2014 Sponsors

Gold Sponsor

Thompson Coburn LLP

Thompson Coburn LLP is a full service law firm with offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Southern Illinois and Washington, D.C. With over 370 attorneys—more than 100 of whom have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® (Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.)—the firm has experience in more than 50 areas of law. Thompson Coburn has tried the longest jury trial and one of the largest civil suits in American history and closed deals coast-to-coast and around the globe. The lawyers in the firm’s Chicago, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Southern Illinois and Washington, D.C. offices serve clients in a full spectrum of business sectors, including a number of universities and life sciences companies.

Silver Sponsor

Stinson Leonard Street

Stinson Leonard Street is a full service business focused law firm with over 500 lawyers in 14 offices. Our IP and & Technology team works with both start-ups and established companies in protecting, commercializing and enforcing intellectual property assets. With strong ties to Missouri and Midwestern rates, Stinson Leonard Street provides hands-on, business focused counsel with a strong emphasis on client service and responsiveness.

Friends of the Expo

Greer Burns and Crain: Intellectual Property Law

GBC’s University Practice is led by shareholder Steve Fallon, a former patent examiner, and co-chaired by Kate Berezutskaya, a former university tech manager. Team leaders have litigation experience that provides perspective to obtain valuable patents for early stage technologies. GBC attorneys have experience and education in engineering, life sciences, chemistry, and physics. GBC attorneys have developed portfolios in fields such as wireless commun-ications, nuclear science, biomarkers, genetic testing and nanotechnology. GBC attorneys understand the university environment and work well with tech managers, professors, grad students and licensees.

ABC: Better Insight, Better Outcomes

Established in 1968, ABC Laboratories offers a broad offering of product development and GLP and CGMP-compliant analytical testing services to the global pharmaceutical, biotech, animal health, crop protection, consumer products and chemical industries. The company employs about 400 scientists and support personnel at two locations in central Missouri, and supports all stages of drug development and chemical product registrations worldwide. Through development know-how, cross-disciplinary technical expertise, and applied experience with multiple regulatory frameworks, ABC delivers the kind of insight that drives better outcomes. Learn more at www.abclabs.com.


Dentons is a global law firm driven to provide clients a competitive edge in an increasingly complex and inter-connected world. A top 20 firm on the Acritas 2013 Global Elite Brand Index, Dentons is committed to challenging the status quo in delivering consistent and uncompromising quality in new and inventive ways. Dentons was formed by the combination of international law firm Salans LLP, Canadian law firm Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP (FMC) and international law firm SNR Denton. Dentons’ clients now benefit from approximately 2,600 lawyers and professionals in more than 75 locations spanning 50-plus countries across Africa, Asia Pacific, Canada, Central Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Russia and the CIS, the UK and the US. The firm serves the local, regional and global needs of a broad spectrum of clients, including private and public corporations; governments and government agencies; small businesses and startups; entrepreneurs and individuals.

R2FACT: Product Development

With a full team of designers and engineers along with rapid prototyping [3D printing] in-house, R2FACT Product Development provides expertise to bring products to life. From Idea to Delivery, R2FACT moves the project through the stages of development; design, engineering, prototyping and manufacturing. R2FACT is an on-demand R&D Department to develop, supply & support the unique and innovative products of the future. R2FACT Product Development, 1009 W. 8th Street Ste. 401, Kansas City, MO 64101 816-994-8822 www.r2fact.com

Perkins Coie: Counsel to Great Companies

Founded in 1912, Perkins Coie has more than 950 lawyers in 19 offices across the United States and Asia. We provide a full array of corporate, commercial litigation and intellectual property legal services to a broad range of clients, from FORTUNE 50 corporations to small, independent startups, as well as public and not-for-profit organizations.


  • More than 950 attorneys
  • 19 offices in the U.S. and Asia
  • Pro bono services exceeded 3.5 % of billed time in 2013
  • Managing Partner: Robert Giles
  • Founded in Seattle, WA in 1912