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    • 27 Sep 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 1 Citizens Plaza, Providence, RI
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    In September 2018 , the Southern New England Entrepreneurs Forum (SNEEF) will be holding its monthly meeting from 5:30PM to 8:00PM at the Law Offices of Adler Pollock & Sheehan, 1 Citizens Plaza, Providence, RI.

    We are going to have a Panel Discussion entitled “The current state of life science startups in Southern New England”.  Biomedical innovation is one of the five most advanced growth areas of the state’s economy, according to the 2016 Brookings Institution study on competitive strategy for Rhode Island.  And this event will be an opportunity to hear from a panel of experts and startup founders about the current landscape, and what’s being done to support entrepreneurs and create a start-up ecosystem right here in our own backyard.

    Date & Time:  Thursday, September 27, 2018, 5:30 - 8:00 PM

    Location:  the Law Offices of Adler Pollock & Sheehan, 1 Citizens Plaza, Providence, RI



    Carol Malysz, M.B.A.

    Executive Director of MedMates

    Carol Malysz is the Executive Director of MedMates, Rhode Island’s life sciences technology network group.  MedMates’ mission is to grow the life sciences economy in Rhode Island by attracting, bringing together and advocating for talent and resources to support the life sciences community throughout southeastern New England. Founded in 2013, MedMates members have deep experience in the fast-changing life science fields, ranging from startups to mature companies to everything in between.

    Carol's long history of supporting Rhode Island entrepreneurs include her experiences with: the Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) Rhode Island,  the Association of Women’s Business Centers, the Business Expansion Division at the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, and BusinessFirst - an online collaboration of 17 RI service provider organizations that streamlined the delivery of business development assistance to RI small businesses.

    Meg Wirth

    SEG Healthness & Wellness Initiative Director

    As Director for SEG’s Health and Wellness initiative, Meg runs the business Accelerator for social enterprises focused on public health, wellness and medical innovation. She is also responsible for building partnerships with industry, universities and government interested in leveraging the power of social business for population health in Rhode Island and beyond.

    Meg co-founded and launched a social enterprise called Maternova Inc., a pioneering global ecommerce platform for women’s health technologies. In prior roles she has mentored and consulted with dozens of social enterprises, worked at the Rockefeller Foundation on global health equity and secured a Gates Foundation grant to start a global health venture fund. Prior work in public health ranges from safe motherhood programs in Borneo to outreach to teen mothers in the Appalachian region of Eastern Kentucky. She has an undergraduate degree from Harvard University in visual and environmental studies and a Master’s degree in international development from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School.

    Dr. Andrew Mallon

    MassChallenge Rhode Island - Program Director

    Dr Andrew Mallon founded Calista Therapeutics in 2012 based upon the discovery and development of a technology platform of therapeutics that modulate the cellular transport, location and activation of regulatory proteins. Dr Mallon is a biotech entrepreneur, specializing in the identification and creation of early stage value in promising therapeutics in diseases that have high unmet clinical need and de-risked development pathways.

    Previously Dr Mallon founded Ardane Therapeutics, Inc. (USA), and Carlton Pharmaceutics (UK). Dr Mallon is an inventor on several patents based upon his discoveries in addition to several publications. Dr Mallon has a Ph.D. from the University of Glasgow, taught and undertook research at Brown University and is a registered pharmacist. Dr Mallon has served as an expert scientific reviewer for both the NIH and NSF grant committees focused upon drug development.

    Dr. Mike Morency (Moderator)

    Adler Pollock & Sheehan - Patent Attorney

    Dr. Morency has over 20 years of legal practice with general corporate law firms, primarily in the life science industry. He holds a B.Sc. in Life Sciences, a Ph.D. in Medical Science – Neuroscience, and a J.D. in Common Law, providing him with a very strong educational background to represent life science companies. He has represented every segment of the life science industry, from early stage companies to large multi-national biopharmaceutical companies, as well as universities, and non-profit organizations.

    Dr. Morency advises clients on the creation and development of cost-effective, strategic intellectual property (IP) portfolios. He also provides counseling to life science companies in patent interference, post-grant reviews, intellectual property enforcement, and litigation issues, as well as preparing patent invalidity, freedom to operate and non-infringement opinions.

    In addition to the creation and management of IP portfolios and related counseling, Dr. Morency has extensive experience in the commercialization of IP. This extensive experience representing large biopharmaceutical companies, investors, and underwriters provides Dr. Morency with a unique insight on creating IP portfolios that meet and exceeds the industry expectations, which enhances the technology’s valuation.

    • 17 Oct 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • UMass Dartmouth Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, 151 Martine St, Fall River, MA 02723

    You've heard of the SHARK TANK, welcome to the PIRANHA POND

    What is the Piranha Pond? 

    It is a "pitch party" where a select group of entrepreneurs has up to 5 minutes to convince a panel of investors to meet with them to further discuss their ventures. Using a format similar to the popular television show Shark Tank, our investors provide feedback to the entrepreneurs about their presentations and companies, and information to all about why they decide to be "In" or "Out." If they are "In" they will meet with the Entrepreneur at a later time to discuss their company. If they are "Out" there is no interest at this time. Again, the investor lets us know why s/he will not move forward with the presenter.

    For this event, we seek companies beyond the idea stage. The ideal company will have raised funds from friends, family, and/or grants such as SBIR's. If the company's product is a software or SAAS product, it should be in beta testing or later.

    NOTE: please read the Entrepreneur Guidelines (PDF file) before applying. There is a $50 application fee required in order to be considered.

    Entrepreneur Guidelines

    A selection committee will choose the top 6 applicants to present. The successful applicants will be deemed to have companies most likely to interest the investment panel. In the past, the successful companies have been beyond the idea stage, with a finished product and/or revenue or significant progress toward commercialization if a pharma, equipment or medical device company.

     This is a public event

    General Admission - $30

    SNEEF Alliances - $25

    SNEEF Members - No Charge

    UMass Dartmouth Students & Faculty- No Charge 




    Jules Fried

    Angel Investor / Serial Entrepreneur

    Jules Fried is a highly accomplished Senior Executive, C-Suite Officer, Serial Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, Attorney, Venture Advisor, and Board Member with success across technology, life sciences, healthcare, medical devices, finance, banking, capital equipment, manufacturing and legal businesses. 

    Fried has held leadership positions at Bionik Laboratories Corporation; First Commons Bank (Co-Founder/Director); Interactive Motion Technologies (CEO); Atlantic VIC LLC; Lappin Company; Strictly Personal (Co-Founder/Principal); Roll Systems (Co-Founder/SVP, 17 years); and U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division. 

    Leveraging extensive experience in business analysis and strategic planning, he is a valuable asset for companies looking for comprehensive problem-solving and growth. His broad expertise includes early-stage technology; sales and marketing; operations; corporate communications; legal counsel; capital raising; process optimization; product development; situation management; IP; strategic partnerships; talent acquisition; and international business.

    He co-founded, built, and led a 2X Inc. 500 manufacturer recognized as a global industry leader, raising multiple rounds of capital, and achieving 70% market share and $47M annual revenue, with eventual sale to >$1B European multi-national.

    Dan Conley

    Managing Director at NJAngels

    Dan Conley leads DealScreening, DealScrubbing, Due Diligence and Investments for over a dozen early-stage life sciences companies – three in New England. Dan backs “Best of the Best CEOs” who lead Fundable Teams in a variety of sectors, niches, and US time zones. Dan has been the Lead Angel for two Companies, helping raise millions of dollars for Companies he backs, mostly in “wet” (vs. digital or “dry”) products: e.g. Vaccines for food allergies, Robots that grow stem cells, Molecular and Genomic Diagnostics, Chemistry kits that Drug Discovery Scientists love, treatments for Dry Age-related Macular Degeneration, protecting & equipping Wounded Warriors and First Responders, protecting the Food Supply, Farms and Farmers, and re-purposing the Maine Woods, among others.

    Dan and other NJAngels have invested in the following companies, as well as a handful of others:

    ThriveBio's robotics & automation help Researchers grow stem cells & other cultures - much better

    LumiThera's low-level LED laser light instrument non-invasively treats Dry Age-related Macular Degeneration

    Nuclear Receptor chemistry kit co., helps Drug Discovery Scientists fail faster & smarter, saves money

    Ultra-sensitive reagent chemistry kit co. detects, diagnoses tiniest samples for cancer researchers.

    DNA Vaccine platform co. works in allergies, plus has immuno-oncology applications

    PluroGel's a protective material for Wound & Burn Patients, delivers drugs, accelerates healing.

    Dan graduated from UMass Lowell and the School of Hard Knocks after serving honorably in the US Marines, and had his epiphany while a Correspondent with the Lancet Medical Journal, early in his business career.

    Scott Sargis

    Partner at Monitor Group

    Scott Sargis comes from the Monitor Group, a global consultancy that was acquired by Deloitte. He served in a variety of capacities there, including as the leader of the firm’s Middle East practice, based in Dubai and Riyadh. Earlier in his career, Scott was with Strategic Pricing Group, a boutique pricing strategy consulting firm where he led the development and management of one of the firm’s largest clients as well as the firm’s Western Region practice.

    Scott has spent significant parts of his career with several engineering and environmental consulting organizations, as well as alternative and mainstream energy companies, including the Chevron Corporation.

    Scott is a graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. In addition, he holds a JD degree from Suffolk University Law School and is licensed to practice in Massachusetts.

    David Fogel

    Managing Director at Swifton CFOs LLC.

    David Fogel is Managing Director of Swifton CFOs LLC, an outsourced CFO firm that provides emerging businesses with strategic and cost-effective financial leadership.

    David's expertise lies in constructing a reliable financial framework to attract funding, which has been a valuable guide for his clients' continued growth.

    As a contributor to the ongoing development of greater Boston's entrepreneurial ecosystem, he has been an active presenter and panelist with TechStars, MassChallenge, CleanTech Open, The Venture Forum, McCarter English Series on Entrepreneurship, Greentown Labs, Harvard Entrepreneurship Conference, MIT Enterprise Forum Smart Start Program, Startup Leadership, The Capital Network and the MIT Entrepreneurial Teams (MIT e-Teams).  He had also presented at entrepreneurial classes at Tufts University, Brandeis University and Brown University.

    He is also an active member of the screening and due diligence committees of Beacon Angels, TiE Angels and Mass Medical Angels.

    David is Adjunct Instructor of Finance and Accounting in the MBA program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  David is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA). David has a BS from Miami University (Ohio), and a MBA from the University of Cincinnati.

Previous Events

12 Apr 2018 Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies 101
14 Mar 2018 Piranha Pond Pitch Party 2018
08 Feb 2018 Success Stories, a case study with Aquabotix
14 Dec 2017 An Entrepreneur's Journey - Startup - Accelerator - Acquisition... Repeat?
16 Nov 2017 Global Entrepreneurship, a case study
18 Oct 2017 Entrepreneurship in Southern New England - Panel Discussion
14 Sep 2017 Piranha Pond Pitch Party
22 Jun 2017 2017 Summer Networking
08 Jun 2017 Investor Ready Boot Camp 2017
13 Apr 2017 Introduction to Angel Investing - rescheduled to April
09 Mar 2017 Branding for Entrepreneurs
10 Nov 2016 The Current and Future State of Marine Renewable Energy
13 Oct 2016 From Startup to Scale
15 Sep 2016 Piranha Pond Pitch Party
09 Jun 2016 Summer Networking
12 May 2016 Investor Ready Boot Camp
14 Apr 2016 Early-Stage Equity Financing
10 Mar 2016 Family Businesses: Adjusting to the Changing Economy
11 Feb 2016 Entrepreneur Launches “Think-Board” from dorm room, selling worldwide
12 Nov 2015 Entrepreneurial Ecosystems
08 Oct 2015 October 8, 2015 After the Accelerator (NOTE NEW LOCATION)
10 Sep 2015 Piranha Pond Pitch Party
11 Jun 2015 June 11, 2015 Summer Networking
14 May 2015 May 14, 2014 Supply Chain
09 Apr 2015 April 9, 2015 Bringing Innovation from the Lab to the Marketplace
12 Mar 2015 March 12, 2015 Taking Dad’s Picture Off the Wall, a generational look at business
12 Feb 2015 CANCELLED February 12, 2015 From Idea Stage to Launch: Are You Ready?
11 Dec 2014 December 11, 2014 Holiday Networking
13 Nov 2014 November 13, 2014 Marketing Challenges Penetrating New Markets
09 Oct 2014 October 9, 2014 Overcoming Inertia: Selling Into Traditional Markets
11 Sep 2014 Piranha Pond Pitch Party
12 Jun 2014 Exit Planning for Entrepreneurs
08 May 2014 May 8, 2014 Family Business Association- FREE Admission
10 Apr 2014 April 10, 2014 Private Equity for Entrepreneurs - Lessons Learned
13 Mar 2014 March 13, 2014 Selling in the New Economy- lessons learned
13 Feb 2014 CANCELLED- February 13, 2014 Exit Planning for Entrepreneurs
12 Dec 2013 December 12, 2013 Holiday Networking
14 Nov 2013 November 14, 2013 Crowdfunding
10 Oct 2013 October 10, 2013 Board of Directors / Advisors: creating, managing and living with your boards.
12 Sep 2013 Piranha Pond Pitch Party
13 Jun 2013 June 13, 2013 Summer Networking
09 May 2013 May 9, 2013 Innovation in Education
11 Apr 2013 April 11, 2013 Financing - SBIR
14 Mar 2013 March 14, 2013 Legal & tax strategies for start-ups
07 Feb 2013 February 7, 2013 Exit Planning for Entrepreneurs
13 Dec 2012 December 13, 2012 Holiday Networking
08 Nov 2012 November 8, 2012 Marketing Outside the box
08 Mar 2012 Financing Options for Start-Ups

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UMass Dartmouth Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship 151 Martine St, Fall River, MA 02723

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