INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., (January 6, 2016) – VisionTech Angels, the angel investing arm of VisionTech Partners, has named Eric Beier, MD, MBA, an Indiana-based physician, entrepreneur and angel investor, as president of its new Fort Wayne chapter. Among Indiana’s premier angel investing organizations, VisionTech Angels now has five chapters with more than 80 members across the state: Indianapolis (headquarters), Bloomington, Lafayette, Warsaw, and now Fort Wayne.
Beier is the chief executive officer (CEO) of Matrix-Bio, a biotech startup company that is working toward commercializing a cancer diagnostics technology licensed from Purdue University. Prior to Matrix-Bio, Beier was the founder and CEO of MedOptima, a physician consulting and revenue cycle management firm. He sold the company in 2012 to Texas-based MediGain. Beier is a long-time angel investor and was actively involved in Fort Wayne’s Main Street Venture Partners.
“I am pleased to serve as the president of VisionTech Angels’ new Fort Wayne chapter,” Beier said. “Northern Indiana has a vibrant innovation and start-up community, and VisionTech Angels is a welcome addition. My goals as president for 2016 are two-fold: to recruit 20 members – we’re currently at nine – and to create a solid source of capital and mentoring for entrepreneurs and start-up companies in Northern Indiana.”
Beier added, “The strength of VisionTech Angels is that it is both statewide and local to Fort Wayne. Through VisionTech Angels, investors and entrepreneurs can tap into a deep network of expertise across a broad range of industries, which is very powerful.”
VisionTech Partners Managing Partner Don Scifres said VisionTech Angels is in growth mode, as witnessed by the new chapter and its new president. “VisionTech is fortunate to have Eric lead our Fort Wayne chapter. His experience as aphysician, entrepreneur, businessperson, and investor is invaluable to VisionTech Angels’ members and to start-up companies seeking capital and insight in what it takes to successfully launch and exit a company. Eric has an incredible knowledge base and professional network that will be an asset to VisionTech Angels and to the Northern Indiana innovation community.”
Beier graduated summa cum laude from Hanover College, with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Chemistry. He earned his Doctor of Medicine from Indiana University and Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Michigan. Beier serves on the boards of the Northern Indiana Innovation Center and Crossroad Fort Wayne Children’s Home. An emergency medicine physician, he was president and board member of the Indiana Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians and is a past member of the Fort Wayne Medical Society.
The VisionTech Angels Fort Wayne chapter meets at the Northern Indiana Innovation Center, which also serves as a corporate member of the chapter. The next meeting is Tuesday, January 19, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.