Vance V. Kershner ’79
Vance Kershner combines years of technological expertise and executive success to drive innovation in bio-informatics. In 2017, Vance created the Kershner Proof of Concept Fund, which supports the initial technology commercialization activities of UD students, postdoctoral researchers, faculty and staff.
After nearly a decade in E.I. duPont de Nemours and Company’s engineering department, Vance founded and currently leads LabWare, a global bio-informatics company that develops and implements laboratory information management systems (LIMS). LabWare has offices in 25 countries, employees in more than 50 and customers in 125. The company has received many accolades, including the Delaware Bioscience Association’s 2016 Company of the Year Award, Scientific Computing and Instrumentation’s Readers’ Choice Award in LIMS each year from 2000 to 2008, Frost and Sullivan’s European LIMS Company of the Year Award in 2008 and Frost & Sullivan’s Product Quality Leadership Award in LIMS in 2004.
In addition to his role as LabWare’s president and CEO, Vance is also a general partner of the Delaware-based seed and early-stage venture capital firm Leading Edge Ventures. He serves on the board of governors of the Jefferson Awards Foundation, which recognizes, inspires and activates volunteerism and public service in communities, workplaces and schools across America. In 2015, Vance was a Distinguished Career Award honoree in UD’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. He has been a member of the Advisory Council for UD’s College of Engineering since 2012 and currently serves as its chair.