In the interest of developing a network of Midwest leaders actively engaged in fostering startup formation, funding and growth, MRUN has created a board that is broadly inclusive of this leadership across the region. Each entity represented by a full or associate MRUN member may nominate one representative to the MRUN Board. Board members serve a two year term and may be re-appointed. Board members may elect to serve on standing or ad-hoc committees. The Board meets two to four times per year, ideally in conjunction with other events where members are likely to be present.
US Director, Contracts and Alliance
Management, MRUN Treasurer
University of Notre Dame
Associate Vice President
Wayne State University
Director, Technology Transfer Office
University of Manitoba
Jennifer M. Finefield, Ph.D.
Senior Manager, Innovation and
Jane Garrity, Ph.D.
Associate Director for
Outreach and Engagement
University of Iowa
Director, Finance and Operations
University of Chicago
Gary N. Keller MsB
CEO, MRUN President
Steven C. Kuemmerle, Ph.D.
Special Advisor for Innovation and Industry
Rosalind Franklin University for Medicine and Science
Executive Director, Iowa State University Research
Foundation and Office of Intellectual Property and
Iowa State University
Nichole Mercier, Ph.D.
Washington University in St. Louis
Manu S. Nair
Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF)
University of Kentucky
Brad Roth, Ph.D.
Executive Director, NuTech Ventures
University of Nebraska
Executive Director, Innovation and Commercialization Center
Eastern Kentucky Univ, KY Innovation Network
North Dakota State University
D. Graeme Thomas
Director, Office of Technology Management
St. Louis University
Shrjay (Jay) Vijayan
Associate Director, Intellectual Property Office
Rush University Medical Center