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Space Commerce Institute and The Levan Center of Innovation Successfully Execute Space Medicine Roundtable and Entrepreneurial Cohorts

Written by: Space Foundation Editorial Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — March 20, 2023 — Space Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded in 1983, offering information, education and collaboration for the global space ecosystem, today announced that its Space Commerce Institute and The Alan B. Levan | NSU Broward Center of Innovation successfully executed LEVL5: SPACE DOCK at NSU™ Space Medicine Roundtable and Ideate and Incubate cohorts.

Hosted at the Levan Center of Innovation, the first two entrepreneurial cohorts will assist entrepreneurs in understanding the opportunities available to them in the emerging space ecosystem and developing business strategies to better position their product or service in the global space supply chain. Taught by industry experts and leveraging local resources, programming creates a collaborative environment for companies across diverse industries and backgrounds to engage with one another to expand and sustain the future of space.

Kelli Kedis Ogborn, Space Foundation vice president of space commerce and entrepreneurship, remarked, “The excitement and engagement around our LEVL5: SPACE DOCK at NSU programming has exceeded expectations. South Florida is interested, they are engaged and they are ready to not only bring space to the region but also to make a name for themselves within the ecosystem.”

 “The evolving space sector provides new opportunities for entrepreneurs as the historical barriers to entry are being reduced. There has never been a better time in history for entrepreneurs to provide products and services in collaboration with the public and private environments. Planting the space flag in South Florida is a major milestone for the Alan B. Levan | NSU Broward Center of Innovation and Nova Southeastern University as we successfully launch LEVL5: SPACE DOCK at NSU in partnership with Space Foundation. This coinvested strategic partnership will change the nature of how entrepreneurs build and scale companies in South Florida with local, regional, national and international impact,” said John Wensveen, Ph.D., Chief Innovation Officer at Nova Southeastern University and Executive Director of the Alan B. Levan | NSU Broward Center of Innovation.

With the help of medical experts and community leaders, the Space Medicine Roundtable explored the needs, focus areas, technical challenges, and possible solutions necessary to grow and sustain medical resources for the future of space exploration. Topics included challenges for humans in long-duration space flight; how to anticipate medical needs in harsh and uncharted environments; industries involved in advancing space medicine; and how community members can get involved to think creatively for new applications and opportunities in the field.

Space Medicine Roundtable experts:

  • M. Mark Melin MD FACS RPVI FACCWS, Medical Director of the M Health Wound Healing Institute (South Campus) and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the University of Minnesota Surgical Department.
  • Caroline E. Fife, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Intellicure, LLC.
  • Heather Barnhart PT, PhD, CWS, AWCC, CLT-LANA, CLWT, Professor in the Physical Therapy Program at Nova Southeastern University.
  • Danielle Carroll, MD, FAWM.

For more information on the upcoming LEVL5: SPACE DOCK cohorts and roundtable discussions, visit

 About Alan B. Levan | NSU Broward Center of Innovation (Levan Center)

The Alan B. Levan | NSU Broward Center of Innovation (Levan Center) is a public-private partnership between Nova Southeastern University (NSU) and Broward County. The Levan Center is the world’s first “theme park” for entrepreneurs and supporting stakeholders located in a 54,000 sq. ft. purpose-built facility in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The Levan Center is focused on three themes (innovation, technology, entrepreneurship) and four pillars known as the Founder’s Journey (Ideate, Incubate, Accelerate, Post-Accelerate). The Levan Center serves the NSU and South Florida communities, resulting in breakthrough ideation, new technologies, job creation, talent skills pipeline, new company formation, philanthropic initiatives and scaling of early-stage and young startup companies. Each of the four pillars are supported by customized programs, events and wraparound services. The Levan Center is an economic and educational development engine for serving South Florida with local, regional, national and international impact. By powering the innovation ecosystem, the Levan Center is a major stakeholder in the establishment of a tech hub for Broward County and South Florida. For more information, please visit

About Space Commerce Institute

Space Commerce Institute, established in 2022 by Space Foundation’s Center for Innovation and Education, offers programs and resources that facilitate growth in the global space ecosystem through Space Foundation University, professional development, consulting and custom programming.  Opportunities span 1) commercializing space patents (tech transfer), 2) utilizing non-space skill sets and unique talents for a space career (technology insertion), 3) building a business that offers a service or product to the space supply chain (knowledge transfer), and 4) leveraging space technology for a non-space company, like data and GPS applications. To learn more about Space Commerce Institute, visit

About Space Foundation

Space Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 1983, offering information, education and collaboration for the global space ecosystem. Driven by partnerships, Space Foundation unites the entire spectrum of stakeholders — business, government, education and local communities — through support from corporate members, sponsors, fundraising and grants. Visit Space Foundation at, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.


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