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Michael Falk, Emily Bauer, Janet Kelly, Craig Helm, Mark Stoveken, Joseph Shepard, James Barta, Michael Longmeyer

The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation last week promoted Michael Falk and Emily Bauer; and hired Janet Kelly, Craig Helm, and Mark Stoveken.
Falk, formerly chief of staff and director of intellectual property for WARF, has been named general counsel.
Bauer, who previously served as a licensing assistant for pharmaceuticals and inside licensing manager at WARF, has been promoted to the position of licensing manager for agricultural biotechnology.
Kelly has been hired as communications director for WARF and affiliates WiCell, WiSys, and Morgridge Institute for Research. Kelly, who most recently served as communications director for Madison Area Technical College, will work closely with Andrew Cohn, director of WARF’s government and associations relations.
Heim joins WARF as a licensing manager for start-up companies, and will help launch nascent Madison-area businesses that have licensed UW-Madison technologies. He was previously employed by the Milwaukee investment banking firm Grace Matthews.
Stoveken has been hired by WARF as a pharmaceutical licensing associate focusing on bone health and the development and commercialization of pharmaceutical use of vitamin D. Stoveken most recently managed the Synephros Group, a sales and marketing consulting company focused on kidney disease.

The US Small Business Administration last week appointed Joseph Shepard as director of the SBA Office of Investment.
As director, Shepard will oversee the activities of the office, which include the Small Business Investment Company program. SBICs are privately managed venture capital funds that invest mezzanine debt and private equity into qualifying small businesses, SBA said.
Prior to joining SBA, Shepard served as managing director of Archway Capital Management, and was previously a vice president and director with Banc One Capital Markets and its SBIC fund, Banc One Capital Partners. Shepard has also been employed by Principal Financial Securities and Texas Pacific Capital. He holds an MBA from Southern Methodist University.

Law firm Armstrong Teasdale last month said that James Barta and Michael Longmeyer have joined the company’s intellectual property practice as partner and associate, respectively.
Barta joins Armstrong Teasdale from St. Louis-based IP boutique firm Senniger Powers. He previously served as a senior engineer at McDonnell Douglas, now Boeing.
Longmeyer previously worked as a law clerk to Judge Raymond Gruender of the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Prior to his legal career, Longmeyer served as an electronics engineer for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Marshall Space Flight Center.

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