16 February 2017
NEF Celebrates 31 Years
The February 2017 meeting is our 31st birthday party, where we celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit. Join in on the fun as we celebrate entrepreneurialism by awarding the 2016 NEF Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Guess which 2016 NEF Showcase Presenters will take home pitch awards for Best Presentation, Best Technology and Best Business Plan. Be a part of coaching, perfecting and connecting at NEF where entrepreneurs rule!
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2016 NEF Entrepreneur of the Year – Sean Ainsworth, CEO and Founder, RetroSense
Sean Ainsworth has twenty years of experience in pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. He has had deep involvement in the launch of two earlier startup companies, Compendia Bioscience, Inc. and GeneVivo, LLC where he assisted in developing business models, licensing technologies, building management teams, securing capital and first customers. Compendia BioScience was acquired by Life Technologies in October, 2012. His experience also includes research at Medical Biology Institute (now Avanir Pharmaceuticals developers of Abreva, the leading cold sore medication) in San Diego, intellectual property at Koyama and Associates in Tokyo, international corporate development consulting at The Mattson Jack Group in St. Louis, MO. In 2004 Mr. Ainsworth launched Ainsworth BioConsulting to provide licensing, strategic planning, and business planning services to the life science and entrepreneurial community. Mr. Ainsworth’s clients included large pharma, small biotechs, universities, CROs, and venture investment funds. He has worked with clients at all stages of development. Mr. Ainsworth holds a BS in Microbiology from University of California, San Diego and an MBA in strategy and finance from Washington University in St. Louis.
2016 NEF Showcase Presenter Awards
Here are the contenders for the 2016 Showcase presenter awards. They worked hard. They all deserve congratulations on their presentations, but only three will be taking home an award for their outstanding efforts.
- AOE Medical, Arianna Carley, CEO
- Axon Spark/Odeum Learning, Ian Natzmer, CEO
- Alchemie, Julia Winter, CEO
- LegalEase, Tariq Hafeez, CEO
- TrueJob, Scott Goci, CEO
- Brightable, David Vanker, CEO
- PlanetXLaw, Bert Tiger Whitehead IV, CEO
- Parabricks, Mehrzad Samadi, CEO
- Ripple Science, Nestor Lopez-Duran, CEO
The winners’ names remain secret until show time, even they do not know which award they have won.
Mark your calendar. The meeting opens at 5:00 pm with networking and appetizers. Around 5:45 pm, the program portion of the meeting begins with an introduction from our President including upcoming entrepreneurial events and past NEF Showcase Presenter news. The program continues with our featured Showcase Presenter(s) who are graduates of the NEF coaching process. Depending on the month or otherwise noted, the program includes the engaging NEF Pitch Pit or intriguing topic and panel. The program typically finishes at 7:15 pm with more networking afterwards. Please feel welcome to join us.