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Leadership, Start-ups, and Transition

Neil Kane, former CEO and co-founder, Advanced Diamond Technologies, Inc.

September 27, 2011

Neil Kane is recent past CEO and co-founder of Advanced Diamond Technologies, Inc. a firm he founded in 2003 by licensing technology from Argonne National Laboratory. Immediately prior to forming ADT, Mr. Kane was a principal at Illinois Partners Executive Services, a firm he founded. Illinois Partners is a venture advisory and consulting firm specifically focusing on commercializing technologies emanating from major research universities and federal laboratories in the Midwest. Through Illinois Partners he has evaluated the commercial potential of advanced technologies for The University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Mr. Kane is the former Executive Director of the Illinois Technology Enterprise Center at Argonne National Laboratory and Entrepreneur in Residence with Illinois Ventures, LLC. As EIR with Illinois Ventures, Mr. Kane was CEO of several of their portfolio companies. He has closed several rounds of venture capital from various sources and has secured several SBIR and government contracts and awards.

Earlier he was Regional Business Development Manager for Microsoft Corporation in Chicago. In this role he identified, negotiated and closed a $25 million equity investment in an Illinois-based software company. He began his business career at IBM where he held a series of increasingly challenging marketing and technical roles. He was the IBM liaison to Andersen Consulting (later Accenture) and helped create the strategic busi¬ness alliance between IBM and Andersen Consulting that became the model for the industry. In this capacity he earned membership into IBM’s Golden Circle. He began his IBM career as a manufacturing engineer in IBM’s San Jose, California disk drive facility where he designed robotic tooling.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana (high honors) and a Masters of Business Administration (finance and policy studies) from The University of Chicago. He has attended graduate school in Australia and did further graduate study in Japan on a scholarship from JETRO. He was named a 2007 Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum and attended their annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland in January 2007.