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Elizabeth Mirowski

(703) 292-2936
Program Director

Program Responsibilities:
Future Manufacturing (FM)


joined the U.S. National Science Foundation as an SBIR/STTR program director in 2020. Prior to joining NSF, Ela was a founder and CEO of Verellium, a medical device startup. At Verellium, she built strong collaborative partnerships across industry, academia and federal labs to develop novel solutions for clinical imaging that resulted in new products and new market segments. She also worked for High Precision Devices, where she successfully transferred several technologies into prototypes and commercialized them, creating a successful standalone company, QalibreMD, in just three years. As a principal investigator on SBIR grants from several federal agencies, Ela led program direction — including research, engineering, manufacturing and market development. In addition, she engaged in fundraising from venture capital and private equity sources. For more than 17 years, Ela worked and consulted for small businesses, managing the development of technologies involving photonics for displays, semiconductor electronics, renewable energies, nanomaterials and microchip platforms for evaluating neural growth and biological processes at the single-molecule level. Ela holds a doctorate in physical chemistry from the University of Colorado; a bachelor's in chemistry from Columbia University; and completed a National Research Council postdoctoral program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.