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William B. Simon

Vice President & COO,
Center for Emerging Technologies

Bill Simon is the Vice president and Chief Operating Officer at the Center for Emerging Technologies, an advanced technology business incubator in St. Louis, Missouri. The Center has two buildings totaling 92,000 square feet. One is a 42,000 sf 60/40 lab/office facility opened in 1998 with an adjacent, renovated 1907 car manufacturing plant that is now 50,000 sf of office/ manufacturing/surgical suites opened in 2001. Planning for a new 60,000 sf mostly lab building is underway. The Center serves 26 start-up companies, mostly biotechnology or medical device. Simon's responsibilities include client services - financing, business planning and operational assistance; training events; operations of the Center; technology transfer from federal labs to area companies and management of federal programs, i.e. SBA's SBIR/STTR Outreach effort etc. SBA recognized the excellence of the Center's SBIR outreach work in 1999 by presenting Simon with a Tibbetts Award. In 2002 he served as a judge for the Tibbetts Awards. In 2010 he received a Milton Stewart Award from the SBTC for SBIR advocacy.

In 2003 the National Business Incubation Association awarded the Center a "Top Ten Incubator" award for its clients' growth record. Also in 2003 the US Department of Commerce (Economic Development Administration) presented the Center with an award for the best example of technology-let economic development. Additionally, he has been quoted in Forbes, Fortune, Business Week On-line and Nikkei regarding St. Louis's high technology start-ups. He has been an evaluator for the NIST Advanced Technology Program (1999) and represented NASA for tech transfer opportunities in Missouri (1995-2004) and served as a reviewer for SBIR/STTRs for the National Science Foundation (2004-present).

Simon consults with various groups regarding growing early stage advanced technology companies both from a physical (incubator) point of view as well as programmatically. He has been a presenter at National Business Incubation Association conferences. He also has been an adjunct faculty member at Saint Louis University in the management department. He volunteers as a member of the Board of Advisors to Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology (SLU), a member of the Allocations Committee of the St. Louis Variety, "The Children's Charity" and formerly as an advisory board member for a women's shelter. He is an observer to the board of Medros a tenant company utilizing drosophila for high throughput screening. He is a member of the Prolog LP (venture funds) Advisory Board. He is a Vietnam-era Army veteran. He earned BS and MS degrees at The Ohio State University and an MBA at Washington University in St. Louis.

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