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ONU hosts Kritzler Lecture

Dec 4, 2006

Dr. David J. Rakestraw, chief technologist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, will present, "High Technology Start-Up: Invention thru Commercialization" at the 12th annual Kritzler Lecture at Ohio Northern University in the Dicke Forum on Thursday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m.

The event will be hosted by ONU's department of chemistry and biochemistry and is free and open to the public.

Dr. Rakestraw, a native of northeast Ohio and a 1983 ONU graduate, received his Ph.D in physical chemistry from Stanford University in 1988. He was responsible for research and development at Sandia National Laboratories from 1988 - 2000. He began Eksigent Technologies, a company that uses microfluidic technology to provide innovative instrument systems and devices. Eksigent is also one of the top suppliers of nano-scale chromatography systems, which benefit many studies of life sciences.

The Kritzler Lecture was named in honor of 1940 Ohio Northern University alumnus Dr. James Kritzler who funded the lecture series in 1989. Kritzler conducted a general practice office in McLean, Texas for 10 years and then practiced radiology in Houston at Doctors Hospital and Eastway General Hospital until his retirement in 1983. He passed away in 1998.

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