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This month’s BioME Virtual Coffee Hour will be held on July 20, 2021 from 11AM-12PM. This episode will focus on early career opportunities and is organized in collaboration with Educate Maine. Attendees will hear from Maine biotech entrepreneurs, scientists, academia, and workforce development leaders who will speak about their personal career paths and the resources and opportunities available within the state.

Presentations will be followed by Q&A and the audience will have a chance to connect with the speakers and each other.

This event is best for students and recent graduates, but everyone is invited to participate.

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Speakers

Kate Howell, Program Director – Maine Career Catalyst Program, Educate Maine
Kate Howell is the Program Director of the Maine Career Catalyst Program at Educate Maine and has worked in Human Resources and leadership roles throughout her career. Prior to joining Educate Maine, Kate was HR Generalist at a biotech company in Portland focusing on recruitment, career development, and university relations. She led the national university relations program and brings a wealth of knowledge in the area of internship programming and university partnerships. Before moving to Maine, Kate worked in New York City and Washington, DC across a variety of industries and non-profit organizations. Kate holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from Syracuse University and a SCP certification from the Society for Human Resources Management. Kate is a member of Rotary International and serves as President of the Kennebunkport club where she lives with her husband.

Patrick Breeding, CEO & Co-Founder, Dermarus
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.

Sarah Peterson, MD, PhD, Manager – Clinical Research, R&D, IDEXX
Sarah is a graduate of the eight-year Program in Liberal Medical Education at Brown University in Providence, RI. After completing her Clinical Internship at Maine Medical Center, Sarah then joined the Liaw Lab at Maine Medical Center Research Institute where she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in vascular biology and a subsequent PhD in Cell in Molecular Biology through the University of Maine Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Engineering. She then pursued a second postdoctoral fellowship in the Myocardial Biology & Heart Failure Laboratory with Dr. Doug Sawyer, Chief of Cardiovascular Services at Maine Medical Center. Sarah currently works at IDEXX Laboratories, where she manages both human and veterinary Clinical Research.

Daniel Calles, PhD, Associate Director, Science & Healthcare, Bowdoin College
Daniel is a trained scientist with academic and industry experience. His quest to become a scientist took him first to Lyon, France, where he completed his Bachelors degree in Biochemistry and his Masters degree in Structural and Functional Biochemistry, both at the Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1. He completed a Doctorate degree in Biochemistry at McGill University, specializing in protein structural analysis through cryo-electron microscopy. Working in biotechnology, he acquired extensive knowledge on developing lateral flow assays, tinkering with novel technologies and training fellow scientists, including product transfer from R&D to manufacturing.

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