March 19, 2018 - GE Healthcare Institute in Waukesha

We welcome two guest speakers this year:

Erik Iverson, Director at Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

Erik Iverson, J.D., LL.M, a nationally recognized leader in advancing global health initiatives, life science discoveries and intellectual property management, has been the Managing Director of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) since 2016.

Iverson’s background includes:

  • Extensive experience leading organizations committed to scientific research and business initiatives advancing global
  • Deep legal knowledge and experience in intellectual property management, technology transfer, collaborative research initiatives, and tax
  • Demonstrated experience as an entrepreneurial leader starting new ventures including raising capital for start-up

Prior to joining Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI) in 2011, Iverson was hired as the first attorney dedicated to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s global health and agricultural programs, and played a lead role in building the Global Health Program for seven years as Associate General Counsel.  During his tenure there, he established lasting, high- impact policies and practices with respect to intellectual property management, global collaborative research alliances, and access strategies.  Iverson helped lead many initiatives and worked closely with foundation staff, as well as academic and industry grantees, in the context of the foundation’s Global Health Program which provides $4 billion in annual funding for the discovery and development of vaccines, drugs, diagnostics and related technologies.

In addition to his roles within the Gates Foundation’s grant making, Iverson played a leadership role in the establishment of the foundation’s Program Related Investment (PRI) team, which makes equity and debt investments in startup biotechnology companies to complement its multi-billion dollar grant making activities. The PRIs are used as high impact tools to stimulate private-sector driven innovation, encourage market-driven efficiencies and attract external capital to priority initiatives.

Previously, Iverson was an attorney at the law firm of Perkins Coie LLP where he represented life science companies in the negotiation of financing transactions, joint ventures, research collaborations, licensing agreements and manufacturing agreements.

Iverson has served as an Adjunct Professor in Biotechnology Law at University of Washington, School of Law in Seattle, WA, and is a founding member of the HIV Cure Initiative which aims to identify global funding and build multinational public-private partnerships for the purpose of finally developing a cure for HIV.

Iverson is also Founder and a Board Member of Afrigen Biologics Limited, an IDRI spinout company located in Cape Town, South Africa. Afrigen Biologics is the first ever vaccine and biologics focused biotechnology company on the continent of Africa.

Iverson received his Juris Doctor (J.D.) from The University of North Dakota School of Law in 1994 and his Master of Laws (LL.M) in Taxation from New York University School of Law in 1995.  He completed his Bachelor of Arts in Business Management and Political Science from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota.

Mark Mone, Chancellor at University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Mark Mone was named the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s ninth Chancellor in 2014. Under his leadership, Chancellor Mone has put the University on a strategic course of student success, engaged research and partnerships, entrepreneurship and innovation while also managing unprecedented fiscal challenges. Internally, the University is executing strategic opportunities and enrollment management plans.

Dr. Mone co-leads the M3 Initiative with the Superintendent of the Milwaukee Public Schools and President of Milwaukee Area Technical College to close the achievement gap. Mseeks to transform the future of Milwaukee through education. UWM is also expanding its innovation initiatives through the creation of the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center and new strategic partnerships with business and community leaders.

Together with his leadership team, Dr. Mone is advancing “Made in Milwaukee. Shaping the World,” the largest fundraising campaign in UWM’s history and in support of the University’s priorities of student success, research excellence and community engagement.

Chancellor Mone serves on several boards as an active member of The Water Council, Greater Milwaukee Committee, United Way, Milwaukee Succeeds, Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, Midwest Energy Research Consortium, BizStarts Milwaukee, Scale Up, Center for International Health, and the Horizon League Athletic Conference.

Chancellor Mone has served higher education for more than 30 years as a faculty member, associate dean and senior administrator. For 17 of those years, Dr. Mone led UWM’s Executive Education & Business Engagement initiatives, including the longest-running Executive MBA program of its kind in Wisconsin.

Dr. Mone has a B.S. in Management from Central Washington University, a M.B.A. from Idaho State University, and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Organization Theory from Washington State University. Dr. Mone is an avid cyclist, athlete and a gourmet cook. He is married to Dr. Sara Swanson and they have two adult children.