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.

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
Marlene Spritzer
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
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
Sabra Stipe
Assistant Director of Research Administration/Grants Coordinator
NC State University
Proposal development for small and medium-sized life science companies seeking funding through SBIR and other Federal, State and private grants. Non-dilutive funding plans & grant writing services in ag, life sciences, IT, government, education.
- CEO Candidate - Accounting Administrative Support Board Development Business Development Business Mentoring Business Plan Writing Finance Grants & Technical Writing Human Resources Information Technology Operations Sales & Marketing Technology & Product Development Website 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
Elliot Strunk
Chief Creative Director
Marketing and communications firm specializing in naming, branding, graphic design, website development, pitches and presentation materials (digital and printed).
Market Research Sales & Marketing Technology & Product Development 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
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
Billy Usrey
COO and Vice President
BioTechnology Transfer LLC »
Regulatory, esp. Med Dev & Biologics (Cell therapies, viruses, vaccines); CDRH, CBER
Operations Regulatory Affairs
Sal Vilardo
Data Management Grants & Technical Writing Information Technology Technology & Product Development Website Development
George Wildeman
SWIR Vision Systems Inc.
Identifies opportunities, creates partnerships, assesses competition & markets, captures VOC, designs clear marketing messages and programs, develops go-to-market strategy and successful product launches, manages business ops through growth phase.
- CEO Candidate - Business Development Sales & Marketing Business Mentoring
John Wilson
Principal Writer and Senior Consultant
PharmTox Regulatory Writers LLC »
A regulatory professional with over twenty years of drug development experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Strengths include project management, reviewing data, and composing high quality nonclinical documents for submission to global regulatory
Preclinical Development Regulatory Affairs
Bill Wofford
Hutchison PLLC »
Corporate law, fundraising, acquiring and out-licensing technology, strategic partnerships, mergers and acquisitions.
Business Development Corporate Legal Licensing & Technology Transfer
Jeff Wolfe
Forrest Firm »
Jeff Wolfe is an attorney in the Winston-Salem office of the Forrest Firm, P.C. His practice areas cover the entire lifecycle of businesses and non-profits, including formation, financing, day-to-day contracts, and exits.
Corporate Legal Finance Intellectual Property
Life sciences-based legal practice; Licensing & IP Transactions Education: B.S. in Biology, Duke University; M.S. in Biology, University of California, San Diego; J.D. , University of Virginia
Corporate Legal Licensing & Technology Transfer
Francis Wouters
Consultant, Clinical Development Operations
With 30+ years of Pharma/Biotech/CRO experience, I offer the following services: leadership of Clinical Development Operations, oversight of drug/vaccine/device clinical programs, and clinical expertise in due diligence activities and as Board member
- CEO Candidate - Business Development Business Mentoring Business Plan Writing Clinical Development Contract Research (CRO) Data Management Education & Training Medical Affairs Operations
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