Dennis Burke — Sales and Marketing Advisor
Dennis Burke is a distinguished life sciences sales and marketing executive with a variety of leadership roles with Hospira Worldwide Inc., and predecessor company Abbott Laboratories. He is well known for building successful brands and high performing teams in the injectable pharmaceutical and medical device arenas within the hospital setting. Dennis holds a B.S. in Accountancy from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. In his free time, Dennis is an enthusiastic Chicago sports fan, enjoys golf and is an active alumni volunteer with the Evans Scholars Foundation.
Christine Rohan — Strategy and Innovation Advisor
Christine Rohan is Managing Director, Innovation at the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association where she is responsible for facilitating innovation acceleration and third party partnerships across the Blue Cross Blue Shield network. Previously Christine led strategy, innovation, business development, marketing and customer experience initiatives across GE’s Healthcare and Transportation businesses over her 25-year career. Christine also served in executive leadership roles a series of venture-financed healthcare technology startups. Christine was graduated from the University of Michigan with a BS Industrial & Operations Engineering. She earned a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard University. She is a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt with LEAN, CAP and facilitation skills.
Chase Bonhag — Business and Investor Relations Advisor
Chase Bonhag is an Associate at IllinoisVENTURES where he focuses on the sourcing and due diligence of new investments, the assessment of both technical and commercial strengths and weaknesses of early-stage technologies and provides investment recommendations for IllinoisVENTURES. Chase also plays an active role in the University of Illinois entrepreneurial ecosystem. Prior to joining IllinoisVENTURES, Chase worked on the Global Strategic Marketing team at Abbott Point of Care, supporting new product development projects. Chase has spent time at a boutique healthcare consulting firm focusing on care management and was a co-founder of HireStarts. Chase earned his MBA from the University of Illinois and his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Western Michigan University.
Mark Newton — Medical Administration Advisor
Mark Newton served as the President and Chief Executive Officer for Swedish Covenant Hospital for more than 15 years. Mr. Newton has worked in the health care industry for over 18 years and has served in senior executive positions for Evanston Northwestern Healthcare, Highland Park Hospital, Baxter World Trade Corporation and American Hospital Supply. As Senior Vice President Corporate Services for Evanston Northwestern Healthcare, he was responsible for system wide activities in business development, electronic commerce, joint ventures, relationship marketing, home care, and telecommunications. He serves as Member of the Advisory Board at AgeNet, Inc. In 1997, he was a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA from North Park College and received a Master of Management degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Neelum Aggarwal — Clinical Research Advisor
Neelum T. Aggarwal, MD, is a population health neurologist and clinical researcher in the field of aging. She is an Associate Professor and Faculty member in the Departments of Neurological Sciences and the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. She is a Principal Investigator for multiple NIA and industry sponsored Alzheimer’s disease clinical trials, is the Director of Research – Rush Heart Center for Women and is a Co- Principal Investigator for the Community Engagement for Early Recognition and Immediate Action in Stroke (CEERIAS), a PCORI funded grant, that seeks to reduce stroke disparities in Chicago’s under served communities.
In addition to serving as the Vice Chair of the Women Physician Section of the American Medical Association, she is also serves as the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA). Constantly focusing on best practices for the integration of medicine and technology, she is an active Chicago Innovation Mentor and a MATTER mentor. She has a clinical practice and also serves as a grant reviewer, consultant to a variety of profit and non-profit organizations, and participates on multiple advisory boards that draw upon her unique and diverse skill set as a clinician-researcher.
Karl Peter — Sales and Marketing Advisor
Karl Peter is a sales and marketing professional with experience in medical equipment and pharmaceutical product sales, expanding niche markets, implementing strategic sales plans and building profitable territories within highly competitive markets. Previously, he has been involved with numerous successful product launches as part of GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, Covidien, Medtronic, Cheetah Medical, and most recently under the oncology portfolio with AngioDynamics. Karl graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a BA in Psychology and served as an officer in the US Army.