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Robert J. Calcaterra, D.Sc.

Senior Consultant

Dr. Robert J. (Bob) Calcaterra, D.Sc., through his 20-year professional relationship with the President of KMK Consulting Company, regularly serves as a Senior Consultant with the firm on various projects across the U.S. where his experience and expertise provide a competitive differentiation and advantage.

Bob consults for many public and private institutions including the USDA, EPA, University of Iowa, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and City of Madison, Wisconsin in 2009. These latter activities have been concerned primarily with commercialization of technology, venture capital, and innovation campus and incubator development.

During Bob’s tenure at the three incubators he has managed, he has been involved in the creation of over 50 start-up companies, raised well over $200 million in equity capital and has served on the board of directors of at least 40 of those companies. In St. Louis, he was primarily responsible for the creation of the BioGenerator (a $7.8 million pre-seed venture fund) and the Arch Angel Network where he is now President. The Arch Angel Network has invested over $28 million in 32 companies since its inception in 2005.

Bob served as president and chief executive officer of Nidus Center for Scientific Enterprise in St. Louis until July 1, 2008. At the Nidus Center, he led efforts to commercialize technologies in the plant and life sciences by recruiting and nurturing young entrepreneurs with promising ideas and relevant business expertise. His efforts resulted in 20 client companies and nine graduates. The Center won two consecutive national awards (2005-06) for Incubator Client Company of the Year and hosted the National Business Incubation Association international conference in 2006.

Prior to the Nidus Center, Bob was president, founder and chief executive officer of the Arizona Technology Incubator (ATI). A public/private partnership, ATI provides technical and business support services to early-stage, technology-based entrepreneurial companies. Under his leadership, ATI won three consecutive awards (1996-98) in the categories of Incubator Company of the Year, Incubator Innovation of the Year and Incubator Graduate Company. ATI hosted the NBIA conference in 1998.

Bob established the Boulder Technology Incubator (BTI) in 1989. Much like the Arizona Technology Incubator, BTI served as a mentor to technology-based entrepreneurial companies providing them with technical and business support. BTI won the National Incubator of the Year award in 1998.

Previously, Bob worked for numerous Fortune 500 companies. While with Adolph Coors Company, he was director of Research & Development, Licensing, and Quality Assurance, where he helped formed eight new technically based businesses. Prior to his work at Adolph Coors, Bob worked as senior research engineer for long-range strategic planning and technology forecasting and assessments for Amoco Corporation. He was also a research engineer for Alcoa Corporation and Monsanto Company, where he began his career in 1965.

Bob Calcaterra is well known for his civic work involving small-business related issues. In 1995, he was appointed by President Bill Clinton as a delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business. On a national level he has been involved in the following organizations:

  • Member of the Advisory Board to the National Business Incubation Association, where he served on the board of directors for two years
  • Past Southwest Michigan Innovation Center (SMIC) Board Member
  • Past member of Senator Bond’s Small Business Committee Advisory Board on SBIR/STTR US Senate

At the state and local level, Bob has held leadership roles in the following organizations:

  • Past Missouri Technology Corporation Board (Chair of Innovation Center, investment, and SBIR Committees)
  • Past member Missouri Venture Capital Roundtable (Co-Chairman)
  • Past MOBIO Board of Directors
  • Coalition for Plant and Life Sciences Executive Committee Member
  • BioGenerator Executive Committee
  • Past Executive Committee of Technology Gateway Alliance
  • Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer Committee (Former Chair)
  • Missouri Venture Forum (Chairperson 2004-2005)
  • Past St. Louis County Economic Development Council Member
  • Past Greater St. Louis Economic Development Council Member
  • TEC Incubator Board (Former Chair)
  • Past member of Creve Coeur Economic Development Council and Planning and Zoning Commission
  • BIO Mid-America Venture Forum
  • Invest Midwest Venture Capital Conference Executive Board Member and Chair Biotech Committee
  • Past Biomedical Engineering and Chemical, Environmental and Energy Engineering Department, Washington University, Advisory Board Member
  • Past Advisory Board to the Washington University Coulter Translational Research Partnership in Biomedical Engineering
  • Bio-molecular and Chemical Engineering Department, University of Nebraska, Advisory Board Member (Chairman for three years)
  • College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Advisory Board at Webster University

Bob extended his leadership efforts internationally when he agreed to be a Mentor for Australia High Technology (ACT) Incubator System in Canberra, Australia. In May 1999, he represented the National Business Incubation Association in Beijing China. He also taught graduate courses as an adjunct professor in entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado, Arizona State University and Washington University.

Bob Calcaterra did his graduate and undergraduate work in chemical engineering at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln earning BS and MS degrees. He received his D.Sc. in chemical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis and later completed Harvard University's Industrial Research Institute Executive Management Seminar

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Education
  • Bob Calcaterra did his graduate and undergraduate work in chemical engineering at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln earning BS and MS degrees. He received his D.Sc. in chemical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis and later completed Harvard University's Industrial Research Institute Executive Management Seminar.