Saul Kaplan is the founder and Chief Catalyst of the Business Innovation Factory. BIF works to create a real world laboratory for innovators to explore and test new business models and system level solutions in areas of high social importance including: health care, education, energy independence, public safety, and quality of life.
Kaplan also is a member of the Board of Directors for Family Services of Rhode Island. Kaplan was appointed to the Rhode Island Science and Technology Advisory Council and is a member of the Board of Overseers for Roger Williams University.
Prior to focusing on business model and system level innovation at the Business Innovation Factory, Kaplan served as the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation and as the Executive Counselor to the Governor on Economic and Community Development. Kaplan created Rhode Island’s unique innovation @ scale economic development strategy aimed at increasing the state’s capacity to grow and support an innovation economy, including an effort to turn the state’s compact geography and close knit public and private sector networks into a competitive advantage.
Kaplan also served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Quonset Development Corporation and the Slater Technology Fund. Prior to his state leadership role in economic development, Kaplan served as a Senior Strategy Partner in Accenture’s Health & Life Science practice and worked broadly throughout the pharmaceutical, medical products, and biotechnology industry. Kaplan holds an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute focusing on the strategic management of technology and a BS in Pharmacy from the University of Rhode Island.