February 25, 2014 at 3:28pm
The Millikin University Institute for Science Entrepreneurship 2013-2014 Speaker Series will continue on Thursday, March 6 with keynote speaker Robin King. 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.

Robin King serves as chief executive officer and oversees all operations for EPL Bio Analytical Services, LLC (EPL BAS). EPL Bio Analytical Services, located in Harristown, Ill., focuses exclusively on agricultural science, building a reputation in the industry for quality, compliance, and customer service. While continuing its history of crop protection chemical testing, EPL BAS has expanded into cutting-edge agricultural biotechnology stimulating accelerated growth.

King earned a Bachelor of Arts in medical technology from Missouri Baptist College. She has been with EPL BAS since 2005, and has more than 25 years of experience in management of regulatory analytical services in AG food and feed safety. She has extensive experience in biotechnology including development and implementation of ELISA test methods in compliance with the EPA, AOAC and USDA - GIPSA.

The title of her presentation is "EPL BAS: Change, Change and More Change." She will share a story about a small local science-based business and how the business continues to reinvent itself in an ever-changing global economy.

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, visit www.millikin.edu/isespeakers.