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May 6 First Friday Bioscience: Piranha Pond: 3 Early Stage Bio Companies Swim for their Lives with Local Angels

May 6 First Friday Bioscience: Piranha Pond: 3 Early Stage Bio Companies Swim for their Lives with Local Angels

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Full Title: Piranha Pond: 3 Early Stage Bio Companies Swim for their Lives with Local Angels

Hosted by: LaunchWorks and IANDIORIO TESKA & COLEMAN


In a fast-paced, mock “Shark Tank” format, three innovative early-stage biomedical companies – seqWell Inc., Prospective Research and iHope Network – will deliver 10-minute presentations covering their exciting and unique new products and technologies to an expert panel comprised of four angel investors: Marc Cote and Karen Donovan, both of Boston Harbor Angels, and Jules Fried of Mass Medical Angels. The distinguished panel will critique each company’s presentation and provide recommendations for pitch improvements. Will the presenting companies survive the roiling waters filled sharp teeth and powerful jaws or be eaten alive by panel investors armed with experience, analytical ability and shrewdness for identifying value, strength and weakness in early stage companies? Come learn from their successes and errors at this North Shore Technology Council First Friday Biosciences Seminar, co-hosted by 128 Innovation Capital Group to hear feedback from real angel investors, network, eat lunch, and get inspired.


  • seqWell Inc.
  • Prospective Research
  • iHope Network


    Annette Reynolds, Executive Director of the 128 Innovation Capital Group

    The event will be moderated by Annette Reynolds, Executive Director of the 128 Innovation Capital Group (128 ICG). Annette has for more than 11 years organized and hosted meetings featuring Investor speakers for entrepreneurs seeking funding. 128 ICG has been in existence for over 28 years, meeting monthly in Waltham, MA and staging special investor events and competitions at other venues.


    100 Cummings Center, Suite 221-E
    Beverly MA USA

    Date and Time

    Begins: 05/06/2016 12:30 PM
    Ends: 05/06/2016 02:00 PM


    Mark Cote, is Chief Operating Officer and Co-founder at Accellient Partners, LLC, a niche drug development consultancy. Cote is also a co-founder and the Chief Financial Officer of Synchroneuron Inc., a privately-held VC-backed clinical stage biopharmaceutical company and a co-founder of two biotech companies: Synchroneuron and Ternus Pharma, Inc. Marc has extensive experience in the areas of financial management, systems and processes and helping to launch and operate both start-up and existing ventures. Cote is an active biotech investor and member of Boston Harbor Angels.


    Karen Donovan, is a Principal at MedPharma Partners, a healthcare consulting firm providing strategic planning and due diligence support to life sciences companies, healthcare providers, payers, investors, and multi-stakeholder collaboratives.
    She began her career at The LEK Partnership, where she led strategic development projects, M&A screenings, and competitive benchmarking for managed care, healthcare services, medical technology, and diagnostics clients.

    Karen has a BS in Economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was on the Dean’s List.
    She is an active angel investor and member of Boston Harbor Angels and Mass Medical Angels.


    Jules Fried, is an early-stage technology executive, attorney and active life science angel investor and an advisor to early stage companies. Fried’s expertise and experience spans capital raising; business strategy; technology licensing; legal affairs and patents; business development and partnerships; product planning; key account & critical situation management. Jules is a member of Mass Medical Angels.

    Our Host:

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    LaunchWorks Manufacturing Lab is a team of experienced, knowledgeable contract manufacturing experts who know how to turn complex life science ideas into a quality product. Our 3-step Idea Realization process identifies potential roadblocks upfront so actual manufacturing is easier to manage, measure, more reliable and on time. Our project management extends to supply chain management, manufacturing and distribution. This includes raw material procurement, custom formulation, kit assembly, custom packaging/labeling, warehousing, hazardous material handling/specification and shipping. We handle every step to ensure the highest quality product and presentation.

    To learn more about LaunchWorks, visit their website at www.launchworksml.com

    Our Host:


    Why choose us?

    Because you need help to determine the best way to protect your intellectual property consistent with your business purposes. You have a number of critical questions that need answers. You also need answers to a number of questions that you have not asked. We know what you need to know as well as what you want to know.

    Patents may be appropriate for licensing to you or by you to generate greater income. We can assist you in the valuation of the patent, in the potential markets, both product and geographical, and the various options available for payment and royalties.

    Patents may need to be enforced against infringers, or defended against attack through litigation. We do both more simply and less expensively.

    Patenting begins with an interview wherein we evaluate your idea, method or product to determine whether or not it is patentable subject matter. Our interview will uncover why you seek a patent: to protect a market niche, to protect a product line, to further the prestige of the company for bidding on contracts, to enhance assets for investors, strategic partners, acquisitions and mergers, or initial public offerings (IPOs). This way we can more assuredly prepare a patent application that attempts to do what you want it to do. We will then, with your full presence and participation, draft claims to the invention that provide the proper scope of protection. At that point, too, we can estimate a fixed price for preparing and filing the patent application and keep to that price within a small known variation provided the inventor thereafter makes no substantial changes.

    OnLine Registration

    Registration, networking and lunch start at 12:30; Program
    begins at 1 p.m. Online registration closes at 5 p.m. the day before this event.

    While walk-ins are never turned away, advance registration helps the team and is greatly appreciated. The cost of all “at the door” registrations is $15.

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    Pizza, salad, and soft drinks will be served.

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