March 25, 2013

From St. Louis BizNext

by Amir Kurtovic

Knowing how to structure a database to create an efficient website is one thing, but knowing how to structure a board of of directors or a financing round is something completely different.

The Center for Emerging Technologies (CET) in Midtown and law firm Polsinelli will launch a new program called Advance St. Louis in April to help local technology entrepreneurs get up to speed on those kinds of crucial business topics.

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About Andy Hoyne

Andrew Hoyne practices business and corporate law focused upon the representation of life sciences and other technology-based companies.

Mr. Hoyne’s clients include/have included multi-billion dollar corporations, Big Ten universities, emerging companies and investors. Prior to entering private practice, he was an in-house attorney at Invitron, a publicly-held biopharmaceutical contract manufacturing and product development company, and at The Seven-Up Company (a soft drink and food products company).

Mr. Hoyne has represented his clients in transactions totaling hundreds of millions of dollars. Over the past dozen years, he has represented his clients in raising over $100 million of financing from venture capital funds, angels, development organizations and other funding sources. He has also represented his clients in partnering agreements with Monsanto, Zimmer, Sangamo and other companies. Client exits have included sales to Monsanto, Viasys (now part of Carefusion) and Avant Pharmaceuticals.

Mr. Hoyne’s life science practice includes clients in pharmaceuticals, medical devices, research services, chemical and biochemical products, agriculture, and bio-energy. Mr. Hoyne is vice-chair of Polsinelli Shughart’s multidisciplinary Life Sciences practice group.

His clients have also included clients in the fields of energy; information technology; food products, ingredients and flavors; electric motors; imaging devices; powders for industrial applications; spectroscopic analytical technology; and other technical and industrial applications.

Mr. Hoyne is an active member of the firm's multi-disciplinary emerging technology company practice which assists clients in a variety of technical fields including information technology, life sciences, and energy. In St. Louis, the group works closely with Arch Grants, Capital Innovators, Olin Cup, and other programs and events in support of the St. Louis regional effort to support and encourage the establishment, funding and development of companies in these fields.