As a vice president at the CEC, Kristin helps to manage programming and operations at 1871. Prior to the CEC, Kristin ran operations for Excelerate Labs, a top-ranked technology startup accelerator, helping build educational programming and mentorship as well as ensuring the program ran smoothly. Kristin also worked with startups and early-stage investments through Hyde Park Angels.
Kristin started in entrepreneurship while working on new ventures and corporate strategy for Redbox. She identified potential new businesses, built business plans and supported fledgling businesses through their pilots. She has also worked in management consulting with A.T. Kearney, touching a variety of industries including pharmacy, logistics, and agricultural goods.
Kristin earned an MBA with Honors at University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and her undergraduate degree in journalism and economics from Northwestern University. In her free time, Kristin is working on her fluency in Spanish and can often be found with her nose in a book.
W. Paul Mar (Wuping Ma)
Chairman and CEO of SynChem, Inc. Before his current position he is President and CEO of SynChem, Inc. from 1997 to 2003. Under his supervision SynChem, Inc. has been growing rapidly with current operation in both Chicago, USA and Shanghai, China. Dr. Mar is not only responsible for setting up and executing the Company’s long term business strategies and business development, but also involving organic chemistry research at SynChem, Inc. He is three times recipient of Small Business Innovation Research Award from National Institutes of Health, two awards were from NIGMS and one was the joint project between NIAID and NCI. He is the invited speakers for many conferences about outsourcing chemistry, such as The 2010 American-Chinese Pharma-Biotech Symposium, 8th Annual Outsourcing Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Preclinical Development & Contract Manufacturing, 2005 Tri-State CACS Conference, SAPA 13th Annual Conference 2005, 2004 Beijing Pharmaceutical R&D International Forum，San Diego Bio-Pharma Conference， 9th Annual Pharmaceutical Outsourcing of Discovery Chemistry. He currently focuses more on the Company long term planning and business development while continued to his research in organic chemistry research. Dr. Mar was a Research Associate at Materials Research Center, Northwestern University where he engaged in organic LED and was Post Doctoral Fellow at the same school for the synthesis of capped porphyrin. Dr. Mar received his PhD in Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China in 1990, and MS and B.S. in Chemistry in Zhongshan University, Guangzhou, China (1987, 1984).
1995-1997 Materials Research Center, Northwestern University
1997 -2003 President and CEO; SynChem, Inc (Organic & Medicinal Chemistry Research Company)
2003-Present Chairman and CEO; SynChem, Inc (Organic & Medicinal Chemistry Research Company)