43 episodes

From the ground floor to the C-Suite, Building Biotechs offers a behind-the-scenes look into the strategy that goes into launching and scaling successful biotech and life science companies.

We talk with biotech executives, founders, HR leaders, and culture builders to learn how they think about growing companies with intention, and discuss the valuable lessons they’ve learned along the way.

Building Biotechs Recruitomics Consulting

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From the ground floor to the C-Suite, Building Biotechs offers a behind-the-scenes look into the strategy that goes into launching and scaling successful biotech and life science companies.

We talk with biotech executives, founders, HR leaders, and culture builders to learn how they think about growing companies with intention, and discuss the valuable lessons they’ve learned along the way.

    Empowering the Future: Why Science Club for Girls is Great for Biotech

    Empowering the Future: Why Science Club for Girls is Great for Biotech

    In this episode, I had the privilege to interview Bonnie Bertolaet, Ph.D, Executive Director of Science Club for Girls, and Ashley Cooper, MS, MPhil, Curriculum Writer and Evaluation Manager at Science Club for Girls and former Co-Director of the Harvard Chapter of Science Club for Girls. Science Club for Girls aims to ignite excitement, confidence, and literacy in STEM among girls and gender-expansive youth from underrepresented communities. Bonnie and Ashley shared insights into how the organization operates, from engaging young students through hands-on activities to providing valuable mentorship opportunities for biotech employees. They discussed the importance of starting STEM education early, the transformative impact of mentorship, and the ways companies can get involved and contribute. Success stories and the personal experiences of the guests offered a powerful testament to the program's effectiveness in fostering a diverse and inclusive pipeline for future scientists.
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    00:00 Introduction to the Episode
    00:51 Meet the Guests: Bonnie and Ashley
    02:37 What is Science Club for Girls?
    03:47 Engaging Young Minds in STEM
    10:26 Mentorship and Corporate Engagement
    21:06 Success Stories and Impact
    23:16 Virtual Clubs and Future Expansion
    26:22 How to Get Involved and Support
    32:01 Recommended Reads and Final Thoughts

    • 39 min
    Company Values Masterclass with Lynn Walder, Founder & Principal of Executive Management Partners

    Company Values Masterclass with Lynn Walder, Founder & Principal of Executive Management Partners

    In this episode, we had the pleasure of welcoming back Lynn Walder, our first repeat guest, to dive into the pitfalls and best practices of defining culture and core values for growing companies. There has been a shift in how companies invest in and operationalize culture over the past two decades. Lynn shares insights from her extensive experience, including the importance of early core value implementation, the challenges of aligning leadership actions with stated values, and the need for clear communication and accountability. We also discuss various assessments Lynn uses to help biotech companies define and uphold their foundational values, and how these values guide companies through times of change and crisis.
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    00:00 Introduction and Welcome Back
    00:34 The Evolution of Culture in Biotech
    03:01 Defining and Implementing Core Values
    05:52 Challenges in Aligning Leadership with Core Values
    10:27 The Importance of Early Implementation
    16:32 Assessments and Frameworks for Leadership
    23:59 Operationalizing Values in Biotech
    37:49 Transparency and Communication in Leadership
    39:58 Conclusion and Contact Information
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    • 43 min
    Just Take the Leap: Founding and Growing Nanopath with Co-Founders Amogha Tadimety and Alison Burklund

    Just Take the Leap: Founding and Growing Nanopath with Co-Founders Amogha Tadimety and Alison Burklund

    Today, I had the opportunity to speak with Amogha Tadimety, PhD, CEO, and Alison Burklund, PhD, President & CTO, co-founders of Nanopath, an innovative company specializing in women’s health diagnostics. Both hailing from Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering, Amogha and Alison walk us through the challenges and opportunities of founding a diagnostic company during the COVID era. We chatted about the intricacies of bringing foundational technology to consumers, including the importance of navigating the insurance system and the specific focus of their technology on improving point-of-care diagnostics in women's health. They highlighted the need for innovative tools in OB-GYN practices, the strategic decisions that shaped Nanopath's direction, and the significant milestones they have achieved. They also emphasized the importance of building a strong team and network, overcoming healthcare system challenges, and their vision for the company's future, which includes creating a comprehensive well-woman panel and expanding the technology for broader applications.
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    00:00 Introduction to Nanopath Founders
    00:59 Career Paths and Early Inspirations
    01:42 The PhD Innovation Program
    02:16 Founding Nanopath: The Journey Begins
    04:58 Nanopath's Mission and Technology
    08:13 Navigating the Healthcare System
    10:14 Challenges and Opportunities During COVID-19
    16:05 Building a Strong Team and Network
    24:02 Future Vision and Goals
    25:38 Reading Recommendations and Closing Thoughts

    • 28 min
    Navigating Frontier Technologies with Ben Hemani of Bison Ventures

    Navigating Frontier Technologies with Ben Hemani of Bison Ventures

    In this episode, I sat down with Ben Hemani from Bison Ventures, a venture capital firm that invests in early-stage frontier technology companies. We explore his background in environmental engineering and his transition into the venture capital world, driven by a passion for technology and sustainability. Ben elaborates on the interconnected areas Bison Ventures invests in, such as biotech, high-performance computing, and climate sustainability, emphasizing the critical role cross-pollination plays in innovation. We explore the nuances of assessing early-stage companies, focusing on the importance of founder teams, technical maturity, and long-term planning. Ben also shares insights on the current funding landscape and the strategic support Bison Ventures offers its portfolio companies.
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    00:00 Introduction to Ben Hemani and Bison Ventures
    00:34 Ben Hemani's Background and Career Path
    02:48 Transition into Venture Capital
    04:37 Overview of Bison Ventures
    06:13 Investment Strategies and Challenges
    14:49 Supporting Founding Teams
    19:11 Life Cycle of Portfolio Companies
    23:07 Current Trends and Future Prospects
    25:34 Day in the Life of a VC
    27:05 Personal Insights and Recommendations
    28:21 Conclusion and Contact Information

    • 30 min
    It Takes a Village to Raise a Biotech with Krisha Panchalingam, Director of Lab and Scientific Operations at Portal Innovations

    It Takes a Village to Raise a Biotech with Krisha Panchalingam, Director of Lab and Scientific Operations at Portal Innovations

    This week I sat down with Krisha Panchalingham, Director of Lab and Scientific Operations at Portal Innovations. Krisha shares how she and her team support early-stage biotech companies through the operational intricacies of setting up labs, handling logistics, maintaining equipment, and complying with regulations. We also discuss the importance of vendor management, the role of external consultants, and the strategic partnerships required to efficiently run lab operations. Krisha also emphasizes the significance of mentorship and the strategic role of operational support in the success of biotech startups. We also discuss how Portal Innovations fosters a nurturing ecosystem for biotech startups, underscoring the balance between scientific discovery and operational excellence.
    Get Krisha's recommended book! A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail (Official Guides to the Appalachian Trail)Boston Globe: The promise of biotech jobs is coming to Boston’s neighborhoods - MassBioLink In with Krisha!Portal Innovations LLC
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    00:00 Introduction to Krisha Penchalingham and Portal Innovations
    00:57 Krisha's Journey: From Childhood to Biotech
    03:58 Role and Responsibilities at Portal Innovations
    04:24 Supporting Early-Stage Biotech Companies
    06:20 Challenges and Successes in Lab Operations
    07:47 Team Dynamics and Growth at Portal Innovations
    08:28 Expanding Ecosystems and Future Plans
    22:26 Mentorship and Career Advice
    27:31 Conclusion and Contact Information

    • 30 min
    How to Install a Recruiting Engine That Saves Time and Money with Carina Clingman, Founder and Principal of Recruitomics Consulting

    How to Install a Recruiting Engine That Saves Time and Money with Carina Clingman, Founder and Principal of Recruitomics Consulting

    This week, Carina Clingman, PhD, Founder and Principal of Recruitomics Consulting, outlines an actionable 3-Step framework to simplify the recruitment process and hire top-quality talent. The discussion covers common challenges faced by small companies, such as desperation hiring and inefficiencies, and offers solutions like implementing applicant tracking systems (ATS), streamlining processes, and leveraging data-driven hiring. The episode also emphasizes the significance of proper training and compliance in conducting fair and effective interviews. Listeners will learn how to audit current processes, install a sustainable hiring engine, and ensure they attract and select the best talent, even on a limited budget.
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    00:00 Introduction: The Importance of Talent in Biotech
    00:54 Why Systems Matter in Talent Acquisition
    02:05 Common Challenges in Small Companies
    04:20 The Concept of Chicken Math in Startups
    07:58 Auditing Your Hiring Process
    09:31 Building a Sustainable Hiring Engine
    10:54 The Role of Applicant Tracking Systems
    19:08 The Importance of Training and Legalities
    24:31 Data-Driven Hiring Decisions
    31:42 Conclusion: Implementing Effective Hiring Strategies

    • 36 min

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