MidAmerica Healthcare Venture Forum Home


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Conference Chairman

Peter Kleinhenz
Peter  Kleinhenz
Managing Director
CID Capital
Peter Kleinhenz is a Managing Director of CID Capital.  He has been actively involved in technology-based businesses as an entrepreneur, consultant, and investor for over 20 years and leads CID's investments in life sciences.  Prior to joining CID, Peter served as VP of Commercialization for Battelle Memorial Institute and as an independent consultant to The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Battelle, and a variety of life science start-ups.  Peter was CEO of Progenics, a medical device design and manufacturing company, which he sold to Fitch, Inc., an international product design and development firm and served in a variety of senior executive positions at Neoprobe Corporation, a biotech and medical device company focused on cancer diagnostics and therapeutics.  Peter received an MBA from The Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, a BA degree in history from Loyola University of Chicago, and is a Certified Public Accountant, Ohio inactive license. Members List


Advisory Board Members

George Arida
George Arida
Managing Director
Venture Investors, LLC
George Arida is a Managing Director of Venture Investors LLC with a focus on the firm’s healthcare practice.  George currently serves as the Board Chair for Zystor Therapeutics, Inc. and Nerites Corporation, as a Director at ProCertus BioPharm, Inc., Celleration, Inc. and Chromatin, Inc.  He is a Board Observer at NanoBio Corporation.  George is also a Founding Director of the Mid-America Healthcare Investors Network, an association of over forty regional venture capital firms active in early stage healthcare investing.  George most recently served as the CFO for a financial consulting and brokerage firm.  Prior to this, he spent five years at U.S. Filter Corporation in various management and marketing positions, four years with Betz Laboratories in technical sales and field service management, and two years at Alar Engineering as a Process Engineer.  George has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Business Administration degree with high honors from the University of Chicago. Members List


Brian Clevinger
Brian Clevinger
Managing Director
Prolog Ventures
Brian Clevinger is a founder and managing director of Prolog.  Brian has 20 years of experience in all phases of commercial technology development.  He currently focuses on drug delivery, aesthetic materials and devices, and plant biotechnology.  Previously, following an academic career in a tenured position at Washington University in St. Louis, he learned the art of investing at an affiliate of Alafi Capital and then served as founding CEO of a vaccine delivery company.  Brian holds a doctorate in immunology from Indiana University and has completed his postdoctoral fellowship at Washington University. Members List


George Emont
George Emont
Managing Partner
Triathlon Medical Ventures
George Emont is a Managing Partner with Triathlon Medical Ventures and a Managing Partner of the Kentucky Seed Capital Fund.  Mr. Emont’s more than two decades of health care industry experience include 14 years in venture capital.  Prior to joining Triathlon and KCSF, Mr. Emont was Director of Venture Capital for Humana Inc. where he managed a venture capital fund that made investments totaling over $75 million in 11 portfolio companies and three venture funds.  Mr. Emont’s resume includes service with Baxter Healthcare Corporation and IAI Venture Capital Group, followed by the successful launch and eventual sale of oncology-focused biotechnology start-up OncoTherapeutics.  Mr. Emont currently is on the boards of Celleration, Juventas Therapeutics, Pradama, ApoImmune, RhinoCyte, AllTranz and OrthoData.  Mr. Emont is from Granville, Ohio, holds a B.A. from Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. Members List


Jan Garfinkle
Jan Garfinkle
Managing Director
Arboretum Ventures
Jan Garfinkle specializes in medical technology investments, utilizing her educational background in biomedical engineering to select and nurture outstanding companies.  Jan currently serves on the board of directors for HandyLab and NXThera Inc., and as an observer for Aptus Endosystems, BAROnova, Esperion Therapeutics and Uptake Medical.  Prior to founding Arboretum in 2002, Jan spent 20 years in senior management positions and was Founder and President of Strategic Marketing Consultants.  Earlier in her career, Jan was part of the senior management team for two successful medical device start-up companies, advanced Cardiovascular Systems (ACS) and Devices for Vascular Intervention (DVI), both of which were acquired and became part of Guidant Corporation.  Jan earned a BS in Bioengineering from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Members List


Mike Jerstad
Mike Jerstad
Partner
Prairie Gold Ventures
Mike Jerstad is a Partner at PrairieGold Venture Partners, an early stage venture capital firm focused on life science and cleantech opportunities in the Midwest.  He oversees all aspects of the firm’s investment activities, from sourcing, structuring and negotiating investments to serving as a board member for portfolio companies.  Mike focuses on life science opportunities, and represents PrairieGold on the boards of Chronix Biomedical, PetMedicus Labs and Orasi Medical.  Prior to joining PrairieGold, Mike worked in Piper Jaffray's Investment Banking Group in its Minneapolis and San Francisco offices, specializing in merger and acquisition advisory services and public and private equity financing.  Before Piper, Mike was an attorney at Briggs and Morgan in Minneapolis, specializing in business litigation, employment law and contracts.  He received his B.A. from Tufts University, his J.D. from Georgetown University and his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. Members List


Peter Shagory
Peter Shagory
Partner
Baird Venture Partners
Pete is a Partner with Baird Venture Partners in Chicago and oversees the firm’s healthcare and life sciences investment effort.  Prior to joining Baird Venture Partners in 2004, he spent five years at Vector Fund Management, a life-sciences venture capital firm, investing broadly across the medical device and biotechnology fields.  Prior to Vector, he spent over six years in corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions and merchant banking at JP Morgan & Co. and Banc One Capital Corporation.  Pete is currently Board Chairman of Accuri Cytometers, a Board Director of Arbor Surgical Technologies and CoAxia, Inc. and oversees BVP’s investments in Aptus Endosystems, and Celleration, Inc.  He is a former Director of PharMEDium Healthcare Corporation and NimbleGen Systems.  Pete is the founding Chair of AdvaMed’s National Venture Capital Advisory Board and also serves on the Boards of the Mid-America Healthcare Investors Network (MHIN) and the Children’s Memorial Hospital Foundation.  He received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Finance from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and his MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College. Members List


Mina Patel Sooch, MBA
Mina Patel Sooch, MBA
Managing Partner
Apjohn Ventures / Triathlon Medical Ventures
Mina Sooch brings with her over fifteen years of pharmaceutical and healthcare experiences as an entrepreneur, strategy & finance advisor, and venture capitalist.  Since 2000, she has helped co-found Apjohn Ventures, Apjohn Group, and several local start-ups and is current managing parter at Apjohn Ventures (2003 LS Fund) and Triathlon Medical Ventures II.  Mina has served on 9 portfolio company boards as a VC and serves on the boards of the Midwest Healthcare Investment Network and Michigan Venture Capital Association (currently Chariman).  Prior to 2000, Mina spent eight years as a global account manager at Monitor Group, a top tier global strategy consulting firm based in Boston, with her client base consisting of mid-cap and large-cap healthcare companies and multi-billion dollar private equity companies.  With a focus on M&A, she has worked on over 30 deals including $7B Pharmacia & Upjohn merger in 1995.  Mina was also a co-founder of Monitor's Corporate Finance practice in 1998.  Mina received a MBA from Harvard Business School in 1993.  She graduated summa cum laude and commencement speaker from Wayne State University in 1989 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. Members List


Kathleen A Tune
Kathy Tune
Associate
Thomas McNerney Partners
Kathy joined Thomas, McNerney & Partners from Piper Jaffray, where she was a health care analyst focused on medical technology companies.  While at Piper, Kathy covered over 20 companies in the medical device, medical supply and diagnostic areas.  Her background also includes experience in new product development at Solvay, S.A. (in a division that is now part of Wyeth).  Projects at Solvay included the development of vaccines for the prevention of viral infections.  Kathy also was a Senior Scientist in molecular biology at the University of Minnesota, where she worked on the development of molecular biology based assays for the detection of infectious agents.  Kathy is currently a board member of Softscope Medical Technologies, Inc.  Her educational background includes an M.S. degree in Microbiology from the University of Minnesota and an M.B.A. from the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management, where she was a Robert and Gail Buuck Scholar. Members List


Host Committee Chairman

Tom Still
Tom Still
President
Wisconsin Technology Council
Tom Still is president of the Wisconsin Technology Council and the Wisconsin Innovation Network.  He is the former associate editor of the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison.  Still serves on the board of directors for the Wisconsin Security Research Consortium and “We the People/Wisconsin,’ the UW-Extension Board of Visitors, the UW-Madison College of Engineering Industrial Advisory Board, and the WiSys Technology Foundation Advisory Board, among other civic and business groups.  He moderated the Wisconsin Economic Summits (2000-2003) and writes a syndicated column that appears regularly in 24 publications.  He is a lecturer in the UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.  Still is the co-author of “Hands-On Environmentalism,” published by Encounter Books, New York. Members List


Host Committee Members

Mark Bugher
Mark Bugher
Director
University Research Park
Mark Bugher became the Director of University Research Park in the fall of 1999.  He manages and directs all activities for the Park, a 515 -acre research park owned and operated by the University of Wisconsin-Madison.   Mark was appointed by Governor Tommy G. Thompson to serve as Secretary of the Department of Administration (DOA) in 1996.  Prior to his DOA appointment, Mark served as Secretary of Revenue (DOR) beginning in October 1988 to 1996.  Before joining the Thompson Administration, Mark was home secretary for U.S. Congressman Steven C. Gunderson in Wisconsin’s Third Congressional District.  He currently serves as Chair of The Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce Board and Marshfield Clinic Advisory Board.  He serves on the Vilas Trust board as well as Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance Board, First Business Financial Services Board and is former Chair of The Madison Economic Development Commission. Members List


Carl Gulbrandsen
Carl Gulbrandsen
Managing Director
Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
Carl E. Gulbrandsen is the Managing Director of Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, the patent management organization for the University of Wisconsin Madison.  He is also President of WiCell™ Research Institute and Chair of the Morgridge Institute for Research.  Mr. Gulbrandsen received his B.A. degree from St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota.  He received a Ph.D degree in physiology from the University of Wisconsin –Madison and a J.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School.  From 1981 until 1992 he was in the private practice of law.  Mr. Gulbrandsen’s law practice concentrated on intellectual property with a specialty in patent prosecution and litigation.  Mr. Gulbrandsen has been with WARF since 1997.  Prior to becoming its Managing Director, Mr. Gulbrandsen was WARF’s Director of Patents & Licensing.  Mr. Gulbrandsen is an adjunct professor in the Department of Physiology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is on the faculty of the Masters of Biotechnology program that is resident in the Department of Physiology. Members List


Lorrie Keating Heinemann
Lorrie Keating Heinemann
Secretary
Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions
Lorrie Keating Heinemann was appointed by Governor Jim Doyle in 2003 to serve as Secretary of the Department of Financial Institutions (DFI).  DFI is the primary regulatory agency for 232 banks, 250 credit unions, 114,000 securities representatives, and the corporate filing agent for 140,000 LLCs and 130,000 business corporations.  In 2004, Heinemann co-founded the Wisconsin Angel Network (WAN) with the Wisconsin Technology Council (WTC), which was recognized by Inc. Magazine and the National Governor’s Association as a best practice in angel investing.  She serves as Chair of WAN’s Angel Advisory Committee, on the WTC’s Board and a Trustee for WiSys Technology Foundation, an affiliate of WARF (Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation).  Prior to her position, Heinemann founded an investment firm in 1985 and 5 years later merged it into Valley Bank, where she built a portfolio from $10 million to $150 million of assets under management.  Lorrie holds a BBA from UW Eau Claire, a MBA from UW Oshkosh and Series 7 and Series 24 securities licenses.  Lorrie is a 2007 graduate of the Venture Capital Institute. Members List


Joe Hildebrandt
Joe Hill
Medical College of Wisconsin
Office of Research, Technology & Informatics
Mr. Hildebrandt brings 30 years of experience in business law, finance, securities and venture capital.  He was a Senior Partner at Foley & Lardner, where he was founder and chair of the Emerging Companies/Venture Capital Team.  In addition to counseling high tech, biotech and other growth companies and structuring over 350 private placement offerings, Joe has personally invested in over 80 private companies, has been a vice president of a small investment brokerage firm, and manager of several venture capital partnerships.  He was a co-organizer of the Governor’s Summits on Venture Capital and participated in drafting Wisconsin legislation for partnership, corporation, LLC, tax credit and securities laws.  Joe earned his BBA and MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his JD from Harvard Law School.  He serves on the boards of Avid Ratings, Capitol Bankshares, and Michelle’s Miracles, and as board observer to TrafficCast International, and Stemina Biomarker Discovery. Members List


Joseph O. Hill, Ph.D.
Joseph O. Hill, Ph.D
Director & VP of Technology Development
Medical College of Wisconsin Research Foundation
Joseph Hill received his Ph.D. in Microbiology from West Virginia University in 1977 and spent 16 years in New Mexico and New York as a translational research scientist studying the immunology of infectious diseases.  In 1993, Dr. Hill joined the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW).  As Director of the MCW Research Foundation and Vice President for Technology Development, he is responsible for identifying new discoveries with commercial potential.  He oversees the further development of new technologies, patenting and licensing, and research agreements aimed at expanding the College’s interface with industry.  Dr. Hill has received several NIH grants, authored 35 scientific papers, and as Associate Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, teaches courses in medical microbiology, drug/medical device development, and regulatory affairs. Members List


Tod Linstroth
Tod Linstroth
Chair, Management Committee
Senior Partner, Business Practice Group
Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
Tod Linstroth is a senior partner in Michael Best & Friedrich LLP’s Business Practice Group.  He serves as lead corporate counsel to many significant technology-based clients, and co-founded the firm’s VentureBestSM venture practice.  Mr. Linstroth’s experience as lead counsel includes a broad range of complex transactions which include corporate and venture financings, mergers and acquisitions, corporate structure and governance.  Mr. Linstroth has been recognized as one of the leading individual Corporate/M&A attorneys by Chambers & Partners’ Chambers USA: American’s Leading Business Lawyers (2003-present), has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America (1988-present), is listed in Who’s Who in America, and was named a “Wisconsin Super Lawyer” in the area of Business in 2005-2009.  In addition, he has been named by In Business Magazine (2006-2008) as a VIP of Madison area civic-minded executives in its Annual Executive Register.  Mr. Linstroth has been published many times and is a frequent speaker at both legal and business education forums. Members List


Tim Keane
Tim Keane
Director, Golden Angels Network
Marquette University Entrepreneur in Residence
Tim Keane is the current Entrepreneur in Residence at Marquette University, in the college of business administration.  He teaches courses in new business formation and business growth strategies.  He chairs the Marquette University Task Force on Cross Campus Entrepreneurship.

He is the director of the Golden Angels Investor Network at Marquette University, a group of 65 members in Chicago, Il and Milwaukee, WI.

Tim was the founder and CEO of Retail Target Marketing Systems, Inc., a marketing automation software company he began in 1989.  He sold it in 2000.  It is today a unit of Metavante Corp.

Prior to RTMS, he was the founder of several startups, and was in marketing at General Electric Medical Systems from 1977 to 1984.  He is an active Angel investor and business advisor, and a director of First Business Bank.

He is past chairman of the board of Local Initiatives Support Corporation, a not for profit dedicated to inner city housing.  A member of the board of Taliesin Preservation, Inc., with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, he holds degrees from Marquette and Seattle Universities.

Tim Keane writes a blog for entrepreneurs, at www.timkeane.org. Members List


John Neis
John Neis
Managing Partner
Venture Investors, LLC
John Neis is a Managing Director and heads the firm's Healthcare practice.  He has over 23 years in the venture capital industry, which have enabled him to experience several industry cycles, and to serve on the board of directors of companies from formation through IPO or sale.  John currently serves on the boards of directors of Virent Energy Systems, Deltanoid Pharmaceuticals and Cellectar.  He is a former member of the boards of directors of several firms including Tomo Therapy, Third Wave Technologies and NimbleGen Systems.  John was appointed by the Governor to the Board of the Wisconsin Technology Council.  He also serves on the advisory boards for the Weinert Applied Ventures Program, The University of Wisconsin-Madison Business School and Tandem Press.  He is a member of the patent advisory group of the NVCA.  His achievements were recognized when he was named to the 2008 Midas List, Forbes annual listing of the top 100 tech dealmakers in the world.  John graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Finance from the University of Utah, and received a M.S. in Marketing and Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Members List