SAGE Program Leadership: (L to R) Michael Batalia, Arundeep Pradhan, and Ellen Purpus.

SAGE creates opportunity for tech entrepreneurs in Northern Nevada, providing expertise to help companies secure funding
from the U.S. small business innovation research grant programs.

SAGE is a public-private partnership of The University of Nevada, Reno
Office of Enterprise & Innovation (E&I) and Apio Innovation Transfer (APIOiX), a global innovation ecosystem development firm. SAGE provides onsite training programs, webinars, and one-on-one assistance.

Personnel and Leadership


Ellen Purpus, PhD
SAGE Director
Assistant Vice President
Enterprise & Innovation at UNR

Carlos Cardillo, PhD
Nevada Center for Applied Research

Grace Chou, PhD
The Innevation Center

Cara Baird
Technology Manager
Enterprise & Innovation at UNR

Jo Sumrall
Administrative Coordinator
Enterprise & Innovation at UNR


Michael Batalia, PhD
SAGE Program Manager
Director at APIOiX

Arundeep Pradhan, MS
President at APIOiX

Kristin Rencher, MBA
Managing Director at APIOiX

SAGE Board of Advisors

Mridul Gautum, PhD
Vice President for Research & Innovation at UNR

Winnie Dowling
Nevada Small Business Development Corporation

Jeff Saling

Staci Emm
Nevada Cooperative Extension

Kelly Northridge
Managing Partner at Audacity Institute

For More Information

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Or Call
E&I at (775) 784-4821
APIOiX at (503) 335-6998

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