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.

Vanessa Alava
Horizon Productions »
Horizon is a media production company that specializes in enterprise video, motion graphics, and Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality experiences. We pride ourselves on telling beautifully crafted stories and creating unique immersive content.
Education & Training Sales & Marketing Website Development
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
Don Alexander
Managing Director
GeneCoda »
GeneCoda® is an executive and professional search and recruitment firm. Our focus is US recruitment with emphasis on the Life Sciences sector including Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, Medical Device and Diagnostic innovators and the service sector and
Human Resources
John Ambrose
Ambrose Strategy »
Government relations; strategic planning and project management; Former Chief of Staff, Office of the Governor, State of North Carolina
Business Development Government Relations & Policy Business Plan Writing
Peyton Anderson
Affinergy LLC »
Powered Research is a preclinical CRO focused on efficacy, tox, and PK studies. Our specialty is fast turnaround non-GLP studies to accelerate discovery and research pipelines.
Preclinical Development Contract Research (CRO)
Stuart Anderson
Carolina Piedmont Capital Inc. »
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
Jennifer Atala
Inara Strategies »
Founded in 1998, CrossComm is a leading, custom web, mobile and AR/VR app development studio based in Durham, NC. We help companies iterate production to get to market better and faster, build training, marketing, educational apps and more.
Website Development Technology & Product Development Preclinical Development Information Technology Data Management
Jaron Ballentine
Managing Partner
Ballentine LifeScience Partners LLC
Commercial, market & opportunity assessment and strategy development for pharma/biotech clients; Primary & secondary market research; Early stage valuation
Business Development Market Research Sales & Marketing
Joey Bastine
Talent Acquisition Partner
Alcami Corporation (Durham) »
Joey leads a team of Life Science Recruiters in RTP that specialize in connecting job seekers to opportunities within the industry.
Business Development Human Resources Sales & Marketing
Adam Bell
Senior Territory Account Manager
Illumina Inc. »
Bioinformatics Technology & Product Development Sales & Marketing Laboratory Supplies & Equipment Laboratory Space Education & Training Business Development
James Beltzer
Senior Cell Processing Scientist
Terumo BCT Inc. »
Gene and Cell Therapy, Medical Devices, R&D Director; Ex-Corning, Dyax; Product development, R&D, commercialization, cGMP manufacturing
Grants & Technical Writing Manufacturing Medical Affairs Technology & Product Development
Linda Beneze
Chief Revenue Officer
Respiratory Motion Inc.
Medical device executive. Recently left role as 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
Ted Benson
Head of Operations
Diviner Science Inc. »
Corralling Chaos is a future-oriented management consulting firm. We help our clients retain & entice great people, and grow healthy communities. We equip teams with learning agility and practical skills to create higher engagement and productivity.
- CEO Candidate - Bioinformatics Business Development Business Mentoring Contract Research (CRO) Education & Training Human Resources Operations Preclinical Development Sales & Marketing Technology & Product Development
Over 18 years of experience managing all phases of clinical development in multiple therapeutic areas including neurology, cardiology, oncology, ophthalmology, autoimmune and infectious diseases.
- CEO Candidate - Chemistry Clinical Development Compliance Contract Research (CRO) Data Management Education & Training Medical Writing Operations Quality Assurance & Control Regulatory Affairs
Visionary leader adept at driving growth through strategic planning, business development, product differentiation and marketing.
- CEO Candidate - Business Development Information Technology Business Mentoring Market Research Sales & Marketing Technology & Product Development
Gillian Birnie
Clinical Quality First LLC »
A quality assurance consultancy providing support to the biotech and pharma industries
Quality Assurance & Control
Alice Bonnen
Patent Attorney
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
Jordan Braimon
Territory Manager
BD »
Manufacturing Technology & Product Development
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
Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics
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 Director, Biotechnology Center 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
J. Buzogany
Board Director
T3D Therapeutics Inc. »
Professional board member (e.g., recent Chairman of a medical device company), mentor and consultant to emergent technology companies. Former CEO/COO and legal executive in the pharma, life sciences, medtech and contract research sectors.
Board Development - CEO Candidate - Business Mentoring Business Development Operations Licensing & Technology Transfer Corporate Legal Bioinformatics Clinical Development Contract Research (CRO) Human Resources Intellectual Property Regulatory Affairs Technology & Product Development
Shannon Cao
Research Associate
Advanta Seeds
I'm passionate about plant breeding and deploying the knowledge to develop better crops. By leveraging the cutting-edge molecular breeding technology within a highly diverse team, I am dedicated and aspired to make an impact on the seed industry.
Education & Training Intellectual Property Licensing & Technology Transfer Quality Assurance & Control Technology & Product Development
Christopher 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
Royston Carter
Chief Science Officer
Lepus Biosciences
Life science innovator; leader of R&D and business teams; technology commercialization & evaluation; translational research; product development; technology platforms and tools; expert molecular & cell biology, Agbio, biodefense & marine bio
- CEO Candidate - Bioinformatics Business Development Grants & Technical Writing Market Research Technology & Product Development
Necia Chavis
Senior Validation Engineer
RPA Engineering »
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 CEO's 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
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