WIB-Capital Region: Building Your Startup Team
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WIB-Capital Region: Building Your Startup Team

When: Tuesday, July 30, 2019
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. EST
Where: TEDCO
7021 Columbia Gateway Dr.
Suite 200 (2nd floor)
Columbia, MD  21046
United States
Contact: Capital Region

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Join Women In Bio-Capital Region to discuss one of the most important elements of entrepreneurship - how to determine whether to bring start-up team members in-house (and creatively convince them to work for your startup), or utilize vendors and contractors (and vet and manage them). We are excited to present an excellent panel of strong female professionals with diverse expertise in launching and facilitating successful businesses in the biotech space. Our panel will feature: Emily English, Ph.D. and CEO of Gemstone Biotherapeutics; Anne Balduzzi, Director of Advisory Services at TEDCO; and Maria Granovsky, Ph.D., J.D., and founder of Swimming Otter Communications. Dr. Ethel Rubin, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at BioHealth Innovation, Inc. will be our moderator for the evening, helping to highlight the panelists’ inspirational stories and cautionary tales of how to successfully start your own business (typically with little funding). Come prepared to listen, learn, ask questions, and have the opportunity to meet the leading ladies of our entrepreneurship-focused WIB evening. We can’t wait to see you there!



6:00 p.m. -6:30 p.m. Check in & Mingle
6:30-p.m.- 8:00 p.m.Panel
8:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. Networking


Speaker Bios


Dr. Ethel Rubin works with bio and med-tech companies to hit valuation inflection points, achieve strategic goals, and prepare for product launches. Leading a ventures team at NIH, her focus is on ensuring the investment readiness of SBIR companies. Dr. Rubin has previously held corporate leadership roles in global clinical strategy and medical affairs at Medtronic, plc, was Chief Scientific Officer of BioFortis, Inc. (acquired by Quintiles-Quest JV) and CSA Medical, Inc., is President of life sciences business development advisory firm: Innovative BioStrategies, LLC, and a venture partner at FundRx. She has over 25 products in the marketplace garnering 9 figure sales revenue, was instrumental in multiple M&As, partnerships & collaborations, and advises over 50 CEOs in preparation for seed to series B financing each year. Ethel has held board seats at tech incubators and numerous business Advisory boards. Dr. Rubin earned a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Biophysics from the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry and a certificate in corporate governance for Board of Directors service from The George Washington University School of Business.


Emily English, Ph.D., CEO, Gemstone Biotherapeutics, is a seasoned leader with more than ten years of technical and entrepreneurial management experience. She is a passionate scientist who leads cross-functional teams and drives technologies from concept to launch. Since being recruited to Gemstone Bio, she has aligned the company's strategy to focus on a lead product in the dermatology space that can deliver significant clinical impact and value creation. She has built a multi-disciplinary team with experts in commercialization strategy, regulatory affairs, and clinical and preclinical research. With Dr. English as its Principal Investigator, Gemstone Bio has also established a robust product development pipeline through non-dilutive grant awards from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund. Prior to joining Gemstone Bio, Dr. English was a Program Manager at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, where she oversaw a portfolio of developmental and operational programs serving US government sponsors. She holds Ph.D. and BS degrees in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and the University of Maryland - College Park.

Anne Balduzzi has decades of technology expertise. Prior to joining TEDCO, her background experiences include product development and marketing roles at Apple, AOL (when it was a start-up), and Viewtron, the first consumer online service in North America. After working in Silicon Valley and launching Apple’s first online service, she returned to the East Coast and founded Accelerate Partners, where she mentored and advised a wide range of early-stage and established technology companies.

Anne, who has been recognized as one of the region's Top Women in Tech, is a speaker and author on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and technology trends. She holds a patent on data match analysis and is the founder of SameGrain, an award-winning social data-driven insight platform. She has also helped predict world events as a participant in IARPA’s Good Judgement Project and is a member of Mindshare.

Maria Granovsky, Ph.D., J.D. is the founder of Swimming Otter Communications, a writing and content strategy firm for businesses in complex industries like law, science, and engineering. Previously, she worked as a patent litigator, representing clients in a variety of innovative industries, including pharmaceuticals, biotech, telecom, and semiconductors. 

Maria earned a Ph.D. in medical and molecular genetics from the University of Toronto, and her research was published in leading peer-reviewed journals, including Nature and Nature Medicine. She also has a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center where she was an International Scholar for U.S. Legal Discourse and a Law Fellow.


Pricing Information

  • Members: $15
  • Non-Members: $45
  • Students: $10


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