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Join us for our fifth casual “learn and connect” BioME Virtual Coffee Hour on January 14 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.

January’s Coffee Hour will feature a short tour of New England Ocean Cluster’s coworking space with Patrick and Janeen Arnold; Maine entrepreneur, Paul J. Fitzpatrick, and University of Maine Biomedical Engineering faculty, Dr. Karissa Tilbury, Dr. Andre Khalil and Kendra Batchelder.

Each mini-presentation 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 connect Maine’s life science community during these uncertain times and educate attendees about what these companies and individuals are doing to advance the industry in Maine.



Karissa Tilbury, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, University of Maine
Karissa Tilbury is an assistant professor in Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of Maine. She received her B.S. (2009), M.S. (2010), and Ph.D. (2015) from the University of Wisconsin Madison in biomedical engineering. She then completed a postdoc at Vanderbilt University in the Center for Biophotonics in Nashville, TN. Dr. Tilbury’s research is focused on ligtht/tissue interactions. Specific research interests include providing label-free ‘Google earth-like’ view of normal and abnormal physiology label-free optical techniques. She is particularly interested in collagen remodeling and the impact of cancer cell metabolism in cancers. 

Andre Khalil, PhD, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, University of Maine
Andre Khalil is the founding director of the CompuMAINE Lab at the University of Maine. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Mathematics in 1996 and 1999 from Concordia University in Montreal, QC, Canada and his Ph.D. in Mathematics and Astrophysics from Universite Laval in Quebec, QC, Canada in 2004. He was then a postdoctoral fellow at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, ME, USA from 2004-2005. From 2005 to 2017 he was assistant and then associate professor of Mathematics at the University of Maine. In 2018 he switched from the Department of Mathematics & Statistics to the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Maine, where he is currently Professor of Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Khalil has co-authored over 60 publications in astrophysics, surface science, mathematics, cellular and molecular biology, astrobiology, neuroscience, physiology, and cancer research. He holds two patents on Methods of Cancer Detection.

Kendra Batchelder, Research Assistant, University of Maine at Presque Isle
Kendra is a University of Maine graduate. She holds a B.S. in Secondary Education and Mathematics and a M.A. in Mathematics. Her graduate studies focused on computational techniques in biomedical sciences. Kendra is currently working at the University of Maine’s Computational Modeling, Analysis of Imagery and Numerical Experiments Lab (CompuMAINE) in Orono where she is working on detecting signatures of a developing tumor on digital mammograms. Kendra also works at the University of Maine at Presque Isle’s Microbial Ecology Lab and teaches undergraduate biology courses.

Patrick Arnold, President & CEO, New England Ocean Cluster
Patrick Arnold is President and CEO of the New England Ocean Cluster (NEOC), a for-profit enterprise focused on launching blue economy startups and adding value to seafood-based economies. Patrick co-founded the NEOC with Thor Sigfusson the founder of the Iceland Ocean Cluster and two related “European Food Hall” style seafood markets. As with Iceland, the New England Ocean Cluster has an 8800 sq ft collaborative work environment as its center of ocean economy development and collaboration. Tenants and members work together on spin-off companies and products adding value to the seafood economy while growing new revenue streams from the natural resource. In Iceland, this has led to a rebirth of a previously dilapidated and underutilized real estate on the Reykjavik waterfront. The neighborhood has now become the hot spot for innovation and a cutting-edge center of culture and activity. Patrick brings subject matter expertise and capacity to design activities in the direction of adding value to waste streams in line with the best practices proven by the Ocean Cluster model in Portland, Maine and Reykjavik, Iceland.

Janeen Arnold, Co-Founder & Designer, New England Ocean Cluster
Janeen Arnold studied at the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID), and it was there that she honed her design thinking skills and developed her professional knowledge and methodologies for working with interior spaces. Through NYSID, she learned the fundamentals of successful design and gained the technical skills necessary to assist clients with visualizing their project through modern programs including CAD, Photoshop, In-Design, and Sketchup. As the sole designer for the New England Ocean Cluster Hús, Janeen focused on the user experience, implementing a holistic and humanized corporate workplace approach. Understanding the business’s core focuses and objectives intimately, Janeen interwove such concepts into the environment to provide an immersive experience. Janeen is Co-Founder of Soli DG Inc. and the New England Ocean Cluster. As a Designer, Janeen uses her creative thinking skills and design expertise to bring a fresh perspective to Strategic Planning through the use of Design Strategy. Taking into account the company’s business objectives and goals, Janeen assists the team to translate them into purposefully designed solutions.

Paul J. Fitzpatrick, President, PJ Fitzpatrick Executive Advisory Group, LLC
Paul has a very diverse entrepreneurial & executive leadership background in the medical device, healthcare, consulting & hospitality services arenas. He has led teams which have taken innovated services and technology from ideation through to commercialization and exit. His experience includes 10+ start-ups, turnarounds, roll-ups, integration of acquired companies, multi-site & international operations. Specific industry sectors include: EMS/ambulance advanced life support emergency medical services, physical therapy and rehabilitation services, international nurse recruiting & staffing, breast cancer risk screening, complex Point of Care molecular DX testing and endovascular catheter-based drug delivery medical devices. Ventures ranged from pre-revenue to $250M revenue, completing over $50 million of private and venture backed financings and completing over 20 M&A transactions with a combined value in excess of $100 million.  Paul serves as CEO and Director of Advanced Catheter Therapies, Inc., (ACT) in Chattanooga, TN, a research and development medical device company. Paul recently joined the Maine Center for Entrepreneur’s Bioscience Cluster initiative as the Bio Start-up Program Manager. He serves as a volunteer board member, was recently elected to Chairman of Life Science Tennessee, provides pro bono mentorship to startups and early stage companies and is a member of several professional and industry associations. Paul is a graduate of the Northeastern University degree paramedic program and was an adjunct faculty in the paramedic program for 10 years

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