Chad Stiening of Mentor Management is a University of Illinois graduate (Class of '99, B.S. Biology, B.S. Finance) who is currently running a medical diagnostic device company, Kypha, Inc., located at the BioGenerator Accelerator Labs in St. Louis. He has been involved in the St. Louis community in building their biotech cluster. He has a PhD in Molecular Genetics from the University of Arizona, and previously worked as a business development executive at the University of Louisville-affiliated Research Park and Innovation Center, NUCLEUS. He is passionate about University of Illinois and helping entrepreneurs with the practical work needed to advance life science start-ups and technology commercialization, from market analysis and regulatory planning to early-stage financing and growth strategies. His partner at Mentor Management is Harlee Sorkin, who worked as an EIR at EnterpriseWorks from 2009-2012 and currently works as the Vice President of Business Development at Appistry in St. Louis. Harlee spent seven years with Traco Labs, Inc in Champaign, IL, a leading supplier of active ingredients to the nutraceutical & pharmaceutical industries. At Traco, Sorkin was the Chief Operating Officer and helped capitalize the growth of the business while overseeing a successful exit to Munich, Germany-based Degussa AG. Chad is available every other week for appointments at EnterpriseWorks (2/13, 2/28, 3/13, 3/26, 4/19, 4/29, 5/16 in Spring 2013).