Cynthia Bouthot is President of Space Commerce Matters, a company focused on driving innovation and commercialization critical to the creation of a robust space economy. SCM brings many years of experience to the commercial space industry and is focused on helping clients to innovate, commercialize and capitalize in LEO. Prior to SCM, Cynthia spent 8 years at the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) building strategies, methodologies and open innovation competition programs to generate non-traditional commercial demand. As a founding member of CASIS, Cynthia established and developed the demand model for private sector entities, focused on utilization and value creation, which ultimately led to more than 55% of research on board the ISS National Lab being conducted by commercial businesses. Many of these were iconic Fortune 500 companies that have generated over $143M in direct funding, and an additional $33M of third-party-funded sponsored programs. Before joining CASIS, Cynthia spent 9 years working in innovation and new market creation across Europe and Asia. Latterly, she was the Consul, and head of Trade and Investment for the British Consulate in Boston and created a new role as Head of Innovation and R&D for the whole of the UK and US, with a special focus on space and life sciences.
Cynthia has broad experience in both the public and private sectors. She directed management systems for the MA Port Authority and headed up the State’s trade office in London. While in the private sector, Cynthia spent a large part of her career leading change initiatives and implementing challenging technology programs. Cynthia was Global Lead of Business Readiness for EMC’s ERP implementation, and as Director of Industry Consulting at Benchmarking Partners, she worked with a range of public and private clients on technology change initiatives.
Cynthia regularly speaks to audiences and moderates panels on innovation, commercialization, and entrepreneurship. She has many professional affiliations including being on the Board of Directors for both Mass Challenge and Mass Ventures - an appointment from Governor Charlie Baker. Cynthia began her career with Honeywell Bull in finance and auditing. She holds a B.S. (magna cum laude) from Boston College’s Carroll School of Management with a major in Finance and a master’s degree in International Economics and Finance from Brandeis University.
Molly K. Mulligan, Ph.D.
Director of Commercialization Strategies
Molly K. Mulligan, Ph.D. is the Director of Commercialization Strategies at Space Commerce Matters. Prior to SCM, Molly worked for the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space [CASIS] managing and capturing customers from the pharmaceutical and biotech arena, as well as helping with open innovation competition programs. All of this was done with the aim of generating commercial demand for research on the International Space Station National Lab [ISS NL]. Molly was able to add several new, large pharmaceutical companies to the list of commercial ISS NL users.
Molly spent time in Israel working for Implementation Partner, SpacePharma where, she headed up the hardware team that built the payloads for executing biological research experiments in LEO, as well as working as a technical business development agent. While at SpacePharma Molly received four patents for the hardware built by her and her team. Additionally, Molly won a $1M grant from H2020 for the development of a space worthy pump to run lab-on-a-chip systems in space. Molly joined SCM in January 2019.
Molly has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Her research focused on microfluidic devices and how fluids behave on the micron scale. Molly completed her post-doctoral work in Biomedical Engineering at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. At the Technion, Molly's work continued to focus on microfluidic devices, this time looking at breathing lung models.
Jonathan volk, Ph.D.
Director of Commercialization Strategies
Dr. Jonathan Volk, Ph.D. is Director of Commercialization Strategies for Space Commerce Matters (SCM). He focuses on strategy development, demand generation, product & proposition development, impact measurement, and market analysis. Prior to joining SCM, he was the Commercial Innovation Manager for the Center for Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) from 2013-2019. While there, he developed and managed scientific research projects which utilized the U.S. National Lab on the International Space Station (ISS), with a focus on commercial customers in the advanced material, industrial, energy, and remote sensing sectors. Jonathan led the team that recruited the NSF to form a multi-million dollar sponsored program with CASIS to conduct transport, fluid physics, and combustion studies on the ISS. During his time as the CASIS program manager of this joint NSF initiative, Jonathan integrated additional NSF programs to the partnership, resulting in over double the amount of annual funding available to support ISS research. Jonathan also served as program manager of the annual Boeing-CASIS-Mass Challenge Innovation Competition, which supported various start-ups in flying research to the ISS. Additionally, Jonathan developed and managed the use of the Alpha Space external platform for a multi-million dollar open innovation competition.
Prior to CASIS, Jonathan worked for 6 years as a researcher for Quantum Technology Sciences, Inc. focused on advanced material and system development. He received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame (2002), and a Ph.D. from the University of Florida (2006), also in Chemical Engineering. His Ph.D. research was supported by NASA and had strong applications to microgravity and space environments. He joined SCM in January 2019.