The Millikin University Institute for Science Entrepreneurship 2013-2014 Speaker Series will continue on Thursday, March 27 with keynote speaker Dr. Cedric Pearce
. The presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Leighty-Tabor Science Center, Room 001, on Millikin University's campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Dr. Cedric Pearce is founder and CEO of North Carolina-based Mycosynthetix Inc. Dr. Pearce is a scientifically-trained entrepreneur with more than 30 years of technical and management experience in academia, and the commercial biotech and pharmaceutical industry. In 2001, he founded Mycosynthetix Inc., a fungal metabolites research and microbiology service company that possesses a fungal library of over 55,000 species and offers consulting and research & development services.
Dr. Pearce was awarded a Ph.D. from the University of Southampton and was a Royal Society European Exchange Fellow at the Institut de Chimie des Substances Naturelles in France before moving to the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign; during this entire period he conducted research on antibiotics and related microbial products.
Dr. Pearce has published and lectured extensively on medicines and other products from microorganisms, and is an inventor of a number of issued patents. He is currently an associate editor for the Journal of Natural Products, and an adjunct professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and a Coleman Foundation Entrepreneurship Fellow at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
The title of Dr. Pearce's presentation is "Mycosynthetix: a bootstrapped life-style science-based business." In this presentation, Dr. Pearce will discuss his own entrepreneurial experiences with a science-based early stage discovery company, Mycosynthetix.
The speaker series focuses on science entrepreneurship and how an increased emphasis on entrepreneurship can fuel economic growth and social well-being. Throughout the academic year, executives from science ventures will be discussing particular aspects of their business and broader topics of interest.
Formed by Dr. 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 Institute for Science Entrepreneurship was originally funded by a Millikin University Performance Learning Enhancement Grant in December 2012. Since that time, the institute received $2,000 in funding from the Coleman Foundation and $5,000 from an anonymous donor to develop the 2013-2014 speaker series.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.millikin.edu/InstituteForScienceEntrepreneurship