Tech Advancement

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Mizzou Innovator



Investment, business, tech-transfer and faculty pros will share
what it takes to commercialize early-stage innovations.

For MU faculty, staff and students; free and open to the public

Part of Bringing Up Business: Mid-Missouri’s Innovation Week

Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, 1-5pm
Monsanto Auditorium
Bond Life Sciences Center
MU campus

Sponsored by Thompson Coburn
Thompson Coburn LLP logo

1:00 pm


photo of Dr. McIntosh Mark A. McIntosh, UM System Vice President for Research and Economic Development; MU Vice Chancellor for Research, Graduate Studies and Economic Development


Keynote Presentation

Photo of Michael HelmstetterThe Power of University Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Michael Helmstetter, co-founder, president and chief executive officer of capital development company TechAccel and an expert in startups, spinoffs and technology advancement

1:45 pm

Panel Discussion

Show Me the Money! Tips on Finding the Right Funding

Photo of Michael Helmstetter

Moderator and panelist: Michael Helmstetter

photo of Brian Struchtemeyer

Brian Struchtemeyer, managing director of Grey Iris Holdings

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Steve O'Connor, chief executive officer of ImpeDx Diagnostics and an MU entrepreneur in residence

Photo of Sandra Marin

Sandra Marin, unit head, entrepreneurship and industry engagement in the MU Extension Business & Communities Program

2:30 pm

Refreshment break & networking

3:00 pm

Next-Big-Thing Presentations


Photo of Shawn XuSustainable poultry farming technologies

Shawn Xu, associate research professor of engineering; chief technology officer and a founder of Heartland Farm Energy


Photo of Xu HanCell cryopreservation solutions and devices

Xu Han, assistant research professor of engineering; president of CryoCrate

3:40 pm

Video: Mizzou Tech Transfer

3:45 pm

Mizzou Startup Success: Becoming Elemental Enzymes


photo of Katie Thompson Katie Thompson, co-founder and COO of Elemental Enzymes

4:15 pm

Panel Discussion

Passion, Panic and Purpose: Inside the Minds of High-Growth Entrepreneurs

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Moderator: Joni Cobb, president and CEO of Pipeline Entrepreneurs

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Tom Cohen,
co-founder and CEO of Nanopore Diagnostics

Photo of Michelle Faits

Michelle Faits, co-founder and CEO of Pro-Arc Diagnostics

5:00 pm

Happy Hour in Mezzanine Area

Pints + Popcorn With Pipeline


Be sure to stick around at the end of the conference for happy hour. This is a chance for you to network with high-performance entrepreneurs and learn more about how to become a 2018 Pipeline Fellow. Beer, wine and light snacks courtesy of Pipeline.


Questions? Contact Laura Roloff at 573-884-0023 or


Last Updated: February 1, 2019