Gary Keller – President
Gary Keller is CEO of Xomix, a Chicago-based technology accelerator and consultancy providing intellectual asset management, commercialization, and global businesses development services. Keller has more than 25 years of experience in international business development for leading biotechnology companies and is responsible for the development, funding and launch of numerous technology and commercialization initiatives and startup companies.
He is President of the Midwest University Research Network (MRUN), a not for profit commercialization collaborative of research, accelerators and early stage investors across 14 Midwest states and 2 Canadian provinces. He is the author for the development of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Guide to Commercialization of Intellectual Property and workshops.
His startups include Conkwest Inc. a San Diego based biopharma company developing natural killer (NK) cell based products and the Florida Institute for Commercialization of Public Research, a statewide, quasi-government, not-for-profit enabling commercialization of new discoveries generated from public and privately funded research. He directed Strategic Initiatives and Workforce Development for the Chicago Technology Park Corporation.
He serves as an International Delegate for LES and is V.P. of Knowledge Management for LESI. He is a member of AUTM, served as Co-Chair BIO Technology Transfer Committee and is member of the Board of Trustees of Sinai Hospital System – Chicago. Keller has Masters of Biotechnology from Northwestern University and a Bachelors of Science from Pennsylvania State University.
Allen Dines is an Executive Partner at WISC Partners, a strategic operating capital fund founded by a group of Silicon Valley-based UW-Madison alumni. Allen has more than 30 years of experience at the executive level working at the interface of science and technology. His passion is creation and growth of new ventures. He is also active as a mentor and advisor with MERLIN mentors, 100Health, Madworks Accelerator and several UW-Madison entities.
Most recently Allen was Assistant Director, New Ventures at the UW-Madison Office of Corporate Relations. During his tenure at UW-Madison he founded or provided original inspiration for many of the programs and events that today are mainstays in Madison’s startup scene including MERLIN Mentors, the High-tech Happy Hour, the Early Stage CEO Breakfast Roundtables, the First Look Investor Forums, the Entrepreneurial Residential Learning Community (freshman housing program), the 100Hour Challenge, the Wisconsin Entrepreneur Bootcamp, the Student Business Incubator, and many more. His recognition of the role that Badger alumni who have created and grown new ventures could play in helping Wisconsin entrepreneurs led to several events including the Badger Startup Summit and An Afternoon with Silicon Valley Badgers. Those events became the inspiration for creation of WISC Partners.
Immediately prior to joining UW- Madison, Allen was involved in three startup ventures, all in the biotechnology sector two of which he co-founded and all of which sold to leaders in their respective industries. Prior to these ventures, Allen was an Associate with Booz, Allen & Hamilton, Inc. in Bethesda, MD working with the Pharmaceuticals, Agrichemicals and Food practice.
Allen has been active in the startup community well beyond Madison. He is founder of the Midwest Research University Network (MRUN) where he currently serves as president. MRUN is an alliance of university commercialization managers, investors, acceleraors, entrepreneurs and service providers focused on fostering creation and funding of startup ventures in the Midwest. Allen serves on advisory boards of the Global Midwest Alliance, Tech-Connect World, and has been engaged with several working committees of the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer. He served as Local Co-Chair of the BIO Bootcamp in connection with BIOs 2010 and 2013 Annual International Conventions.
Allen is a US Army veteran. He was the Honor Graduate in his Officer Candidate School class and served tours of duty as an information officer in Germany and Vietnam. Allen holds degrees from the University of Michigan including a B.S, a Masters in Natural Resources and an MBA. In 2004, Mr. Dines was named a Wisconsin Idea Fellow by the UW-System President.
Allen lives and works in Madison, WI.
LeAnne Tourtellotte – Treasurer
LeAnne Tourtellotte serves as the Executive Director of Vieo Strategies managing diverse projects for Vieo’s clients including intellectual property management, investment analysis, early stage business strategy development, business planning, licensing, and marketing. Her broad background includes unique academic and private sector experience in various leadership roles. She also serves as the Director of Investor Relations for the Midwest Research University Network (MRUN), is General Manager of the Midwest Co-investment Network (MCOIN), and is an Advisory Board Member for the Purdue Technology Center of Northwest Indiana.
LeAnne has served as Vice President of the Illinois Technology Association (ITA) where she focused on program development and strategic planning. She also facilitated member company commercialization and growth through assistance with fund raising efforts (both private and federal), and she conducted strategy and due diligence projects for entrepreneurs and investors. Prior to joining the ITA, LeAnne served as Vice President of the Illinois Technology Development Alliance, where she held a similar role. LeAnne’s experience in the start-up community came from her work as the COO (leading the company and reporting directly to the board of directors) of biotech start-up company formed to commercialize technology developed by researchers at the University of Chicago. LeAnne’s move to private industry came after spending almost a decade in academic technology transfer and licensing, where she began as a Project Manager, assisted faculty in their entrepreneurial pursuits (developing sound intellectual property strategies and licensing activities for technologies in life-sciences, medical software, and medical devices) and spending six years as the Associate Director of the University of Chicago’s office of technology commercialization (UChicagoTech). She holds masters degrees from both the University of Iowa (MS, Anatomy and Cell Biology) and Washington University (MBA, Olin School of Business).
Brynn Geraghty graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies in December 2013. Having studied and lived in Queretaro, Mexico for two years, Brynn acquired a fluency in Spanish and valuable insight to international business. She is currently living in Milwaukee and working as an Assistant Account Executive in a marketing firm downtown. Brynn has been a part of the MRUN team since August 2013.