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.

Nancy Fisher
NC Fisher Research LLC

I help small businesses navigate the SBIR and STTR grant application process to the NIH. Services include strategy and planning, organizing documents, substantive review and editing of applications to most effectively address the scoring criteria.

Grants & Technical Writing Preclinical Development
Amy Fix
Barnes & Thornburg LLP »
Corporate Legal Intellectual Property Licensing & Technology Transfer
Brett Fleshman
Managing Director
NovaQuest Capital Management LLC »

Life science executive with 20 years experience in corporate and business development, commercial strategy and marketing of pharmaceuticals and medical devices.

Sales & Marketing Market Research Business Development - CEO Candidate -
Ben Gage
Managing Partner
YP2M HealthTech CoLab »

One Service Solution:
Providing a pre qualified science, medical, textile and emerging biz collaboration team in one service solution, packaged for founders and emerging corporations to commercialize health tech products including wearables.

- CEO Candidate - Board Development Business Mentoring Business Development Clinical Development Compliance Human Resources Intellectual Property International Trade Manufacturing Market Research Medical Affairs Sales & Marketing Technology & Product Development
Carla Gannon
Patent Attorney / Partner
Dillworth & Barrese

Patent preparation, prosecution & enforcement; Patent searches; Patentability, infringement and validity opinions; Due diligence; Trademarks and copyrights.

Intellectual Property
Desmond Grimes
Account Manager
InfoPathways (Winston-Salem) »

InfoPathways is a cutting-edge technology company providing management and consulting services to help your company grow. We specialize in working with high-compliance organizations, primarily life sciences organizations. From running cable to C-Suite consulting, we have the experience to understand the challenges that face your business, and the knowledge and expertise to implement the solutions.

Data Management Information Technology Licensing & Technology Transfer
Mali Gupta
Associate Professor, School of Pharmacy
Campbell University »

40+ yrs experience: implementing efficient QA/QC and CGMP compliant systems, conducting audits at pharmaceutical, medical device, cosmetic, CM&RO companies, and teaching quality/compliance courses at PharmD, MS & BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Contract Research (CRO) Compliance Clinical Development - CEO Candidate - Regulatory Affairs Quality Assurance & Control Preclinical Development Operations Manufacturing Licensing & Technology Transfer Education & Training
David Harrell

I am a classically trained scientist with a proven track record in leading, growing, developing, and scaling businesses and teams to profitability with a passion for patients' health and their quality of life. I have an advising company that also partners with additional advising companies to provide a full suite of solutions from executive training through pre-clinical research, regulatory development, grant writing, and clinical trial design and management.

- C-Suite counseling and coaching
- Strategic Planning
- Strategic Direction - GTM, Marketing, Business development
- Fundraising Strategy and Grant Writing
- Regulatory Services - CMC, Strategic indication research (literature, preclinical, non-clinical justification), protocol development (pre-IND and IND), FDA & IRB management and communications
- Clinical Trial Services - clinical protocol development, clinical trial design and management

- CEO Candidate - Board Development Business Mentoring Clinical Development Contract Research (CRO) Preclinical Development
Aisha Hasan
Barnes & Thornburg LLP »

Aisha counsels both large and start-up companies involved in a range of life-science technologies. She is skilled in building quality intellectual property assets for growth and monetization.

Chemistry Corporate Legal Intellectual Property Licensing & Technology Transfer
Brad Henke
President & Principal Consultant
Opti-Mol Consulting LLC »

Medicinal & synthetic organic chemistry; small molecules, peptides; drug discovery & design; technical due diligence; project management; IP creation/evaluation; metabolic & skeletal muscle diseases; formerly, Director of Medicinal Chemistry @ GSK

Chemistry Licensing & Technology Transfer Preclinical Development Technology & Product Development
Jeffrey Heybruck
Lucrum Consulting Inc. »

Lucrum Consulting is a full-service accounting firm offering accounting, bookkeeping and CFO services. We work with your existing team (CPA's, legal, insurance etc) to get more out of each person and reducing overall cost.

Accounting Business Development Business Mentoring Business Plan Writing Finance
Joshua Higgin

Experienced Patent and Corporate Counsel specializing in in-house legal functions and IP portfolio management. Catering to early stage biotech and pharmaceutical companies in a fractional/part-time capacity.

Intellectual Property Corporate Legal Chemistry Licensing & Technology Transfer
Michael Hinckle
K&L Gates LLP (RTP) »

FDA regulatory & corporate, Pharma, medical device regulation. Rep. before the FDA, DEA, Dept. of Agriculture & State Boards of Pharmacy. ANDAs, 505(b)(2) NDAs, Citizen Petitions. Negotiation & drafting of licensing, supply, distribution & purchase.

Corporate Legal Licensing & Technology Transfer Regulatory Affairs Reimbursement
Tage Honore
Aestus Partners LLC »

Entrepreneur & Pioneer. Drug hunter: 40 drugs in clinical development, Neurology/Psychiatry, HRT and Cancer, 3 marketed. 14 y in Biotech. 23y in Pharma, 6y in Academia. Business streamlining and negotiation of strategic and financial agreements.

- CEO Candidate - Business Mentoring Chemistry Clinical Development Contract Research (CRO) Operations Preclinical Development Technology & Product Development

Medical & regulatory writing; Clinical development, Study reports; Ex-BW/GW/GlaxoSmithKline; Extensive experience in psychiatric and neurologic drug development.

Clinical Development Medical Writing
Rob Hughes
Fractional CFO

I provide fractional CFO, accounting and business support to early-stage life science companies. With over 15 years of life science start-up experience, I can assist with accounting, forecasting, venture financing and business support, including HR, IT, legal/contracts and general operations.

Accounting Business Mentoring Finance
Steven Hultquist
Principal and Founder
Hultquist PLLC »

Full service patent law firm with numerous NC-based life sciences clients.

Intellectual Property Licensing & Technology Transfer
Steve Johnson
Partner, COO
Grandview Capital Partners »

Johnson offers financial planning and analysis, business planning, and consulting services.

Operations Information Technology Finance Data Management Contract Research (CRO) - CEO Candidate -
Ursula Jorch
Work Alchemy »

We provide short-term CXO-level support to help you successfully navigate a significant inflection point. We are implementors and action-takers, as well as providing advice and being the CEO's ally. Unlike other short-term C-level providers, we work as a team, so you tap into a wide array of experience and expertise.

- CEO Candidate - Business Development Business Mentoring Business Plan Writing Clinical Development Compliance Education & Training International Trade Licensing & Technology Transfer Manufacturing Operations Technology & Product Development
Rich Kindberg
Founder & CEO
Kindberg Consulting Group LLC

Medical Device Co. Operating Executive; current CEO, KCG consulting, 4Sight Medical Solutions. Former President; Teleflex, Polyzen, Luminetx, Imagyn Medical Tech; worked for JNJ, CRBard, MedPlast. Extensive knowledge in global markets.

- CEO Candidate - Board Development Business Development Business Mentoring Business Plan Writing Education & Training Finance Human Resources Laboratory Supplies & Equipment Licensing & Technology Transfer Manufacturing Market Research Operations Preclinical Development Regulatory Affairs Sales & Marketing Technology & Product Development
Janel Kinlaw
Refining Workflow LLC »

When you hire Janel, she is dedicated to your project on a daily basis providing weekly check-ins and recaps. Her attention to detail is key in every aspect of the day to day management of a project. Open to consulting opportunities and contracts.

Data Management Information Technology Technology & Product Development
Gerry Klein
Scintellix LLC »

Experienced physician in product development, medical affairs and medical monitoring.

- CEO Candidate - Board Development Business Mentoring Clinical Development Contract Research (CRO) Medical Affairs Medical Writing Operations Technology & Product Development
Joe Kozubowski
Professional EOS Implementer
EOS Worldwide »

What I do: I help CEOs and business owners get what they want from their businesses without the stress and drama by providing a complete system with simple tools that help your senior leadership team do three powerful things that I call … “VISION-TRACTION-HEALTHY”.

By VISION, I mean getting your leadership team all on the same page with where you’re going, and how you’ll get there.

By TRACTION, I mean getting everyone in the organization to execute with more discipline and accountability toward your Vision.

By HEALTHY, I mean getting your Leadership Team to become a healthy, functional and cohesive team. (Because often they’re not … sometimes strong leaders don’t work well together).

And as goes your leadership team so goes the rest of your company … You get to the point to where everyone in the organization is crystal clear on your vision, executing with discipline and accountability on your vision and consistently gaining traction and advancing as a healthy, fun-loving, functioning cohesive team.

Why it works: All the great books that I’ve read (including The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, The E-Myth Revisited, Good to Great, Rockefeller Habits, The Goal, etc.) all come together in the book, Traction®.

If any of this resonates with you, I’d love to schedule a FREE 90 Minute Workshop to show you have to use EOS to experience Vision, Traction, and Healthy with your team.

Here’s my GUARANTEE … “If you don’t feel like you get value from our time together, then you don’t pay me” … straight forward, and simple.

Business Mentoring Education & Training Human Resources Operations Sales & Marketing
Chris Lamb
Device Solutions »

Embedded Hardware, Embedded Firmware, RF and Antenna Design, Cellular/Bluetooth/WiFi/LoRa/ATSC3/RFID/Wireless Charging, Certifications, Carrier Approval, IoT.

Compliance Engineering/Instrumentation Laboratory Supplies & Equipment Manufacturing Technology & Product Development
Nathan Letts
Olive Law Group PLLC »

Dr. Letts has over 20 years of life science IP law experience. He has worked in both law firms & startups. Previously, he was CEO & a co-founder of KinoDyn & led a successful Series A round. He was sole in-house counsel at diaDexus in the Bay Area.

- CEO Candidate - Chemistry Business Plan Writing Clinical Development Compliance Corporate Legal Intellectual Property Licensing & Technology Transfer
Steven Lewis
Cellular Farms Inc. »

🌟 Experienced Entrepreneur and Business Senior Manager | COO at Cellular Farms

With over two decades of expertise in launching, scaling, and managing businesses across diverse sectors, I am a seasoned entrepreneur and financial services industry leader. Currently, I hold the role of Chief Operating Officer at Cellular Farms, a groundbreaking biotech company focused on cultivating nutrients from sprouts, shoots, and microgreens.

🚀 Professional Highlights:
In my capacity as COO at Cellular Farms, I lead the company's operations, define strategic initiatives, and manage financial endeavors. My collaborative efforts with the CEO and the board are integral to driving growth and fostering innovation within the organization.

🌱 Mission:
Passionate about transformative growth and sustainable solutions, I am dedicated to pioneering advancements in biotechnology that contribute to healthier, more sustainable living. Food is Medicine and we are a part of that movement.

🌐 Connect:
I welcome connections with fellow professionals, entrepreneurs, and industry enthusiasts. Let's connect if you share an interest in innovation, business scalability, and the exciting developments within the biotech sector.

Board Development Business Development Business Mentoring Sales & Marketing Technology & Product Development
Thomas Livingston
CFO & Partner
Scale Finance LLC »

A seasoned financial executive with broad and deep experience in a variety of industries, currently specializing in life sciences. Currently providing contract-based (time-shared) CFO services to multiple companies.

Accounting Finance
Kathleen Lynch
Law Office of Kathleen Lynch PLLC »

I help entrepreneurs and small businesses protect their intellectual property and navigate the journey from start up to IPO. I have extensive experience in private practice, corporate and university settings, as well as expertise in patents, trademarks, licensing, and litigation management. I'm able to act as both IP attorney and as part-time in-house IP counsel as needed.

Intellectual Property Licensing & Technology Transfer
Nancy MacCreery
Principal Consultant
Broad Reach Marketing Services LLC »

Consultants with healthcare, software and business development experience offering: messaging and branding, pitch deck prep, launch strategies, public relations and communications –- digital content marketing, and sales materials.

Education & Training Market Research Sales & Marketing Website Development
Sanjoy Mahanty
Associate Vice President
TCG Lifesciences Limited »

6 years ago I started working as a Director of BD with a Drug Discovery CRO called TCG-Lifesciences, Pvt. Ltd. I'm in the RTP area for 27 years. Our CRO can help your drug discovery effort--and I'm very experienced in drug discovery research!

Business Development Chemistry Clinical Development Manufacturing Preclinical Development Sales & Marketing Contract Research (CRO)
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