January 8, 2015 at 2:30pm

Science Entrepreneurship 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 starting on Jan. 29, 2015. The speaker series focuses on science entrepreneurship and how an increased emphasis on entrepreneurship can spark job creation and societal well-being.

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

The Institute for Science Entrepreneurship was originally funded by a Millikin University Performance Learning Enhancement Grant in December 2012. Since that time, the institute has received funding from the Andreas Foundation, Coleman Foundation, 300 Below Inc., a private foundation and anonymous donors to develop the 2014-2015 Speaker Series and other institute programming.

Dr. David Horn, Millikin associate professor of biology and one of the founders of the institute, says, "The spring speaker series will feature well-known speakers affiliated with companies in our community that are having national and international impacts. Our speakers will be discussing initiatives that will play an important role in the growth of Decatur such as the Midwest Inland Port. We will learn more about Akorn Pharmaceuticals' Decatur facility, the future of health care, and Zevacor Molecular's building of the only commercial 70 MeV Cyclotrone dedicated to medical use in the United States."

The spring 2015 Science Entrepreneurship Speaker Series is as follows:

Steve Coventry, Vice President and General Manager, Decatur Operations, Akorn Pharmaceuticals

Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015
7:30 p.m., Lower Richards Treat University Center

Mark Schweitzer, Managing Director of Intermodal and International Freight, Archer Daniels Midland Company

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015
7:30 p.m., Lower Richards Treat University Center

Tim Eckels, Vice President of Community Benefit, Public Policy and Advocacy, Hospital Sisters Health System

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
7:30 p.m., Lower Richards Treat University Center

Ken Smithmier, President and CEO, Illinois Health & Science

Thursday, April 30, 2015
7:30 p.m., Lower Richards Treat University Center

Formed by Dr. David Horn, Dr. George Bennett, professor of chemistry, and Dr. Casey Watson, associate professor of physics and astronomy, the Institute for Science Entrepreneurship connects external clients with faculty and students of Millikin to provide high quality services to science companies and private practices.

In addition to the speaker series, the Institute for Science Entrepreneurship has recently garnered several accomplishments including external funding from Caterpillar Decatur to support a new course entitled "Introduction to Science Entrepreneurship," external funding and a collaboration between 300 Below Inc. and Millikin University, and a collaboration with the Community Foundation of Macon County to host a convening on poverty.

The Institute for Science Entrepreneurship also offers Performance Learning opportunities for students through its new Science Entrepreneurship Research Fellow Program. The program matches student interest with needs of private practices and companies in the health and natural sciences.

For more information on the speaker series or the Millikin Institute for Science Entrepreneurship, call 217.424.6392 or visit millikin.edu/InstituteForScienceEntrepreneurship.