Charles P. Romano
As a Senior Patent Agent in Thompson Coburn’s Intellectual Property group, Dr. Charles Romano drafts and prosecutes U.S. and foreign patent applications in both the biotech and pharmaceutical fields for a variety of Corporate and University clients. Prior to joining Thompson Coburn, Charles gained over fourteen years of biotech and pharmaceutical industry experience at Monsanto, Cereon Genomics, Apath, and Proteon Therapeutics. He is also a named inventor on sixteen issued United States patents in molecular biology, agricultural biotechnology, and pharmaceutical discovery. His key achievements include leadership of the team that identified the initial Monsanto YieldGard® Rootworm product. Dr. Romano earned his undergraduate degree in Microbiology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and his doctoral degree in Biochemistry from Harvard University.
Dennis Bennett is the founder and managing partner at Global Patent Group, a full service intellectual property law firm focused on the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and life sciences industries. His clients include big pharma, venture funding, and early-stage start-ups who are looking for in-depth, strategic expertise around FDA Orange Book filings, NDAs, and ANDAs. In addition, Mr. Bennett leads a team of technical experts, patent attorneys and patent agents handling all aspects of intellectual property including freedom-to-operate, due diligence, licensing, interferences, oppositions, mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, and IPOs.
Before founding Global Patent Group, Mr. Bennett was the Chief Patent Attorney at Kalypsys, Inc., a company focused on high throughput drug discovery and development. While there, he set up a fully operational patent department with internal capabilities to file and prosecute patent applications globally
Prior to working with Kalypsys, Mr. Bennett served as the Vice President of Global Intellectual Property at KV Pharmaceuticals. While there, he led the legal effort to bring ANDA and NDA drug products to the market. He also developed and implemented a full-service I.P. legal function.
Prior to KV Pharmaceuticals, Mr. Bennett was Assistant General Counsel and Director of Global intellectual property for G.D. Searle and Pharmacia where he led a team of patent professionals to provide full service patent and legal support to the Oncology and Biotechnology drug development units. Mr. Bennett also served on Pharmacia’s Oncology and Biotechnology governing committees.
Mr. Bennett holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, a Master’s degree in Human Resources, a Master’s of Business Administration degree, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Arkansas. He also earned a Master of Law degree in Intellectual Property from John Marshall Law School.
Mr. Bennett is licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He is also licensed to practice law in the States of Missouri and Arkansas.
Julie Scott, J.D., Ph.D. joined Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. as in-house counsel in 2010. Previously, she acted as outside counsel for the company. As in-house counsel, Julie manages the company’s intellectual property and licensing portfolios associated with the company’s vaccines for swine, cattle, horse, poultry, and companion animals. Prior to joining Vetmedica, Julie was with Polsinelli Shughart, PC in Kansas City handling patent prosecution, licensing, and strategic counseling for clients in the biotechnical, pharmaceutical, and medical device industries, and with Townsend and Townsend and Crew, LLP in San Francisco where she was a patent litigator.
Matthew S. Volkert
Matt Volkert is in the Office of the General Counsel of the University of Missouri, which he joined in 2009. Before that, he was in private practice. He was an attorney and partner at Van Matre, Harrison, Volkert and Hollis P.C., in Columbia, Missouri, from 2002-2009, where he handled a wide range of matters, including: mergers and acquisitions; corporate, securities and finance; business and tax planning; and general contract issues. He was an associate in the Chicago office of Jones Day from 1999-2002, focusing on large and complex mergers and acquisitions, corporate and securities work. Matt earned his law degree from the University of Michigan in 1998 and a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia's business school in 1995.
Jake Halliday, PhD
Dr. Halliday pursues his career-long interest in innovation-based economic development as CEO of the Missouri Innovation Center and the recently opened MU Life Science Business Incubator at Monsanto Place. He also teaches technology entrepreneurship at the graduate level in the Trulaske College of Business where he holds an adjunct faculty position. Dr. Halliday has 32 years experience in the Life Science industry. He spent four years with the International Center for Tropical Agriculture in Cali, Colombia, six years with the Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii, 10 years with Battelle - where he was Vice President of Pharmaceutical Business Development, and 11 years with Analytical Bio-Chemistry Laboratories in Columbia, Missouri as its President & CEO. Dr. Halliday served on the Board on Science and Technology in International Development of the National Academy of Sciences, was appointed by Ronald Reagan to the Presidential Agricultural Task Force to Zaire, and by Secretary Ron Brown to the Board on Science and Technology Cooperation between the United States and Northern Ireland. Dr. Halliday earned his undergraduate degree in science from Queens University, Belfast and his PhD from the University of Western Australia. He serves on the Board of directors of a number of early stage technology companies.
Jim teaches and coaches in all aspects of technology-based business. During his tenure with the university, he has helped his portfolio of clients increase sales by more than $72 million, helped his clients gain financing in excess of $19 million and create more than 200 jobs.
Jim comes from an entrepreneurial background, having owned and operated his own successful businesses in custom manufacturing, publishing, real estate management and property development. Additionally, he has held a number of elective and volunteer leadership positions in public service.
His degrees include a B.S. from Central Missouri State University and an MBA from William Woods University. Additionally, Jim has received specialized training in business credit, entrepreneurial development, and technology marketing from a number of thought-leading sources. Jim is nationally certified as an Economic Development Finance Professional (NDC), and as a Technology Business Counselor (ASBDC). He also holds a certificate in Technology Marketing from the California Institute of Technology, and is certified in curricula promulgated by the Ewing Marion Kaufmann Foundation.
Contact Jim at GannJ@missouri.edu or phone (573) 882-7096.
Andrew Beverley has a keen awareness of how community banking can contribute to the lives of the people in the community. This, combined with his strong background in lending, investment management and retail banking have made him a natural fit for Columbia’s only locally-owned bank. Andrew is the President of the Columbia region; he oversees all retail services, sales and business services and all lending in Columbia.
Andrew is a founding member of Centennial Investors Angel Network, an initiative of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce. Centennial Investors was organized to provide equity capital—but more important, coaching and mentoring—to high-growth start-up companies.
Andrew currently serves as the president of Centennial Investors and is on the board of directors for the Columbia Chamber of Commerce and the Columbia Area United Way. He also is serving as president of Columbia Crime Stoppers and is a member of the University of Missouri Research & Development Advisory Board and is on the board of the MU Biodesign and Innovation Program.
Andrew worked for Bank of America in Texas from 1984 to 1999 where he held a number of leadership positions in commercial lending, trust and private banking. Just prior to joining FNB, he worked for Central Bancompany, Inc., and had responsibility for retail and electronic banking. He holds a BS in Finance and MBA, both from Louisiana Tech University. His wife, Cynthia, teaches history at Hickman High School. They are parents of two children, Ellen, a college junior, and Jim, a sophomore at Mizzou.
Gregg Scheller is the Director of Entrepreneurship and Industry Partnerships and Co-Director of the MU Biodesign and Innovation Program at the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU), College of Engineering. In these positions, he leads strategic technical business development with faculty and students. In 2008-09, his entrepreneurial efforts included serving as Executive Director of Nanotechnology Enterprises, Inc. and Executive Agent of the NanoTechnology Enterprise Consortium. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Nanotechnology Enterprises, Inc. With a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, Mr. Scheller has been Founder/CEO of two consecutive successful medical device companies, taking the second company public in 2005. Mr. Scheller is listed as inventor on over 50 U.S. Patents and was the 2007 Ernst & Young Midwest Life Sciences Entrepreneur of the Year.
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.
Jimmy Winkelmann, 19, founded The South Butt before he graduated from high school and was sued by retailing giant Northface before he was a freshman at Mizzou. Since then, Jimmy started his sophomore year at MU, The South Butt continues to grow and Jimmy is launching another enterprise.
Kat Cunningham, whose company Moresource has celebrated 16 anniversaries, remembers the day when her accountants told her she couldn’t afford to stay in business and would be better off to close the company. That was 7 years ago. Today, she has 13 employees and provides payroll, insurance and bookkeeping for thousands of people in businesses large and small.
Brant Bukowsky, 34, and his brother just can’t stop themselves. They start a company, sell it and then do it again. These days, the three-time Inc.500-winners are primarily focused on VA Mortgage Center, their successful web-based company, while they continue to nurture new ventures. They currently employ 300 people with offices in 7 states.
Tariq Shah is an experienced commercial director with a track record of success in growing companies within challenging veterinary markets. He joined PetScreen, a UK-based veterinary diagnostic company in 2008, and in December 2009, he moved to Columbia, Missouri to establish PetScreen Inc, the US division of PetScreen Ltd.
Raina Knox, president, Excellence in Missouri Foundation provides leadership to the administering of state’s premier quality awards programs, the Missouri Quality Award and the Governor’s Quality Leadership Award. Founded in 1992, the organization supports the management philosophies of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award program and promotes performance excellence principles by focusing their workshops on how to build, operate, assess and manage effective processes in organizations.
Mike Crist, Enterprise Development Corporation has been director since 1983 and has participated in the financing of over $500M in projects over the last 20 years. Utilizing commercial financing channels, small business loans and venture capital sources the EDC has been a successful asset to entrepreneurs and small businesses in mid-Missouri.
Stan Gerling, Boone County National Bank, is a Vice President in Commercial Relationship Banking and has over 20 years of financial experience including positions with General Electric Capital Corporation and the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Stan is responsible for managing and developing an existing portfolio of commercial clients and in new business relationships.