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Previous Competitions


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Previous Competitions


If you missed our past competitions or want to learn more, you can find here all of the previous competitors in Walleye Tank. To view the pitch simply click on the logo of the company below! You can also find information about our most recent panel of Walleyes.

Walleye Tank 2017


Walleye Tank 2017


    

    

     

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Walleye Tank - Ice Fishing Edition 2016


Walleye Tank - Ice Fishing Edition 2016


Walleye Tank 2016


Walleye Tank 2016


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Past Walleyes


Walleye Tank features an experience judging panel each of whom are knowledgable and experienced in the fields of life science and business. Read more about them in their short bios below!

Past Walleyes


Walleye Tank features an experience judging panel each of whom are knowledgable and experienced in the fields of life science and business. Read more about them in their short bios below!

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Pete Ball

Pete Ball is a senior licensing manager at Mayo Clinic Ventures.  Prior to joining Mayo in January of 2016, Pete was Portfolio Director for Software and Information Technology commercialization at Johns Hopkins University where he facilitated business development, corporate partnerships, commercialization and startup company activities. Before that, Pete enjoyed a career in software engineering and data analytics. Pete holds a B.A. degree from Hamilton College, an M.S. from Columbia University, and a J.D. degree from the University of Baltimore. Pete is a licensed Maryland attorney and a registered patent attorney at the US Patent and Trademark Office.

 
 

Perry Hackett

Dr. Perry Hackett is a co-founder of Recombinetics and serves as Chair of its Scientific Advisory Board. He is co-founder of gene therapy company, Discovery Genomics,  where he previously served as Chief Scientific Officer and Chairman. He is also a professor and research scientist in the University of Minnesota’s department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development and co-founder of the Center for Genome Engineering.  Hackett has a degree in Physics from Stanford University, a PhD in Biophysics and Genetics from the University of Colorado, and did postdoctoral training at the Max Planck Institute for Cell Biology in Germany and at the University of California in San Francisco.

 
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FERNANDO BAZAN

Dr. J. Fernando Bazan was appointed Chief Technology Officer when he joined the Company on August 1, 2013. Following training at Stanford, Berkeley, and UCSF in biochemistry and biophysics, he led very active groups in biotherapeutics discovery as a senior scientist at DNAX Research Institute (now Merck Research Labs) and at Genentech (Roche). He also served as Chief Scientific Officer at NeuroScience, a neuroimmunology diagnostics startup. Dr. Bazan holds an adjunct faculty appointment in the Dept. of Pharmacology at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine.

 
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THOMAS J. PUFF, ESQ.

Thomas J. Puff, Esq. is a nationally recognized corporate, securities law, mergers and acquisitions and venture capital attorney. He led the Securities Law Groups as a Partner in two large national law firms prior to founding Venture Law (VLR). VLR serves as anoutside US Corporate Counsel and Mr. Puff is the Secretary to the Board. Mr. Puff has been involved in private placements, public offerings and debt and equity financing's in domestic and international transactions aggregating over 650 million in his career, including service to issuers such as Michael Foods Inc., Taser Int’l, Stellent (acquired by Oracle), Health Fitness Corporation, Super Solutions (acquired by Oracle), ProUroCare, Metamodix, Redstone American Grill and investors St. Paul Venture Capital, Crescendo Ventures, The Pohlad Family Office/Sahara Investment Corp. along with dozens of prominent US angel investors/CEO’s such as John Goodman, Dr. Glen Nelson/GDN Holdings, Phil Smith, Founder Taser Int’l, John Morrison, Carl Pohlad, Irwin Jacobs, William Beddor and many others. 

 

Jonathan Badal

Jon is an investor and operator of Opentrons, maker of the affordable personal pipetting robot. He is also a board member of Genspace, the world's first community biolab. Previously, Jon was an investor and operator of comXology, the digital comic book platform (exited to Amazon).

 

Martha Sewall

Martha (transformedtech) is a strategic medtech executive adviser and innovator dedicated to driving growth and value creation for investors and startups through focused new product strategy and commercial execution.  She serves on the MN REACH ((NIH Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hub) External Review Board, the business advisory group for the University of Minnesota Venture Center of the Office of Technology Commercialization and as member of the review board for the Life Science & Health/IT division of MN CUP.

At Smiths Medical she held product management, business unit, and innovation leadership roles, driving new products that achieved market leading positions and contributed significant revenue grow.

Martha has a BS in Zoology from Duke University and an MBA from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management.