Zeynep Turk, President
Maine International Trade Center
Zeynep currently works with the life sciences industry which includes biotechnology, medical devices, laboratory equipment, veterinary sciences, and diagnostics industries. She leads the StudyMaine initiative, assisting Maine educational institutions in recruiting international students. She has also worked with Maine’s wood products and pulp and paper industries and continues to assist companies in these sectors. Prior to solely focusing on industry sectors, Zeynep also assisted with development and sponsorship relations at MITC.
For the past 16 years, Zeynep led the “Best of New England” collaborative partnership to MEDICA, the World’s largest medical trade show in Düsseldorf, Germany. She has helped Maine companies participate in trade shows in Germany, UK, UAE, Vietnam, and China. Zeynep has traveled extensively in Africa, Asia, Europe,and the Middle East.
A native of Istanbul, Turkey, Zeynep earned a BS in Business Administration and Behavioral Science from the University of Maine at Machias and an MBA from the University of Maine, Orono. Prior to joining MITC in 2005, Zeynep worked in the banking industry, specifically in commercial lending and small business lending areas, and for the United Way of Greater Portland as a fundraiser.
Zeynep serves as the President of the Bioscience Association of Maine Board, President of Eastern Trade Council, Treasurer for NAFSA (Association of International Educators) , and the Advisory Board for UMaine Orono International Programs. Formerly she served on the Board of Directors of the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland and the Board of Directors for the English as a Second Language Scholarship Fund.
David Eagleson, Treasurer
The Baker Company
Mr. Eagleson, a Maine native, is President of The Baker Company, a manufacturer of equipment used in life sciences laboratories and clinical environments. Baker is the world’s leader in the design of microbiological safety cabinets, laminar flow benches, isolators, and fume hoods. The company has also broadened their product range to include the design and production of precision microbiological incubators and oxygen controlled workstations with the purchase of UK-based Ruskinn Technology Ltd. Based in Sanford, Baker sells its products through a network of sales representatives, agents, and dealers worldwide.
Tony Perkins, Director
Bernstein Shur/Tech Ventures
Tony Perkins is a shareholder at Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson, a 110 attorney firm with offices in Portland and Augusta, Maine and Manchester, New Hampshire where he is the Co-Chair of the firm’s Business Law Practice Group and a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property and Technology Practice Group. Tony’s work includes day to day counseling and transactional assistance to start-up, growth and established businesses involved with intellectual property based products and services in many different industries. Tony is a member and Vice Chair of the Board of the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development and a member of the Board of the Bioscience Association of Maine. Tony is also an active mentor and speaker for the MCED’s Top Gun business accelerator program.
Dennis Leiner, Vice President
Cape Elizabeth, ME
Dr. Leiner is the president of Leiner Optics, an engineering company that assists startups and Fortune 500 companies who are incorporating visualization into their medical devices. Dr. Leiner received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Optics from the University of Rochester and his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. He is the founder of Lighthouse Imaging Corporation, a leader in medical optics design and manufacture. He is listed as inventor or co-inventor on more than 20 patents and has published numerous papers in the areas of medical optics and optical instrumentation. Dr. Leiner is a Director of the Optics and Electro Optics Standards Council, the team representing the United States in international optics standards where he leads the U.S. technical group developing ISO endoscope standards. Dr. Leiner is a member of the Board of Directors of the Maine International Trade Center (MITC).
Gary Goodrich, Director, Past President
Gary was the President of Bioprocessing, a specialized diagnostic reagent company that he founded in 1991. He was responsible for business development and planning, contributed to new product and services development as well as sales and marketing. In 2012 Bioprocessing was acquired by Bio-Rad Laboratories. Currently Gary continues to pursue his relationship with Bio-Rad as a consultant. Gary has over 35 years of diverse biotechnology related industrial experience including cancer research, clinical lab work and management, biochemical industry R&D, and diagnostic reagent development and manufacturing. He holds an MBS in Clinical Chemistry from Northeastern University and a BS in Biochemistry from the University of Vermont. Gary also holds an ASCP (SC) certification as a technologist in Chemistry.
Anne Breggia, Director
Maine Medical Center Research Institute (MMCRI)
Academic Research Institute
In her current position as the Research Program Director for the MMC BioBank and the Research Laboratory Services core facilities at MMC and MMCRI respectively, Dr Breggia seeks to provide the biological samples and testing services needed by investigators to support their research and enable publications in peer reviewed journals and extramural grant funding.
Dr Breggia has over 30 years of experience in clinical laboratory diagnostics through her previous employment at the American Red Cross and at the Solid Organ Transplant Program at Maine Medical Center. For the past eight years, Dr Breggia has conducted basic science research at MMCRI in bone metabolism and disease and is currently collaborating on research investigating novel therapeutics for pancreatic cancer.
Dr Breggia received her B.S. in Medical Technology from the University of New Hampshire, her M.S. in Applied Immunology at the University of Southern Maine and her PhD in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from the University of Maine, Orono. Dr Breggia is board certified as a Medical Technologist by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) and as a Histocompatibility Specialist by the American Board of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (ABHI). Dr Breggia has served as a member of the grant review committee for the Maine Cancer Foundation, as a member of the Adjunct Faculty at the University of Southern Maine and as an Associate Faculty Member in the School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Maine, Orono. Dr Breggia joined the BIOME Board of Directors in 2018.
Fran Harrison, Director
SMRT Architects and Engineers
Fran Harrison is CMO of SMRT Architects and Engineers, a full service firm practicing nationwide in Science/Technology/Industry (STI), Healthcare, Justice, Government and Education (smrtinc.com). The firm’s STI practice specializes in designing and engineering controlled environments for research and manufacturing, including cleanrooms, dryrooms and laboratories. Previously, Fran led the communications, government relations and corporate philanthropy functions globally as a member of the CEO’s staff at Fairchild Semiconductor (now ON Semiconductor), beginning with its spinout as the industry’s first management led LBO, through eleven acquisitions, its IPO, and growth to the leading provider of power semiconductors worldwide. Fran is on the board of the Massachusetts Building Congress, and sits on the biopharmaceutical implementation team for FocusMaine.
University of Maine
Kristy Townsend, Ph.D. trained as a neuroscientist and has been investigating how the brain and nervous system affect physiological energy balance for more than 15 years. Currently an Associate Professor of Neurobiology at University of Maine, Townsend oversees a laboratory of 15-20 students at various levels of study, and also teaches Introduction to Neuroscience and an upper level Cell Biology course. Research in the Townsend Laboratory is focused on mechanisms of adult neural plasticity and neurogenesis, as well as how the brain talks to adipose (or, fat) tissues via peripheral nerves. These investigations inform the prevention and treatment of metabolic diseases such as obesity and type 2 diabetes. The lab recently became more interested in the impacts of dietary fats and aging on energy balance and peripheral nerve function. Prior to joining the faculty at UMaine, Townsend was a postdoctoral fellow and then junior faculty member at the Joslin Diabetes Center at Harvard Medical School in Boston. While there, she was the recipient of the American Diabetes Association’s Junior Faculty Award. Visit ktownsendlab.com for more information.
Casey Doucette, Secretary
Casey Doucette is a Regulatory Affairs Manager at IDEXX Laboratories, Inc., a worldwide leader in providing diagnostic tests and information for pets, livestock, and poultry, and testing for the quality and safety of water and milk. Headquartered in Maine, IDEXX employs more than 8,000 people and offers products to customers in over 175 countries. At IDEXX, Casey manages regulatory submissions to the USDA and FDA in support of in-development and on-market products. Casey previously served as a Senior Account Executive at MacDougall Biomedical Communications in Wellesley, Massachusetts where she supported early-stage biotechnology companies in the development and execution of their corporate communications plans. Casey received her B.S. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from the University of New Hampshire and her Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Maine Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering. She completed her thesis work at the Maine Medical Center Research Institute under the mentorship of Dr. Clifford Rosen.
South Portland, ME
Patrick is a biotechnology entrepreneur and co-founder of Dermarus, which develops active skincare ingredients from sustainable marine sources, and brings products to people through their brand Marin Skincare. Marin creates gentle and effective skincare products for people with eczema, psoriasis and dry skin using a glycoprotein found in lobster as the key ingredient. He is also a co-founder of KinoTek, an innovative movement analysis startup using motion capture and virtual reality to visualize, analyze and communicate biomechanical information to decrease risk of musculoskeletal injury. He earned his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering in 2017 and M.S. in Biomedical Engineering in 2019 from the University of Maine. He is passionate about biotechnology research and commercialization in various fields, spanning skincare, marine bioresources, drug development, medical education and sports performance innovation, and enjoys participating in regular K-12 outreach experiences motivating and mentoring students for careers in STEM.
Maine Molecular Quality Controls, Inc.
Stephen C. Pelsue, Ph.D. is the Manager of Discovery for Maine Molecular Quality Controls, Inc (MMQCI) in Saco, Maine. MMQCI develops and delivers high-quality nucleic acid controls for molecular diagnostics and precision medicine. Previously Stephen was the Scientific Director at BBI Solutions, a global leader in providing critical reagents and custom development for the In Vitro Diagnostic market. Prior to joining BBI Solutions, he was a Faculty member at the University of Southern Maine, in the Applied Medical Sciences Department. During his tenure there he served as Department Graduate Coordinator, Department Chair, and Associate Dean of the College of Science, Technology, and Health. He received his B.S. in Chemistry from Northland College (Ashland, WI) and Ph.D. (Biochemistry) from North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC), followed by a post-doctoral Fellowship at The Jackson Laboratory (Bar Harbor, ME).
Bethany Fortier is an Associate Scientist in Research and Development at IDEXX Laboratories, Inc., headquartered in Westbrook, ME. IDEXX is a global leader in innovation, offering diagnostic products and services for the companion animal veterinary, livestock and poultry, water testing, and dairy markets. IDEXX employs approximately 9,300 people and offers products to customers in over 175 countries. At IDEXX, Bethany works as part of an interdisciplinary research team to support assay development from the R&D phase through the entire New Product Development process. Bethany is completing her thesis work as a graduate student in a research-intensive M.S. program at Maine Medical Center Research Institute (MMCRI) and the University of Southern Maine, under the mentorship of Dr. Lucy Liaw in the Center for Molecular Medicine at MMCRI. Prior to joining the program, Bethany was a secondary science educator in Maine for 15 years and holds dual certification in both the life and physical sciences. She earned her B.S. in Biology, as well as her teaching certification, from the University of Maine. Bethany is energized by the diverse, collaborative scientific research going on throughout Maine, and enjoys being actively involved in educational outreach that inspires students to explore careers in STEM.
Agnieszka Carpenter, Executive Director
Agnieszka Carpenter has been the Executive Director of BioME since 2017, but with the organization for the past 5 years. Agnieszka grew up in Poland and has a dual degree in English Literature and Marketing and Management. Prior to working with BioME, she was the Trade Assistance Manager at Maine International Trade Center and worked as a teacher and college lecturer. She lives in Maine with her husband and three children.
Brianna Stark, Marketing & Membership Coordinator
Brianna Stark is the Marketing & Membership Coordinator at BioME. She also works for Maine Realty Advisors as their Marketing Director. Prior to working with BioME, Brianna was a part of the digital marketing team at U-Haul International in Phoenix, AZ. She earned her B.S. degree in Marketing and Sustainability from Arizona State University.