The MountainWest Venture Group will meet Thursday, Oct. 18, at 11:45 a.m. in the Marriott Hotel to hear George M. Sims, former president and chief executive officer of Albion Instruments Inc. and Raman Technology Inc.

After raising $8.5 million in venture capital between October 1987 and December 1989, Sims sold both companies for $23.5 million. Albion was a medical instruments company whose primary product was a laser-based analytical device used for anesthesia and respiratory gas monitoring in operating rooms.Raman was formed on the same technology but focused on the industrial applications of gas monitoring.