Ruben Derderian is an accomplished corporate leader and entrepreneur with more than 35 years of executive level business experience and skills ranging from strategic planning, concept development, funding, and sustainable profitable growth. Mr. Derderian began his executive career as President of Sharplan Lasers in 1988. He joined Herman Miller as Vice President of the Milcare Division in 1990. In 1994, he was named President of Leica’s US Microscopy Division and in 1996 he became President and CEO of Draeger Medical, Inc., a worldwide manufacturer and distributer of medical devices. At Draeger he oversaw a 650-person company with five divisions and $200 million in annual sales.

Since joining the Houston Technology Center in early 2014, Ruben serves as acceleration Director working with companies (or “clients”) who wish to establish their technologies in the US Gulf Coast market. By providing the space at HTC, Ruben guides young startups through the many detailed phases of business growth in order to survive in today’s fast paced tech environment.