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The 2021 DeepTechU venture conference featured a distinguished lineup of speakers and presenters, including:

Note: Listed in alphabetical order.

  • Sherine Abdelmawla, CEO, Akanocure Pharmaceuticals (Purdue University)
  • Ian Adams, Managing Director, Clean Energy Trust
  • Alex Andrianopoluos, Chief Research and Development Officer, Kairos Ventures
  • Brooke Beier, Vice President, Office of Technology Commercialization (Purdue University)
  • Andrea Belz, Division Director of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships, National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Hardik Bhatt, GM, Digital Governance VC and Startups, WorldWide Public Sector, Amazon Web Services
  • Scott Button, Managing Director, Venture Investors
  • John Carlisle, Director, Chain Reaction Innovations at Argonne National Laboratory
  • Vanessa Chan, Chief Commercialization Officer and Director of the Office of Technology Transitions at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
  • Everett Cunningham, President and CEO, GE Healthcare
  • Juan de Pablo, Vice President for National Laboratories, Science Strategy, Innovation, and Global Initiatives (The University of Chicago)
  • Lisa Dhar, Director, New Business Ventures for Engineering (Northwestern University)
  • Pat Dillon, Founder and Director, Minnesota SBIR/STTR Accelerator
  • Shane Farritor, CTO, Virtual Incision (University of Nebraska) and Fellow, National Academy of Inventors
  • Laura Frerichs, Executive Director, University of Illinois Research Park
  • Alec Gallimore, Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering, the Richard F. and Eleanor A. Towner Professor of Engineering and an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering (University of Michigan)
  • Maryellen Giger, Cofounder, Quantitative Insights, Advisor, Qlarity Imaging, A.N. Pritzker Distinguished Service Professor of Radiology, Committee on Medical Physics, and the College (The University of Chicago)
  • Steve Gould, Operating Partner at Abundant Venture Partners, Board Member at MATTER, Mentor at CIM, Member at ChicagoNEXT
  • Brad Henderson, CEO, P33
  • Jeff Hubbell, Eugene Bell Professor in Tissue Engineering and Deputy Dean for Development (The University of Chicago)
  • Erik Iverson, CEO, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) 
  • Beckett Jackson, Investing Director, Boeing HorizonX
  • Bill Jackson, Executive Director, Discovery Partners Institute
  • Lee Jones, Founder, President and CEO of Rebiotix
  • Alexis Ji, Partner, Illumina Ventures
  • Christine Karslake, Managing Director, Science Ventures, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (The University of Chicago)
  • Samir Mayekar, Deputy Mayor for Neighborhood and Economic Development, City of Chicago
  • Chris Meldrum, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, DCVC Bio
  • Rumi Morales, Partner, Outlier Ventures
  • James Phillips, President, Digital Transformation Platform Group, Microsoft
  • Jay Schrankler, Associate Vice President and Head of the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (The University of Chicago)
  • Kelly Sexton, Associate Vice President for Research, Technology Transfer and Innovation Partnerships (University of Michigan)
  • Jennifer Silva, Cofounder and CMO, SentiAR, Director of Pediatric Electrophysiology and Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Biomedical Engineering (Washington University in St. Louis)
  • Sreelatha Surendranathan, SVP and Chief Digital Officer, UL
  • Noga Tal, Global Head of Partnerships, Microsoft for Startups
  • Harl Tolbert, Director and Assistant Vice President, Office of Technology Management (Penn State University)
  • Cheryl Turnbull, Senior Director, Keenan Center for Entrepreneurship (Ohio State University)
  • Chuck Vallurupalli, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (The University of Chicago) and DeepTechU Organizer