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Jack Gill

Professor in the Practice of Entrepreneurship

McNair Hall, Room 221-2

Jack M. Gill is a member of the Harvard Medical School faculty, a senior advisor to the Harvard-MIT CIMIT program, and teaches at HMS and MIT. Dr. Gill also holds the position of Professor of the Practice of Entrepreneurship at Rice University.

Dr. Gill is a founder and Managing Member of Vanguard Ventures, a venture capital firm specializing in high technology start-ups, with offices in Palo Alto, California and Houston, Texas. Vanguard manages over $500 million capital and has been the lead investor in numerous highly successful companies such as Aldus, Digital Microwave, Pyramid Technology, EndoSonics, Mycogen, EndoTherapeutics, Macromedia, Network Appliance, Indigo Medical, CardioGenesis, Advanced Fibre Communications, Ciena, LightSpeed (CISCO), Tut Systems, Digital Island, ZipRealty and Hansen Medical.

Prior to co founding Vanguard in 1981, Dr. Gill was Executive Vice President and Group Manager of the Scientific Divisions of Spectra Physics, Inc. Spectra Physics, formerly a NYSE listed company and later acquired by Pharos, Sweden, was then the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial, scientific and industrial lasers and a market leader in chromatography instrumentation.

In 1970, Gill founded Autolab, which pioneered the application of microprocessor-based instruments and computers for chromatography applications. Autolab was sold to Spectra Physics in 1972 and Gill remained as vice president and general manager as the business grew profitably to $100 M in sales and earned a leading market position. Gill served as Director of Research and Engineering at Varian Associates from 1965 to 1970 managing a technical staff of 80. Dr. Gill authored 50 technical papers and lectured worldwide on gas chromatography, HPLC, laboratory computerization, and advances in instrumentation.

Jack M. Gill is a native of Lufkin, Texas. He earned a chemistry and engineering degree from Lamar University in 1958 and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Indiana University in 1963. Gill served as President of the Lamar University Foundation Board of Trustees from 1988 to 1991. He is currently a member of the Indiana University Deans’ Advisory Boards of the School of Business and the School of Arts and Sciences as well as a Director of the IU Foundation. Dr. Gill received Distinguished Alumnus Awards from Lufkin High School, Lamar University and Indiana University.

Jack was named a 1999 winner of the Horatio Alger Award for Distinguished Americans. In May 2001, he received an honorary Doctorate of Science from Indiana University. In addition, he has received numerous Entrepreneur Awards.

In 2007, Jack was appointed a Trustee of Indiana University and a member of the Board of the Texas Emerging Technology Fund. Jack is a director of the MD Anderson Cancer Center, The Horatio Alger Association, Project HOPE and the Presidents Circle of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Institute of Medicine.
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