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Is Your Life Science Company: Ready to Scale Up and Grow? Operation Efficient?

  • Mansfield Bio-Incubator 241 Francis Avenue Mansfield, MA, 02048 United States (map)

The Mansfield Bio-Incubator and MassMEP invite you to a Lunch & Learn and a networking event

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Is Your Life Science Company Ready to Scale Up and Grow? 

Is Your Operation Running at Peak Efficiency? 

11:30 am- 2 pm

at the Mansfield Bio-Incubator

241 Francis Avenue
Mansfield, MA 02048



Description: Life science companies are about breakthrough ideas to change the world, but they also need to manage their costs, supply chains and timelines. The Lunch and Learn event will provide an opportunity to find out how MassMEP can help scale, manage growth and leverage all available resources.


Who should attend: Early-stage or established life sciences company owners, decision makers, and managers, as well as HR, manufacturing, production, administration and finance leaders.


Speaker Biographies:

John Killam, President/CEO for the Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP) 


 John Killam is a multifaceted, innovative leader with extensive experience in operations management, manufacturing engineering and optimization, quality management, business development, manufacturing operations, R&D, cost analysis and strategic production planning. John has thirty years experience working for fortune 200 manufacturing companies and is certified in the Toyota Production system by a Shingijutsu Sensei.

John is the President/CEO for the Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP) where he leads a team of professional consultants in the delivery of growth strategies to improve top line while reducing cost. In the past year alone his team has led manufactures to $55 million increase in new sales and add 490 new jobs. John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business management with a minor in marketing.


Tom Andrellos, Director of Growth Services, MassMEP

Tom joined MassMEP after 32 years in senior level positions in high-tech manufacturing and global supply chain management. Tom's role at MassMEP is focused on several strategic programs, business development and building the future growth services required to expand business opportunities in Massachusetts. Tom leverages funding and resource partners to deliver a positive impact to the SME's and the Massachusetts economy.


Mike Thompson, Regional Manager, Southeast Massachusetts

Mike is a hands-on professional with over thirty (30) years of experience in business and municipal management consisting of Sales, Marketing, new business development, manufacturing operations, contract negotiations, financial management and customer relations.



Rich Sullivan, Project Manager, Strategic Initiatives, Manufacturing USA, MassMEP

Rich has held positions in engineering, quality, customer service and business development in organizations ranging from startups to Fortune 500, across vertical markets such as manufacturing, information technology, and renewable energy. In his current role, Rich explores applications for both emerging and existing technologies, as well as identifying partnership opportunities among our many manufacturing clients.


 Taylor Warren, Outreach Coordinator, Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute

Taylor has a Master’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of New Hampshire. Following graduation, she launched and managed a STEM Outreach program for high school students that focused on developing quantitative skills, laboratory methods, and encouraged students to pursue STEM careers. In this role, Taylor helped to expand the program five-fold in just one year. She was also a High School Science Teacher, where she led the design of a new curriculum to improve student comprehension, integrate additional technological experiences, create problem-based learning opportunities and increase exposure to STEM education.
At the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute, part of the Manufacturing USA innovation initiative, Taylor coordinates outreach efforts to expose manufacturers and research organizations to the ARMI ecosystem in order to accelerate the advancement of production scale biofabrication technology.


Jeffrey N Roy, Massachusetts House of Representatives

State Representative Jeffrey N. Roy was first elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives for the 10th Norfolk District in 2012. He was re-elected in 2014 and 2016 and was appointed Vice-Chair of the Committee on Health Care Finance. He is the House-Chair of the Manufacturing Caucus, which promotes and encourages "Making It" in Massachusetts. He also serves as a member of the Committees on Export Development; Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery; and Municipalities and Regional Government. It is his great honor and privilege to represent the residents of Franklin and Medway on Beacon Hill.


Christopher Gilrein, Director of Business Development Massachusetts Life Sciences Center

Chris Gilrein joined MLSC in May of 2018. Chris is focused on exploring new economic development strategies for the Commonwealth’s diverse regions to take advantage of the Center’s programs and opportunities to fully participate in and contribute to the economic competitiveness of the life sciences ecosystem. Prior to joining the Center, Chris spent several years working in the state legislature, first as a Legislative Director and ultimately as Chief of Staff to former Senator Benjamin Downing. Most recently he served as Policy and Regulatory Manager for a community solar company, developing legislation and representing the company’s interests in state capitals throughout New England. A lifelong Massachusetts resident and proud “Double Beacon”, Chris earned both a Bachelor’s in Political Science and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.


Alex Margulis, Chief Operating Officer-Introduction to Mansfield Bio-Incubator (5 minutes)


John Gillam, Welcoming Rep. Jeffrey Roy (5 minutes)

Jeffrey Roy, Massachusetts House of Representatives, Chair of Manufacturing Caucus (10 minutes)

Mike Thompson - Introduction to MassMEP (10-15 minutes)

  • MassMEP creates economic impact by transforming manufacturing enterprises and the manufacturing ecosystem. This is achieved through operational excellence, workforce development and innovative growth strategies, enhanced through strategic public/private partnerships. We believe there is some element to a manufacturer’s business – whether it’s finding inefficiencies, strengthening internal processes or unlocking growth – that can extend the firm beyond its current limitations.


Tom Andrellos – Growth Services (10-15 minutes)

  • All manufacturers have at least one element that sets them apart and can enable them to achieve success. If you haven’t yet uncovered that unique differentiator, MassMEP can help you. And if you have already discovered that element, we can work with you to turn your vision into a reality.

  • Design for Manufacturing

  • Consortiums

  • Funding opportunities


Rich Sullivan – Manufacturing USA, M2I2 capital grant program (10-15 minutes)

  • Manufacturing USA institutes focus on accelerating innovation in key technology areas through collaboration among academia and manufacturing companies, ushering in next generation supply chains in America.

  • Massachusetts has made a substantial commitment to develop the Manufacturing USA infrastructure within the state’s academic, research and manufacturing industry. M2I2 will advance innovation and job growth within the state through cross-collaboration among companies, universities, national labs, government, incubators, accelerators and other academic and training institutions.


Taylor Warren, Outreach Coordinator, Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (15 minutes)

  • Overview of the ARMI and NIIMBL innovation institutes, technologies involved and major challenges

  • How/why small manufacturers would participate in those institutes

  • Potential funding opportunities


Christopher Gilrein, Massachusetts Life Science Center and Manufacturing (5 minutes)