Startups: From Idea to Founding a Company

Monday, April 18, 2022, 5:30 – 6:30 PM CST

Are you thinking about starting your own company? Curious about the process and what it involves? Join our upcoming panel to hear from 3 individuals who founded their own company and currently serve as the CEO.

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Khalid Alam, PhD

Founder & CEO, Stemloop

Khalid K. Alam is the Founder and CEO of Stemloop. He holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and a graduate certificate in Life Science Innovation and Entrepreneurship from the University of Missouri. Alam trained as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern University, where he led development of cell-free biosensing technology at the Center for Synthetic Biology. While at NU he received a Business for Scientists and Engineers Certificate from the Kellogg School of Management. In 2019, he was recognized with a Halo Cures 40 Under 40 award and an ORISE entrepreneurial fellowship through the Chain Reaction Innovations program.

Pranav Gokhale, PhD

Co-Founder & CEO,

Pranav Gokhale is the Co-founder and CEO He holds a PhD in quantum computation from the University of Chicago, where his work focused on breaking the abstraction barrier between quantum hardware and software, with the aim of realizing practical applications sooner than otherwise possible. His research has led to over a dozen publications, four best paper awards, and five patent filings.Pranav’s company,, has received over $3M in research grants and has launched two quantum software products, SupermarQ and SuperstaQ.

Kate Krueger, PhD

Founder & Managing Partner, Helikon Consulting

Kate Krueger is founder of HelikonConsulting, an organization that partners with visionary scientists, investors, and entrepreneurs to develop their technical strategy. She combines a broad perspective on the academic and industrial landscape of cell-based meat and high-tech food withdeep expertise in protein biochemistry and cell biology. Kate is former Research Director of New Harvest, the first nonprofit organization dedicated to cellular agriculture.Before New Harvest, Kate worked science-side at Perfect Day Foods, the first precision fermentation company to make milk proteins, where she contributed to their foundational patent. Kate holds a PhD in Cell Biology from Yale University, and is passionate about using technology for the betterment of society.