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BioME LIVE Coffee Hour

April 3 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

Join us at Bissell Brothers for a “learn and connect” event on April 3 from 4-6PM

Join BioME on April 3 from 4-6PM at Bissell Brothers in Portland. Given the positive reception of our Virtual Coffee Hour, we’re excited to extend this opportunity to connect face-to-face! Attendees will hear from Maine life science entrepreneurs, scientists, researchers and academia to learn about the impressive work that’s being done in the state. Presentations will be followed by an hour of networking.

This Coffee Hour will feature Matt Lynes, PhD (MaineHealth Institute for Research), Kendra Batchelder, PhD (WAVED Medical LLC), James Murphy (Educate Maine), and Eva Rose Balog, PhD (University of New England).

The goal of this series is to connect Maine’s life science community and educate attendees about what companies and individuals are doing to advance the life sciences industry in Maine.


Matt Lynes, PhDFaculty Scientist, MaineHealth Institute for Research

Matt Lynes is a Faculty Scientist at MaineHealth Institute for Research in Scarborough and an adjunct faculty at The Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Matt studies how humans and animals metabolize the food that they eat and how their bodies control the flow of metabolites to direct energy for either usage or storage. His work is supported by MaineHealth’s COBRE program in Regulation of Metabolic Networks and he is the recipient of NIH F32 and K01 awards, an Early Investigator Award from the Endocrine Society, and a Joslin Diabetes Center DRC Pilot and Feasibility grant.

Kendra Batchelder, PhD, Co-Founder, WAVED Medical LLC

Kendra Batchelder is a recent Interdisciplinary Ph.D. graduate from the University of Maine. Her academic journey began with a B.S. in Secondary Education and Mathematics, followed by an M.A. in Mathematics. Kendra’s research centers on developing cutting-edge computational techniques for detecting pre-cancerous lesions on mammograms. Her work has resulted in co-inventorship of two U.S.-issued, one E.U.-issued, and one E.U.-pending patent, all stemming from her efforts at the University of Maine. In her mission to make a tangible impact, Kendra co-founded WAVED Medical LLC. This venture emerged following her completion of commercialization training, aimed at translating her innovative research into solutions for the healthcare marketplace. Kendra believes that dedication to science, innovation, and entrepreneurship has the potential to revolutionize healthcare.

James Murphy, Development Director, Educate Maine

James is the Development Director at Educate Maine, a statewide nonprofit focused on career readiness and increasing the educational attainment of Maine people. Prior to returning to Maine, he worked with AchieveMpls to raise funds to support the strategic priorities of Minneapolis Public Schools. James also lived and worked in Washington, DC, for nearly a decade, managing various programs at the Points of Light Institute and later working in the community relations department at Booz Allen Hamilton, an international consulting firm. Prior to that, James taught high school social studies as a Teach for America corps member in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. James holds bachelor degrees from Boston University and a Master’s in Public Affairs from the University of Minnesota. James and his family live in Portland, where his children attend Portland Public Schools.

Eva Rose Balog, PhDAssociate Professor of Chemistry, University of New England

Eva Rose Balog is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of New England. Her research uses biochemical and biophysical techniques to create and study novel proteins for various applications in biotechnology and biomaterials. Born and raised in Maine, she received her Ph.D. in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and her B.S. in Biology from the California Institute of Technology. Dr. Balog also trained as a postdoctoral fellow at Los Alamos National Lab’s Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies.

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April 3
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT


Bissell Brothers
38 Resurgam Place
Portland, ME 04102 United States


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