Healthcare & Life-Science Entrepreneurship: Lessons Learned

Healthcare and BioPharma Roundtable

October 2, 2007: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Join a panel of young, local entrepreneurs in this highly interactive discussion of lessons learned from the front lines of healthcare & life-science ventures.


Gleacher Center
450 N. CityFront Plaza
Chicago, Illinois

Event Details

The best opportunity to learn more about the challenges and opportunities in healthcare and life-science start-ups is to interact with those live in thet environment everyday. This panel explores the lessons learned from our young entrepreneurs who are willing to share their insights and experiences! Join Andrew Cittadine of American BioOptics, Nancy Sullivan of KeraCure, Jonathan Weatherly of Your Choice Living and Jodi Flax-Soriano of Ohmx Corporation.


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For more information on speakers and their bios, please visit the HCBP website

Deadline: 9/28/2007

Speaker Profiles

Andrew Cittadine (Speaker), American BioOptics

Andrew is a successful entrepreneur with ten years experience in senior management roles in early stage technology companies. He is a co-founder and CEO of American BioOptics, a medical device startup commercializing optical backscattering technology from Northwestern University and Evanston Northwestern Healthcare for population-wide screening of colon and other cancers. Previously, Andrew co-founded Sensant Corp, a Silicon Valley startup that developed diagnostic quality 3D ultrasound based on silicon MEMS (micro electro-mechanical systems) technology from Stanford University. Andrew helped lead Sensant through development and acquisition by Siemens in June 2005. He has also previously served as Interim CEO for SonarMed, an Indianapolis venture-backed firm that is commercializing an intensive care airway monitoring device developed at Purdue University. Andrew started his career as an engineer in Motorola’s Semiconductor Products Group. Andrew holds a BA in History and a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University as well as an MBA with distinction from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Nancy Sullivan (Speaker), KeraCure

Nancy Sullivan serves as the Senior Director of Business Development and Strategy for KeraCure, an emerging biotechnology company commercializing products for the active wound healing market. The Company’s focus is the application of its KeraPac to heal chronic wounds such as diabetic foot ulcers and venous stasis ulcers. Prior to her position with KeraCure, Nancy served as the Director of the Center for Women Entrepreneurs in Technology at Northwestern University. In her role, Ms. Sullivan oversees the operations of a regional business assistance center and incubator designed to foster women-led entrepreneurship and promote the pursuit of science, technology and entrepreneurship. Previously, as the Director of Venture Development for the Illinois Coalition for Science and Technology, Ms. Sullivan assisted Illinois companies in raising pre-seed and seed stage equity investments. Ms. Sullivan holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a Masters degree in Biotechnology from Northwestern University. Ms KeraCure is an emerging biotechnology company formed to commercialize a simplified cell-based dressing that has utility across a number of medical disciplines.

Jonathan Weatherly (Speaker), Your Choice Living, Inc

Mr. Weatherly has direct responsibility for all management issues for the company including business development negotiations, strategy development and execution, and staff management for the company’s various Medical Home® products and services. He also serves on the Board of Directors. Mr. Weatherly held previous executive positions with global insurer Zurich and management consulting firm Towers Perrin. He has worked with a number of successful healthcare ventures including software solutions company Extended Care Information Network, disease management company American Healthcare Partnership (AHCP), and mobile asthma clinic MobileCARE Foundation. Mr. Weatherly received his B.A. in economics from Dartmouth College and was named an Austin Scholar as he received his MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Jodi Flax Soriano (Speaker), Ohmx Corporation

Ms. Flax-Soriano serves as the Director of Business Development at Ohmx Corporation, a start-up biotechnology company developing portable, electronic biosensors to detect bacteria, viruses and human cell, such as tumors. She joined Ohmx from MIICRO, a neuro-imaging company accelerating the development of central nervous system drugs. Previously, she was a founding member of Motorola Life Sciences, a nanotechnology-based strategic business unit within Motorola focused on DNA, RNA and protein biosensors. Ms. Soriano holds a B.S. in microbiology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, an M.S. in biotechnology from Northwestern University and an M.B.A in entrepreneurship from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.


Arun K. Bhatia 
BioPharm Roundtable Website