AgTech Innovation Summit 2017 - Startup Panel


Cynthia Faullin, University of Illinois Research Park

Cynthia is the Assistant Director for Operations in the Research Park where she oversees management and leasing of the EnterpriseWorks incubator, program implementation, and metrics.


Kannan Puthuval, The Scotts Company

Kannan Puthuval is a graduate of the College of LAS at Illinois with a BS in Integrative Biology. His work connects biology and agricultural research with technology and consumer products. He has worked with a successful agricultural tech startup incubated in the Research Park, as well as a consulting firm that works with local clients on agricultural tech projects.

Kaustubh Bhalerao, Soil Diagnostics

Dr. Kaustubh Bhalerao is the CEO of Soil Diagnostics Inc. and an Associate Professor of Biological Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a program in Bioinstrumentation and Synthetic Biology. He brings extensive experience in automation, instrumentation, and the integration of hardware with Web technologies.

Kenneth Watkin, Lipotec Laboratories LLC

Kenneth L Watkin, PhD, is a biomedical engineer. He has been a faculty member at the University of Washington, University of Wisconsin, Madison, McGill University and the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. At UIUC, he was a member of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. Dr Watkin is the founder of Lipotec Laboratories LLC. The focus of Lipotec is the advancement of biologic solutions for agriculture.

Al Eisaian, IntelinAir, Inc.

IntelinAir, Inc. is an Aerial Information Analytics company serving the agriculture industry. Previously, Al was the co-founder and CEO of IconApps, Inc. and Integrien Corporation and the Global Head of Product for Opera Solutions. Al has an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University and a BSEE from Oklahoma State University.

Lei Tian, Ag-Sensus

Ag-Sensus was founded to develop and commercialize the near-real-time remote sensing system for agriculture and unmanned aerial system precision farming data management technology developed by Dr. Lei Tian. UIUC is one of the world’s leading research institutions and Dr. Tian, President and CTO of Ag-Sensus,
is also the founding director of the Illinois Laboratory of Agricultural Remote Sensing and a recognized world leader in remote sensing for agricultural applications.