Silicon Valley star returns to Mizzou to run the life science business incubator.
But Missouri was calling.
Both town and gown are committed to entrepreneurial growth in Columbia, and Turpin, BS EE ’78, likes what he sees. “There’s a lot going on in CoMo right now, and we wanted to be a part of it.”
That’s why Turpin, who grew up in Bowling Green, Missouri, and has family in St. Charles, moved back in 2014 to be director of the Missouri Innovation Center, which runs the MU Life Science Business Incubator.
Turpin brings a vision for the incubator that includes more space for software startup companies, a small venture capital fund to help companies make prototypes and continued work on a $15 million expansion.