We are delighted to announce that Syed Barizuddin, Ph.D., has accepted the position of Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) at the Missouri Innovation Center (MIC). Dr. Barizuddin brings with him an extensive background in technical expertise, research, innovation, and strategic leadership across diverse STEM fields in both academia and industry.

Dr. Barizuddin is an accomplished professional with considerable experience driving technological advancements and spearheading innovative projects. He has demonstrated a strong capability in securing funding, leading cross-disciplinary teams, and creating impactful technologies that address critical challenges in various fields.

Dr. Barizuddin holds patents in various fields of STEM. He has authored many peer-reviewed publications and has been a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a review panel member for the National Science Foundation.

In his previous position as Program Director, at the University of Missouri (MBArC/REACH – NIH), Dr. Barizuddin fostered regional collaboration and supported academic researchers across six midwestern states. Earlier, he was the Founder/CEO, of two start-up companies. During his tenure, the company developed ultra-sensitive biosensing technologies, securing competitive funding, and establishing collaborations with global organizations and multinational companies.

Dr. Barizuddin’s appointment as Vice President and COO marks a valuable addition to the Missouri Innovation Center. His expertise and leadership will drive our mission of fostering innovation and supporting the growth of start-ups and technological advancements in the region.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Syed Barizuddin to his new role. We look forward to his contributions and the continued success of the Missouri Innovation Center.

About Aina Zaresheva

Aina Zaresheva earned her B.S. degree in English as a Second Language Teaching from Saratov State University in Russia. She also has a Master's degree in Russian Arts and another MA degree in Spanish Language Teaching, both from University of Missouri - Columbia. Aina has 7 years of language teaching experience. In 2023, she joined the Missouri Innovation Center as the senior office support assistant.