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.

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
Mike Stocum
President and CEO
Opsepio Therapeutics Inc. »

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

Biotech executive; 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
Mike Townley
CREO Inc. »

CREO provides consulting and advisory services to growing companies in life sciences and healthcare. We have expertise in information technology, data analytics, corporate strategy, cybersecurity, regulatory compliance, and M&A due diligence and post-merger integration

Clinical Development Compliance Data Management Information Technology Quality Assurance & Control
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
Patrick Walsh

Currently serving as CBO for small biotech company, accountable for partnering / licensing / M&A, strategy, financing, commercial activities, and other business needs to support research and clinical development activities for a publicly traded biotech company. Have previously served in similar companies both as an internal member as well as consulting and investment banking roles for life sciences companies (biotech, spec pharma, medtech, tools and diagnostics) both large and small

- CEO Candidate - Business Development Finance Licensing & Technology Transfer Market Research
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
Bill Wofford
Co-founder and Head of Corporate Development
Arrivo BioVentures LLC »

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
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