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Maine Center for Entrepreneurs - Life Sciences Venture Summit

  • Friday, September 06, 2019
  • 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • University of New England, Innovation Hall, 772 Stevens Ave., Portland, ME 04103n

MCE Life Sciences Venture Summit

Growing Biotech Businesses in Maine

Join us in Portland, Maine for a gathering of life sciences and biotech subject matter experts, including CEO's, entrepreneurs, investors, inventors, economic development leaders and policymakers. The event offers an unparalleled opportunity to meet industry thought-leaders and to learn about the region's current assets, and plans to grow this important industry sector. We are excited to feature leaders from Maine's research universities, medical centers, Biotech businesses and research institutions. We are also hosting a poster session showcasing emerging life science companies and technology commercialization initiatives.

Our agenda for the day:



  • Josh Hamilton, Provost, University of New England
  • Tom Rainey, Executive Director, Maine Center for Entrepreneurs

8:15-9:15 am: OPENING KEYNOTE

Growing a Vibrant Biotech Economy

  • Kevin O’Sullivan, former President and CEO, Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives, Worcester, Mass

9:15-10:15 am: SESSION 1

Building a Successful Biotech Business in Maine

Moderator: Agnieszka Carpenter, Executive Director, Bioscience Association of Maine

  • Anne Breggia, Ph.D., Research Program Director MMC BioBank & Research Laboratory
  • David Eagleson, President, The Baker Company
  • Bill Keleher, President and CEO, Kennebec River Biosciences

10:15-10:35 am: COFFEE BREAK

10:35-11:35 am: SESSION 2

Launching an R&D Intensive Life Sciences Company in Maine

Moderator: Doug Sawyer, Interim Director, Maine Medical Center Research Institute

  • Chuck Donnelly, CEO & President, RockStep Solutions, Inc.
  • Susan MacKay, Ph.D., CEO, Cerahelix, Inc.
  • Kevin Strange, Ph.D., Co-founder and CEO, Novo Biosciences Inc.

11:35 am-12:35 pm: SESSION 3

Fostering a Culture of Entrepreneurship in Maine’s Research Institutions

Moderator: Todd Keiller, Director, Office of Technology Transfer & Intellectual Property, Maine Medical Center Research InstituteJulie Coleman, Special Projects Coordinator, Celdara Medical, LLC

  • Deborah Bronk, President, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Services
  • Julie Coleman, Ph.D., Special Projects Manager, Celdara Medical LLC
  • Karen Houseknecht, Ph.D., Associate Provost for Research, UNE
  • Jennifer Monti, M.D., Director, The Innovation Cohort, Maine Medical Center
  • Jake Ward, Vice President for Innovation and Economic Development, University of Maine

12:35-1:45 pm: LUNCH

1:45-2:45 pm: SESSION 4

Infrastructure: Incubators and Accelerators

Moderator: Brian Whitney, President, Maine Technology Institute

  • Renee Kelly, Assistant Vice President for Innovation and Economic Development, University of Maine
  • Kristine Logan, Director, TechPlace, Brunswick Landing
  • Tom Rainey, Executive Director, Maine Center for Entrepreneurs

2:45-3:45 pm: SESSION 5

The Cost of Launching Life Science Startups

Moderator: Jake Reder, Ph.D., CEO & Director, Celdara Medical LLC

  • Sam Fratoni, Chair, Maine Angels
  • DRIVEN Advisory Board members (TBA)

3:45-4:45 pm: CLOSING REMARKS

The future of Biotech in Maine: Action Plan for Growth

Introduction: Kimberly Hamilton, Ph.D., President, Focus Maine

  • Heather Johnson, Commissioner, Department of Economic and Community Development
  • David Shaw, Managing Partner, Black Point Group


A continental breakfast, refreshment break, lunch and a cash bar at the reception will be provided

To Register CLICK HERE

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