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John Bantaserves as the CEO & Managing Director of IllinoisVENTURES, LLC, and the Managing Partner of the Illinois Emerging Technologies Fund. John is the former President and COO of DigitalWork, Inc., a Draper Fisher Jurvetson, TL Ventures and Dell Ventu show more…
James FoghtJim serves as Chair of the IllinoisVENTURES Board and as a Director of the Illinois Emerging Technologies Fund. He has over 45 years of experience in the international life science industry including research and development, general management, int show more…
Kathryn HyerKathryn Hyer is a Director of IllinoisVENTURES and a Partner of the Illinois Emerging Technologies Fund, and is focused on the Life Sciences. Ms. Hyer spent fourteen years in investment banking, most recently as the founder and head of the Health Ca show more…
Jim KeatingJim Keating is an Associate at IllinoisVENTURES primarily focused on the physical sciences. He brings a combination of chemistry and materials science expertise to the firm. He assists the firm in assessing new investment opportunities as well as m show more…
Kenneth SchmidtDr. Schmidt is a member of the Board of Managers, and has been a Trustee of the University of Illinois since 1999. He is a Senior Attending Physician in the Department of Medical Imaging and Section Director in Nuclear Medicine at Holy Family Medica show more…
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