BioME Legislative Briefing: Life Sciences in Maine
March 25 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Join us for a virtual BioME Legislative Briefing: Life Sciences. This event will be hosted by Representative Tiffany Roberts and Representative Susan Austin and will take place on March 25, 2022 from 9-10AM virtually via Zoom
Learn about Maine’s fast growing life sciences industry through new industry data. The event will feature a panel of startup companies who will speak about their impressive work and the state policies and funding that have enabled them to grow.
The event will be followed by a Q&A session, and attendees will have an opportunity to connect with speakers and each other.
9:00-9:15 Welcome Remarks & Sponsors:
Rep. Susan Austin & Rep. Tiffany Roberts, Maine State Legislature
Ben Chandhok, Biotechnology Innovation Organization
9:15-9:25 BioME Briefing – Life Sciences in Maine:
Agnieszka Carpenter, BioME
9:25-9:50 Panel Discussion – Bioscience Startup Companies:
Dr. Kristy Townsend, Neuright, Dr. Cem Giray, Salmonics
. and Patrick Breeding, Marin Skincare
9:50-10:00 Q&A Session
Kristy Townsend, PhD, Co-Founder & CSO, Neuright, Inc
Kristy Townsend, Ph.D. is currently Adjunct Associate Professor at University of Maine, her alma mater, and Associate Professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery at The Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center. Townsend is the head of the Neurobiology & Energy Balance laboratory. Born and raised in Maine, Townsend is Co-Founder & CSO of a Maine based biotech start-up and UMaine spin out (Neuright, Inc) that is focused on R&D for a patent-pending medical device for the diagnosis of small fiber Neuropathy. Townsend remains an active member of the BioME Board of Directors. Follow @neuroadipo
Patrick Breeding, CEO & Co-Founder, Marin Skincare
Patrick is the CEO and co-founder Marin Skincare, which 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 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.
Cem Giray, PhD, President & CEO, Salmonics LLC
C. Giray first came to Maine in 1980 to attend the University of Maine as an international student from North Cyprus. Following completion of undergraduate and graduate degrees in Microbiology, he returned to N. Cyprus for two years of military service and then again headed back to Maine for doctorate studies at the Univ. of Maine’s Darling Marine Center. His overall educational experience covered a broad range, including fish diseases, aquaculture, marine invertebrate taxonomy, biological oceanography and biogeochemistry. Immediately after Ph.D. completion, he entered the private sector and operated his own biotechnology consulting business in the Middle East, in his spare time also pursuing work on marine debris pollution and marine turtle conservation in N. Cyprus. In 1999 he joined Kennebec River Biosciences (KRB), an international aquatic animal health company located in Richmond, Maine, where he served as Laboratory Director, Chief Operations/Science Officer, Vice President, business partner, carrying out responsibilities in management of diagnostic services, international business development, company & laboratory operations and applied research on finfish & shellfish pathogens. In late 2020 C. Giray established Salmonics, LLC following acquisition of a Maine-based R&D company, Sea Run Holdings, Inc., and changed his focus toward the development and manufacture of biomedical products from aquaculture salmon blood waste for applications in veterinary and human health. Salmonics, LLC operates from TechPlace, a business accelerator located in the former naval air base in Brunswick, Maine.
Rep. Susan Austin, Maine State Representative
Rep. Susan Austin is a member of the Maine House of Representatives, representing District 67. She serves on the Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee. Rep. Austin has also been appointed by the Speaker of the House to serve on the Advisory Committee on Dental Education.
Representative Austin is very active in her community serving on a wide variety of boards and committees including five terms on the MSAD 15 School Board. She has also served on the Pineland Conversion Committee, Crystal Lake Association and is a Maine Wildlife Park Advocate. Additionally, she previously served on the Gray Town Council and the Pineland YMCA Advisory Council.
Rep. Tiffany Roberts, Maine State Representative
Rep. Tiffany Roberts is serving her second term in the Maine House. She serves as chair of the Legislature’s Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee. This committee develops policy on topics such as economic development, student debt relief and professional licensing.
Roberts is a small business owner and public school parent. She works in graphic design and digital marketing, exclusively serving local businesses. She served on the board of directors of a childcare center and has been a vestry leadership member at St.George’s Episcopal Church in York. Roberts is also an active volunteer in her community, and she is involved in the South Berwick-Tuskegee sister city project.
Additionally, Roberts has focused on providing support to individuals impacted by the opioid epidemic. She currently serves as the legislative member of the MaineMOM Advisory Panel, which is tackling the opioid epidemic amongst Maine mothers.