Entrepreneurship Speaker Series

Entrepreneurship Speaker Series

Spring 2023 Entrepreneurship Speaker Series with Chris and Fenella Raymond

"A Tale of Two Startups"

When: Thursday, May 4, 2023 | 10:00 am
Where: Beetham Family Seminar Room at the Knight Campus


About the talk:

Chris and Fenella Raymond, co-founders of Ripple Biosolutions, will share their experiences with several different business startups from the somewhat unique perspective of being business as well as life partners. Some of their endeavors have flourished, while some have floundered. A common thread is that the most rewarding results come from building value through perseverance and resourcefulness. 

About Chris Raymond:

Chris Raymond has been an active, hands-on molecular biologist for over 35 years. The opportunity to participate in the Human Genome Project in 1999-2000 inspired a passion for nucleic acids technology and the ways in which genomics could address unmet needs in human health. He recognized that the advent of next-generation sequencing opened opportunities to apply genomics to population-wide clinical applications.  

About Fenella Raymond:

Fenella Raymond brings 25 years of experience from both academic and biotechnology settings. Her career in biotechnology has encompassed Program Management Research and Development at several companies in the Seattle area. More recently, she veered in a different direction and became the successful owner of a Seattle retail business. The opportunity of returning to research as a co-founder of Ripple Biosolutions was too great to resist, and she is pleased to be part of a company that develops innovative technologies in cell-free DNA applications.


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Previous Speakers

Janis Weeks

Professor Emerit of Biology, University of Oregon’s Institute of Neuroscience; Co-Founder/Chief Global Health Officer, InVivo Biosystems

"From Academic Neuroscience to Co-founding a Biotech Company, via Africa"

An expert in neuroplasticity and infectious and parasitic diseases, Weeks spoke about her journey from academia to biotech.

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Suzanne Tabbaa 

Principal Consultant, SymplexBio Consulting, LLC

"Why You Should Consider Being a Scientist and a Marketer ("The Dirty Word")"

Suzanne Tabbaa shared her unexpected career journey toward becoming an entrepreneur, discussed the importance of living in the commercial space, and offered lessons learned from working with F500-size companies to start-ups.

Suzanne Tabbaa from SymplexBio Consulting, LLC.


Andrés J. García

Georgia Institute of Technology
Executive Director, Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience
Petit Director’s Chair in Bioengineering and Bioscience
Regents’ Professor, George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

Michelle C. LaPlaca

Georgia Institute of Technology
Professor, Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering

"The Many Paths Across the Valley of Death"

Professors García and LaPlaca shared their experiences in translation and commercialization through personal case studies of ventures that were successful as well as some unsuccessful ones. They also highlighted lessons learned.

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Arlyne Simon

Biomedical engineer, author and inventor

"Be Customer-Centric: How to Innovate in Academia and Industry"

Arlyne Simon discusses lessons learned in commercializing immunoassays and designing medical devices like hypodermic syringes and ultrasound machines. Interestingly, these lessons of customer-centricity also apply when sparking an inventor’s mindset in K-5 students through the Abby Invents STEM picture book series.


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Chris Gibson

Co-Founder and CEO of Recursion

"The Serendipity of Failure: A Journey from Graduate Student to Biotech CEO"

Chris Gibson highlights the serendipity of science and failure, and the role each played in the journey he took from an MD/PhD student to CEO of a multibillion-dollar public biotech company in seven short years.

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Carolyn Bertozzi

Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Chemistry at Stanford University

"Therapeutic Opportunities in Glycoscience"

Carolyn Bertozzi discussed how her research in glycoscience could lead to new therapeutic strategies.

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Samantha Zyontz

Fellow at the Center for Law and the Biosciences and Research Fellow of Intellectual Property at Stanford Law School

"Mapping the Worldwide Research, Innovation, and Diffusion Activity of CRISPR"

Samantha Zyontz discussed how CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) has profoundly influenced innovation in a range of applications around the world. Her analysis of CRISPR academic articles, patents, companies, and clinical trials highlights an explosion of innovative related activities since the technology’s introduction.

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Michele Marcolongo

Drosdick Endowed Dean of the College of Engineering, Villanova University

"Start-Up Campus: How to Translate Your Scientific Discovery to a Successful Product"

Michele Marcolongo discussed the roadmap for translating technology to product launch, as well as how to execute the necessary steps to create and launch a start-up company. In addition to her extensive work in academia, Dr. Marcolongo is a successful entrepreneur who has co-founded three biomedical technology startup companies and is a co-holder of 15 patents/patent applications.

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Jennifer Elisseeff

Director and Professor of the Translational Tissue Engineering Center, Johns Hopkins Department of Biomedical Engineering

"Regenerative Immunology – the Role of Technology Translation in Guiding Discovery"

Jennifer Elisseeff discussed regenerative immunology and the role of technology translation in guiding discoveries. She is currently working to understand the role of the immune system and cellular senescence in the biomaterial response and repair across different tissues. This new therapeutic target serves as the basis for the design of regenerative immunotherapies.

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Kate Rosenbluth

Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Cala Health

“What if Electricity Were a Medicine? An Entrepreneur’s Journey from Scientific Discovery to Category Creation”

Kate Rosenbluth shared the story of founding and building a growth startup from spin-out through product launch. She spun Cala Health out from Stanford on a scientific moonshot to deliver a new class of bioelectronic therapies that use wearable devices to deliver non-invasive neuromodulation for major chronic diseases.

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Ken Gall

Chair and Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Duke University.

“Translation of New Materials into Medical Implants”

Ken Gall discussed the translation of a diverse set of new material technologies into medical implants. In all the applications, the implementation of the new materials was accelerated by basic research leading to a new fundamental understanding of the relationship between processing, structure, and mechanical properties of the constituent materials. 


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