NSIV’s collaborative business model allows us to provide promising young companies with office space, shared laboratories and equipment, sponsored professional services, successful entrepreneur mentors, and investor advisers. Together we help our member companies refine their business strategies, conserve capital, build strong teams, and achieve development and funding milestones.
NSIV is supported in part by state and federal grants, as well as corporate sponsors and donors, which help subsidize the facilities and services we offer.
Innovation often occurs at the interface of different technologies. Electronic medical records and computational biology – genomics and proteomics – are at the convergence of IT and biomedical research and are leading the way to more cost-effective, resource-efficient medical care. At the convergence of biotech and cleantech, we find companies developing water purification, biofuels, bioremediation technologies, biopolymers and biodegradable materials. That’s sustainability.
Regional clusters promote collaboration and innovation. North Shore InnoVentures is located in a burgeoning cluster of more than sixty life sciences and cleantech businesses at the Cummings Center in Beverly, Massachusetts.
President, CEO and Founder
Marty Farmer leads the NSIV team and is particularly involved with creating the strategic vision and resources needed to grow the organization. She serves as NSIV’s representative to a variety of local, regional, state, and industry organizations. Marty has a Ph.D. in physiology and pharmacology with a specialized background in protein biophysical chemistry, stem cells and medical ethics. She has corporate experience in management of R&D, development of biologic therapies and clinical indications and business development with large pharma and start-ups. Dr. Farmer was just honored (Oct 2016) by the North Shore Chamber of Commerce as a North Shore Distinguished Leader. Marty 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.
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Tom Kinneman manages NSIV operations and our partnerships with cleantech organizations. He serves as Executive in Residence and advisor to startups on business planning, production, distribution and sales. He has a consistent record of new business growth and profit improvement in diverse American, European and Asian markets. He has strong strategic capabilities, is skilled in driving new technology introduction, has a broad general management background, and proven leadership of multi-functional, global teams. Tom successfully led global businesses in electronic chemicals, coating resins and specialty pigments. He spent five years managing European paper chemicals business from the Netherlands and three years running Asian specialty chemicals business from Singapore. Tom holds his B.S. in chemical engineering from Cornell University and an MBA in International Business from the University of Connecticut. He is Past President of the North Shore Technology Council.
Director of Mentoring
Trish Fleming ensures that entrepreneurs receive the quality mentoring that helps drive company development and entrepreneurial learning. Her 25 years of experience in non-profit management and administration encompass educational, government, and social service organizations in the greater Boston area. Her capabilities include strategy, organizational management, team and volunteer management, program development, fund-raising, marketing, events planning and general administration. Trish was previously the Mentor Program Manager for Entrepreneurship for All in Lowell, MA and the Executive Director of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge. 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. She holds both an M.B.A. and a B.A. from Simmons College. The first scientific instrument she remembers building was a balloon barometer.
Chairman, Brad Curley, CPA Former Partner, KPMG; Member of Boston Harbor Angels; Adjunct Prof., Boston College; Director at Siamab
President, Martha C. Farmer, PHD Chief Executive Officer, North Shore InnoVentures
Vice President, Tom Kinneman, MBA Chief Operating Officer, North Shore InnoVentures
Treasurer, Gordon W. Ulen, CPA The Retirement/Financial Planning Center
Clerk, Jack M. Swig, ESQ In-House Counsel; Co-Chair NSTC Biosciences Group
David Baer, ESQ David Baer LLC - Baer Counsel
Kevin Colcord Managing Partner and Executive Consultant for Lean Enterprise Inc.
Don Freeman, PHD Director of Respiratory Motion, Inc., and six other companies
Mary Grant, RN, MS Co-President of Beverly Mainstreets; Former State Representative, Beverly
Frederich H. Morris, MBA Partner, Brook Ventures
Harry G. McCoy, PHARMD President & CEO of Thorne Diagnostics, Inc.; Director of Inpellis, Inc.
David E. Reibel, JD VP & General Counsel, Rocket Software; Past President of North Shore Technology Council (NSTC)
Richard E. Wylie, PHD President, Endicott College
Nicola M. Lemay Partner, Foley Hoag LLP
Hemmie Chang Partner, Foley Hoag LLP
Abi Barrow, PHD Director, Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center
Joan Brooks, PHD Founder, Proteome Inc. and Founder and COO, Garbrook Knowledge Resources
Pravin Chaturvedi, PHD CEO, IndUS Pharmaceuticals; CSO, Napo Pharmaceuticals
Rob Day Partner, Black Coral Capital
Patricia Gentile, EDD President, North Shore Community College
Lisa Lillelund Sustainability Advisor, Mango Networks
Susan Long, PHD NSIV Mentor; Former Vice President of Business Development, Genzyme
Gary Magnant, MS CEO, Triple Sharp Venture Enginering LLC
Patricia M. Meservey, PHD RN, President, Salem State University
Tom Ollila Integrated Resource Engineer, Reading Municipal Light Department
Brock C. Reeve, MBA Executive Director, Harvard Stem Cell Institute
Grannum R. Sant MD Urologist, formerly Head of Global Medical Affairs and Rare Diseases, Genzyme
Mary W. Sarris Executive Director of the North Shore Workforce Investment Board
Steven Winter Principal Economic Development Planner, Metropolitan Area Planning Council
Gene K. Wong, PhD Dean, School of Arts and Sciences, Endicott College
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