H. Jacob Hanchar, is the CEO and a major investor in Digital Dream Labs, an educational technology company based in Pittsburgh. He serves as advisor and investor to many start-up companies in Western PA. Before this, he was a director of River Hill Coal Company in Central Pennsylvania, and was a recognized international consultant on coal markets. With the sale of the metallurgical coal assets more than three years ago, he has turned his attention to smaller companies that have large growth potential.
Hanchar received his doctorate in 2007 from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he focused on research in biological sciences. He studied the effects of alcohol on the brain and discovered alcohol’s potential neuro-receptor. This finding could lead to treatments for alcohol abuse and overdose. He performed post-doctoral work in otolaryngologic disorders, particularly tinnitus, at Rosalind Franklin University in Chicago and the University of Pittsburgh Center for Neuroscience.
Hanchar is believed to be the youngest benefactor to fund an endowment in the Eberly College of Science with his Hanchar Neuroscience Scholarship. He has volunteered for Governor Ed Rendell and State Representative Scott Conklin, and has been a spokesman for DraftObama.org.
Hanchar and his wife, Desiree, live in Pittsburgh with their five children, Gaius, Valentina, Lucius, Tiberius, and Octavius.