Robert “Bob” Schmidt is the founder and chairman of Cleveland Medical Devices, Orbital Research, NeuroWave Systems, and Flocel Inc., and the founder, chairman and CEO of Great Lakes NeuroTechnologies. He received his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering and his MS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; his MBA from the University of Utah, and his Juris Doctor (1981) from Cleveland State University. He is a licensed professional engineer (Ohio, 1976) and an attorney (Ohio, 1981) and US Patent and Trademark Office, 1982). He is a licensed professional engineer and an attorney.”Bob supervised programs for the US military, NIH, NASA, DoEd, DoT, NSF, Exxon, Arco, and Shell. He has over 30 US patents, and has led two companies onto the Inc. 500. He is the only person to have been awarded by Michael Porter of the Harvard Business School and Inc. Magazine the “Inc. Inner City 100 Award” for the fastest growing companies 7 times in the first 7 years of the award.