From The Big Easy to Charm City, Aaron Miscenich has been a champion of entrepreneurship throughout his distinguished career. Named Executive Director of bwtech in 2019, Aaron brings a wealth of experience and expertise to bwtech and Maryland’s burgeoning tech ecosystem.
“I am thrilled to be a part of the extraordinary UMBC community,” Aaron states. “UMBC’s exceptional capabilities in technology and bio- life-sciences present enormous opportunities to make a profound impact on the region’s economic development and our broader society.”
Born and raised in New Orleans, Aaron and his family have been impressed with the warm welcome they have received in their new Maryland home. “In my time at UMBC, I have been touched and inspired by the genuine enthusiasm and warmth of this community. I am excited to be a part of this vibrant collective that shares a vision for driving innovation, collaboration, progress, and making a meaningful, positive impact.”
Aaron’s vision for Maryland’s oldest technology research park is ambitious. His goal is to expand upon bwtech’s success by evolving it into a convener and connector hub, focused on diverse and inclusive innovation and successful commercialization. To achieve this, Aaron and his team are rethinking bwtech’s physical spaces and enhancing its programs and services, bringing together researchers, students, industry, government, and other stakeholders to accelerate and grow successful organizations.
Prior to joining bwtech, Aaron served as President of the New Orleans BioInnovation Center, a business incubator that focused on developing a local biosciences industry centered on university technologies. Companies at the BioInnovation Center were engaged in a variety of life sciences innovations, including medical devices, therapeutic drugs, and green technologies.
Aaron joined the BioInnovation Center after a decade in the capital industry, where he managed equity investments, alternative finance/mezzanine lending, and senior debt transactions. He also served as interim Executive Director of the Louisiana Cancer Research Center and adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at Tulane University. He holds a B.S. in Physics from the University of New Mexico and an M.B.A. from Tulane University.