BTBC hires Erik Blume as Director of Business Management Services

Blume will work to expand, manage and strengthen organization’s business services

For Immediate Release

November 13, 2019

Contact: G.R. Underwood, President, 785-832-2110, grunderwood@btbcku.com

 

LAWRENCE – Erik Blume has joined the Bioscience & Technology Business Center team as Director of Business Management Services. Blume is responsible for expanding, managing, strengthening and provide coordination and delivery of BTBC business services to its companies. He will manage BTBC’s analyst team, oversee business services, develop a talent pipeline, manage relationships with BTBC companies and work on the organization’s virtual company business plan, along with other duties related to business services.

“I am very excited to be back at BTBC in this new role,” Blume said. “Having spent the past two years as an analyst for BTBC and the past four years as a graduate student at KU, I have a unique insight into and appreciation for the value of BTBC’s economic development mission, as well as the importance of its relationship to the University in growing and diversifying the region’s high-tech, high-value industry clusters.”

Blume is a recent graduate of KU’s joint JD/MBA program with emphases in business/commercial law and entrepreneurship. While at KU Law, Blume was an Oread Scholar, a tax intern and served as Staff Editor for the Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy. During the past two years, Blume served as business analyst with BTBC, working closely with its executive team to grow the organization and expand and strengthen its support for high-tech industries in the region. Analysts also work closely with BTBC’s community of entrepreneurs, providing marketing, financial and general management support to resident companies and KU spinout companies.  Before beginning his studies at KU, Blume spent many years as a freelance musician and music educator, and holds a bachelor’s degree in saxophone from the University of Idaho and a master’s degree in jazz studies from the UMKC Conservatory.

“Erik joins the BTBC during an exciting time, as the organization is planning its Phase III expansion of the broader Research and Business Park at KU,” said G.R. Underwood, president of BTBC. “Erik’s responsibilities will play an important role in creating and growing companies.  We are pleased to have Erik join the team.”

 

More about the Bioscience & Technology Business Center

The Bioscience & Technology Business Center (BTBC) is an economic development enterprise focused on creating, recruiting, growing and retaining high tech and life science companies that produce jobs in Lawrence and Northeast Kansas. BTBC is the University of Kansas’s technology commercialization partner and is located on the West Campus of KU, with expansion facilities in Kansas City and west Lawrence. BTBC is a unique coalition of local government, private industry and academia, with future growth comprised of an Innovation District at the University of Kansas. Learn more at btbcku.com.