Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative Names First Agri-sciences Commercialization Fellows

May 24th, 2007

Ames, Iowa — The Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative at Iowa State University has named its first Agri-Sciences Commercialization Fellows.

Melissa Madsen, assistant scientist in veterinary microbiology and preventative medicine and Colin Shepherd, doctoral candidate in genetics, were selected for the fellowship, a yearlong program designed to expand their knowledge of business and technology transfer. Formal training, research, direct interaction with entrepreneurial firms and self-study will provide them with the tools needed to commercialize new technologies.

Madsen earned a bachelor's of science degree in animal science from the University of Illinois and a doctorate degree from Iowa State in molecular, cellular and developmental biology. Prior to accepting the fellowship, Madsen worked as an assistant scientist in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Shepherd received a bachelor's of science degree in agricultural biotechnology from the University of Kentucky and will receive his doctorate this June from Iowa State in genetics, specializing in the regulation of gene expression in cereal seed tissues.  

The Agri-Sciences Commercialization Fellowship is funded through the Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative and the Iowa State University PappaJohn Center for Entrepreneurship. 

Six fellowships are available, with applications currently being accepted. More information on the Agri-Sciences Commercialization Fellowship is available at:


Stacey Noe, Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative, (515) 294-4945,
Ed Adcock, Communications Service, (515) 294-2314,