Programs / Events

    • Tuesday, November 15, 2016
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives (MBI) 60 Prescott Street, Worcester

    It may seem strange to consider exiting when you're just starting your business and you are preoccupied with assembling a team and getting funded. But planning for and working toward an eventual exit is something every entrepreneur needs to do. Why? Your exit goal affects everything you do, from how you run your business, to the partnerships you pursue, to how you choose to fund your startup.


    5:30-6:00 pm: Registration/Networking with light refreshments

    6-6:20 pm: Kalenian Award Presentation

    6:20-6:30 pm: Welcome by Kevin O'Sullivan, MBI and Joe Vignaly, TVF

    6:30-7:30 pm: Program moderated by Kevin O'Sullivan

    7:30-8 pm: Post-program Networking

    Co-Sponsored By:

    Speakers and Bios:

    Judy Carmody, Ph.D., is the founder and Principal Consultant of Carmody Quality Solutions, LLC., a dynamic, innovative consulting agency that provides Quality services to the pharmaceutical, biologics and medical device industries.

    Dr. Carmody is the former president of Avatar Pharmaceutical Services, a GMP CRO which she founded and led for over 8 years, prior to selling it in 2010. Since then she has held senior level positions in small and large pharma and has strengthened her knowledge of robust quality systems. With each custom-crafted solution she fulfills her vision of connecting everyday quality processes and procedures with the strategic needs of her client's business.

    Prior to founding Avatar, Dr. Carmody spent 10 years in the (bio)pharmaceutical industry, developing methods for small molecules and oligonucleotides, managing QC, Analytical, and Validation groups. In addition to this solid grounding in pharmaceuticals, she worked at Waters Corporation's Applied Technology and Marketing groups where she developed novel separations methods with colleagues and (bio)pharmaceutical customers. At Waters, Dr. Carmody brought numerous new technologies to market through published papers and technical presentations both at world-wide conferences and leading (bio)pharmaceutical companies.

    Scientific understanding underscores Dr. Carmody’s unique approach to solving the most challenging Quality or Analytical issues. A resume that spans roles in applied technology, marketing, bench chemistry, validation, quality management and several leadership roles provides the basis of Dr. Carmody’s approach to solution building. Her experience leverages the creative integration of technologies from diverse fields and enables these elements to be transformed into client solutions.

    Dr. Carmody holds a PhD in Analytical Chemistry from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.

    Walter Lunsman Chief Operating Officer at VivoPath/Charles River

    Walter led the acquisition of VivoPath by Charles River Laboratories. VivoPath was part of the MBI incubator before their acquisition. They are focused on early drug discovery and in vivo proof-of-concept testing for helping develop new therapeutic treatments.

    Walter holds an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business and an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from MIT.

    Dr. Norman Garceau is Vice President of Technology and Site Head at LakePharma, Inc. in Worcester, MA and was previously Chief Scientific Officer of Blue Sky BioServices prior to its merger with LakePharma. He is responsible for overseeing science-related activities at the Worcester facility, managing the technology portfolio for LakePharma, and is the company representative for initiatives in New England. He was also a member of the team that spearheaded the merger with LakePharma. Prior to joining Blue Sky, Dr. Garceau was a Senior Research Scientist and team leader at Pfizer Global Research and Development, where he served in a variety of roles in spanning molecular and cellular biology and small molecule drug discovery. He was also was Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Dartmouth Medical School before joining Pfizer and an employee at Upstate Biotechnology during its startup phase, which is now part of EMD Millipore. Dr. Garceau earned a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Dartmouth Medical School and was a postdoctoral fellow at Pfizer Central Research.

    • Tuesday, February 14, 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • WPI Campus Center
    As big data continues to grow exponentially, entrepreneurs and investors alike are looking for the top trends that will change how we do business in 2016 and beyond. Where is big data headed, and how can you leverage its enormous potential.

    Sponsored By: WPI

    • Tuesday, April 25, 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • WPI Campus Center
    The Venture Forum’s enormously popular annual Pitch Contest. A showcase of exciting ideas and emerging companies that you don’t want to miss!

    Sponsored By: WPI

    • Tuesday, May 09, 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • WPI Campus Center
    Is VR ready to go Mainstream? What will be its compelling uses? Where’s the market, and who will make their fortune from this nascent technology?

    Sponsored By: WPI

Past events

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 What’s Brewing With Craft Beer Entrepreneurs
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 Conversations With a Corporate American Entrepreneur
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 Conversations with a Venture Capitalist co-hosted by The Venture Forum (TVF) and Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives (MBI)
Monday, May 23, 2016 The Venture Forum Volunteer Appreciation and Recruitment Night
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 Entrepreneur’s Lounge: What’s It Take to Develop a Consumer IoT (Internet of Things) Product and Ecosystem?
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 5-Minute Pitch Contest
Tuesday, March 08, 2016 Innovation Month Symposium on Women and Entrepreneurial Leadership co-sponsored by TVF/Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives
Tuesday, February 09, 2016 Emerging Technology Series #4 -- Optics, Lasers and Photonics
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 Entrepreneur’s Lounge: What’s It Really Like to Start a Tech Firm?
Tuesday, December 08, 2015 Entrepreneurs Demo Night with VentureMeets
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 Robotics: What’s Next?
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 Bringing the Passion and Loyalty of Gaming to your Product or Enterprise: What Games Teach Us About Engagement
Tuesday, September 08, 2015 Making the Digital Physical: Industrial, Biomedical, Consumer: What's New in 3D Printing
Tuesday, June 09, 2015 Your First Five Sales
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 Reinvent Your Market Strategy and Your Company Too
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 Five-Minute Pitch Contest
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 Grant Funding 101 – Gain funding without giving away the store
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 Network with a New Crowd
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 Your IP Plan – from Idea to Execution
Tuesday, December 09, 2014 Attract Investor Attention in Innovative Ways
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 Choosing Your Target Market…Let It Choose You
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 Build Your Team to Create Together
Tuesday, September 09, 2014 War Stories from Successful Entrepreneurs
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 Guy Kawasaki on Getting Your First Investment
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 Manufacturing How-tos for Startups
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 Battling Diabetes and Obesity with Technology and Exercise
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 Five-Minute Pitch Contest
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 Stages of Social Innovation Growth
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 Innovation Fair
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 Personalized Medicine
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 Business Plan Contest
Tuesday, October 08, 2013 Lean Startups
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 "Visions of Growth" with Tim Murray and Michael O'Brien.
Saturday, September 07, 2013 Jim Fee Start-up Clinic
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 Ask the Experts
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 Go To Market: Market, Sell or Perish - The Most Critical Phase of a Fledgling Business
Tuesday, April 09, 2013 Building the Team - The Most Critical Part of a Nascent Business
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 Networking Event at Metso Automation
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 5 Minute Pitch Contest

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