proctor & Gamble, Novartis, Honda, Motorola, Colgate Palmolive and others.

Dr. Kogan has extensive experience in working with the VC community and startup companies.  He has been a strategic adviser to a number of VC and PE funds, including Northwater Capital, Launch Capital, GEN3 Capital, Lakebridge Capital, and Elliott Group.  He is a co-founder, Board member, and CEO of Powermers Inc, an energy storage development company, and is a Board member of Amastan Technology, a plasma technology company.  Additionally, Dr. Kogan played an instrumental role in starting a number of companies, including Airgain Inc.

Dr. Kogan is a  recognized thought leader in the areas of Systematic Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Technology Development. He regularly speaks at innovation conferences around the world on topics such as the globalization of R&D, emerging markets and technologies, R&D and innovation management, sustainability, clean energy, and energy storage.

Before launching Gen5 Group, Dr. Kogan was CEO of GEN3 Partners and COO and co-founder of Pragmatic Vision International.  Prior to Pragmatic Vision, he was the Director of Innovation Consulting Services at Invention Machine Corp.  He also held senior positions and led research programs with the R&D organizations at ICI and Plastpolymer Corp.

Dr. Kogan is the author of more than 60 articles and 17 patents.  He is also  certified in TRIZ and is a Master Black Belt Six-Sigma specialist.

Dr. Kogan has a Ph.D. in material science from the Institute of Macromolecular Science, Leningrad, Russia and an M.S. cum laude in applied physics from Polytechnic University in Leningrad.

Dr. Kogan remains an integral part of the education community by being a visiting professor at Harvard Business School, Stern Business School at NYU, and Fuqua Business School at Duke University.

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