Shelley Maves is the manager of the FAST Center at the University of Illinois Research Park. She coordinates outreach, training, and individual assistance to entrepreneurs throughout the state of Illinois looking to secure funding through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.
Shelley joins the EnterpriseWorks team with a background in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry serving as a technical consultant to both start-up health-care and large pharmaceutical companies. Prior to that, Shelley was an entrepreneur herself when she co-founded a startup company with technology spun out of Baxter Healthcare, where she had started her career in exploratory research. Under Shelley’s leadership as Director of Research, the startup was successfully awarded an SBIR grant from the NIH, which sparked her passion for assisting other entrepreneurs to become successful in obtaining this flavor of funding. Shelley received her bachelors and doctorate degrees from the University of Illinois in Biochemistry.