Triflare

Origin: MO | Grant Awarded: 2013 | Status: Active

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What is Triflare?

Triflare is a triathlon and athletic apparel company providing women athletes at every skill level with gear that is as beautiful as it is high-performing.

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Andrea Robertson

Chief Executive Officer

Andrea earned her degree in Biology from University of Missouri-Columbia in 1999. A former Pfizer research biologist, model, and 2010 Mrs. America winner, Andrea combines her fashion savvy with her entrepreneurial spirit into a single brand name.

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Sparo

Origin: MO | Grant Awarded: 2013 | Status: Active

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What is Sparo?

Sparo Labs developed Wing, a smartphone-connected, pocket-size device that uses innovative technology to accurately measure lung function. Their product empowers patients to better understand, track, and proactively manage their asthma so they can discover what most of us take for granted – a simple breath.

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Abby Cohen

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Abby earned her degree in Biomedical/Medical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis in 2013, and brings experience working with Barnes Jewish Hospital to her position with Sparo.

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Andrew Brimer

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Andrew earned his degree in Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science from Washington University in St. Louis in 2013. Before founding Sparo, Andrew worked as a researcher with the Washington University in St. Louis on nanomaterials and biogeochemistry.

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PolicyEngage

Origin: IL | Grant Awarded: 2013 | Status: Active

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What is PolicyEngage?

Your End-to-End Platform for Public Affairs. PolicyEngage connects legislative and regulatory tracking, advocate and donor engagement, and media monitoring.

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Steven Marciniak

Chief Executive Officer

Steven earned his degree in Business Administration from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2011. Before joining TrackBill, Steven worked at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the EnterpriseWorks Research Park.

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Notal Vision

Origin: Israel | Grant Awarded: 2013 | Status: Active

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What is Notal Vision?

Notal Vision is the developer of medical devices intended to detect and monitor age-related macular degenerations (AMD). The company’s medical devices are used for home monitoring of AMD patients and provide doctors access to patient data through an online connection, enabling doctors to treat patients at an earlier stage.

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KESTER NAHEN, PHD

Chief executive Officer

Dr. Kester Nahen is the Chief Executive Officer at Notal Vision, where he was previously the Chief Commercial Officer. Prior to his time at Notal Vision, Dr. Nahen was Managing Director of ophthalmic diagnostic device manufacturer Heidelberg Engineering GmbH and served on the board of the company’s US subsidiary. He led the Heidelberg Engineering commercial organization through over 10 years of strong growth. From 2001 to 2006, Dr. Nahen worked in various product development, product management, medical science and professional education roles at Laserscope Inc., a Silicon Valley based medical laser company. Dr. Nahen was member of the AMS/Laserscope merger executive team. He received his PhD in Physics from the Medical University of Lübeck, Germany.

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Rovertown

Origin: IL | Grant Awarded: 2013 | Status: Active

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What is RoverTown?

RoverTown is the developer of a geo-fence application-based technology platform designed to automatically drive customers to stores. The company’s platform offers an online mobile application for easily accepting mobile coupons, enabling customers to increase their sales and revenues with just a push button present in this online application.

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Jeffry Harrison

Chief Operating Officer

Jeffry earned his degree in Business Administration- Finance and Entrepreneurship from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2012. He brings experience serving as the former SIUE Student Trustee on the SIU Board of Trustees and Vice President for Students on the Phi Kappa Phi National Board of Directors. Jeffry is also a 2015 Pipeline Fellow.

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Mike Philip

Chief Executive Officer

Mike studied Information Systems Technologies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He initially founded and bootstrapped RoverTown while in college. Mike also currently serves as a Board Member at the SIU Student Innovation Incubator.

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Michael Rzeznik

Chief Technology Officer

Michael earned his degree in Information Systems Technologies from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2012. He is experienced in 13+ programming languages and has written over 2.5 million lines of custom code for RoverTown.

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MagBiosense

Origin: MO | Grant Awarded: 2013 | Status: Active

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What is MagBiosense?

MagBiosense is a biotechnology platform developed to commercialize a novel cardiac biomarker diagnostic technology that brings lab-quality, high-sensitivity detection to the point-of-care. The device will change how heart attacks are diagnosed in the Emergency Department by providing high-sensitivity detection of cardiac troponin I.

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Amos Danielli

Founder

Amos earned his degree in Electrical Engineering from Tel Aviv University in 1997, and holds both a Masters and PhD in Physical-Electronics from Tel Aviv University. Amos worked with Washington University in St. Louis and Helioris Solar Systems before joining MagBiosense.

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Jasenka Verbarg

Senior Scientist

Jasenka earned her degree in Biomedical Engineering from Saint Louis University in 2006, and holds a PhD in Biological Engineering from University of Missouri-Columbia. Before joining MagBiosense, Jasenka worked with the Naval Research Laboratory and the University of Missouri.

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Juristat

Origin: MO | Grant Awarded: 2013 | Status: Active

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What is Juristat?

Juristat transforms public patent data into actionable analytics to help firms and in-house counsel optimize patent prosecution strategies.

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Drew Winship

Chief Executive Officer

Drew earned his degree in Economics and Political Science from University of Washington in 2006. Drew brings experience working with Brown & James, P.C. and PoliGraphics, LLC to his position with Juristat.

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Bob Ward

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Bob earned his degree in Computer Engineering from University of Missouri– Rolla in 2007. Before joining Juristat, Bob worked with Beck Automation and eshots, Inc.

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KNOWiNK

Origin: MO | Grant Awarded: 2013 | Status: Active

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What is KNOWiNK?

KNOWiNK is the developer of the product, Poll Pad. The product has technology that simplifies voter check-in and provides instant updates on voter history.

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Scott Leiendecker

Founder

Scott earned his degree from University of Missouri-Saint Louis. Before joining KNOWiNK, Scott worked as the election director for the St. Louis City Board of Elections and and is the creator of Poll Pad.

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Immunophotonics

Origin: MO | Grant Awarded: 2013 | Status: Active

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What is Immunophotonics?

Immunophotonics, Inc. is a privately owned clinical-stage biotech company pioneering the field of Interventional Immuno-Oncology™. IP-001, the first asset from the company’s intellectual property platform, has the potential to overcome the local defenses of the tumor microenvironment to enable a tumor-specific anticancer immune response in multiple solid tumor indications. The company is in phase 2 development and is based in St. Louis, Missouri, USA with subsidiaries in Bern, Switzerland and Tianjin, China.

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Lu Alleruzzo

President

Lu earned his degree in Biological/Biomedical Engineering from University of Missouri-Columbia, and holds an MBA from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Lu brings experience working with Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center and the University of Missouri to his position with Immunophotonics.

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Tomas Hode

Chief innovation officer & President

Tomas holds a PhD in Astrobiology from Stockholm University, and brings experience working as a researcher with Portland State University to his position with Immunophotonics. Tomas also serves on the Board of Directors of Irradia.

Samuel Lam

Vice President of Research & Science

He earned his degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Johns Hopkins University, and holds a degree in Immunology from Washington University in St. Louis. His research has been focused on tumor immunology and tumor vaccine development, and he previously worked at The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center on the development of whole cell tumor vaccines. He has also worked as Immunoassay Scientist at the The Center for Human Immunology and Immunotherapy Programs (CHiiPs) of Washington University School of Medicine.

Theresa Visarius

vice president business development

She holds a PhD in Pharmacology from Switzerland, degrees in biology and chemistry from the USA, and has conducted biochemistry, molecular toxicology, as well as cancer research. She applies her competencies to direct pre-clinical and clinical research, takes on active roles in facilitating market access of innovative medical technologies, in Health Technology Assessment, supplies evidence based creative intelligence, guides publications in the life sciences, serves as scientific advisor and editor, and moderates scientific meetings.

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Joseph Raker

senior vp of cmc

Joseph Raker is the Chief Drug Development Officer of Immunophotonics, a 2013 Arch Grants recipient.

Dr. Raker is a fully trained synthetic organic/medicinal chemist with 15+ years experience in the pharmaceutical industry. He was previously responsible for multiple GMP/CMC projects at Kinentia Biosciences and AMRI Burlington and has extensive experience leading international medicinal chemistry teams for a variety of disease indications. He has significant experience and expertise in sterile fill finish process development, analytical method development, program management, and regulatory/compliance oversight. Dr. Raker received a B.S. in chemistry from Utica College of Syracuse University and his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from The Pennsylvania State University.

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