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Entrepreneur of the Year Honored

Brendan McKernan ’00

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In October, Brendan McKernan ’00 was named the 2006 William F. Glaser ’53 Rensselaer Entrepreneur of the Year. McKernan is co-founder and vice president of operations of Agencourt Bioscience Corporation, a provider of nucleic acid purification products and genomic services for life science research based in Massachusetts.

McKernan is both the youngest Rensselaer Entrepreneur of the Year, and the first graduate of Rensselaer’s Lally School of Management and Technology MBA program to be so honored.

“Brendan has applied his substantial management skills to advancing scientific discovery by accelerating the move of scientific innovation into the marketplace for the benefit of society. In doing so, in the great Rensselaer tradition, he truly is changing our world. We applaud him for what he has accomplished in such a short time, and watch with great anticipation for what is yet to come from this extraordinary, visionary entrepreneur,” said President Shirley Ann Jackson.

As Agencourt’s vice president of operations, McKernan oversees the implementation and execution of the company’s operational strategy. He holds a bachelor’s in management science from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa., and an MBA from Rensselaer’s Lally School of Management and Technology. While a student at Rensselaer, he received the Delmar W. Karger Award in Management for outstanding academic and leadership achievements.

During his visit to campus, he spoke about his business and entrepreneurial experiences to members of the Rensselaer and surrounding community during a keynote address titled “This Is My Life.” He also participated in a panel discussion titled “The Science, Policy, and Business of Biotechnology” that included Michael Gausling ’80, managing partner of Originate Ventures; Kevin Hykes, vice president of Enterprise Alliances at Medtronic; Dr. Lawrence Sturman, director of the Wadsworth Center; and Carl Rosner ’63, principal founder of CardioMag Imaging.

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