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LES Chicago Chapter Meeting

When: Wednesday, March 25, 2015
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Where: The Mid America Club
200 E Randolph Drive
80th Floor
Chicago, Illinois  60608
United States

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Thursday, February 19, 2015
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
(lunch will be served)

222 West Merchandise Mart Plaza
Suite 1230
Chicago, Illinois 60654

Boosting Start-ups in Chicago
(Panel Presentation and Discussion)

Dr. Steven Gould, Interim Director, Chicago Innovation Mentors
Ms. Barbara Goodman, Senior Vice President, iBIO Institute’s PROPEL Center
Dr. Maryam Saleh, Director, Member Experience, MATTER 

Dr. Kate Berezutskaya, Partner, Greer Burns & Crain (LES Chicago Chapter Co-Chair)

Please join us for an informative luncheon event focusing on three key organizations in Chicago dedicated to assisting start-up companies and creating an entrepreneurial culture in Chicago.  Hear from the leaders of these Chicago-based organizations: Chicago Innovations Mentors - who supply mentors and mentor teams to start-ups; iBIO Institute’s PROPEL Center - who helps guide the development of formation-stage and early-stage life sciences companies by providing entrepreneurs with access to specialized resources and expertise to prepare them for early-stage funding; and MATTER a new incubator space for healthcare start-ups located in the Merchandise Mart.  Each organization will present its mission and services offered followed by a discussion and live Q&A.

Early, by 2-17-15, 12 noon CST
LES Members: $35
Non-Members: $45
Students & MATTER Members, PROPEL companies & CIM mentors & mentees: $20

LES Members: $45
Non-Members: $55 
Students & MATTER Members, PROPEL companies & CIM mentors & mentees: $20

Online Registration Deadline: 2-18-15, 12 noon CST 

No refunds after 2-18-15
Substitutions are permitted

Dr. Steven Gould, Interim Executive Director, Chicago Innovation Mentors
Steve presently serves as the Interim Executive Director of Chicago Innovation Mentors (CIM).   He is the Founder and Principal of The Gould Consulting Group LLC, which provides advisory services to companies and universities seeking to develop and capitalize on biotechnology and life science innovations, and to venture investors evaluating promising and potentially transforming companies working in areas of disruptive science.  He is a member of the Board of Governors for MATTER and also serves as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at UChicagoTech, the Center for Technology Development and Ventures at the University of Chicago. Steve was previously a scientific founder and Chairman and CEO of Northfield Laboratories Inc., a publicly traded biotechnology company that was focused on developing a hemoglobin-based oxygen carrier as a blood substitute.  Prior to Northfield he was Chief of Surgery at Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center and a member of the faculty at the University of Chicago and then the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Steve received his B.A. degree from Williams College and his M.D. degree from Boston University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training in surgery at Yale and the University of Vermont, and a research fellowship at Michael Reese and the University of Chicago. 

Barbara Goodman, Senior Vice President, PROPEL iBIO Institute
Barbara Goodman joined iBIO – the Illinois Biotechnology Industry Organization in December 2007 and has over eighteen years of experience in the planning and implementation of strategic growth initiatives at both for-profit and not-for-profit corporations.  She is now responsible for leading iBIO Institute’s PROPEL Center, programs aimed at increasing the number and success rate of early-stage life sciences companies in Illinois as well as supporting iBIO’s international activities.  Before joining iBIO and the iBIO Institute, Barbara worked in corporate strategy and business development at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Cardinal Health in its Medical Products & Services Division, and Chesapeake Corporation (Richmond, Virginia).  Barbara earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s of Business Administration from Thunderbird School of Global Management.  Barbara serves on the Board of Governors of Chicago Innovation Mentors, as the Co-Chair of the Council of State Bioscience Institutes’ Entrepreneurship Committee, on the Advisory Board for the University of Illinois Urbana – Champaign’s Professional Science Masters program, and on the External Advisory Board of University of Illinois at Chicago’s Bioengineering Program.  

Dr. Maryam Saleh, Director, Member Experience, MATTER
Maryam is passionate about moving research into the market, where it can have impact and improve lives. Her path started off at Cyberkinetics Neurotechnology Systems, Inc. where she teamed up with neuroscientists at Brown University to spin out a brain implant designed to help restore movement in paralyzed individuals. She’s also performed research herself, while pursuing her PhD in Computational Neuroscience at the University of Chicago. Most recently, she founded the Center for Device Development at Northwestern University, a fellowship program in medical device innovation, where doctors and engineers test drive their own medical device business idea. She also mentors student startups across the United States as a consultant for VentureWell. Through her work, she’s come to realize the importance of building bridges between stakeholders in order to move an opportunity forward. Her goal as MATTER’s new Director of Member Experience is to actively engage with MATTER’s members to build an experience that is customized to address their individual needs.


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