Biotech Primer Inc. delivers current, relevant training to help professionals understand the science, business, and regulatory processes essential to the Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical, Molecular Diagnostics and Medical Device industries. With continuously updated materials and industry experts behind the podium, we provide the most engaging instruction anywhere.
When we opened the company doors in 2001, our sole focus was entry-level science education for the non-scientist, which helped clients bridge in-house communication gaps and develop more cohesive, well-trained teams for product development. Since then, we expanded to offer advanced training for all levels of experienced professionals—an estimated 65,000 people trained worldwide to date. We help prepare companies to make strategic business decisions, navigate important regulatory hurdles, and move healthcare products from the bench to the bedside. To accomplish these goals, we offer a diverse range of learning, ensuring participants retain and put into practice what they learn.
Biotech for Non-Scientists
Biotech Primer instructors offer extensive industry experience.
By drawing on their various backgrounds, these seasoned professionals are steeped in the real world situations you face. They have developed drugs, diagnostics and medical devices for companies ranging from multinational corporations to start-ups.
BIOTECH PRIMER COURSES ARE ON-POINT.
You can expect:
- Limited class size so all your questions are answered
- Hands-on labs, thought-provoking case studies, and dynamic discussions so you practice what you learn (make sure that this is indented to line up with sentence above)
- Industry war stories to help you avoid lessons hard learned by others
BIOTECH PRIMER PARTICIPANTS RETAIN KNOWLEDGE.
We use a distinct methodology to get our point across. Research proves multiple learning styles – visual, aural, verbal, physical, and logical – activate different parts of the brain. By involving a variety of thought patterns in the thinking process, we not only ensure everyone receives the information, but that all participants retain the knowledge they need.
BIOTECH PRIMER INSTRUCTORS ARE ENGAGING.
EACH CLASS IS TAUGHT BY A DEDICATED INDUSTRY EXPERT, NOT BY A PATCHWORK OF INVITED ACADEMIC LECTURERS.
We cultivate an unforgettable learning environment that is never dull. Find out more about our instructors by checking out their individual bios, below.
Emily Burke, PhD, Director of Curriculum
Dr. Emily Burke is the Director of Curriculum and is charged with customizing training for clients, delivering training sessions, and writing the Biotech Primer WEEKLY, a free electronic newsletter that explains the science behind the headlines. Dr. Burke delivers training nationally and internationally, and has been an invited speaker at many high profile events including the annual BIO International Convention and the California Life Science HR Conference. Prior to joining Biotech Primer, Dr. Burke worked as a patent writer for ISIS Pharmaceuticals in Carlsbad, CA, taught biology and biotechnology classes at San Diego Miramar College, and conducted post-doctoral research on the molecular pathogenesis of respiratory syncytial virus and Lassa fever virus at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA. Dr. Burke received her B.S. in Biological Sciences from Carnegie Mellon University and her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of South Alabama. Dr. Burke has been with Biotech Primer for nine years.
Kevin Curran, PhD, Biotechnology Expert
Dr. Kevin Curran is currently a biotech consultant in the field of gene therapy. Kevin provides market research and scientific insight on new genetic therapies in the disease categories of hemophilia, Duchenne muscular dystrophy and spinal muscular atrophy. These disease areas are currently being transformed by AAV viral vector gene therapies, anti-sense oligonucleotides and genome editing technology.
Kevin received his Bachelors of Science in Biology from Southern Oregon University and his PhD in Genetics from the University of Washington in Seattle. Prior to joining Biotech Primer, Dr. Curran worked in the field of cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where he analyzed the effect of small molecule therapies on cancer progression. Dr. Curran then worked in the stem cell field at UCSF and behavioral neuroscience at the Salk Institute.
For the past three years, Kevin has served as the biotech consultant at Biotech Primer. He delivers two day seminars on the science behind emerging medical therapies.
Simon J. Tulloch, MD, Drug Development Expert
Dr. Tulloch has been the Chief Medical Officer at InfaCare Inc.—a privately funded biotech company—and spent ten years at Shire Pharmaceuticals. He moved to the USA to establish Shires U.S. research and development organization. Dr. Tulloch built the organization in all areas of drug development, and successfully conducted the development and NDA approval of Adderall XR. During that time, his organization also developed and got NDA approvals for Fosrenol (Shire’s first global NCE) and Equetro, as well as providing CMC, preclinical, and marketing medical support to all of Shire’s U.S. products. Latterly, he assumed the role of head of the global CNS Business Unit.
Prior to his time at Shire, Dr. Tulloch spent eight years with Johnson and Johnson companies, including five years as clinical research director for R.W. Johnson PRI’s European R&D facility in Zurich, Switzerland, working on multiple projects in various therapeutic areas and stages of development.
He trained in medicine at Oxford University, has a degree in physiology, a diploma in pharmaceutical medicine, and worked for a number of years for the UK National Health Service in hospital posts.
Collins Jones, PhD, Biotechnology Expert
Joseph H. Quinn, Biopharmaceutical Regulatory Expert
Kenneth J. Olivier Jr., PhD, Drug Development Expert
Leo Adalbert, MBA, Strategic Commercialization Expert
Leo Adalbert, Founder and Principal Consultant of StraNexa Biopharm Commercialization Consultancy LLC, brings more than 25 years of deep cross-functional commercial and clinical development experience across both biologics and small molecules. Leo has built brands across multiple therapeutic areas, with particular expertise in specialty, rare disease, and Orphan Drug markets across all phases of drug development.
Leo is an insightful, collaborative, and creative leader with a proven track record spanning global marketing, business development/transactions, and alliance leadership. This cross-functional perspective enables Leo to look at challenges holistically and to critically assess the major market drivers, strategies, and tactics vital to building competitive advantage through a science-driven, market-led, patient-focused approach that maximizes product value to patients, clinicians, and payers through a product’s lifecycle.
Prior to founding StraNexa, Leo held various leadership roles across marketing, business development, and alliance leadership at leading firms such as AstraZeneca, Merck, Astra Merck, and Regeneron. Leo earned an MBA from Harvard Business School (fellowship), a BS in Business Administration from West Virginia University (summa cum laude), and executive leadership certifications from Northwestern University (Kellogg) and University of Pennsylvania (Wharton). He has also recently completed extensive coursework in biological sciences, earning high honors (Phi Theta Kappa distinction).
Shane P. Desselle, RPh, PhD, FAPhA, Drug Development Expert
Jim Macemon, Medical Device Expert
Mr. Macemon received his undergraduate degree in engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, followed by a Masters in Administrative Science from The Johns Hopkins University. During his career, he held senior positions with such companies as Baxter Healthcare, Richardson-Vicks, and SpaceLabs Medical, leading programs to develop laboratory and point-of-care diagnostic systems. Mr. Macemon’s focus during the last 20 years has been with Venture Capital funded start-up companies developing revolutionary diagnostic and imaging technology.
Mr. Macemon’s experience as a trainer also spans many decades. As an invited speaker at several Q1 Productions Medical Device conferences, he spoke on a variety of topics related to product development, quality and manufacturing. And during his 14 years at Baxter Healthcare, he frequently provided customer, company and trainer training covering a variety of product and Quality Management System topics.
Currently Mr. Macemon is Chief Operating Officer at DNAe, leading the development and manufacturing program for a device that will enable pathogen identification from a whole blood sample in less than 2 hours, enabling clinicians to prescribe appropriate antibiotics for their septic patients days sooner than is possible with current technology. He has 13 patents issued and several more pending.
Claire Gelfman, PhD, Drug Development Expert
Lisa A. Selbie, PhD, Biotechnology Expert
Robert Johnson, Medical Device Expert
Marc LeMaitre, PhD, Biotechnology Expert
Marc Lemaitre holds a first degree in Organic Chemistry and a PhD in Biochemistry (specializing in DNA repair and cancer) from the University of Liège, Belgium, and since 1980 the “fil rouge” of Marc’s professional interests has been the study of the Nucleic Acids. After pioneering work on Antisense and oligo delivery in Montpellier, France, followed by 2 years in the lab of Nobel Prize winner Dr. Luc Montagnier at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, Marc held positions of increasing seniority in R&D, operational management, business development, and general management within CMO’s, Pharma and Biotech companies. He moved to the USA in 2006 in a leadership role with Glen Research, before being recruited in 2009 as CEO of Girindus America, a CMO with a focus on the cGMP manufacture of oligonucleotides for therapeutic applications. In this role, Marc also held the legal responsibility of “Sprecher des Vorstands” (President of the management board) of the German listed company Girindus AG, adding invaluable experience of leadership of a public company.
Having negotiated the merger between Nitto-Denko Avecia and the US operations of Girindus, Marc agreed to stay for a year to facilitate the integration of the newly merged entities. With that project now complete, he is working as an independent consultant helping companies on various strategic and/or technical projects, including: company creation, operational improvement and streamlining, fund raising, interim executive management, turn-around projects and due diligence for licensing and acquisitions.
What Clients Are Saying
Biotech Primer gave me the opportunity to sit in during their recent Boston BioBasics workshop. It was absolutely terrific. It was professional, extremely well organized, and covered astonishing amounts of information in just two days. Dr. Karin Lucas presented the entire time, with enthusiasm and openness the whole way through. The attendees were very comfortable with her, asking questions at any time, not worried about their own lack of background. She handled all of these with a terrific, gentle style making them feel smart and informed.
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The following is a partial list of companies who have either hired us in-house to create a customized course or who have sent their employees to one of our open enrollment courses.
• Abbott Laboratories
• Alexandria Real Estate
• Amylin Pharmaceuticals
• Biogen Idec
• Bristol-Myers Squibb
• Boehringer Ingelheim
• California Healthcare Institute
• City of Port St. Lucie
• CNA HealthPro
• Contact Singapore
• DLP Piper
• Eli Lilly
• Enterprise Florida
• Ernst & Young
• Genomic Health
• Georgetown University
• Hewlett Packard
• Howard Hughes Medical Institute
• Indiana University
• Ingenuity Systems
• Johns Hopkins University
• Johnson & Johnson
• KPMG LLP
• Legg Mason Financial
• Life Technologies
• Massachusetts Life Science Center
• Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development
• Medicon Valley Association
• Merrill Lynch Capital- Life Sciences
• Miles & Stockbridge P.C.
• Millipore Corporation
• Morrison & Foerster LLP
• National University of Singapore
• Parker Hannifin
• Sarawak Diversity Center
• Scripps Research Institute
• Smart & Associates
• Strategene Group
• U.S. Pharmacopeia
Biotech Primer partners with various groups to offer their members discounts on our training. The following lists organizations with whom we have partnered.
Contact Stacey Hawkins 410.491.2946 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss partnership opportunities.