Founder, Global STL
Donn Rubin conceived of GlobalSTL as an initiative to connect St. Louis with the most dynamic innovation ecosystems worldwide, starting with Israel in 2014, with the aim of enriching St. Louis’s innovation community with technology, talent and high-growth companies from abroad.
As President & CEO of GlobalSTL’s parent organization, BioSTL, Rubin has helped lead systemic change for St. Louis, bringing new economic vitality and a transformational entrepreneurial culture that leverages the region’s world-class strengths in innovation, especially the medical and plant biosciences.
BioSTL is a non-profit civic organization and coalition of university, business, and philanthropic leaders that ensure St. Louis has the infrastructure to support a dynamic bioscience and innovation ecosystem, including: financial capital, diverse talent, entrepreneur support, laboratories and physical infrastructure, and public policy. BioSTL’s venture development and investment arm, the BioGenerator, is among the most active bioscience seed investors in the U.S. BioSTL and BioGenerator have won national and international accolades for their innovative best practices, including being named a “Best Practice of the Western Hemisphere” by the Organization of American States.
Mr. Rubin’s background is in law, finance, and international development. During the 1990s, he assisted the post-communist governments of Eastern Europe reform their legal and health systems. He established and led pioneering, volunteer-based programs in nine Eastern European countries to help reform and improve post-communist health care systems, and served as consultant to the World Bank on legal reforms and institution building.
Mr. Rubin received his B.S. in Economics, summa cum laude, from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania; and his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School.
St. Louis -based Project Lead, GlobalSTL
Vijay Chauhan is a startup CEO of multiple companies in the Life Sciences space including: renewable energy, cancer diagnostics and consumer healthcare. He is leading BioSTL’s initiative to attract Israeli companies to St. Louis that are a fit with St. Louis corporations and investors. Vijay served as Senior Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) at the BioGenerator, the St. Louis region’s premier venture development organization for Life Science startups. As EIR at BioGenerator, Vijay worked with over 22 startups, raising capital and developing investable business plans for six companies.
Vijay has significant experience raising capital from angel, venture capital, private equity, strategic and governmental investors, developing business plans and forming strong management teams.
Vijay previously worked at Monsanto in St. Louis, MO as Vice President, General Manager, Nutrition and Consumer Sector where he worked on multiple M&A transactions investing over $5 billion towards the implementation of Monsanto’s Agriculture Biotech and Life Sciences strategy. He also developed a new business in the areas of consumer health/functional foods during his time with Monsanto.
Vijay has experience working for two management-consulting companies in the Boston area.
Israel Representative, GlobalSTL
Since July of 2014, Uri has been the Representative in Israel for the St. Louis- Israel Innovation Connection (SLIIC), a program sponsored by BioSTL with the main goal of attracting Israeli technology companies to establish and expand business activities in St. Louis, Missouri.
Uri also has experience working in leadership roles for various startups: CEO of Kolmir Water Technologies, an Israeli start-up developing water treatment & filtration solutions; the CEO of Argo Medical Technologies (now called ReWalk Robotics), the developer of unique mobility devices for paraplegics (NASDAQ IPO in 2014); CEO of ETView, a medical devices start-up operating in the emergency medicine and artificial respiration space (TASE IPO in 2009).
Uri was the Development Director at the Israel-U.S. Bi-National Industrial R&D (BIRD) Foundation for eight years, where he dealt mostly with forming and maintaining strategic partnerships.
Uri holds a B.Sc. degree from the Technion and an M.Sc. degree from the U. of Delaware, both in Chemical Engineering and an M.B.A. from Case Institute of Technology.
Business Development, GlobalSTL
Luke started his professional career in 2007 as a derivatives trader of S&P futures. He was a FINRA-licensed broker for 3 years and in 2013, he left the financial industry and moved to Chile to become an entrepreneur.
During his four years in Latin America, Luke was building startups and entrepreneurial ecosystems in Chile and Brazil. A majority of his time was spent building Exosphere, a learning and problem-solving community, and Exosphere Academy, which conducts trans-disciplinary educational courses in science, emerging technology, and entrepreneurship (alumni network from 50+ countries). Exosphere Academy is known for hosting the first immersive Ethereum blockchain programming course and the first Space Elevator bootcamp.
Another project that garnered a lot of attention was Crucero Celeste Y Blanca. Luke and a group of Argentinian entrepreneurs rented a 2,500-person cruise ship and docked it in Rio de Janeiro to serve as a mobile hotel for soccer fans during World Cup 2014.
In April 2017, Luke returned to the US in hope of using his abilities and knowledge to grow and improve the innovation economy of his home region of St. Louis.
Luke is a long-term optimist. He enjoys studying, learning, and writing about psychology, emerging technologies, and history.