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.

Bridget McMinn
Director of Strategy and Innovation
First Flight Venture Center Inc. »
First Flight Venture Center is a non-profit science and technology incubator with 25,000sq.ft of space, 50 offices & 18 wet labs. Programs for startups include LiftOff (subsidized grant writing program) and Hangar6, an advanced prototyping facility.
Business Mentoring Education & Training Grants & Technical Writing Laboratory Space Technology & Product Development
Michelle McMullen
IP Attorney
IP attorney; patent procurement, enforcement and interference practice; diagnostics, biotechnology; pharmaceuticals, peptide therapeutics, vaccines, metabolomics, stem cell, regenerative medical technologies, Patent validity, infringement and FTO
Intellectual Property
Mallikarjun Metukuri
Principal Clinical Scientist
Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Accomplished drug development professional with broad pharmaceutical development and clinical operations experience. Diverse background includes medical management, regulatory affairs, project management, drug safety, and clinical trial conduct.
Clinical Development Contract Research (CRO) Data Management Medical Writing Preclinical Development Regulatory Affairs
Mark Mirkin
Rimon P.C. (Non-NC) »
I have devoted my entire career to addressing the business law needs of life sciences start-ups and emerging companies, especially with respect to financing transactions at all levels from formative to seed to convertible debt to venture capital.
Corporate Legal Finance Licensing & Technology Transfer
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
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
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
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
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
Philip Powers
Talent Acquisition Partner
AstraZeneca plc
We are Industry experts, successfully providing Top Technical Talent in FDA/GMP regulated industries for over 10 years. Quality/Validation/Process/Engineering/Scientific, Contractor’s or FTE’s.
- CEO Candidate - Engineering/Instrumentation Manufacturing Operations Quality Assurance & Control
Cody Provost
Business Development Manager
ARCO Design/Build Industrial »
Engineering/Instrumentation Manufacturing Operations
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
2005-present Executive Director of the National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce 2007- 2011 Director of NC BIO, NC’s Biosciences Advocacy group 2001-2004 CEO of Kucera Pharmaceuticals 1978-2001 Glaxo Wellcome Executive
- CEO Candidate - Business Plan Writing Clinical Development Education & Training Grants & Technical Writing Sales & Marketing
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
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
Michael Saber
Smith Anderson »
Counsels start-up, emerging and mature companies in capital-raising transactions and strategic collaborations. Industry focus on life sciences, agricultural technology and other technology enabled companies.
Corporate Legal Licensing & Technology Transfer
David Saravitz
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
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
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