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Every year, the ISTC issues an annual report that showcases our accomplishments from the previous year. The report summarizes key initiatives organized by the ISTC and highlights our role in wider economic development efforts across the state.2014 saw huge strides within the Illinois innovation economy, and it was an impressive year of action and growth for the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition (ISTC).

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  • Annual Report 2014

  • The Illinois Science & Technology Coalition (ISTC) harnesses the power of research and innovation to expand and enrich the states economy. As a member-driven, nonprofit entity, we forge public-private partnerships among industry, research universities, federal labs, and government to increase investments in research and technology, develop talent, promote awareness and policies, and drive job growth in Illinois.

    Mark HarrisPresident & CEO

    Jeffrey Margolis, PhDManaging Director

    Robert GreenleeSenior Advisor

    Alya Adamany WoodsManaging Director, Illinois Innovation Network

    Roxanne Atienza, PhDDirector of Operations

    ISTC staff

    Lyubomir UzunovProgram Manager, Research

    Allie Scully BarwiseProgram Manager, R&D STEM Learning Exchange

    David MachajewskiProgram Manager, Innovation Initiatives

    Emily CooperProgram Manager, R&D STEM Learning Exchange

    Utsav GandhiProgram Intern

  • 1 Illinois Science & Technology Coalition Annual Report 2014

    Board of Directors

    Chairman Douglas Baker President Northern Illinois University

    MembersLinda DarraghClinical Professor of Entrepreneurial Practice and Executive Director Kellogg Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative, Northwestern University

    John Flavin Executive Director Chicago Innovation Exchange,University of Chicago

    Robert Fleming Director, Strategic Planning, Land and Self Protection Systems DivisionNorthrop Grumman Corporation

    Laura FrerichsDirectorUniversity of Illinois Research Park

    Chris GladwinFounder and Vice ChairmanCleversafe

    John LarsonGeneral Manager, Global Alliance ManagementAbbVie

    Robert LoweCEOWellspring Worldwide

    Jeffrey MaysPresidentIllinois Business Roundtable

    Azmi NabulsiHead of R&D Strategic and Professional AffairsTakeda Pharmaceuticals International, Inc.

    Warren RibleyExecutive DirectorIllinois Medical District

    Gerald RoperPresidentChicagoland Chamber of Commerce Foundation

    Matthew SummyVice President, External and Government AffairsComcast Corporation

    Greetings from ISTC leadership

    Since being created by the State of Illinois 25 years ago, the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition (ISTC)

    has been immersed in advancing the states innovation economy and linking talent and ideas from our

    leading research universities, national labs, and industry to improve peoples lives and increase economic

    development. Throughout 2014, ISTC realized unprecedented growth, building our network to more

    than 75 member and partner organizations and driving new capital opportunities, impact partnerships,

    enhanced awareness, sound policies, and deeper talent development.

    Key highlights from 2014 included:

    Releasing the Illinois Science and Technology Roadmap, a first-of-its-kind, data-driven report that identifies research and innovation strengths that will drive competitiveness and business growth in

    key industries across the state.

    Expanding the Illinois Corporate-Startup Challenge, a program that links the states emerging companies with large corporations through a highly curated matchmaking process, which in 201314 included more

    than 40 referral partners, 72 early-stage companies, and demo days with 8 corporations. The initiative was

    named the Most Promising TBED (technology-based economic development) Initiative by SSTI (formerly the State Science & Technology Institute) at its 18th annual national conference, held in Chicago.

    Playing a significant role in securing research- and technology-focused federal funding, including the

    $320 million Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII); successfully advocating for a $25 million dollar authorization for the Regional Innovation Program; and helping to seed the $500,000 Illinois Regional Proof of Concept Program.

    Extending the reach of the R&D STEM Learning Exchange, through the efforts of the Illinois Science & Technology Institute (ISTI), to 28 high schools and more than 1,000 students to support authentic, inquiry-based learning experiences and enable greater career exploration in research and development

    (R&D) fields.

    We look forward to building on these efforts and accomplishments to cultivate more economic growth in the

    year ahead, and we thank all of our member and partner organizations for their continued collaboration.

    Mark Harris

    President and CEO

    Doug Baker

    Board Chairman

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    ISTC members are leaders in the Illinois innovation economy. Through membership, these organizations

    share a voice and develop partnerships that drive Illinois research, development, and innovation pipeline.

    ISTC members and partners


    Universities and federal labs


  • 3 Illinois Science & Technology Coalition Annual Report 2014


    Broadband Illinois

    Catalyze Chicago

    Chicago Council on Science & Technology

    Chicago Innovation Awards

    Chicago Innovation Mentors

    Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center/1871

    Chicago Metro Metal Consortium

    Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

    Choose DuPage

    Citizens Utility Board

    Clean Energy Trust

    Coalition: Energy

    Cook County

    Economic Development Council for Central Illinois


    Energy Foundry

    iBIO Institute

    Illinois Biotechnology Industry Organization

    Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

    Illinois Manufacturers Association

    Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center

    Illinois Science & Energy Innovation Foundation

    Illinois Technology Association

    Illinois Venture Capital Association


    Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois



    Peoria Specialized Manufacturing Strategy Group

    Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce

    Quad City Manufacturing Laboratory

    Rev3 Innovation Center

    Rockford Area Aerospace Network

    Rockford Area Economic Development Council

    Smart Chicago Collaborative

    Smart Grid Cluster


    St. Louis Regional Chamber of Commerce


    University of Illinois Business Innovation Services

    World Business Chicago

    Nonprofits and civic groups

  • 4Year of impactISTCs role and accomplishments

    Securing increased capital for research and investment

    Cultivating impact partnerships

    Raising awareness through regular publications and events

    Advocating for sound policies and programs

    Developing and retaining top talent

    Year of innovationBy the numbers

    Media impressions

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  • 5 Illinois Science & Technology Coalition Annual Report 2014

    ISTC strengthens innovation through five outcome areas

    With the strength of our more than 75 members and partners, ISTC enhances the Illinois innovation economy by securing increased capital for research and investment, cultivating innovative ideas and impactful partnerships, raising awareness through regular publications and events, advocating for sound policies, and developing and retaining top talent.

    Year of impactISTCs role and accomplishments

    Research and investment capital


    Policy and advocacy

    Impact partnerships

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    ISTC collaborates with elected officials, policy makers, regional economic development organizations, universities, industry, and state agencies to attract federal research and technology commercialization dollars to Illinois and direct state funds to effective programs that support innovation and technology development.

    Delivering the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute In February, President Obama announced that the

    $320 million Digital Manufacturing and Design

    Innovation Institute (DMDII) had been awarded to a

    UI LABSled consortium of more than 70 industry and

    academic partners. ISTC served as a core member

    of the proposal team, leading the development of

    the education and workforce section and supporting

    engagement of federal and state government officials.

    ISTCs efforts catalyzed recruitment of more than 200

    supporting state and local government agencies,

    regional economic development organizations,

    workforce-training organizations, community colleges,

    and STEM1 education programs.

    DMDII is the nations flagship research institute for applying cutting-edge digital technologies to reduce the time

    and cost of manufacturing, strengthen the capabilities of the U.S. supply chain, and decrease acquisition costs.

    The institute will develop and demonstrate digital manufacturing technologies as well as deploy and commercialize

    these technologies across a range of manufacturing industries.

    President Obama announces Illinois as the winner of the $320 million Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII).

    Realizing the benefits of advanced manufacturing in IllinoisDMDII grew from the Illinois Manufacturing Lab (IML) concept, a partnership seeded by the State of Illinois

    and the University of Illinois. ISTC led the development of the initial scoping and business plan development of

    this network model, which aims to link small and midsize manufacturers with new advanced manufa