MassCONNECT Mentors

MassCONNECT Mentors have graciously volunteered their time and considerable expertise to helping the next generation of entrepreneurs off the ground. MassBio thanks these individuals for their service!


Role & Company

Faraz Ali Consultant at bluebird bio
Richard Anders Founder, Managing Director at MA2 (Massachusetts Medical Angels
Bill Asher Partner at Choate, Hall & Stewart, LLP
Alan Barber Independent Consultant
Russel  Barron Partner at Pepper Hamilton
Glenn Batchelder President and CEO at Civitas Therapeutics
Michael Boss President at Boss Enterprises
Robert Bratzler Biotechnology Consultant at Bratzler Associates
Fangli  Chen Patent Attorney at Choate, Hall & Stewart
Marcelo Chersky Vice President Global Disease Lead - Gaucher & MPS at Genzyme
Michael  Christiano Novartis institute of Biomedical Research
Geoff  Cox Independent Consultant
Robert Cunningham Platform Development Director at Wyss Institute at Harvard University
John Dellapa Counsel at Mintz Levin
Chris Denn Partner in the Life Science Group at Goodwin Procter
Stephen DiPalma CFO at EnVivo Pharmaceuticals
Richard Douglas SVP Corporate Development at Genzyme
Nan Doyle Principal at Trillium Advisors
Giulio Draetta Director, Institute for Applied Cancer Science at MD Anderson Cancer Center
Bill Edelman TyRx Pharma
Beth Edwards Associate Director, Commercial Operations at Vertex Pharmaceuticals
Greg  Erman Healthcare Technology CTO
Eric Evans Pharmaceuticals consultant and contractor
Diala Ezzedine Chief Business Officer at X-Chem, Inc
Davis Farmer MSM Protein Technologies
Clare Fisher Business Development & Strategy at Blueprint Medicines
Stephen Fochios Manager at KPMG Advisory
Heather Fraser Director, Strategic Planning and Decision Support at Shire HGT
Brian  Gallagher Partner at SR One
Robert Gottlieb Principal at RMG Associates, LLC
Brad Guild Senior Director, Technology Development at Shire HGT
John Gustofson Business Development Director at AstraZeneca
Stephanie Hallam Medical and Laboratory Director at Good Start Genetics
John Hallinan Chief Financial Officer at Cytel Inc
Haroon  Hashmi Biogen Idec 
Michael Henry Vice President Business Development at Athena Diagnostics
Steve Herbert Vice President Sales & Business Development, Cytel Inc.
Arthur Hiller CEO of Sci-fluor
George Hillman Abkine                                   Bach Pharma 
Karen Katz Executive Account Manager at Thomson Reuters
Derek Lee Chief Financial Officer at Talaris Advisors LLC
Reid  Leonard Executive Director, Search & Evaluation, Licensing & External Scientific Affairs at Merck
Nancy  Levy Managing Partner at Biohealth Management
Michelle Lim-Watson Director, Peri and Post-Approval Services at United BioSource Corporation
Steve London Partner at Pepper Hamilton
Joyce Lonergan Founder and President at The Pine Cone Consulting Company
Nagesh Mahanthappa Avila Therapeutics
Neal Mantick Senior Director - Global Head Observational Research at PAREXEL International
Jack McCullough Client Relations Director at KPMG
Catheine  Mesner Sr Director, Development and Strategy Operations at Pfizer
jay Mohr Managing Director and Founding Member at Locust Walk Partners
Adam Muzikant Principal, Locust Walk Partners
Kenneth O'Hara KPMG
Doug Onsi Partner at HealthCare Ventures LLC
David Paparella Medical Device Product Management at PartMed
Maggie Pax Experienced Life Sciences Executive
Parika Petaipimol Development Engineer at Biogen Idec
Kevin Pojasek Corporate Development at Kala Pharmaceuticals
Brad  Prosek Senior Director of Corporate Development at Cubist
Imran Qidwai Senior Solutions Architect at AePONA
Kiran Reddy Principal at Third Rock Ventures
John Reilly Vice President Business Development at Tetragenetics, Inc.
Andrew Sage KPMG/Partner
Lisa Shmerling Consultant
Lauren Silverman Managing Director at Novartis Venture Funds
Bill Skillman Ken Clark International
Alain Stricker-Kongrad Charles River Labs
Arto Suren Manager at KPMG's Economic & Valuation Services Practice
John Tagliamonte SVP Corporate and Business Development at Selventa
Tunc Toker Senior Manager, Life Sciences and Healthcare, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Katherine Turner Consultant at Turner R & D Consulting
Arthur Tzianabos Vice President and Head, Research and Early Development at Shire HGT
Pushpa Vijayaraghavan Vice President at Sathguru Management Consultants
Bob Wassman Principal at Life-design Ventures
Nancy  Wetherbee Principal at Nancy Wetherbee Life Sciences Consulting
Greg Williams Intellectual Property Partner at Pepper Hamilton LLP
Charles Wilson Global Head of Strategic Alliances at Novartis
Larry Wittenberg Partner, Co-Chair of Technology and Life Sciences Companies Major Practice Group, at Goodwin Procter LLP
Nader Yaghoubi Founder and Principal at DeNovo Bioworks, LLC
Cissy Young Director, Strategy and Business Development, Cerulean Pharma



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Questions about MassCONNECT or how to participate?

 Contact Anna Christo at or 617-674-5156.