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Golias Speaks at LU Entrepreneurship Lecture Series

Tipton Golias ‘62, founder, president and CEO of Helena Laboratories Corp., will speak to Lamar University students as part of the Entrepreneurship Lecture Series Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 11 a.m. in Landes Auditorium in the Galloway Building.

“As a very successful entrepreneur, Tipton Golias' visit will serve as encouragement to the growing number of students thinking about including entrepreneurship as part of their careers”, said Henry Venta, dean of the Lamar University College of Business. “His appeal to students will go beyond the College of Business and will attract students from the sciences and engineering to his talk.”

Founded in 1967 by Tipton and Ann Golias, Helena Laboratories is the premier manufacturer of point of care hemostasis products for platelet function testing, whole blood hemostasis and activated clotting time as well as occult blood products. Hemostasis deals with stopping bleeding or hemorrhaging in an organ or body part.

Golias is a graduate of Beaumont’s French High School and graduated from Lamar in 1962 with a bachelor’s degree in biology. In 2001 he was presented the coveted Lipid Award for specific improvements for lipoprotein electrophoresis methods. He also received the Van Slyke Award in 2009, the highest award available in the field of clinical chemistry. An avid runner, Golias has competed in more than 15 marathons and is a champion bridge player, competing with other champion card players via the Internet.

Helena Laboratories has been responsible for introducing many analyses and techniques to medical laboratories across the world. With hundreds of laboratory products and more than 200 registered patents, Helena continues to be a market leader in the development of new diagnostic tests. Helena has been awarded the U.S. Secretary of Commerce "E" Award for excellence in contribution to the American economy through export operations.

"Tipton Golias has championed numerous innovations that have impacted the health and wellness of people and societies all over the world,” said Jeff Dyson, coordinator for the LU Institute for Entrepreneurship Studies. "Tipton's intelligence, enthusiasm, and engaging style will no doubt inspire those who attend the lecture. As a long-time admirer of Tipton Golias, I’m confident in saying we are very fortunate to have a globally recognized innovator/entrepreneur share his story with the students and faculty."

The Beaumont-based corporate headquarters comprise more than a quarter million square feet of research, manufacturing, inventory, engineering and administrative facilities. With approximately 250 company employees and 75 field specialists located in major cities throughout the United States, Helena Laboratories Corp. averages more than $100 million in revenues annually.

The Entrepreneurship Lecture Series is sponsored by a grant from ExxonMobil.