Kelly Gillespie - President & CEO
Kelly Gillespie has served as President & CEO of the Missouri Biotechnology Association (MOBIO) since June, 2005. MOBIO is a statewide nonprofit trade association dedicated to development and growth of the Missouri biotechnology and biomedical industry, with an emphasis on state advocacy efforts benefitting the life sciences. Prior to his appointment as MOBIO’s Executive Director, Gillespie was vice president of governmental affairs with the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry. At the state chamber, he served as the group’s head lobbyist and oversaw the legislative and political initiatives of Missouri’s business and employer community.
At MOBIO, Gillespie advocates for public policies that support the state’s building of its research capacity, the enhanced development of a highly educated work force, and policies that promote a positive environment for creating, attracting, and retaining life sciences business growth in Missouri. His work is to coordinate the statewide collaboration necessary between the academic and research institutions as well as the private life science companies that share the common vision of making biotechnology a preeminent economic force in Missouri.
MOBIO is the designated state affiliate of the Biotechnology Industry Organization. Gillespie is active in the Council of State Bioscience Associations, serving on the CSBA executive committee for the past six years. In 2010-2011, Gillespie was been elected by his counterparts in other states to serve as the national Chairman of CSBA. Gillespie is Chairman Emeritus of CSBA, and is a member of the CSBA Executive Committee.
Prior to joining the Missouri Chamber in 1998, Gillespie served as director of annual funds for the Southwest Missouri State University Foundation in Springfield. A native of Kansas City, Gillespie earned his bachelor degree in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Gillespie and his wife, Diane, and their daughter, Sarah, reside in Jefferson City.
Jessica Grove - Vice President, Business Development
Jessica Grove joined the Missouri Biotechnology Association in September 2008, and serves as the Vice President of Business Development. In this role, Grove focuses on expanding MOBIO's membership base, specifically in the St. Louis region.
Prior to serving as Vice President, Grove led MOBIO's global marketing campaign, promoting Missouri as a site for international research and business investments. Through the ILSI Biomed Conference, the BIO Japan World Business Forum and the World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing, Grove continued to increase Missouri's presence in Israel, Japan and Canada.
Prior to joining MOBIO, Grove served in the Office of Missouri Governor Matt Blunt.
Grove is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia with a B.A. in political science and history and currently resides in St. Louis, MO.