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.

MichelleMcMullen
IP Attorney
McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP
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
MallikarjunMetukuri
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
MarkMirkin
Partner
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
JoanneMitchell
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
AndrewMurphy
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
VinceNarbut
Senior 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
DANANEWELL
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
JessieNicholson
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
MichaelO'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
JulieOmohundro
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
MarkPatrick
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)
StephenPeterson
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
NguyenPhan
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
ThomasPitler
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
PhilipPowers
Consultant/Business Development/Recruitment
Medical Engineering Consultants
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
CodyProvost
Business Development Manager
ARCO Design/Build Industrial
Engineering/Instrumentation, Manufacturing, Operations
GuyRachmuth
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
StephenRizzo
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
KathrynRoberts
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
MichaelSaber
Partner
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
DavidSaravitz
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
SteveSchneier
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
ToddSerulneck
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
JeffreyShuster
Director Operations, Companion Diagnostics
Covance Clinical Trials
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
JerrySledge
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
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
MarleneSpritzer
Vice President
Lee & Associates
Marlene is a commercial real estate expert specializing in representing corporate end-users, both tenants and owner-occupants. She focuses her practice on life science and technology companies of all sizes. She has a BS in Chemistry and a law degree.
Laboratory Space