Ritu Shah _ e.050
Lab Rats to Unicorns
by John Flavin
1w ago
In this episode of "Lab Rats to Unicorns," we're thrilled to spotlight Ritu Shah, the Managing Director at Portal Innovations, whose distinguished career in the biopharma industry spans over two decades. Ritu's unparalleled expertise shines in her role, where she's instrumental in driving growth and enhancing the value of portfolio companies. Specializing in steering early-stage companies towards key milestones and securing funding rounds, her strategic prowess has been key to numerous mergers & acquisitions, company formations, and operations.     Ritu S ..read more
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James Lewis and Mason Ailstock _ e.049
Lab Rats to Unicorns
by John Flavin
1M ago
In this episode, we venture into the intricate world of life science innovation spaces with James Lewis and Mason Ailstock. From the nuances of creating standout spaces that cater to diverse innovator types to the importance of location in driving differentiation, we dissect what truly makes an innovation hub thrive. As we spotlight their landmark projects, James and Mason share insights into pivotal decision points that have shaped their work. Beyond the structures and spaces, we also delve into the Atlanta market's present dynamics and its prospective horizon. Through it all, the personal jo ..read more
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Kenneth Christensen _ e.048
Lab Rats to Unicorns
by John Flavin
1M ago
We're thrilled to welcome Kenneth T. Christensen, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Illinois Institute of Technology to this episode of LRTU! With a career spanning decades at the forefront of engineering and academia, Christensen brings a wealth of knowledge and insight. In this episode, we'll explore the intersection of academia and industry, the evolving landscape of engineering education, and the role of research in addressing some of today's most pressing environmental challenges. Christensen shares his journey from a mechanical engineering student to a leader in a ..read more
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Erika Jefferson _ e.047
Lab Rats to Unicorns
by John Flavin
3M ago
Erika Jefferson stands at the intersection of leadership, innovation, and advocacy in the STEM world. She is the President and Founder of Black Women in Science and Engineering (BWISE), an initiative born out of the need to bridge the leadership gap for Black women in STEM fields. Erika's academic foundation, with a BS in Chemical Engineering from LSU and an MBA from Georgia Tech, set the stage for a career that spanned various roles and cities. Having worked at industry-leading companies like Amoco, BP, Chevron, and Praxair, Erika's roles have ranged from sales and business development to sup ..read more
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Julie Gilmore _ e.046
Lab Rats to Unicorns
by John Flavin
3M ago
On this episode of "Lab Rats to Unicorns," we sit down with Julie Gilmore, Ph.D., Lilly’s vanguard in bridging the worlds of big pharma, startups, and academia. With over two decades at Lilly, Julie unpacks the role big pharma plays in scientific innovation and the multifaceted career paths and opportunities within it. We'll delve into her experiences in portfolio management, explore the nuances of life science communications, and dissect Lilly’s synergistic relationship with burgeoning startups and universities. Julie also shares her personal narrative of growth and leadership, her mentoring ..read more
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James Lillard _ e.045
Lab Rats to Unicorns
by John Flavin
4M ago
This episode features a conversation in front of a live audience in Atlanta with Dr. James Lillard. Dr. Lillard is a Distinguished Fellow of AAI and Fellow of NAI and AAAS that uses both in silico and in vivo methods to develop biologics or molecular tests to better treat or diagnose, respectively, chronic diseases. His research involves dissecting the molecular mechanisms of cancer and inflammatory diseases, using clinically annotated NGS data and the implementation of precision medicine. His research contributions span disciplines including oncology, immunity, inflammation and biodefense. Dr ..read more
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Todd Sherer _ e.044
Lab Rats to Unicorns
by John Flavin
4M ago
Dr. Todd Sherer has dedicated over three decades to the advancement of academic technology transfer, ensuring research, especially federally-funded, translates into life-saving applications for the public. As the helm of Emory’s Office of Technology Transfer since 2003, he transformed the department into a global leader in the field. Instrumentally, he innovatively introduced product pipelines to highlight research's role in innovation, streamlined partnerships with industries, and orchestrated the strategic monetization of Emory’s HIV drug royalties for Emtriva, securing an unprecedented $540 ..read more
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Lesley Millar-Nicholson _ e.043
Lab Rats to Unicorns
by John Flavin
5M ago
e.043!! Learn about & from: Lesley Millar-Nicholson! Ms. Millar-Nicholson is the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Technology Licensing Office (TLO) and was part of the founding leadership team of the recently formed MIT Office of Strategic Alliances and Technology Transfer (OSATT). As TLO Executive Director, she leads a team managing MIT’s intellectual assets and technology transfer process. Prior to arriving in Cambridge Ms. Millar-Nicholson was Director of the Office of Technology Management (OTM) at the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign, manag ..read more
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Ryan Meyers _ e.042
Lab Rats to Unicorns
by John Flavin
5M ago
Ryan Meyers is an skilled biotech executive with significant experience in management consulting, venture capital and company creation. He is the co-founder of both AddGraft Therapeutics – a novel skin based cell therapy platform – as well as Alnair Therapeutics - which aims to develop a platform technology that improves the delivery of drugs to difficult-to-treat cancers. Ryan has his MBA from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago, and in his early career he worked a places like Gibson Consulting and AArete Consulting. In this episode, Ryan breaks different opportunities f ..read more
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Marcus Whitney & the Aspen Fellows _ e.041
Lab Rats to Unicorns
by John Flavin
6M ago
e.041 is another live audience recording! Taped in partnership with Marcus Whitney and his awesome podcast Health: Further, this one takes a unique form. Jump into a wide conversation from the macroeconomic environment entrepreneurs are facing currently to broadening the health equity conversation. The conversation explores the perspectives of Kedar Mate (Institute for Healthcare Improvement), Kameron Matthews (CityBlock Health), Anna Haghgooie (Valtruis) and Michael Gray (Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg ..read more
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