Jim Heitner

Founding Principal

Jim Heitner has a more than a 10-year track record of success in technology commercialization and venture development.  He has held technology licensing and intellectual property management positions with Emory University, Cornell University, Paradigm Genetics and the University of Georgia and was formerly a Principal with Georgia Venture Partners. Throughout his career, Jim has evaluated, funded or commercialized breakthroughs in biopharmaceuticals, research tools, instrumentation, medical devices (including ophthalmics, cardio, neurological, orthopedic and critical care technologies), nanotechnology, bioenergy, veterinary medicine, agricultural biotechnology, food science and nutraceuticals.

Throughout his career, Jim has assessed more than 500 new technologies, advised more than 100 startup companies, effected 28 debt and equity investments in more than a dozen companies and negotiated more than 70 IP licenses valued over $1M apiece. He’s personally formed or participated in nearly a dozen companies in the life science field including [general description(s)]. This multi-faceted background, combined with his extensive network of life science domain experts has made Jim a sought-after author, speaker and mentor to life science innovators.

Jim earned a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from The University of Georgia and an M.B.A. from Emory University.  He was recently awarded as the 2011 Emerging Leader of the Year by GeorgiaBio, which recognized Jim for his contributions to growing the life science industry in Georgia.

Tyler Tatum


Tyler joined Ripple Management in 2011 to focus on start-up formation and operations, and SBIR funding consulting and management.

Tyler Tatum served as Brainlike’s Chief Executive Officer until November, 2011, during a period when Brainlike generated substantial revenue and converted basic technology to valuable products. Since 2005, Tyler presided over successful efforts to refine Brainlike intellectual property, perform valuable DoD R&D, and secure $4m in defense funding. While overseeing Brainlike technology and business development during his tenure, Tyler gained many valuable insights that continue to inspire Brainlike opportunities and strategy. His career began as a programmer working with Bob Jannarone at Netuitive (then known as Rapid Clip Neural Systems) in 1998, with the successful creation of product code for adaptive monitoring and forecasting. He quickly became Netuitive’s product manager, guiding product shifts from electricity demand forecasting to application performance monitoring. After leaving Netuitive in 2001, Tyler ran Project Planet, a leading environmental services company targeting hotels and hospitality providers. Tyler holds a B.S. in computer science from Cornell University.

Interested in Joining Our Team?

Ripple Management seeks qualified contractors and interns with expertise in many aspects of life science commercialization.  We require a demonstrated understanding of science and technology, combined with interest and/or experience in business, entrepreneurship and technology commercialization.  Further, an ability to work independently, meet deadlines and demonstrate good verbal & written communications skills are also required.

Weekly time commitments can vary greatly dependent upon the project, and can be adjusted for availability. Sample projects include technology evaluations, market research, opportunity analyses, patent research, valuations, business plans, executive summaries, pitches and grant proposals.

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