BATON Referral Network

The BATON Referral Network is a community of life science professionals committed to the growth of North Carolina-based companies.

These service providers and CEO candidates represent a vast array of business and technical expertise, and were prequalified by NCBiotech. Service providers pledge to contribute services or provide preferential pricing for referrals coming through the BATON network database.

There is no cost to qualified Service Providers to participate in the BATON program.  However, participating Service Providers are expected to offer some or all of their services for referrals coming through the BATON network database under one or more of the following terms: pro bono, discounted, at cost, deferred, fixed cost, service for equity.

Search our BATON database below.

Alfonso Alburquerque
Managing Partner
The Astral Consulting Group LLC »

Alfonso is an entrepreneur focused on developing and implementing custom business intelligence solutions to help companies create data-driven cultures and scale efficiently. He founded The Astral Consulting Group to reimagine the traditional business

Data Management Information Technology Manufacturing
Stuart Anderson

Stuart Anderson founded Carolina Piedmont Capital, Inc. in 2008, driving commercial finance innovations that forever transformed how people view and think of equipment lease and commercial finance options.

Christopher Andrassy
Managing Partner
The Astral Consulting Group LLC »

Co-founder and managing partner at The Astral Consulting Group, a business intelligence consultancy focused on creating data-driven cultures through custom cloud analytics solutions.

Data Management Information Technology Operations
Hyonho Baek
VP of Business Development
Bent Creek Institute Inc. »

Business Area: Dietary Supplement, Food, Cosmetics, and Medical device
- Import & Export Support
- Business Development of New Ingredients(Natural/Botanical Ingredients)
- International Connection & Brokerage of new business
- Regulatory Support for Dietary Supplement & Food (US, Korea, etc)
- Coordination with non-clinical organization in Korea

Business Development Regulatory Affairs Sales & Marketing Technology & Product Development
Jaron Ballentine
Vice President, Clinical Operations and Business Development
Tellus Therapeutics Inc.

Commercial, market & opportunity assessment and strategy development for pharma/biotech clients; Primary & secondary market research; Early stage valuation

Business Development Market Research Sales & Marketing
Linda Beneze

Medical device executive. Former CEO of Med Device company. Previously, President & General Manager of Specialty Division for Teleflex. Strengths are strategy, talent ID, team building and growing businesses at accelerated rates.

- CEO Candidate - Board Development Business Mentoring Sales & Marketing
Alice Bonnen
Myers Bigel, P.A. »

Patent counseling, preparation and prosecution in life sciences and agricultural biotechnology including expertise in procuring plant patents and plant variety protection; patentability, validity, freedom to operate, infringement analyses.

Intellectual Property
Jason Brege
Smith Anderson »

R&D collaborations, patent licenses, university IP licensing, M&A; agricultural biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, including genetic engineering, gene discovery, trait development, animal health, precision ag, biologics, devices and drug development.

Corporate Legal Intellectual Property Licensing & Technology Transfer
Colin Burns
Professor of Chemistry
East Carolina University »

Organic chemist and biochemist. My research interests fall into two areas: The characterization of metalloproteins and the use of organic/peptide synthesis as a tool to understand biological processes and to develop therapeutics.

Chemistry Education & Training
Yonnie Butler
Executive Dir., Biotechnology Ctr. of Excellence
Alamance Community College »

Career includes roles in the lab, leading R&D, project management, contract research (CRO) for biopharma companies, sales, entrepreneur, consultant, investor, economic development, academia, innovation, translational medicine to develop new drugs/devices

Sales & Marketing Business Development Preclinical Development Contract Research (CRO) - CEO Candidate - Business Mentoring Business Plan Writing Education & Training Licensing & Technology Transfer Operations Technology & Product Development
Chris Capel
Smith Anderson »

I help companies grow through navigating merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions, financing transactions, and other corporate transactions, including intellectual property licensing, collaborations, and securities offerings.

Corporate Legal Intellectual Property Licensing & Technology Transfer
Jonathan Carlson
Managing Partner

Intelligent and ambitious life science business owners and C- Level Executives who are:
• Scaling operations
• Managing rapid growth
• Preparing their business for sale (or retirement)

As a Trusted Business Advisor with decades of industry specific experience, I help life science business owners and C-Level Executives increase their profits, implement systems to improve operations and build a team that can operate without them - giving them the business and life they want.

- CEO Candidate - Business Mentoring Business Plan Writing Clinical Development Contract Research (CRO)
Necia Chavis

Significant experience in the development and execution of utilities and equipment Commissioning, FATs, IQ/OQ/PQ, Environmental Monitoring, Process Validation.

Regulatory Affairs Quality Assurance & Control Operations Manufacturing Laboratory Supplies & Equipment Laboratory Space Engineering/Instrumentation Compliance
Jeff Childers
Casimir Jones S.C. »

Patent law, chemistry, PhD

Chemistry Intellectual Property
Ken Clark
Founder & Chairman
Ken Clark Partners LLC »

Working with CEOs of start-up and fast growth life sciences companies to maximize the performance and contribution of their executive team.

- CEO Candidate - Human Resources

Quality Assurance and Compliance; GCP/GLP/GCLP/GMP/CSV/Part 11; Training, auditing, SOPs; drugs, devices, biologics, dietary supplements

Clinical Development Compliance Operations Quality Assurance & Control Regulatory Affairs
Darren Coleman
Senior Vice President, Technology & Intelligent Solutions
Syneos Health (Morrisville) »

Healthcare executive with deep experience in Leadership, Sales & Marketing, Analytical Delivery and Enterprise Technology, as well as Pipeline/Portfolio/Aquisition Management.

Business Development - CEO Candidate - Business Mentoring Business Plan Writing Data Management Market Research Information Technology Operations Sales & Marketing
Rebecca Cook
Director, Account Team
KONTEK Systems »

Since 1988, KONTEK Systems has been an audio/video integration firm headquartered in Durham, North Carolina, providing custom AV design, integration and support for leading research universities, medical facilities and corporations.

Technology & Product Development Laboratory Supplies & Equipment Information Technology Education & Training Data Management
Wendy Coulter
President & CEO

Hummingbird Creative Group is a boutique full-service branding agency serving admired brands nationwide to build business value through clear communication of brand differentiation. We work primarily with leaders of pharma, agriculture, biotech, healthcare, and B2B service businesses to define brand strategy, develop sustainable branding campaigns and implement sales enablement programs. Our passion is to strengthen each client's promise, presence and profitability over time as we continue helping brands like yours TAKE FLIGHT AND SOAR!

Sales & Marketing
Chris Crean
CEO and Principal Consultant
Xyzagen Inc. »

Chris is the Principal Consultant at Xyzagen. Xyzagen is a drug discovery and clinical pharmacology consulting and services firm. Xyzagen, provides consulting, PK modeling, and nonGLP rodent pharmacology, bioanalysis and PK in their laboratory space.

Technology & Product Development Regulatory Affairs Preclinical Development Medical Writing Licensing & Technology Transfer Laboratory Space Contract Research (CRO) Clinical Development - CEO Candidate -
Connie Cwik
President and CEO
CWIK Business Connections »

Connie Cwik is a Consultant and Executive Coach. Connie works well with C-level clients all the way to the managerial level. Helping people grow as individuals and in their careers is her passion and her why.

- CEO Candidate - Business Development Business Mentoring Contract Research (CRO) Human Resources Information Technology Regulatory Affairs Sales & Marketing
Neil D'Cruz
OD Consulting and Neurological Services PLLC

Global experience in drug and device clinical development/safety monitoring, business development, regulatory interactions and public-private partnerships;board-certified neurologist/epileptologist;patient advocate; clinical and industry consultant.

- CEO Candidate - Board Development Business Development Clinical Development Education & Training Government Relations & Policy Medical Affairs Regulatory Affairs Technology & Product Development
Nick Davies
Managing Partner
Verta Life Sciences LLC »

An International Consulting and Product Management Company that Delivers Innovative Solutions to the Pharmaceutical, Biotech and Medical Device Industry. Please see our website for a complete list of our services.

- CEO Candidate - Chemistry Clinical Development Compliance Engineering/Instrumentation Licensing & Technology Transfer Manufacturing Operations Quality Assurance & Control Regulatory Affairs Sales & Marketing Technology & Product Development
John Dickson
Principal Consultant
AptaChem Consulting LLC »

Experienced drug discovery professional, medicinal/organic chemistry, pharmaceutical/agricultural/personal care chemistry, discovery CRO management, lab operations, IP expert, technology transfer assessment & due diligence, site start-up

- CEO Candidate - Chemistry Contract Research (CRO) Intellectual Property Licensing & Technology Transfer Operations Preclinical Development Technology & Product Development
Dave Dworaczyk
Head of Research and Development
Bryn Pharma LLC »

Accomplished global Pharma/CRO/Biotech executive who has built, developed and grown international businesses. Experienced in startup & turn-around, global R&D, clinical development, commercial operations, BusDev, and enabling technologies.

- CEO Candidate - Bioinformatics Board Development Business Development Business Mentoring Clinical Development Contract Research (CRO) Information Technology Licensing & Technology Transfer Operations Regulatory Affairs Preclinical Development Reimbursement Sales & Marketing Technology & Product Development
Brandon Early
Vice President, Clinical Development
ICON (Raleigh) »

Drug development executive specializing in early clinical development, especially oncology and immunology. Broad background in both biotech and CRO.

- CEO Candidate - Clinical Development Contract Research (CRO) Medical Affairs Operations
Dawn Edgerton
President and Principal Consultant
Edgerton Data Consulting LLC »

Edgerton Data Consulting assists pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device company sponsors with CRO selection and clinical trials oversight to ensure data management, biostatistics, and CDISC deliverables are timely, complete, and accurate.

Clinical Development Contract Research (CRO) Data Management Regulatory Affairs
Jennifer Elder
Chief Scientific Officer
PharPoint Research Inc. (Wilmington) »

Biostatistician; biostatistical approaches to clinical study design

Clinical Development Contract Research (CRO) Data Management Medical Writing
Ed Ergenzinger
Patent Attorney

PhD patent attorney with more than fifteen years of in-house and private practice experience across a range of technologies, including diagnostics, pharmaceuticals, vaccines, recombinant DNA and proteins, and medical devices

Intellectual Property
Kathryn Findlen
Communication Equity »

Optimized communication for individuals and teams including executive leadership for improved outcomes in workflow and bottom line. Talent Integration, Pitch Team Coaching, , Strategic Alignment of Team within Organization, Leadership Development, Communication Intelligence, Creative Mindset, Reorganization, Onboarding, Board Engagement, Talent Retention, Equitable Meetings, Assessment.

Human Resources Operations
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