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Karen Meidlinger

Comcast MachineQ
Director, New Business Ventures IoT

Dr. Karen Meidlinger is the Director, New Business Ventures IoT at machineQShe is particularly focused on partnering with and investing in Internet of Things (IoT) startups of strategic interest to machineQ.

Prior to joining machineQ, Karen was Co-founder and Managing Principal of Meidlinger Partners, LLC, where she was dedicated to investing in, growing and developing water technology, product and service companies that have scalable solutions to clean water and wastewater in an energy efficient manner while meeting governmental standards.

Dr. Meidlinger was an Associate at Johnson & Johnson where she spent almost four years leading innovation management projects, identifying new technologies that would drive future business growth for the corporation, including setting up a seed stage investment platform connect J&J operating divisions with emerging technologies.

Prior to her work at Johnson & Johnson, Karen ran the life science business incubator at the University City Science Center. In this role she identified and transitioned high-growth, technology-based life science companies and advised over 100 start-up companies, including several biotech companies that went from start up to exit, turning $432 million of VC investment into $1.2 billion.

Karen earned her M.B.A. at the University of Cape Town (South Africa). She completed her Ph.D. in marine ecology at the University of Southampton (UK) and her B.Sc. in marine biology at the University of Liverpool (UK). She also completed an entrepreneurship fellowship at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Among other things, she is a professional SCUBA diver who has SCUBA-dived under ice in Antarctica.