Mansfield Bio-Incubator's Advisory Board members represent a group of healthcare and life-sciences professionals from diverse specialties who both advise the Leadership Team and are available as resources to Incubator companies.
Eugene Buff, MD, PHD
Dr. Eugene Buff is a Registered Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP) and Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) with over twenty years of combined scientific, consulting and management experience. He has substantial expertise in a wide variety of industries, including but not limited to healthcare, biotechnology, medical devices, consumer products, materials and chemical manufacturing.
Dr. Buff is a Founder and President of Primary Care Innovation Consulting (PCIC), a new type of innovation management and business development firm supporting companies’ growth through open innovation. PCIC provides technology strategy consulting for both large and small companies globally and has unique access to cutting edge innovation at universities, incubators and accelerators worldwide. Its signature product, Innovation Navigator™ offers comprehensive business development support by combining known theories (such as Lean Start Up, “Jobs-To-Be-Done” and Disruptive Innovation) with years of successful consulting practices. Dr. Buff also designs and delivers variety of training and educational programs on innovation, entrepreneurship, technology scouting and technology commercialization.
Dr. Buff earned his Master degree in Biochemistry as well as his Medical Doctor degree from Russian State Medical University. He is also a Ph.D. in Genetics and is a coauthor of 14 papers in peer reviewed international journals. Eugene is an active member of the Licensing and Technology Transfer community and serves on several committees and task forces at AUTM and LES. He is a member on many consulting and professional network organizations and often mentors and presents on issues of Entrepreneurship, Intellectual Property, Innovation and Technology Transfer both in US and internationally.
Shelley is a Founder and Principal of ShelleyCO, LLC. Her primary mission is to help busy entrepreneurs meet the right people for valuable business development alliances. Over the last 20 years, she developed a broad and deep network comprising virtual and early stage life science and healthcare companies, women’s health organizations, angel and venture capital investors, contract research organizations, non-profits, and government. She is the co-founder of CreaGen Chemistry Incubator C2I and was instrumental in helping the NSIV Incubator launch. She is currently a consultant and board advisor for another regional incubator, SKY-VENTURES (Natick). Shelley's network, know-how about industry trends and needs, and leadership skills have been an asset to the growth of these incubators and to bringing greater and more positive attention to the growth of this sector.
Mr. Jeffrey Thumm, BSEE, MBA
Mr Thumm is an engineer, entrepreneur and businessman with over 40 years of experience in new product development and in driving early-stage businesses. Most of his work has been in medical devices, medical equipment, chemical sensing and controls for chemical processing. Mr Thumm holds BSEE and MBA degrees and has seven patents granted in communications, non-linear sensors, and chemical processing. He is the inventor and patent holder for hydraulically-driven, intense-energy, in-line chemical mixer-reactors and for continuous-energy, particle-reduction processors. Through his career, Mr Thumm has worked with over 30 early stage companies and formed three technology-based companies. Incollaboration with research doctors, PhD chemists and industrial R&D, Mr Thumm's companies have developed instrumentation solutions for chemical sensing platforms, microfluidic-slide HIV detectors, and microfluidic disks for combinatorial chemistry. Mr Thumm's current work includes running a small team in developing a wireless sensor, data-to-cloud solution for remote applications such as pharma processing, agricultural and oil & gas.
GILLES BOLDUC, PHD
Dr. Bolduc is Director of Massasioit Community College's Biotechnology Certificate Program and Professor in Biology at Massasoit. As Director, he designed the program and a new state-of-the-art biotechnology laboratory space. He was awarded grants that supplied the lab with the latest equipment and which support an undergraduate research program. Prior to coming to Massasoit, Dr. Bolduc was CMC Team Leader at Cequent Pharmaceuticals, Inc and is co-inventor of a U.S. and international patent based on Cequent's lead biologic.
Mr. Dancey is a sales & marketing focused COO, based in Mansfield, MA. He has over 15 years experience working with growing small businesses to supportsubject matter experts in creating processes and structure. Stephen is a proven strategic business leader with global experience working with organizations and their vendors, resellers, and customers to build business growth and develop operational excellence. He provides outstanding operational insight with an established history of driving profitable sales, managing costs, and streamlining internal operations. Stephen developed a private consulting firm Dancey Growth Group, and is currently the COO at Cool Tropics in Bedford, MA. He lives in Mansfield with his wife and three children, and is active in the local community in youth athletics and local business development.
Richard Tharin, MS, RAC
Mr. Tharin's regulatory and product development experience in the life sciences covers more than 20 years of high visibility regulatory experience in the medical device, drug and biotech fields. As a regulatory professional, he prepared product development pathways that have sped device, biotech and drug products to market. Richard's clients include mature firms, start-ups and firms in transition. I specialize in reducing my client's pain by increasing clarity and developing ownership of the process. His technical regulatory work covers development, design, regulatory submissions, quality system development, and FDA and Notified Body relations. His therapeutic area experience includes orthopedics,in-vitro diagnostics (IVDs), cardiovascular health, oncology, women’s health, infectious diseases and personalized medicine. His clients range from very small start-up firms to very large organizations including Kimberly Clark, American Red Cross and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Eureka International Regulatory Services has now a proud member of the Cerneos Group, LLC, s full service product development company serving the life sciences from concept to commercialization. Mr. Tharin holds a Master's Degree in Regulatory Affairs and US RAC certification. and has extensive training experience involving compliance strategies, design control and compliance systems. he has taught courses through the Regulatory Affairs Society (RAPS) On-Line University and San Diego State University’s Regulatory Affairs Masters Degree program. He provides regulatory affairs workshops and seminars and have enabled clients to develop innovative regulatory solutions
Amy LaChapelle, MS
Ms. Lachapelle's mission is to help companies build a robust research and development infrastructure to support business growth, product development, and technology transfer using stage-appropriate implementation of quality management systems, quality by design, and processes for determining, measuring, and monitoring business, process, and product metrics. She has 16+ years’ experience in the biotechnology industry working in the areas of protein replacement therapies, gene therapies, and analytical methods development. She was responsible for the creation of a new line of services at a GMP regulated contract analytical organization and was actively involved in continually improving their cGMP quality systems and processes. She has experience with control of monitoring and measuring of equipment and processes, verification, and validation activities. She is a certified internal quality auditor with a BS in Biochemistry and a MS in Applied Mathematics.
Lin Hymel, PhD, JD
Dr. Hymel is a member of the Intellectual Property and Technology Practice Group at Posternak Blankstein & Lund LLP. His practice includes patent prosecution, opinions, licensing, and post-grant proceedings pertaining to biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, chemistry, material science, and medical devices. Lin focuses on efficient and effective patent procurement for universities, start-up companies, and mid-size companies. Lin began his career as an academic scientist. He performed research in biochemistry, biophysics, physiology, and pharmacology at medical schools and universities in the U.S., Germany, and Austria, and worked in grant review administration at the National Institutes of Health. His legal practice has included work at a major biotechnology company and at general practice and IP boutique law firms. Lin is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and Maryland and is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Lin has experience with intellectual property in a broad range of technologies.
- Biotechnology, including proteins and nucleic acids for therapy and diagnosis, antibodies, nutritional biochemistry, lipids, peptides, cell culture, cancer genetics, vaccines, microscopy, chromatography, and protein purification.
- Medical diagnostics, including cancer diagnostics, FISH, and ELISA.
- Pharmacology, including small molecule drugs, imaging agents, drug formulations, and drug delivery vehicles.
- Chemistry, including polymers, textiles, catalysts, biofuels, and antimicrobials
- Materials, including nanomaterials, semiconductor materials, magnetic materials, elastic materials.
- Devices, including cardiovascular devices, optical devices, microfluidic devices, fuel cells, nanoelectronic devices, batteries, and photovoltaic devices.
Judy Isaacson, MS
Judy brings over 30 years of experience in medical marketing, communications, investor and public relations. Her specialty is working with small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), and startups, increasing overall brand awareness and market share.
Judy is currently Executive Consultant at Vital Now!, an independent consultancy where she helps medical organizations in the areas of corporate branding, medical education, and medical communications.
Prior to Vital Now!, Judy was Vice President of Marketing at Medical Support Systems, a Database Publishing Group company, where she worked extensively with numerous professional medical associations and their pharmaceutical sponsors in producing continuing medical education for a various medical disciplines, namely, hematology, gastroenterology, cardiology, ophthalmology, to name a few.
Prior to Medical Support Systems, Judy was President of Effective Corporate Communications Inc., a boutique full-service marketing communications/public relations agency where she independently created a business model for developing corporate identities which led to follow-on programs in collateral development, advertising, lead generation, and web development, and public relations programs.
Prior to Effective Corporate Communications Inc., Judy was Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications at AST Products, Inc. in Billerica, MA. Prior to AST Products, Inc., Judy was Manager of Marketing and Investor Relations at Spire Corporation.
Judy is a former adjunct lecturer at several Boston-area colleges. Judy received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Emmanuel College and her Master of Science degree from Simmons College in Communications Management. Her graduate thesis addressed “The Importance of a Corporate Image.”