1601 Trapelo Road
ENET Member Rate – Free
MDG Member – $15.00
Non-ENET Member Rate – $20.00
Student – $10.00
PRE-MEETING DINNER at 5:15 PM (sharp) at Bertucci’s, Waltham
Great startups begin with intrepid entrepreneurs, bursting with creativity, energy and the ability to cope with sleep deprivation is often helpful. Also, an essential component of a successful startup is a great idea – an idea that can be commercialized or monetized in some way. Some successful companies can be spawned from a hobby – say, for example, Zuckerberg’s online student directory and photo sharing program – or an interesting research project that can be massaged into a commercial product, like Humira (adalimumab), from Cambridge Antibody Technology. However, not all projects or hobbies will ever be anything more than an interesting tool or a pleasant way to pass time. Our panel of experts will help to clarify what it takes to make a company. Join us for a compelling discussion and some great networking.
6:30-7:30 PM – Registration & networking
7:30-7:40 PM – ENET Chairman’s announcements
7:40-7:55 PM – E Minute – Up to 3 Startup companies’ presentations
7:55-8:45 PM – 4 expert speakers on the night’s topic
8:45-9:00 PM – Audience / Speakers Q & A
900-930 PM – Final networking includes meeting presenting speakers
A question and answer session follow the presentation, and panelists will be available afterward for responses to individual questions. As with every ENET meeting, you will also get the chance to network with the panelists and other meeting attendees, both before the start of the meeting and afterward.
Tanya Kanigan, Ph.D., Chief Operating Officer, Genomic Expression
Great startups begin with intrepid entrepreneurs, bursting with creativity, energy – and the ability to cope with sleep deprivation is often helpful. Also, an essential component to a successful startup is a great idea – an idea that can be commercialized or monetized in some way. Some successful companies can be spawned from a hobby – say for example, Zuckerberg’s online student directory and photo sharing program – or an interesting research project that can be massaged into a commercial product, like Humira (adalimumab), from Cambridge Antibody Technology. However, not all projects or hobbies will ever be anything more than an interesting tool or a pleasant way to pass time. Our panel of experts will help to clarify what it takes to make a company. Join us for a compelling discussion and for some great networking.
Steve Gullans, Ph.D., CEO, Gemphire Therapeutics
Steve is an experienced biotech exec, venture investor, scientist, entrepreneur, and author. Prior to his leadership at Gemphire, he was Managing Director at Excel Venture Management. He has held executive and board positions in a number of private and public companies. Steve loves innovation and has spoken widely, including at TED, TEDMED, and TEDx. He co-authored Evolving Ourselves, a book that provides a sweeping tour of how humans are changing the course of evolution—sometimes intentionally, sometimes not. Steve began his career as a professor at Harvard Medical School where he published more than 130 scientific papers and was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Charlie Maher, MBA, Executive Director, Performance and Reliability, CAI
A proven leader who builds high-performing teams, Charlie enables life science firms achieve ambitious goals for the development and manufacture of novel therapeutics and medical devices. He works with clients to deliver innovative technical and business solutions that create exceptional value for patients, sponsors and investors. He provides clients with experienced leadership to drive critical phases of the product lifecycle including process validation, manufacturing strategy, supplier selection, tech transfer and scale-up, commissioning and qualification and product lifecycle management. Charlie has over 25 years of experience leading organizations in the biopharma industry and in the United States Navy, including director-level leadership of several multi-million biopharma engineering projects, Commanding Officer of a nuclear-powered submarine and Chief of Staff of Naval Undersea Warfare Center, the Navy’s 7,000-person organization for research, development, acquisition and lifecycle support for undersea weapon systems.
Brian Popiel, Group CFO/COO, COSIMO Ventures
Brian is a finance specialist with an extensive background in technology, fintech and financial services. His diverse career has allowed him to garner valuable skills and experience in finance, management, operations, compliance, and law. After starting his professional career as a corporate lawyer at Holland & Knight, Brian then spent most of his career in key roles at Venture Capital and Investment Management firms, including SOFTBANK, Independence Investments, a Manulife Financial company, and Amundi Pioneer, where his work consisted of researching, assessing and investing in a wide range of businesses – both public and private. Most recently, Brian served as the Chief Financial Officer, Chief Compliance Officer and General Counsel of ObserveIT Inc., a Bain Capital Ventures-backed cybersecurity company. He holds an A.B., cum laude, from Harvard University and a J.D. from Boston College Law School.
Roger Frechette, Ph.D., Founder and Principal, NEPAssociates
My daily purpose is to exercise an innate drive to transform ideas and projects into life-changing commercial assets. In the life science business, this is the long game, requiring boundless energy and creativity, coupled with knowledge, experience, and patience.
In my consulting work, I leverage an extensive global network and insights derived from >20 years of experience in business development, calibrated with an extensive science background. My career has encompassed success as a business executive, project/alliance manager and entrepreneur, and also as a scientist, including leadership of discovery/preclinical development teams resulting in a new drug candidate – NDAs for omadacycline submitted by Paratek in early 2018.
E-Minute Presentations will be given at the start of the meeting. These very short presentations enable young startup entrepreneurs to gain experience in presenting their summary business plans to expert panels and audiences.
Directions: Constant Contact is adjacent to RT 128 / 95 at Exit 28B.
Reservations: Please register at https://boston-enet.org/event-3097491
ENET Constant Contact meetings are free to ENET members and $20 for non-members. No reservations are needed for the pre-meeting dinner. To expedite sign-in for the meeting, we ask that everyone — members as well as non-members — pre-register online. Pre-registration is available until midnight the day before the meeting. If you cannot pre-register, you are welcome to register at the door.
REFRESHMENTS: Snacks and soft drinks will be served at the meeting