G. Michael Alder is Director of the Office Technology Transfer, for Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah (www.techtransfer.byu.edu). He is also the Chairman of WestCAMP, Inc and the National Centers of Excellence. In 2006 moved to BYU and retired as a partner with Redmont Venture Partners, Inc. in Birmingham, Alabama and as the Executive Director of the Biotechnology Association of Alabama. In the 10 years he was a partner at Redmont he co founded 9 technology based businesses – two of those companies have now gone public. Overall Mr. Alder has over 35 years of experience in leading technology based startup companies. He was previously CEO of Emerging Technology Partners in Birmingham, Alabama from 1997 to 2003. Prior to coming to Alabama in 1994 he co-founded the Grow Utah Fund that focused on creating technology based businesses in the state of Utah. In 1989 he was asked by the Governor to head the Office of Technology Development for the State of Utah, which he did for 5 years. In 1973 he founded NPI, a plant biotechnology company in Salt Lake City, Utah and served as President, COO and Vice Chairman of that company for 15 years as it grew to over 700 employees. Mr. Alder received a MS in Biology from the University of Utah in 1971.