The Science Mill’s founders, directors, managers and advisers bring a high level of expertise and enterprise to this endeavor along with a strong belief that a scientific and technology-literate population is essential to our country’s economy and critical to resolving serious issues we face in the coming years.


Bonnie Baskin, Ph.D
Founder and Chair of the Board, is a career scientist and business entrepreneur who founded and served as CEO for two successful bio technology companies – ViroMed Laboratories, Inc. and AppTec Laboratory Services, Inc. – which she led to acquisitions by larger public corporations. Among her current and past board memberships are the Minneapolis YMCA, the Minnesota Biotechnology Association, the University of Minnesota Office of Technology Commercialization Advisory Board, and Affinity Ventures IV and most recently the Texas Regional Collaborative for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching. Her many honors and recognitions include the “Entrepreneur of the Year / Minnesota and Dakotas” award and being a 2012 inductee of the University of Minnesota YMCA Hall of Fame. She has a home in Johnson City.

Robert P. Elde, Ph.D. 
Science Director and Vice Chair of the Board, and former Dean of the University of Minnesota’s College of Biological Sciences.  Retired in July 2014 he was also the J. B. Johnston Land Grant Professor of Neuroscience.  During his tenure as dean, the UM undergraduate programs in biology rose to become among the best in the nation.  His numerous leadership roles in the scientific community include serving as founding chair of UMN’s Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment; founding University Enterprise Laboratories, a non-profit bioscience incubator; and serving as the Treasurer and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Science Museum of Minnesota. Over his career, he was author or co-author of more than 240 scientific publications in cellular and molecular neuroscience research.