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.

Joanne Mitchell
Executive Coach and Speaker
Joanne Mitchell, Ph.D. »
The Leading Executive and Business Coach for Science and Technology Professionals. Expert in early stage technology commercialization, consultant, and mentor. Powerful Coaching Solutions to dramatically transform your results.
- CEO Candidate - Business Mentoring Education & Training Business Development Intellectual Property Licensing & Technology Transfer Market Research Technology & Product Development
Andrew Murphy
President
Kitty Hawk Biosciences Inc. »
I am an experienced biotech development scientist. I have expertise in formulation for parenteral biologics, nanoparticle/polymer-based drug delivery vehicles in vaccines and immunotherapies, and managing Phase I/II analytical and stability programs
Chemistry Preclinical Development Technology & Product Development
VINCENT NARBUT
Sr Consultant
Biologics Consulting Group Inc. »

Consultant with 30+ years of experience in biopharmaceutical facility design and validation; clinical and commercial manufacturing; quality systems; regulatory submissions and agency inspections.

- CEO Candidate - Manufacturing Operations Quality Assurance & Control Regulatory Affairs Technology & Product Development
Dana Newell
President and CEO
Benton Newell Communication LLC »
Visionary problem-solver with a keen-eye on marketing, social media and operations strategy for medium, small, and start-up businesses. Experienced professional working with life sciences and healthcare companies for over 25 years.
Website Development Sales & Marketing Operations Business Plan Writing Business Mentoring Business Development
Jessie Nicholson
Sales Account Manager
Scientific Calibration Inc. »
With ISO 17025 accredited services, you will receive a calibration certificate, which exceeds GLP, GMP, ISO 9000 and CAP requirements. Whether you choose mail-in, on-site or pick-up, we will serve your equipment to the highest of standards.
Compliance Laboratory Supplies & Equipment Sales & Marketing Quality Assurance & Control
Michael O'Connor
Applied Research Equipment Specialist
ARES Scientific LLC »
Since 2009 we have been helping the scientific community identify and implement the most innovative and sustainable products for their facilities, through a pre-qualified portfolio of premier and specialized manufacturing companies.
Operations Laboratory Supplies & Equipment Laboratory Space
Julie Omohundro
Owner and Principal Consultant
Class Three LLC »
Under the BATON program, Class Three offers early-phase medical device and diagnostic startups with an initial, high-level assessment of potential regulatory strategies and pathways their product at a discounted rate.
Regulatory Affairs
Mark Patrick
Founder/Owner
Rheology Testing Services »
We offer an array of rheological tests on materials to quickly and quantitatively model real life applications. Outputs from these tests may provide better insight into product manufacturing, handling, performance, efficacy, and sensory attributes.
Chemistry Preclinical Development Technology & Product Development Quality Assurance & Control Contract Research (CRO)
Stephen Peterson
Technical Operations Manager
Yonkers Industries Inc. »
Twenty Five (25) years of diverse engineering, construction, CQV and capital project management expertise within the Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, Industrial, Manufacturing and Chemical Process sectors.
Manufacturing Engineering/Instrumentation Operations Technology & Product Development
Nguyen Phan
Senior Business Consultant
BroadMoar Consulting Group »
Marketing & Branding Strategist helping businesses get more customers without ads, get them to come back and get them to buy more on each visit. Additional: Product Marketing, Distribution Channels, Reputation & Visibility Marketing and Management
Business Development Business Plan Writing Education & Training Information Technology Market Research Sales & Marketing Technology & Product Development Website Development
Thomas Pitler
Consultant
Iredell Williamson LLC
Business development, executive management, preclinical and clinical development, pharmaceuticals, neuroscience; Former President, NeuroGate (BATON)
- CEO Candidate - Business Development Business Mentoring Business Plan Writing Clinical Development Licensing & Technology Transfer Market Research Preclinical Development Technology & Product Development
Guy Rachmuth
Head of Strategy and Corporate Development
Q² Solutions »
As a senior level executive with significant experience in medical and healthcare technology development including P&L, Operations, and M&A experience. An entrepreneur’s approach to biomedical innovation and management.
- CEO Candidate - Board Development Business Development Business Mentoring Business Plan Writing Clinical Development Licensing & Technology Transfer Market Research Operations Technology & Product Development
J. Ralston
Executive Coach & Trainer
J. Er Ralston LLC »
Er Ralston brings over thirty years of experience in numerous business improvement interventions. He is an accomplished coach, trainer, and advisor, specializing in operational excellence and planning to facilitate growth and profitability.
- CEO Candidate - Business Mentoring Operations Quality Assurance & Control
Stephen Rizzo
Certified Public Accountant
CPA with experience as CFO in multiple companies.
- CEO Candidate - Accounting Banking & Insurance Business Development Business Plan Writing Finance Human Resources

Life sciences; Business law; Securities law; Mergers, acquisitions & divestitures; Taxation; VC & private equity financings

- CEO Candidate - Board Development Business Development Business Mentoring Corporate Legal Finance Government Relations & Policy Human Resources Information Technology Laboratory Space Intellectual Property Licensing & Technology Transfer Technology & Product Development
Kathryn Roberts
CEO
The Bluewater Group Inc. »
The BlueWater Group, Inc. helps Organizations LAUNCH, GROW and SUCCEED by providing Manufacturing, Quality Management, Engineering, Supply Chain Management, Auditing and Training.
- CEO Candidate - Manufacturing Operations Quality Assurance & Control
David Saravitz
Partner
Williams Mullen »
Patent preparation & prosecution; AgBiotech, diagnostics, biologics, biofuels, biomaterials, genome editing, protein expression systems & genetic engineering; legal opinions, due diligence, counseling & portfolio mgmt; corporate R&D experience
Intellectual Property
Steve Schneier
President
Square Hill LLC »
Square Hill is a healthcare consulting company that offers management consulting, commercial management and web and technology solutions. The company is focused on delivering high-value offerings and best in class customer service.
- CEO Candidate - Business Development Business Plan Writing Education & Training Market Research Operations Reimbursement Sales & Marketing Website Development
Todd Serulneck
Managing Director, Carolinas
AcuityCFO LLC »
As your business grows, so do your financial needs. Acuity understands this which is why we are known for our expert CFO services. You can rest knowing you have the support you need from the smartest financial leaders in the industry.
- CEO Candidate - Accounting Business Mentoring Business Plan Writing Finance
John Shishilla
Retired Medtronic Executive. Globally capable medical device consultant with broad and deep expertise.
- CEO Candidate - Board Development Business Development Business Mentoring Business Plan Writing Education & Training Engineering/Instrumentation Intellectual Property Licensing & Technology Transfer Market Research Medical Writing Sales & Marketing Technology & Product Development
Jeffrey Shuster
Director Operations, Companion Diagnostics
Labcorp Drug Development »
Companion diagnostics and biomarkers expertise: diligence, clinical utility, and financial. Managed six to seven-figure budgets to initiate and execute diagnostics projects. Experience with products that obtained FDA approvals and were launched.
- CEO Candidate - Bioinformatics Board Development Business Development Business Mentoring Clinical Development Compliance Contract Research (CRO) Preclinical Development Technology & Product Development
Jerry Sledge
Managing Director
Supporting Strategies »
Provides outsourced bookkeeping, controller and operational support for small to medium size companies, supporting HR Administration, Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, Fixed Assets, Month-end Financial Reporting and the Budgeting processes.
Accounting Finance
Lois Smart
Smart Consulting Services Inc.
30 yrs industry experience in regulatory & quality mgmt positions, incl. start-up medical device companies. Directed/negotiated 510k clearances, IDE approvals, Modular PMA shell; Compliance; Facility inspections/ 483; Consent decrees; Quality systems
Compliance Operations Quality Assurance & Control Regulatory Affairs
Cyrus Stacey
Senior Director of Quality, Biologics
TG Therapeutics Inc.
20+ years of scale-up & tech transfer experience for Biologics from pre-clinical to commercial manufacturing; Biologics manufacturing, tech transfer/process development, lab validation, regulatory communication; Ex-Apex Biosciences/, Diosynth, Eisai.
Compliance Laboratory Space Licensing & Technology Transfer Manufacturing Operations Regulatory Affairs Technology & Product Development
Chris Steadham
General Manager
Medical Murray »
Experienced medical device professional with expertise in all aspects of product development and manufacturing.
- CEO Candidate - Business Development Contract Research (CRO) Engineering/Instrumentation Manufacturing Operations Quality Assurance & Control Technology & Product Development
Michael Stocum
President and CEO
Bantam Pharmaceutical LLC
Interim/part-time executive management and strategic consulting focused in therapeutic and personalized medicine test development and commercialization. Corporate product experience includes biologicals, pharmaceuticals and diagnostics.
- CEO Candidate - Business Development Business Mentoring Licensing & Technology Transfer Sales & Marketing Technology & Product Development
Lea Strickland
President and CEO
F.O.C.U.S. Resources »
We work with founders, CEOs, & senior management teams to structure & grow businesses from idea to commercial success: funding, government grants/contracts, strategy, commercialization & financial systems.
Accounting - CEO Candidate - Board Development Business Mentoring Business Plan Writing Education & Training Compliance Finance Grants & Technical Writing Operations Sales & Marketing Website Development
John Taylor
Entrepreneur In Residence
North Carolina Biotechnology Center »
Biotech executive; Currently, CEO of Spyryx Biosciences; Ex-Synageva, Javelin Pharma; Particular expertise in rare and orphan diseases; other areas of considerable experience: drug delivery, pain, metabolism
- CEO Candidate - Business Development Licensing & Technology Transfer Preclinical Development Technology & Product Development
John Therien
Attorney
Smith Anderson »
R&D collaborations, patent and technology licensing, university licensing, M&A; agricultural biotechnology, drugs and biologics, diagnostics, medical devices, genetic engineering, agronomic traits, animal health, precision ag, microbials
Corporate Legal Intellectual Property Licensing & Technology Transfer
Melanie Trull
Partner and Co-Founder
Bioscience Information Partners LLC »
Experienced, professional consultant delivering a unique combination of technical and business information in all areas of life science: market research; business plan writing; strategic information & intelligence; SBIR grant preparation.
Business Plan Writing Grants & Technical Writing Market Research
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