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CATTEC V – Catalyzing Tech Transfer and Startup Financing

October 11, 2012 @ 10:00 am - October 12, 2012 @ 3:00 pm

CATTEC Returns with this fifth in MRUN’s series of regional invitational investment forums.  MCOIN logo

CATTEC V brings together Midwest talent, ideas and capital in a showcase of emerging high tech startups from Midwest universities and accelerators.  At CATTEC, angel and early stage venture capital investors, entrepreneurs and university managers engaged as startup facilitators meet and develop the connections that strengthen the Midwest’s new venture innovation network.

As in prior years, MRUN is pleased to partner with the Midwest Co-Investment Network, a regional network of 16 angel investment groups working together to facilitate deal syndication, due diligence and best practices.  An invitational meeting for angel investors only will be held 8am-9:45 am Oct 11 immediatly preceeding the opening of CATTEC V.

CATTEC V meets at the Illinois Science & Tech Park

Free parking and easy access from downtown Chicago or O’Hare, the Illinois Science and Tech Park offers an excellent meeting venue

Twelve emerging high tech companies form across the Midwest will make five minute fast-pitch presentations at CATTEC V.  Included are companies associated with MRUN member institutions from Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin.  Industry sectors represented include therapeutics, medical devices, software, advanced manufacturing and gaming.  

Each company will highlight their investment opportunity in an extended elevator pitch.  Each company will be introduced by their sponsoring university or accelerator. Click here for a preview of the companies that will present.





To Register to Attend CATTEC V:



Getting to CATTEC V

Parking is free for CATTEC V.  The ISTP Garage Address is 4835 Searle Parkway, Skokie -this can be found on GPS

http://www.scienceparkillinois.net/getting_to_illinois_science_technology_park  – click on “link to map” to follow walking path from first floor elevator lobby to front of 8045 Lamon building.  CATTEC V is in the auditorium on the main floor to the right as you enter.

Come to CATTEC and create your own Shortlist

If you attend CATTEC V you will be connecting with some that you know and, we hope, some people you haven’t met.  Because MRUN is all about building relationships, we were excited to partner with Shortlist so that we can build their networking capabilities into our next two days.

Shortlist is a Chicago-based startup success story that offers a very interesting networking tool particularly designed to help conference attendees get the most out of their meetings.  Shortlist will help you maximize your time while building your networking connections during CATTEC V.  To do this we’re asking all participants to join our VIP social network via Shortlist.  We think if you give it a try you will be pleased with the resultant connections.

Here’s why you’ll want to sign in now:

  • See who you know—and who you need to know
  • Message anyone instantly and securely
  • Access people and company profiles anytime
  • Share thoughts and questions with the crowd—or the world!

Shortlist brings you the benefits of a LinkedIn but scaled down to connect you specifically with other CATTEC V attendees.  So don’t wait:  Sign in now to Shortlist and network without the work!  Even if you don’t think you will have time to participate, I encourage you to at least register – you might be surprised at some of the connections you would not have expected.


Preliminary Agenda: 

Note the final agenda has changed with regard to several specifics – come to CATTEC to see for yourself

Thursday, October 11, 2012
 8:00am – 9:45am Private Meeting – Midwest Angel Syndication Working Group Midwest Co-Investment Network
9:00am Registration Begins (Continental Breakfast Served)
10:00am – 10:15am  Welcome Remarks Allen Dines, President MRUN
10:15am – 11:00am “The Venture Capital – Angel Interface: How Angels and VC’s Are Making The Most Of The Handoff” Moderator: LeAnne Tourtellotte, MRUN, Investor Relations


Kathryn Hyer, Illinois Ventures

Trevor D’souza, KD Venture Capital

11:00am -11:05am Preview of MHIN Annual Meeting:   The Mid America Healthcare Investor Forum Kathryn Hyer, Illinois Ventures 
11:05am – 12:00pm Company Fast Pitch Presentations  

Cell Habitat

 Nerve Access, Inc.


 DecaBooks LLC

 General Biomass

Moderator:Allen Dines, MRUNPresenters:

John Flavin

Yaser Maksoud

Josephine Polich

Elie Geisler

Daniel Gibbs

12:00pm – 12:30pm Break and Lunch
12:30pm – 1:15pm  A Fund of funds manager’s perspective on Early Stage Midwest investing” Introductory Remarks: Craig Bradley, Edwards Wildman Phillips, LLPKeynote Speaker:

Paul Cohn – Vice President and Regional Director, Ohio Capital Fund

 1:30pm – 2:30pm Company Fast Pitch Presentations  



 Citrics Biomedical

 Memcine Pharmaceuticals


Moderator: Gary Keller, MRUNPresenters:

Jack Heinemann

Joe Kremer

A. J. Noronha

Kate Holt

Jeff Banker

2:30pm –3:15pm “Angels in Tech Transfer- Come Fly with Me:  New Ways to Engage Angels in University Deals”      Panelists:Jeff Carter,  Co-founder, Hyde Park Angels


Craig Bradley, Co-founder, Wildcat Angels

 3:20pm – 4:30pm “New Models For Early Stage Financing”  Moderator: Lorrie Keating, Heinemann – Wisconsin Capital Partners


Kapil Chaudhary, I2A Fund

Guy Turner, Hyde Park Venture Partners

Neil Kane, Illinois Partners

4:30pm – 6:00pm Reception Allen Dines, President, MRUN

Friday, October 12, 2012
7:30am – 8:30am Registration and Continental Breakfast
 8:30am – 8:45am Opening Remarks   Michael Rosen, Illinois Science + Technology Park
8:45am  –10: 00am “The Changing Landscape of Early Stage Investment In An Era Of Global Austerity And Opportunity”   Introductions:Matt Hafter, Seyfarth Shaw LLP


Keynote Speaker:

G. Steven Burrill, Chairman and CEO, Burrill & Company

10:00am – 11:00am Company Fast Pitch Presentations


FxRedux Solutions

 Advanced Cooling Therapy, LLC


 Zon Labs, LLC

ROS Technologies, Inc.

Moderator:  Dan  Marselle, University Tech Park at IITPresenters:

Joe Provorse

Patrick Shanley

Charles Stack

Ken Dirkin

Samuel Dudley

11:00am  – 11:30pm “Accessing University Technologies Worldwide – AUTM Global Technology Portal” Speaker:Jodi Talley AUTM
11:30am  – 12:30pm  Lunch and Networking
12:30pm  – 1:45pm “Connecting Midwest High Tech Startups With International Tech Hotspots” 



Moderator: Gary Keller, MRUN


Karina Koskenalusta, Global Connections Inc. – (invited)

Yvonne Gruenthaler, Consulate General Canada

Yariv Becher, The Government of Israel Economic Mission to the Midwest

Sevil Indere-Kutay, Turkish American Chamber of Commerce & Industry-Midwest

Dinesh Jain, Aagami Inc

1:45pm – 2:15pm  Armchair Discussion:                                  “Leveraging Global Opportunities For The Midwest” 



Michael Rosen, Illinois Science + Technology Park


Dan Marselle, University Tech Park at IIT

2:15pm – 2:30pm Closing Remarks Allen Dines, President, MRUN

Conference steering committee 


–          Jeff Carter – Event Co-Chair Hyde Park Angels

–          Michael Rosen – Event Co-Chair – Illinois Science + Technology Park

–          Allen Dines – President, MRUN

–          Gary Keller – Vice President, Managing Director, MRUN

–          Nancy Sullivan – University of Illinois at Chicago

–          Alicia Loffler – Northwestern University

–          LeAnne Tourtellotte, Director, Investor Relations MRUN

–          Jack Lewnard, Gas Technology Institute

–          D’vorah Grasser

–          Paul Dymerski – University of Iowa Research Foundation

–          Dennis Serio – Midwest Co-Investment Network



Hotel accommodations for CATTEC V attendees:

The block of rooms reserved for CATTEC V attendees at the DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago North Shore at the rate of $134.00 per night expired Sept 26.  The DoubleTree is conveniently near the Illinois Science and Tech Park in Skokie.  If you plan to attend CATTEC V contact Helga.price@hilton.com or call 847-679-7000 to explore availability and rates now that the block has expired.  Be sure to mention you are attending CATTEC V when making reservations.  Please act quickly.


Thanks to our Silver Sponsor and event host:

Illinois Science and Technology Park



Thanks to our Bronze Sponsors:

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October 11, 2012 @ 10:00 am
October 12, 2012 @ 3:00 pm


Illinois Science and Technology Park
Auditorium, 8045 Lamon Ave.
Skokie, IL 60077 United States
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Midwest Research University Network