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Join us for a casual “learn and connect” BioME Virtual Coffee Hour on July 14  from 10-11am.

Hear from Maine scientists and life science professionals to learn about a Maine technology accelerator, microscopy imaging, molecular biology, calibration services and some of the impressive work that’s being done in Maine.

July’s Coffee Hour will feature Dr. José Fernández Robledo (Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences), Dr. Frédéric Bonnet (MDI Biological Laboratory), Jaimie Logan (TechPlace) and Louis Waterhouse (LAW Calibration). 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.

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Speakers

Jaimie Logan, Director, TechPlace

Jaimie Logan grew up in Michigan and spent her early career years practicing Admiralty Law, then working in finance and event management. A constant visitor to Maine for several decades, Logan moved to Maine in 1994 to become the Executive Director of the Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce. With over 16 years of leadership experience in that role, Logan has an extensive background in business assistance, marketing strategies, events, administration, and management. Logan transitioned to state government in 2011 as a Governor’s Account Executive the Maine Dept. of Economic and Community Development. There, Logan worked collaboratively with state, local and federal resources and across state government to help connect businesses with the resources and assistance they needed to help start up, grow, or relocate their business in Maine. After several years as a private business consultant, Logan joined the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority in 2021 as the Director of TechPlace, Maine’s premiere manufacturing and technology incubator at Brunswick Landing. In 2000, Logan was recognized by the Maine State Chamber of Commerce as the Chamber Executive of the Year, received her certification from the United States Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organization Management in 2004, and was named the 2015 Financial Services Champion by the Small Business Administration in 2015. Logan resides in Boothbay Harbor with her husband Bill.

José Antonio Fernández Robledo, PhD, Senior Research Scientist, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences; Affiliate Faculty, The Roux Institute at Northeastern University; Research Faculty, Colby College

Originally from Galicia, Spain, I did my Ph.D. studying the diseases affecting mussels. In 1995, I moved for my post-doc to the USA to join the then Center of Marine Biotechnology (University of Maryland) where I became interested in how we can domesticate parasites using genetic engineering tools. Since 2012 I have been working for Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences where I continue to expand my research on molecular biology to understand parasitic diseases and cancer in marine bivalves.

Frederic Bonnet, PhD, Microscopist, Light Microscopy Facility, MDI Biological Laboratory

Frédéric Bonnet manages MDI Biological Laboratory’s Light Microscopy Facility (LMF), a service available to all Maine IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) PIs. Bonnet provides services such as user training, technical support, applications support and microscope maintenance.

Frederic Bonnet received his doctorate in the group of Dr F. PITUELLO at the Centre de Biologie du Développement in Toulouse, France. During his Ph.D. studies, Bonnet developed an unshakable fascination with the technology to image his work on chicken spinal cord neural cells. Bonnet completed his post doc in Dr C. NORDEN group at MPI-CBG in Dresden, Germany before joining MDIBL in mid-2019.

Bonnet developed the first Maine microscopy course for Maine users with local microscopy experts, as well as a remote microscopy service for users  anywhere in Maine and monthly microscopy lectures to increase user proficiency in microscopy techniques and training on how to incorporate microscopy and imaging into research projects.

Under Bonnet’s management, the usage of the Microscopy Facility grew from less than 500 hours of utilization in 2019 to almost 2500 hours in 2021. This facility was one of the only facilities to continue to grow throughout the pandemic. Bonnet integrated the Microscopy Facility in the Bio Imaging North America Network (BINA). Bonnet is an active member of the CZI community and participates in the bravo cohort writing and producing educational material for biologist to use the open-source Napari software.

Louis Waterhouse, President & Metrologist, LAW Calibration, LLC

Louis Waterhouse is the owner, President, and Lead Metrologist at L.A.W. Calibration, an ISO 17025 Accredited Laboratory in Saco, Maine. Louis discovered his passion for calibration during his service in the United States Air Force, “From the day I graduated Technical school in the Air Force, I knew this is all I wanted to do.” Louis founded L.A.W. in 2010 when he saw an opportunity to use his extensive skill set and knowledge to help local businesses access calibration services. Louis’s dedication to calibration and entrepreneurship has fueled continual growth and improvement of L.A.W. ‘s capabilities and outreach. Originally a one-man operation ran out of Louis’s basement, L.A.W. has grown into a thriving small business with 14 team members offering capabilities unrivaled in Maine. In 2018, Louis was awarded with the Veteran Owned Small Business of the Year in the state of Maine.

Louis has worked hard to cultivate an innovate workplace, making supporting women in STEM a central pillar of his business. Louis is proud of his team for the amazing work they do every day and is excited to see how the business continues to expand and improve in the future.

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