Bill Simon is the retired VP/COO at the Center for Emerging Technologies business incubator in St. Louis. The Center has two buildings totaling 92,000 square feet with wet labs, offices and related space for mostly biotech (some IT) companies. The Center had a 90% success rate over his 14 years and the client companies have raised over $740 million in grants and equity. Simon’s responsibilities included client services; training events; mentoring; operations of the Center; technology transfer from federal labs to area companies and management of federal programs, i.e. SBA's SBIR/STTR Outreach effort etc. SBA recognized the excellence of the Center’s SBIR service and outreach work in 1999 by presenting Simon with a Tibbetts Award. In 2010 he received a Milton Stewart Award from the SBTC for SBIR advocacy.
In 2003 the NBIA awarded the Center a “Top Ten Incubator” award for its clients’ growth record. Also in 2003 the US Department of Commerce (EDA) presented the Center with an award for the best example of technology-let economic development. Additionally, he has been quoted in Forbes, Fortune, Business Week On-line and Nikkei regarding St. Louis's high technology start-ups. He has been an evaluator for the NIST Advanced Technology Program (1999) and represented NASA for tech transfer opportunities in Missouri (1995-2004). He has served as a reviewer for SBIR/STTRs for the National Science Foundation (2004-present), for USDA (2012) and for the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) business partnering program (2004-present).
Previously he was Director of Marketing for Hunter Engineering (automotive service equipment), a Marketing Manager (Pharmaceutical)for Petrolite (drug production aids) and Vice President at a M&A firm.
Simon consults regarding growing early stage advanced technology companies both from a physical (incubator) point of view as well as programmatically. He helps companies seeking SBIR and other grant funding and has co-founded a crowdfunding site. He volunteers as a member of the Board of Advisors to Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology (SLU) and the Allocations Committee of Variety the Children’s’ Charity. He earned BS and MS degrees at The Ohio State University and an MBA at Washington University in St. Louis.