Martha C. Farmer, PhD – President, CEO and Founder, North Shore InnoVentures, a non-profit business incubator in Beverly, MA, that is dedicated to innovation, entrepreneurship and economic development through fostering life sciences and cleantech startups. Dr. Farmer serves on the Institutional Review Board and the Ethics Committee of Northeast Hospital Systems. She also serves on the Board of Advisors of Endicott College, the Board of Trustees of the North Shore Community College, and on the Boards of Directors of the North Shore Technology Council and the Life Sciences Consortium of the North Shore. For her work to promote innovation, entrepreneurship and economic development on the North Shore, Endicott College recently awarded her an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. Formerly with Baxter Healthcare’s Hemoglobin Therapeutics Division, Dr. Farmer transitioned from managing the research laboratory to directing product development, communications and business development. Subsequently she consulted in clinical trial planning and analysis for two small public companies in the hemoglobin therapeutics field, Hemosol and Biopure. She co-founded the radiopharmaceutical startup, BetaGamma LLC, serving as Vice President of Marketing. She also served as bioethics adviser to StemCore, a stem cell research protocol review startup. She earned a BS in zoology and a PhD in physiology and pharmacology from Duke University, did postdoctoral training at Johns Hopkins University and the Naval Research Laboratory and was a Medical Ethics Fellow at Harvard University. She is an author on more than 30 publications and three patents.
Tom Kinneman, MBA – Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of North Shore InnoVentures. Mr. Kinneman is President of the North Shore Technology Council. Formerly President of the Image Polymers unit of Mitsui Chemicals, headquartered in Wilmington, MA. The company develops, manufactures and markets resins used in toners for laser printers and copiers. Mr. Kinneman has a consistent record of new business growth and profit improvement in diverse American, European and Asian markets. He has strong strategic capabilities, broad general management background, proven leadership of multi-functional, global teams. Particularly skilled in driving new technology introductions, establishing new businesses and penetrating international markets, Mr. Kinneman successfully led global businesses in electronic chemicals, coating resins and specialty pigments. Five years managing European paper chemicals business from the Netherlands; three years running Asian specialty chemicals business from Singapore. Mr. Kinneman holds his B.S. in chemical engineering from Cornell University and an MBA in International Business from the University of Connecticut.
Trish Fleming - Director of Mentoring for North Shore InnoVentures. Ms. Fleming ensures that entrepreneurs receive the quality mentoring that helps drive company development and entrepreneurial learning. She was previously the Mentor Program Manager for Entrepreneurship for All in Lowell, MA and the Executive Director of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge. Her 25 years of experience in non-profit management and administration encompass educational, government, and social service organizations in the greater Boston area, and has included fund-raising, sponsorship sales, program development and management, marketing, events planning, volunteer management, strategy, and general administration. She was a mentor for the MIT Venture Mentoring Service, BU Kindle Program, and Building Global Enterprises. She was named a 2008 All-Star by Mass High Tech and served as the co-chair of Mass High Tech’s and BBJ’s Women to Watch Advisory Committee. Other organizations she has worked for include the Mass. Government Land Bank, the Cambridge YWCA, and the Future of the Automobile Program I at MIT. She holds both an M.B.A. and a B.A. from Simmons College.