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Neal Kitchen

Neal Kitchen

Chief operating officer | HydroPeptide | Class of 2010

What Friday and Saturday nights were to undergrads, Tuesdays were to Neal Kitchen (’10) and a few of his fellow molecular biology doctoral students.

That was half-off day at Zorba’s, and “we had the timing down perfect on when to arrive to beat the crowds and enjoy a euro with the works and a basket of fries,” says Kitchen, now the COO of the Issaquah, Wash.-based cosmetics company HydroPeptide.

“Topics of conversation ranged from research we working on to Illini basketball — and everything in between.”