Welcome to MRUN 2.0. We are about Midwest Startups. We bring together the people behind the ideas, the talent and the capital that drive research and technology commercialization.

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There's more new at MRUN than our logo and this website. MRUN has always been a network for Midwest universities and research institutions. MRUN 2.0 now includes investors, entrepreneurs and those who support them.

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  • CATTECVIII Speakers Announced

    This year's keynote speaker will be Marc G. Stanley, who currently serves as Special Advisor to the Associate Director for Innovation and Industry Services at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Previously he was Director of the Technology Innovation Program at NIST. He also served as a U.S. Governor on the Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation Board of Governors, as the American Director on the Trilateral Industrial Development Executive Committee and as the Director of the Advanced Technology Program. Prior to his work at NIST, Mr. Stanley was the Associate Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce (DoC) by Presidential appointment.

  • Register for CATTEC VIII

    On October 15, 2015, CATTEC returns with the eighth in MRUN's series of regional invitational investment forums. CATTEC VIII brings together regional talent, ideas and capital in a showcase of emerging high tech startups from leading Midwest universities and seed incubators. With each CATTEC, angel and early stage venture capital investors, entrepreneurs and university managers engaged as startup facilitators meet and develop connections that strengthen the Midwest’s new venture innovation network.

  • Presenting Companies

    Companies selected to present at the MRUN CATTEC VIII Conference will be privately-held companies based on university IP from a range of industries and stages of funding. Companies that are encouraged to apply include seed and early-stage. Presenting companies will be selected by a committee of commercialization/startup professionals and venture capitalists.  

The University of Illinois at Chicago Presents “Academia and Related Export Controls The Impact & Implications of Compliance and Non-Compliance”

Don’t miss out on the program “Academia and Related Export Controls The Impact & Implications of Compliance and Non-Compliance”, presented by The University of Illinois at Chicago . This unique dialogue takes place on the September 30th, 2015, and is designed specifically for academic institutions, labs, federally funded research and development centers and any entity doing research with foreign nationals […]

Evolving Export Controls, Compliance and Enforcement – September 29

The Evolving Export Controls, Compliance and Enforcement event on September 29th will include: The Latest on Export Controls: Overview and All the Latest Including Export Control Reform (ECR) Issues, the Related Changing Compliance and Enforcement Environment with Obligations Under the Export Administration Regulations and International Traffic in Arms Regulations Case Study Insight into Minimizing Risk, Exposure […]

BioNetwork Partnering Summit

May 04 – 06, 2015 / Miami, FL / Trump International Beach Resort Miami The Midwest Research University Network (MRUN) is a media sponsor of BioNetworking East with a focus on attracting university startups to engage in presentations to this investment and partnering audience. Since 2003 BioNetwork has been providing the essential platform for business […]

MATTER Midwest University HealthTech Showcase

MATTER is teaming up with research universities in the Midwest to showcase their top healthcare technologies on March 9, 2015. Spend the evening learning about key innovation taking place at the Midwestern universities and get to know the researchers and entrepreneurs who are driving the effort. Technology summaries will be provided to all attendees and programming will […]

LES 2015 Graduate Student Business Plan Competition

Licensing Executives Society’s (LES) 2015 Graduate Student Business Plan Competition provides an opportunity to take your business plan to the next level with an IP strategy that will help you achieve your business goals.  Compete for prizes and money, including a $10,000 grand prize or $5,000 LES International Global Award, while gathering insight from valuable […]

Gary Keller, MRUN President, to Speak at NEIU International Business Conference

Gary Keller, President of MRUN and Chief Executive Officer of Xomix Ltd., will be speaking at the International Business Conference 2015.  International Business Conference is an annual event of the College of Business and Management of Northeastern Illinois University that brings together students and professionals from all over the United States and the world.  This free, open-to-public […]

LES Panel Presentation and Discussion: Boosting Start-ups in Chicago

Please join LES Chicago on Thursday, February 19, for an informative luncheon event focusing on three key organizations in Chicago dedicated to assisting start-up companies and creating an entrepreneurial culture in Chicago. Hear from the leaders of these Chicago-based organizations: Chicago Innovations Mentors – who supply mentors and mentor teams to start-ups; iBIO Institute’s PROPEL Center […]

MRUN Newsletter Fall 2014

Welcome to the Fall 2014 edition of the MRUN Update.  As you will see below MRUN has been active this year with several new initiatives as well as with building on the base we have established over the last dozen years since MRUNs inception.  MRUN has always been about regional cooperation to support local commercialization […]

MRUN Intern Announcement – Fall 2014

Internship Description The Midwest Research University Network (MRUN) is announcing a call for intern(s) for the fall/ winter quarter. The incumbent(s) is(are) currently working on an undergraduate degree in a science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) program at a Chicago area university and has an interest in learning how research and entrepreneurial networks are established […]