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Join us for a casual “learn and connect” BioME Virtual Coffee Hour: Innovation & Insights on February 9th from 10-11am.

Hear from Maine life science entrepreneurs, medical device manufacturers, digital health startup and academia to learn about some of the new and innovative technologies being developed in Maine and the collaborations formed to create them.

February’s Coffee Hour will feature David Eagleson (The Baker Company), Samir Haydar, DO, MPH (MaineHealth), Caitlin Howell, PhD (University of Maine), and Justin Hafner (KinoTek). 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 life sciences industry in Maine.



David Eagleson, President, The Baker Company, Inc.

David 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.

Caitlin Howell, PhD, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, University of Maine

Caitlin Howell is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Maine. She earned her PhD in Physical Chemistry from Heidelberg University, Germany, studying the organization and orientation of biological molecules and cells at abiotic surfaces using spectroscopic techniques. She then completed a postdoc as a Technology Development Fellow at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University where she designed and tested bio-inspired surfaces for use in industry and medicine and worked toward moving those technologies to market. Her current research focus is on the development of new surface-based strategies for controlling biological systems at interfaces and the scale-up and technology transfer of those systems into commercial markets.

Samir Haydar, DO, MPH, Attending Emergency Physician and Associate Professor, Maine Medical Center’s Emergency Medicine Residency Program

Samir Haydar is an Attending Emergency Physician and Associate Professor for Maine Medical Center’s Emergency Medicine Residency Program. He currently serves as the Director of Quality for Maine Medical Center’s emergency department and also as the physician lead for hospital flow at the medical center. He is well published in the medical literature, his academic interests center around hospital operations and quality improvement with a more recent focus on the design and implementation of digital health strategies in acute care environments. Dr. Haydar is a problem solver who enjoys pushing set boundaries through innovation and evidence-based interventions. Samir a co-founder and Chief Medical Officer for navigatER, LLC, a Maine based digital health company. He is also currently the Chief Medical Advisor and co-founder of the CAPE Partnership LLC, an innovation venture focused on the development of a unique mobile isolation device used in clinical settings to help protect medical providers and their patients. Samir earned his BS from the University of New Hampshire, MPH from Boston University’s School of Public Health and his Doctor of Osteopathy from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Haydar Completed his Emergency Medicine Residency at Yale University and has been on Faculty at Maine Medical Center since 2007.

Justin Hafner, Co-Founder & CEO, KinoTek

Justin Hafner, the Co-founder & CEO of KinoTek, is a kinesiologist and human computer interaction researcher focused on empowering the everyday person to take control of their musculoskeletal health. Justin is an accomplished collegiate swimmer and was recently presented with the Front Office Sports Rising 25 Award. In his spare time, Justin can be found in the ocean on his surfboard or fly-fishing the lakes near his hometown in upstate New York.