Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Speaker Series
The Millikin University Institute for Science Entrepreneurship, a signature program of Millikin's Center for Entrepreneurship, will continue its 2014-2015 speaker series during the spring semester beginning Thursday, January 29. The speaker series focuses on science entrepreneurship and how an increased emphasis on entrepreneurship can fuel economic growth and social well-being.

Throughout the semester, executives from science ventures will be discussing particular aspects of their business. In addition, business leaders will be discussing broader topics of interest.

Formed by David Horn, associate professor of biology, Dr. George Bennett, professor of chemistry, and Dr. Casey Watson, associate professor of physics & astronomy, the Institute for Science Entrepreneurship serves as a bridge between external clients and faculty and students of Millikin to invent products and provide other high quality services to science companies.

The ISE was originally funded by a Millikin University Performance Learning Enhancement Grant in December 2012. Since that time, the institute has received funding and support from 300 Below Inc., Andreas Foundation, Coleman Foundation, a private foundation, and anonymous donors to develop the 2014-2015 speaker series. 

The Spring 2015 Millikin Science Entrepreneurship Speaker Series is as follows:

Thursday, January 29, 7:30p.m., Lower Richards Treat University Center
Steve Coventry, Vice President and General Manager, Decatur Operations, Akorn Pharmaceuticals

Tuesday, February 24, 7:30p.m., Lower Richards Treat University Center
Mark Schweitzr, Managing Director of Intermodal and International Freight, Arch Daniels Midland Company
Bruce Stoddard, President, Parke Inc

Tuesday, March 17, 7:30p.m., Lower Richards Treat University Center
Tim Eckels, Vice President of Community Benefit, Public Policy and Advocacy, Hospital Sisters Health Systems

Thursday, April 30, 7:30p.m., Lower Richards Treat University Center
Ken Smithmier, President and CEO, Illinois Health & Science

For more information on the speaker series or the Millikin Institute for Science Entrepreneurship, contact Dr. David Horn at 217.424.6392, via e-mail at

Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL