Charles Argoff, MD
Professor of Neurology; Director, Comprehensive Pain Center, Albany Medical College, Albany Medical Center
Wayne D. Bacon
Chairman and CEO, Garwood Medical Devices, LLC
Wayne D. Bacon is the chairman and CEO of Garwood Medical Devices, with decades of business ownership and management experience. His experiences include working with industrial and specialty lab gases, research reagents and producing mono and polyclonal antibodies and recombinant proteins. Bacon is a treasurer of the Kaleida Health Foundation and has been active on a number of other boards in the community.
Bacon attended the U.S. Naval Academy and holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Business, Economics and Marketing from the University of Delaware.
International Trade and Investment Specialist, Empire State Development, NYS Department of Economic Development
Kathryn Bamberger is the international trade and investment specialist for Empire State Development, responsible for assisting Northeastern New York’s manufacturers with both exporting support and attracting foreign firms to establish manufacturing in New York. Prior to that, she was the international trade specialist with the New York Department of Agriculture and Markets for nearly 13 years. She has managed the New York Pavilion in dozens of national and international trade shows. Bamberger has been the primary liaison between New York Food Producers and Food Export USA-Northeast, a membership organization of the 10 Northeast States. Food Export USA organizes activities to enhance and grow sales by conducting activities such as international buyer missions, trade show support, trade lead dissemination, market research and more.
Bamberger earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Political Science with a concentration in International Relations from St. Lawrence University and an MBA at Sage Graduate School.
Jennifer Barrett, MSc
Director of Business Development and Program Director, AXON Communications
Jennifer M. Barrett, MSc, is an experienced health communication professional dedicated to improving health outcomes. She has focused her career on building awareness through health education, marketing and rebranding initiatives that result in behavior modification. She develops creative strategic communication and marketing plans that address disease prevention, health promotion, patient advocacy and support, improvements in quality of care, as well as educating on the social model of patient care. She has been an integral leader in health collaboration initiatives providing unique solutions to address evolving health care industry trends. Barrett has been published in two industry publications: Journal of Brand Strategy and PM 360 The Essential Resources for Pharma Marketers. She has spearheaded initiatives resulting in industry awards for her clients in public relations and in long-term care.
Barrett received her bachelor’s degree from Fairfield University and holds a master’s degree in Health Communication from Boston University. She is active in her industry as a member of MedTech Association, CURE and Healthcare Business Women’s Association.
Vice President of Business Development, GE Ventures
Director, NYS ESD New York Ventures
Clayton Besch, Ph.D., is the director of the New York Ventures, which works to bolster the critical capital needs of New York State's innovation economy by providing seed and early-stage venture funding to high growth startups as they move from concept to commercialization, through early growth and expansion. After working with SOFTBANK Capital's worldwide VC network for a number of years he returned to the Capital Region and joined New York State ESD.
Dr. Besch received his bachelor’s degree in Biology at Hamilton College prior to pursuing advanced education in Asia, earning a master’s degree in Fisheries at Nagasaki University and a Ph.D. in Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences at Tokyo University.
US Technical Lead, Medical, Intertek
For more than 20 years, Michael Brousseau has worked with electrical manufacturers across a wide range of industries including medical, IT, industrial, lighting and more. He works with manufacturers to meet regulatory, industry and market requirements around the world.
President and CEO, iuvo BioScience
Prior to co-founding iuvo BioScience and taking on the roles of president and CEO, Ben Burton was vice president of quality for the pharmaceutical, solutions and external manufacturing organizations of Valeant Pharmaceuticals. Prior to the acquisition of Bausch + Lomb by Valeant, Burton served as global vice president of quality for the Pharmaceutical Business Unit and was a member of the B+L Global Leadership Team. Earlier in his career, he held the position of director, quality and technical services for Norwich Pharmaceuticals, responsible for driving new business development and revenue and leading the technical services organization in delivering customer projects, as well as heading up the site quality organization. Burton began his career with Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals as a process engineer, moving up to roles of increasing responsibility in product development, OTC engineering (Cayey, PR) and global clinical supplies.
Burton holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a dual master’s in Chemistry and Education from the State University of New York at Binghamton.
Director of Directed Energy, University at Buffalo
Director of Business Development, MPR Associates
Jeff Champagne is the director of Business Development for MPR. With a background in R&D and marketing, he brings a decade of product development experience to the role. Focused on life sciences, but spanning multiple industries including biotech, medical device, energy, advanced materials, specialty chemistry, food & beverage, and consumer products, Champagne helps clients to solve their biggest challenges by mediating discussions with subject matter authorities and engineering experts.
Champagne holds a bachelor’s in Visual Communication Design and an MBA focused on Market Strategy, both from the University of Hartford.
Senior Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management and Career Services , Rochester Institute of Technology.
Manny Contomanolis, Ph.D., is senior associate vice president of enrollment management and career services at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He has more than 35 years of experience in career services, experiential education and talent acquisition strategies. Dr. Contomanolis is a frequent presenter, consultant and author and has been widely quoted in the media on career trends and recruiting strategies. He is active in several corporate and higher education benchmark groups and is past president of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), where he was the recipient of their two highest awards and recognition for outstanding contributions to the field.
Dr. Contomanolis received his bachelor’s degree in History and Secondary Social Studies from the State University of New York at Cortland, a master’s in College Student Personnel from the Bowling Green State University and his doctorate from the State University of New York at Buffalo in Educational Leadership and Policy.
Director of Sales and Marketing, CPS Recruitment
Nate Desimone joined the team in 2007 and has helped connect some of the area’s most sought after employers with his team of professional recruiters. With more than 16 years in the industry, Desimone lends a very consultative approach when it comes to working with area businesses by ensuring they are aware of current market conditions and trends. Acting as a consultant and coach to companies looking to hire, Desimone promotes excellent communication amongst hiring managers, jobs seekers and the CPS Recruitment team that he represents.
Desimone earned his bachelor’s degree at Salisbury University.
Kathi Durdon, MA, CCRP
Director of Operations, CNY Biotech Accelerator
Kathi Durdon, CCRP, is the director of operations for Upstate Biotech Accelerator (BAC). Durdon advances strategic objectives supporting biotech for-profit startups and as director of a multiuse innovation facility, Durdon promotes process, mentorship, educational programs and client-based resources to meet innovator needs. This includes the new Upstate MIND - a medical innovation and novel discovery center - which provides early stage innovation infrastructure. Durdon chairs an annual Medical Device Conference through SoCRA, is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) Human Factors Engineering Committee and serves as a regulatory mentor for medical device innovators. Durdon was previously employed at Welch Allyn as the manager of clinical operations.
Durdon holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Anthropology from the State University of New York College at Potsdam and a master’s degree in Business Policy from Empire State College
Eric Elder, Ph.D.
Director of Talent Management, Corning Incorporated
Eric Elder, Ph.D., serves as director of talent management for Corning Inc. Dr. Elder is responsible for the global talent management processes focused on talent acquisition, talent planning, talent development, organizational development and diversity and inclusion. Prior to joining Corning in 2008, he served in a variety of talent positions with Bank of America and Bristol-Myers Squibb. He began his career in consulting, with RHR International, Towers Perrin and Development Dimensions International.
Dr. Elder holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California at Santa Cruz and his doctorate in Social Psychology from the University of Texas in Austin.
Patrick Emmerling Ph.D., M.B.A.
Senior Licensing Manager , Office of Technology Transfer and Commercial Development, Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Dr. Joan Fallon
Founder and CEO, Curemark
Dr. Joan Fallon, founder and CEO of Curemark, is considered a visionary scientist who has dedicated her life’s work to championing the health and wellbeing of children worldwide. Curemark’s pipeline includes a phase III clinical-stage research program for autism and ADHD and has commenced the filing of a Rolling New Drug Application for the first novel drug for autism under the FDA Fast Track Program. Dr. Fallon holds 106 patents worldwide, has written numerous scholarly articles, and lectured extensively across the globe on pediatric developmental problems including autism and ADHD. She was recently appointed senior advisor to the Henry Crown Fellows at The Aspen Institute, as well as a distinguished fellow at the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College/Columbia University. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Franklin & Marshall College.
Dr. Fallon has a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Government from Franklin and Marshall College, a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer University and has completed course work for the master’s degree in Clinical Investigation from Harvard University’s joint program with Massachusetts General Hospital.
Vice-Chairman and Chief Medical Officer, Innovative Trauma Care
Founder and Co-Managing Director, Eastern NY Angels
Richard Frederick is the founder and co-managing director at Eastern NY Angels. Frederick is an entrepreneur and angel investor with more than forty years of business experience. He founded Eastern NY Angels in 2010 and invests in tech startups in Upstate New York. Frederick has taught at the collegiate level and is often called upon to be a guest lecturer and speaker on topics that include funding startup companies, commercializing new technologies, successful marketing strategies and other topics related to launching and growing early stage companies.
Frederick received his master’s degrees in Business Administration and Management as well as Business, Marketing and Finance at the University at Buffalo.
Partner, Crowell & Moring
John Fuson is a member of Crowell & Moring’s Advertising & Product Risk Management, Health Care, and White Collar and Regulatory Enforcement groups, specializing in U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) enforcement and counseling matters. Before joining Crowell & Moring, Fuson served as associate chief counsel at FDA. At FDA, he handled all types of major enforcement actions brought by the agency, including seizure actions, injunction actions, actions for civil money penalties and contempt actions.
Fuson received his bachelor’s degree from Grinnell College and his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Vice President, Strategic Development, Welch Allyn
Director , State Pain Policy Advocacy Network
Amy Goldstein, MSW, has been in the healthcare field for more than 20 years, advocating for people living with chronic conditions. Goldstein works for the Academy of Integrative Pain Management, the nation’s only pain organization with dedicated policy staff, as its first director of the State Pain Policy Advocacy Network (SPPAN). The SPPAN team analyzes thousands of policies, tracks relevant ones, provides written and oral testimony and alerts stakeholders about pertinent pain-related issues to help shape strong policy. Many advocacy leaders consider SPPAN a vital resource, especially noting its robust website.
Goldstein is a graduate of the University of Texas-Austin and earned her master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Kansas.
Business Development Executive , University of Buffalo Center of Excellence for Bioinformatics and Life Sciences
Kim Grant serves as the business development executive for the Center of Excellence Bioinformatics and Life Sciences (CBLS). In this role, Grant is responsible for leveraging the CBLS’s resources to cultivate academic, public and private collaborations for economic development in biotechnology and life sciences. She has decades of experience working in technology and engineering with manufacturers, medical device and startup organizations. Grant is on the Board of the Western New York Invention Convention, the Buffalo Public School Policy Board and is past president and current vice-president for the International Society of Automation – Niagara Frontier Section. Grant is also actively involved with the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, MedTech Association and is an active member of the National Ski Patrol.
Grant received her bachelor’s degree in Business Studies from Buffalo State College and is a 2011 graduate of Leadership Buffalo.
Sen. Kay R. Hagan (D-NC)
Senior Policy Consultant, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Former U.S. senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) serves as a senior policy consultant in the public law and policy practice. In this role, Sen. Hagan advises clients across a broad spectrum of policy issues, including health care and financial services. Sen. Hagan has more than 16 years’ experience holding elected office, including serving in the U.S. Senate from 2009 to 2014 and in the North Carolina Senate from 1999 to 2008. During her term as U.S. senator, Sen. Hagan served on four Senate committees: Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs, Armed Services and Small Business & Entrepreneurship. She was also chairman of the Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee of the Armed Services Committee. As an elected official, Sen. Hagan championed legislation to aid businesses, improve health care and education and ensure support for active duty service members, veterans and their families. Prior to public service, Sen. Hagan had substantial experience in the financial services industry, including serving as vice president in the Trust and Estates and Private Banking divisions at North Carolina’s largest bank, North Carolina National Bank, which is now part of Bank of America. In 2015, Sen. Hagan served as a resident Fellow at the Harvard University Institute of Politics.
Sen. Hagan received her bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and her J.D. from Wake Forest University.
CEO, Clinton Health Matters Initiative, Clinton Foundation
Rain Henderson has dedicated her career to helping communities, organizations and leaders at all levels to optimize and coordinate their efforts towards improving the lives of the most people possible. Henderson leads the Clinton Foundation’s largest domestic initiative and its strategic vision for improving the health and well-being of all United States citizens and reducing the prevalence of chronic disease. She does this by unpacking complex issues and applying systems thinking to foster partnerships of great purpose across the public, private and nonprofit sectors toward meaningful and scalable solutions. Previously serving as the senior vice president of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a non-profit organization founded by the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation, Henderson was instrumental in helping to build the organization from a blueprint to an award-winning non-profit with a presence in 50 states and a positive impact on the lives of over six million children.
Henderson received both a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Global Economics and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Syracuse University.
Pharm. D. Candidate , Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy, LIU Brooklyn
As a student at LIU, Brooklyn, Kris Jaho has focused primarily on maintaining his Dean’s List GPA in a very rigorous pharmacy program. Through his various internships in community pharmacies and hospitals, Jaho has developed a passion for the pharmaceutical industry and the positive impact it can have in helping the lives of others. He is a member of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) organization and the Industry Pharmacists Organization (IPhO).
Jaho plans to take the licensing exam to obtain his pharmacist license in June and wishes to pursue an MBA once he completes his Pharm. D. program.
Director & Entrepreneur In Residence, Biomedical Acceleration and Commercialization Center at Albany Medical College
Chief Operating Officer, Excell Partners, Inc.
Scott Kelley, MD
Vice President of Medical Affairs, Flexion Therapeutics
Co-Founder, Somml Health
Kurt Lozier’s career as a digital executive spans healthcare, media, laboratory automation, product management and development, digital transformation, strategy and digital marketing. He co-founded Somml Health in 2014 to develop innovative mobile technology solutions, bringing the patient and their support network into the center of the health discussion, which research has shown produces better outcomes.
Lozier holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Economics from Siena College and a master’s degree from Union College.
Senior Manager – Life Sciences & Healthcare, Transaction Advisory Services , Ernst & Young LLP
Sal Mannarino is a senior manager for EY’s North America Transaction Advisory Services Practice. He has more than 12 years of experience, mainly in the life sciences industry. Mannarino has experience with due diligence advisory in public accounting and corporate development. Previously, he has worked for the PwC New York Transaction Services and in corporate development and finance. Mannarino was also the head of finance and business development for a privately held specialty and generic pharmaceutical company.
Mannarino has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from State University of New York at Albany and a master’s degree in finance from Fordham University.
Senior Specialist, Business Development , Performance Review Institute
Justin McCabe is the senior specialist of business development at the Performance Review Institute. McCabe joined the Performance Review Institute in 2011 and is responsible for leading and providing research and general support for business development and professional development initiatives, focusing on global strategy, research and analysis to support the growth and continuous improvement of all PRI programs. Justin co-leads the MedAccred program, an industry-managed, consensus-driven approach to ensuring critical manufacturing process quality throughout the medical device supply chain.
McCabe received his bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Marketing from Mercyhurst University and his master’s degree in Human Security from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.
Project Manager, Systems Lead Engineer, MPR Associates
Michael F. Murphy
EMC Technical Team Leader, Intertek
Mario R. Nacinovich, Jr.
Managing Partner, AXON Communications
Mario R. Nacinovich, Jr., is the managing partner of AXON Communications and leads the healthcare practice in the U.S. AXON simplifies complex information to improve outcomes in healthcare, bringing together the right people with the right expertise to provide clients with integrated, multichannel communications solutions. He currently serves as editor emeritus for the Journal of Communication in Healthcare and as an adjunct professor at Boston University.
Nacinovich received his bachelor’s from Manhattan College and a master’s in Health Communications from Boston University. He has also completed certificate programs at Georgetown, Northwestern and Stanford.
W.K. (Bill) Rader
President & CEO, Efferent Labs
Bill Rader is the president and CEO of Efferent Labs, a pre-clinical stage company focused on biosensor systems for life science. A serial entrepreneur, Rader sold his first company at age 18. To date he has launched five ventures, including the most recent Efferent Labs, Inc., and orchestrated multiple mergers and acquisitions. In October 2014, Efferent Labs was a winner in the world’s largest business contest, 43North. Rader started in the engineering sector of the U.S. Navy as a nuclear engineering member of the Submarine Fleet and is a member of many industry organizations. He is also a contributing writer for Forbes, where he writes on entrepreneurship and business.
Rader holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and is a graduate of the University at Buffalo, School of Management. He is also a member of Harvard Business School, Business Innovations in Global Healthcare class of 2015.
Director of Quality, Baxter Healthcare
John B. Riggi is director of quality for Baxter Healthcare. A quality assurance and regulatory affairs management professional, Riggi has more than 35 years of international and domestic medical device and pharmaceutical experience. His areas of expertise include global quality assurance, corporate compliance programs, regulatory compliance and product filings, ISO/CE certification processes, team leadership, customer and vendor quality relationship management and staff management and development. He is an active member of MedTech, AAMI and MDMA.
Riggi earned a bachelor's in Biology from SUNY Geneseo, a bachelor's in Chemistry from Rochester Institute of Technology and a MBA from the University of Rochester's Simon School of Business.
Marketing Manager, MPR Associates
With a background in healthcare consulting, product development and business development, Rachel Robinson brings a unique perspective to marketing at MPR. In the last decade she has worked with thought leaders in many different parts of the healthcare ecosystem to develop and facilitate dozens of industry events and workshops geared towards value creation and best practice sharing between senior executives.
Robinson received a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Eastern University.
M. Jack Rudnick
Director, New York State Science & Technology Law Center at Syracuse University
Mr. Rudnick is counsel with Barclay Damon, LLP on their Emerging Technology Team, where he provides business and legal consultation to technology-based companies. He is experienced in corporate and intellectual property law and has been providing legal counsel for over 40 years. Rudnick co-founded Blue Highway, Inc. while at Welch Allyn, Inc. to locate and accelerate the development of technologies with medical applications. He served as Blue Highway's senior vice president of legal and government affairs. Rudnick is also the director of the New York State Science & Technology Law Center at Syracuse University, with long-term experience as an adjunct professor. He serves on the Advisory Board of CNY Biotech Accelerator as well as and the Lally Shool (RPI) Advisory Board Technology Commercialization and Entrepreneurship. He is an active member of the American and New York State Bar Associations. Rudnick earned his bachelor’s in Political Science and History from Middlebury College and his JD from Syracuse University College of Law.
President, Brownlie Design
Chief Experience Officer (CXO), Post Launch, Senior Advisor, Usability Services, MedStar Health
Director of Mergers & Acquisitions , Albany Molecular Research Inc.
Saurabh Singh is a director of mergers and acquisitions at Albany Molecular Research Inc. (AMRI). Prior to joining AMRI in September 2015, he spent ten years working on Wall Street in sell-side equity research at Morgan Stanley and Sanford C. Bernstein and also worked in the healthcare investment banking groups at Credit Suisse and Banc of America Securities. Before embarking on his career in finance, Singh was a principal staff engineer at Motorola.
Singh holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the Birla Institute of Technology in Ranchi, India, a master’s degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a master’s degree in Computer Science from Michigan Technological University.
Senior Attorney , Medmarc
Courtney Stevens, Esq., joined Medmarc in 2011 where she is now the senior attorney for loss control. Her primary responsibilities include the development of resources on product liability avoidance and regular correspondence with brokers, policyholders and underwriters in efforts to evaluate and mitigate products liability risk. She has also spent significant time in the analysis and development of the products and completed operations and errors and omissions policies. Prior to joining Medmarc, she garnered both law-firm and government-agency experience in Washington, D.C. Stevens is a frequently published author on products liability risk management for industry organizations and publications and maintains a blog on products liability issues for the life sciences industry.
Stevens received her law degree from the George Mason University School of Law, where she finished in the top quarter of her class, and is a member of the California and District of Columbia Bars. She also received dual bachelor degrees in Business Economics and Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Principal and Vice President, Tanner-Ibbotson, Inc.
Brian Toglia is the principal and vice president at Tanner-Ibbotson, Inc., a New York based insurance brokerage with a specialty life science practice. Toglia brings over a decade of risk management experience to his role as life science practice leader and was recently named MedTech Member of the Year for his contributions to the association. The majority of his life science practice is on companies of all sizes from start-up to clinical trials to commercialization that interact with the FDA. Toglia helps companies that manufacture medical device or pharmaceutical products as well as biotechnology, CRO’s and CMO’s.
Toglia received a bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration and Political Science from Seaver College at Pepperdine University.
Senior International Trade Specialist, U.S. Department of Commerce
John Tracy is a senior international trade specialist with the U.S. Department of Commerce, whose primary mission is to help U.S. companies increase their international business. Prior to coming to the Department of Commerce, Tracy worked for an international logistics, freight forwarding and customs Brokerage Company in Rochester for a Hong Kong-based steamship line in New York and managed international logistics for a chemical manufacturing company in New Jersey.
Tracy earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Clarkson University and a master’s degree in International Transportation Management from the New York Maritime.
Business Development Manager, Sparton
Kevin Webb is the business development manager for the Great Lakes Region for Sparton Corporation, a specialized contract development and manufacturer for complex classification II & III medical instrumentation and serves other highly regulated industries. For the past thirteen years, his main role and passion at Sparton has been engaging with clients, cross-functional teams and supplier-partners to help launch “first-of-kind” medical technologies. Prior to Sparton, Webb worked for more than ten years in direct sales, marketing, distribution and operations for global product launch campaigns.
Webb received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of West Florida.