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MSU hosts April 16 Orser lecture on entrepreneurship

April 2, 2013 -- MSU News Service

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Robert Chickering, a manager at Advanced BioCatalytics Corporation, will discuss "From Academics to a Real Business" on Tuesday, April 16, from 4:10-5 p.m. in the Procrastinator Theater on the Montana State University campus. The lecture is part of the MSU College of Business's David Orser Executive Speakers Forum and is free and open to the public.

Chickering is expected to provide insights on how to be entrepreneurial and what it takes -- beyond what is learned in school -- to launch a business.

Advanced BioCatalytics Corporation is an industrial biotechnology company based in Irvine, Calif., that aims to create biochemical products that are more effective, safe for humans and ecosystems, and cleaner for the environment.

Chickering previously led several corporations, including Santa Barbara Aerospace, Inc. and Chickering/Howell Advertising, a consulting firm. He also worked with Cunningham and Walsh Advertising as vice president and director of account management for American Home Products. Brands under his management included Woolite, Black Flag, Easy Off, Wizard, Anacin and Dristan. He also was responsible for business development and account management of Armor All, Walt Disney Studios, Paramount Pictures, Porsche Design, Adidas and A&W Restaurants. 

Later, Chickering founded the Cotton Buds Company and American Enviro Products, which were known for manufacturing and selling cotton swabs and biodegradable, disposable diapers, respectively. He later sold both firms.

He has a master's degree in business administration from Michigan State University.

The MSU College of Business's David Orser Executive Speakers Forum is named for David B. Orser, a 1966 MSU graduate who started funding the program in 1988 in order to inspire MSU business students to pursue careers as innovative, responsible and ethical business leaders. For more information about the forum, contact Audrey Lee at (406) 994-7026 or

Contact: Audrey Lee, (406) 994-7026 or