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BioArbor: The Talent Bottleneck – Recruiting Senior Level Management for Life Science Startups
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BioArbor: The Talent Bottleneck – Recruiting Senior Level Management for Life Science Startups

When: October 12, 2016
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Where: Ann Arbor SPARK
330 E. Liberty St.
Lower Level
Ann Arbor, Michigan  48104
United States
Contact: Kate Oesterle

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Every startup needs talent, funding and space. Of those three, management talent can be the biggest challenge for new life science companies in Michigan. The state has an abundance of technology and innovators but limited availability of senior management talent. Our panel will discuss the factors that contribute to that scarcity, and how companies can thrive despite it.  Learn about why it can be smart to recruit beyond your local environment and discuss strategies for finding top talent anywhere.



Jasmine Ferrer
Senior Client Partner, Korn Ferry

  • Dr. Jasmine Ferrer is a Senior Client Partner in Korn Ferry's Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Sectors within the Global Life Sciences Market, based in the Firm’s Philadelphia office.

    With almost 16 years of executive search and life sciences industry experience, Dr. Ferrer's primary focus is to assist venture-backed and emerging high growth biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies in recruiting Chief Executive Officers, Heads of Research and Development, Chief Medical Officers, Chief Financial Officers, and Chief Business Officers.

    In addition to her advanced scientific training, Dr. Ferrer has broad industry expertise with  seven years of biotechnology and pharmaceutical company experience at both Amgen and Pfizer.

    Prior to joining Korn Ferry, Dr. Ferrer served as director, worldwide business development for Pfizer, based in New York City, where she co-led product licensing and business development for the oncology therapeutic area. Previously, she was director, business development for Amgen, where she covered multiple therapeutic areas.

    She received a doctorate of philosophy from the department of pharmacology, with a focus on neuroscience from Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons, and a master’s of public health from Columbia's School of Public Health. She also received a bachelor’s degree in French literature from Georgetown University.

Michael Gross
Managing Director, BERINGEA

  • Michael is responsible for investment sourcing, deal execution and portfolio management, with a focus on healthcare, technology enabled services, and sustainability. Michael serves as a board director for Beringea portfolio companies MI Bioresearch, D3O, Delphinus Medical Technologies, InTouch Health, Intervention Insights, Xanitos, Freeosk, Rethink and Fiber By-Products.  Previous portfolio companies include Pioneer Surgical Technologies (acquired by RTI Biologics), Relume Technologies (acquired by Revolution Lighting), and EcoSynthetix (offered publicly at TSX: ECO).

    Prior to joining Beringea, Michael was a vice president of investment banking with P&M Corporate Finance (PMCF). While at PMCF, Michael led M&A transactions and capital raises for companies in the life sciences, health care and outsourced business services sectors. Before working at PMCF, Michael worked in the investment banking group at Stout Risius Ross, Inc.

    Michael is a CFA charterholder and earned a B.A. in Finance from Michigan State University.

Barbara Koenig
Talent and Engagement Manager, University of Michigan Tech Transfer


  • Barbara brings over 25 years’ experience working as an executive coach and organizational development consultant, primarily in areas related to leadership, innovation, entrepreneurship and career transition and she has partnered with start-ups, small businesses and global organizations such as Toyota, Stryker and ProQuest.

    Prior to working in Tech Transfer, Barbara worked at UM Stephen Ross School of business providing career consulting with MBA students interested in Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital, Technology and Careers with impact. In her current role at Tech Transfer, Barbara works with alumni, and other partners in the ecosystem to provide talent and other resources for new venture spinouts from UM. More recently, she partnered with Ann Arbor SPARK and MEDC to lead and facilitate a career transition program known as Michigan Shifting Gears.  

    Barbara earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Centre College and a M.S. Human Resource Management and Organizational Development from Eastern Michigan University.

Creating Value
by delivering business-critical resources & bottom line savings
Building Networks
by connecting Michigan's bio-industry one member at a time
Growing Talent
by creating opportunities that develop people & build organizations
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