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Ralph Kauten

Lucigen Corporation - Board Chair & CEO


Ralph Kauten has been instrumental in incorporating commercial thinking and direction in collaboration with scientific teams. He has helped to shape the purpose, vision, values, and strategy for a number of Wisconsin biotechnology companies. His involvement in biotechnology started in 1979 at Promega Corporation, followed by involvement with PanVera Corporation, Mirus Bio Corporation, Quintessence Biosciences, Inc. and Lucigen Corporation.

Today, Mr. Kauten serves as Chairman and CEO of Lucigen Corporation. Mr. Kauten also serves on Boards of Directors and Advisory Boards for companies in the biotechnology, healthcare, banking and manufacturing industries.

Mr. Kauten has received recognition from Madison Magazine with one of the Best of Madison Awards, inducted to the AICPA Business & Industry Hall of Fame, inducted into the In Business Magazine Executive Hall of Fame, received an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award and received from BioForward the Wisconsin Biohealth Business Achievement Award.

Outside of the biotechnology positions held by Mr. Kauten, prior positions include being a Faculty Member at the U. of Wisconsin Whitewater, Plant Controller of the Ortega taco plant for Heublein, Inc., and Senior Auditor for Grant Thornton, CPAs. Mr. Kauten holds an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BBA, from the University of Iowa.

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