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The Millikin University Institute for Science Entrepreneurship, a signature program of Millikin's Center for Entrepreneurship, will continue its 2013-2014 speaker series during spring semester beginning Thursday, March 6. 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 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.

The spring 2014 Millikin Science Entrepreneurship Speaker Series is as follows:

Thursday, March 6

Robin King, Chief Executive Officer and Test Facility Management, EPL Bio Analytical Services
7:30 p.m., Room 001, Leighty-Tabor Science Center

Topic: EPL Bio Analytical Services provides analytical laboratory testing services to the agricultural, biotechnology, food ingredient, and feed industries.

Thursday, March 27

Dr. Cedric Pearce, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Scientific Officer, Mycosynthetix, Inc.
7:30 p.m., Room 001, Leighty-Tabor Science Center

Topic: Mycosynthetix possesses a fungal library of over 55,000 species and offers consulting and research & development services.

Thursday, April 10

Mark Matlock, Senior Vice President, Research Division, Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM)
7:30 p.m., Parquet Room, Lower Richards Treat University Center

Topic: The role of scientists and entrepreneurs in finding the food, fuel, and chemicals needed for society to prosper.

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 or visit
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