Professional Services

PROPEL participants can gain access to representatives at some of the top business services firms in Illinois and in the country. Through PROPEL, these firms educate entrepreneurs on business, financial, marketing and legal strategies. All services for PROPEL entrepreneurs are provided at no expense to the entrepreneur, but are coordinated through PROPEL only.

Current relationships include:

Perkins Coie
Perkins Coie attorneys will provide educational information regarding general legal issues. Perkins Coie represents life sciences companies across a broad spectrum of industry segments, from biologics, biosimilars and diagnostic to medical devices and pharmaceuticals, both branded and generic (ANDA). Our attorneys understand the industry - and they know the specific laws and regulations that effect it. Many of our attorneys have advanced degrees in molecular biology, chemistry or biophysics. We provide a full range of legal services to life sciences companies, including corporate, litigation and IP. Perkins Coie has helped life sciences companies both public and private to solve legal problems at every stage of growth.

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP (MBHB) 
MBHB provides comprehensive legal services to obtain and enforce clients' intellectual property rights, from navigating patent office procedures to litigating complex infringement actions. MBHB prosecutes patent and trademark applications both in the U.S. and abroad, handles intellectual property litigation matters in trial and appellate courts across the country and counsels clients nationwide and worldwide on the enforcement and defense of their intellectual property rights. Their experienced attorneys, 28 of whom have doctorates, work with a staff of technical professionals to provide effective, efficient and economical representation to a broad base of clients in the biotechnology field.

Kleinfeld Kaplan & Becker LLP (KK&B)

KK&B attorneys provide educational information relating to the requirements, limitations and opportunities emanating from the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and the Public Health Service Act. KK&B is a boutique specialty Food and Drug law firm that, for over 50 years, has been engaged in providing legal and regulatory advice to companies and associations who are interested in the development, investigation, approval and marketing of products subject to regulation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and related regulatory agencies, including products regulated as drugs, biologicals, medical devices and combination products.

Sikich Investment Banking LLP

Sikich Investment Banking provides educational information regarding key life sciences merger and acquisition trends and how they might relate to critical issues facing PROPEL companies. Sikich Investment Banking is the corporate finance and advisory practice of Sikich LLP, a professional services firm focused on the middle-market. Our core capabilities include acquisitions advisory, sales advisory, capital raises, and strategic advisory with expertise across industries, including life science and technology. Securities are offered through Sikich Corporate Finance LLC, a registered broker dealer with the Securities Exchange Commission and a member of FINRA/SIPC.