James J. Sarene
Founder & Managing Director
James J. Sarene has over 25 years’ experience in the Life Sciences working with companies from emerging biotech to large pharmaceuticals. With special expertise in Business Development, M&A and Licensing, Mr. Sarene was Managing Director at Madison Keats, a boutique Charlotte based transactional firm, where he focused on providing clients with strategic partnerships enabling growth opportunities. He also led North American activity as Sr. Director, Business Development for the Indian based clinical research organization CliniRx Research. While at i3 Statprobe, he managed the relationships for Wyeth, Schering-Plough, and GSK along with many smaller biotech and pharmaceutical clients. As an independent consultant in the Life Sciences, Mr. Sarene established relationships for such companies as Lorus Therapeutics, Ockham Development, Maaguzi, eClipse, ERA Clinical, Biovator, OrtoWay, SpringFire Laboratory Network, and between Pheromone & Healthwatch Systems that successfully launched the product OV Watch to the market. Mr. Sarene has a B.A. in Psychology from Youngstown State University.
Jared Byer, MBA
Jared Byer, MBA has nearly 20 years of professional writing, marketing and corporate development experience. As Managing Director at BioAlliance Strategies, Jared helps companies build market share by communicating the values that differentiate their organization from competitors. Prior to joining BioAlliance Strategies, while working for leading global clinical research organizations (CROs), Jared wrote proposals that resulted in approximately $500 million in awarded contracts.
The skills Jared developed at global clinical research companies support the goals of nonprofit organizations who face the same competitive pressures as their for-profit counterparts. Jared’s writing ability is the result of his experience in a range of professional settings, including daily newspapers, public sector research, environmental risk management, proposal development, marketing, and business owner. He wrote for the Kansas City Times while earning an undergraduate degree at the University of Kansas. He earned his MBA at Pfeiffer University. He is an honorably discharged veteran of the US Coast Guard. During his four-year enlistment, he served aboard the USCGC Glacier, an icebreaker based in Long Beach, CA. He spent two years in New Orleans, where he was assigned to a construction team supporting Coast Guard stations in the Gulf Coast region.
Jack J. Luchese, BA, MBA
Advisor: Finance, M&A, Corporate Development
Advisor: M&A, Licensing, Capital Raising, Turnarounds, Interim Executive/Board Support
Author: The Life Science Entrepreneur: A Practical Guide to Forming, Financing, Building, and Exiting a Life Science Company
As a seasoned CEO of several companies that executed numerous alliances and fund raising activities, Jack brings a broad prospective to your business.
Jack understands the realities of getting commercial and financial deals done and brings the tenacity and focus needed to make them happen. He will advise you as to the appropriate process needed, the internal and external resources that will be required, and establish a realistic timetable to enable the transaction to succeed. All such transactions first require the proper big picture strategy and must have the detailed tactical support plan to be successful.
Johnson & Johnson
Controller Functions and Key Financial management responsibilities
Business Development – In and Out-Licensing of technology and products and Product Acquisitions
Rorer Group (acquired by Rhone-Poulenc)
VP, Corporate Development – Mergers & Acquisitions, Divestitures, Product Acquisitions
Division CEO – International Pharma/Biologics Business – turnaround, product launches, downsizing, expansion
Public Biotech Company – CEO
Executed key technology deals with Glaxo and Merk
Significant, multiple fund raising activities
Founded three subsidiaries
Medical Device Start-Up
Life Sciences Consulting
Hillary W. Veeder, MA
Advisor: Business Development & Strategic Relations
As a business leader, Hillary has managed different sales functions including teams of Account Directors and she has been responsible for global business development and proposal development in various large CRO’s. She developed and facilitated strategic selling training, oversaw preferred partnership initiatives and helped to drive consistent growth across different business portfolios. In her 25 years of industry experience, Hillary has been a champion for metrics driven performance and account development plans. Hillary is eager to learn and listen with a commitment to mentoring and developing others and diving in with them when needed. Hillary has a Master’s degree from New York University.
Imen Jelassi, PharmD, MSc
Advisor: EU Director, Strategic Relations
Imen Jelassi is pharmacist with 10 years’ experience and a good knowledge of the pharma sphere including pharmaceutical companies, biotechs, medical device companies and CROs. She has both a scientific and sales background with a competency in Marketing.
She has significant experience in business development for both products and services and has initiated prospection activities in Europe and also in LATAM and Russia for her clients. She has performed Business Development activities for both human and veterinary products. Due to her skills and experience, she is able to target the right prospects for her clients based on her deep knowledge of the market and a focus on her client’s needs.
Imen has worked as a CRA and have a good understanding of the GCP, the conduct of clinical trials, the regulation and feasibility studies in Europe but also in the MENA region.
Imen also holds a master degree in health marketing and has the right competencies for conducting market studies, market intelligence, market access, competitor analysis, increasing brand exposure and multichannel marketing.
Imen is based in Paris, France and speaks 4 languages: English, French, German and Arabic.
Manager, Business Development & Marketing
Carol Koutsourais has over 12 years of experience as a dedicated marketing specialist with a degree from Youngstown State University. Her extensive experience helps guide companies across multiple industries that include medical, life science, manufacturing and retail toward an understanding of key marketing concepts that impact their success. In 2014 she co-founded SocialEyes Media Group to serve healthcare and other industries.
As a thought leader in her services, Carol specializes in social media marketing. She works with businesses to develop and manage online campaigns and effectively drives brand awareness, engagement and traffic to our client’s social media pages. Carol understands the creative process required to engage a client, educate them on critical marketing strategies and execute those strategies to increase market penetration.
Carol utilizes her extensive knowledge to build social media calendars that align with client annual activities, highlight their key opinion leaders and showcase their general capabilities. These efforts keep clients on track and ever present in their target market. She understands and stresses the importance of making people come together as one in a social media-built community.
Alexander V. Sarene
Associate Manager, IT Support / Product Development
Alexander V. Sarene has over 5 years of experience developing web-based media on multiple platforms that include content for Websites, Slideshare, Twitter and YouTube. Alex functions as IT Support and Client Product Development for their specific social media content.