April BioME Virtual Coffee Hour
April 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Join us for a casual “learn and connect” BioME Virtual Coffee Hour on April 15 from 10-11am. Hear from Maine life science entrepreneurs, scientists, researchers and faculty to learn about the impressive work that’s being done in Maine.
April’s Coffee Hour will feature Magdalena Blaszkiewicz, PhD (Neuright, Inc.), Kate Greene (Owl’s Head Solutions), Susan Ahern (MaineHealth Innovation Center), and Kristine Logan (TechPlace & MRRA). Presentations will be followed by Q&A and the audience will have a chance to connect with the speakers and each other.
The goal of this series is to virtually connect Maine’s life science community and educate attendees about what companies and individuals are doing to advance the industry in Maine.
Deputy Director of Innovation & Development, MRRA
Kristine Logan has worked with both large and small Maine businesses to help connect them to the resources they need to become successful. Her expertise lie in site location, access to capital, marketing, start-up planning and growth strategies, workforce development, complying with state regulations, utilizing state programs, and working with local and regional partners. Ms. Logan is the Deputy Director of Innovation and Development and the Director of TechPlace for the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority. In this role, Kristine created and runs TechPlace, a manufacturing business incubator, where she works with start-up and early stage companies and supports them in their desire to grow. Ms. Logan provides TechPlace businesses with access to in-house business resources by coordinating workshops, seminars, courses, and networking events on topics relevant to business growth and development. Prior to her current position, Ms. Logan worked for the State’s Department of Economic and Community Development as the Governor’s Account Executive for York, Cumberland and Sagadahoc Counties. Ms. Logan holds a BS in Mathematics with a minor in Management from the State University of New York’s College at Cortland.
Magdalena Blaszkiewicz, Ph.D.
Co-Founder, President, & CEO, Neuright, Inc.
Magdalena Blaszkiewicz, Ph.D. is co-founder, president, and CEO of Neuright, Inc. She holds a doctorate in biomedical science from University of Maine and has over 10 years prior experience in a biomedical start-up in Boston. Blaszkiewicz attended the Biotech Masters program at Harvard Extension School, and her pitch won the Maine Center for Entrepreneurs 2019 Top Gun competition along with a $25,000 prize from the David E. Shaw Family Foundation. She is the PI of Neurigtht’s NSF STTR Phase I award. She is currently a Research Scientist at Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University and a Visiting Scholar at the University of Maine.
Founder & CEO, Owl’s Head Solutions, Inc.
As CEO of a design agency, Kate Greene wears many hats, but the role that informs all others is that of a problem solver. At the helm of Owl’s Head, she’s always looking at the big picture to get to the heart of what a client or project needs. With over 20 years of experience in all aspects of design and communications, Kate has developed expertise in branding, concepting, creative direction, client management, and team leadership. Kate and the company she leads offer clients full-scale design and technological solutions to any creative communications challenge, with particular expertise in the healthcare field—including life sciences, health advocacy, public health, and sexual/reproductive health. Known for out-of-the-box thinking, smart design, leading-edge technological solutions, outstanding execution, and enduring client relationships, Kate and Owl’s Head’s mantra is simple: “We can always find the perfect solution.”
Vice President of Innovation, MaineHealth
Susan Ahern is the Vice President of Innovation at MaineHealth; a new systemwide role responsible for planning and development of the MaineHealth Innovation Center. Ahern is a respected innovation strategist and diplomatic collaborator from the Boston area, bringing years of progressive entrepreneurial experience to her role. She most recently led a first-in-the-nation statewide program to connect academic and scientific innovators from the 34 Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ research institutes as the Director of the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center. At the Consulate General of Canada in Boston, Ahern led Canada’s first-in-the-nation international accelerator, awarded #1 in the world by the International Business Innovation Association. Her entrepreneurs were featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur, Time, and the Associated Press. As Trade Commissioner, she executed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Entrepreneurial Boston Roundtable in 2018. Ahern’s successful career as an entrepreneur speaks to her visionary, hands-on approach to innovation. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Colby College.