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Tech Futures Group – Biocom California

Exclusive access to experienced advisors for Bay Area members

About the Partnership

Biocom Bay Area members can access a group of experienced advisors through the Tech Futures Group at no cost to them. Biocom members who apply to TFG will be automatically accepted into the program that normally accepts fewer than 50% of applications. TFG does not limit the length of engagement; however, clients achieving milestones receive more advisory time.

Tech Futures Group provides no-cost assistance in the following areas:

  • Intellectual Property
  • Financial Modeling
  • Pitch Deck Preparation
  • Go-to-Market Strategies
  • SBIR Grant Writing
  • Manufacturing Engineering services from the Biomedical Manufacturing Network
  • Bill of Materials
  • Supply Chain
  • Cost of Goods
  • Manufacturing Planning
  • Design for Manufacturability

Key Numbers

823 Start-Ups and Clients Advised
2,960 Jobs Created
21,373 Hours of Individualized Counseling Provided
$354,972,658 Capital Funding (Loans, Equity, Government Grants)

Unmatched startup resources are provided for Biocom members engaged in:

  • Medical Devices
  • Digital Health
  • Nanotechnology
  • Platform Technologies
  • Research Tools
  • Wearable Sensors

This program is supported in partnership with the Tech Futures Group and the Biomedical Manufacturing Network. For more information, contact Biocom Bay Area at [email protected]

Biomedical Advisors

Louise Kirkbride
Firm Strategy and Engineering
Louise Kirkbride
Firm Strategy and Engineering

Louise founded and managed two venture capital based startups. She raised the seed capital and all subsequent rounds of equity investment and managed the growth of the companies from first employee to successful acquisition.  In particular, her expertise is in defining new and emerging markets and in building the business case for investors in these new areas.  She is the holder of two patents in software design.

Answer Systems was the first company in the internal help desk automation market. From just an idea, the company grew to profitability by delivering proven cost savings to its Fortune 500 customers like Walgreens, Prudential Securities, Royal Bank of Scotland, British Air, and France Telecom.  Broad Daylight, the second company, was among the very first to deliver SaaS CRM solutions to major organizations including Cisco, ATT, BellSouth, McDonalds, and Kodak.

For TFG, Louise has advised companies in a broad range of technologies, from biomedical technology to enterprise software to precision agriculture. Among her biomedical clients, four founders are MDs, and one owns a specialty dental practice. Other clients are founded on research in CRISPR technology, gene therapy, and genetic counseling.

Louise has served on two Boards for the State of California Department of Consumer Affairs. Prior to her experience in the Silicon Valley, she was a hardware design engineer for aerospace and computer hardware companies.

A member of the first class of female freshman at Caltech, Louise earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from that institution in engineering. She is currently a member of the Caltech board of trustees, serving on the audit, cybersecurity, and tech transfer committees. In 1976 she was a finalist in the first selection of astronauts for the Space Shuttle program.

Mark Klopp
Firm Strategy and Corporate Venturing
Mark Klopp
Firm Strategy and Corporate Venturing

Mark Klopp is an independent consultant, board member, advisor and investor. Mark is a Managing Director with Coronis Medical Ventures, an accelerator for medical devices. His consulting is focused on corporate venturing best practices and serves as an advisor for Tech Futures Group, Larta and several startups. Mark is a former Board Member of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and served as Chairman and founding member of the Corporate Venture Group. Formerly Managing Director of Eastman Ventures, Eastman Chemical Company’s corporate venture capital arm, Mark started up and led the company’s efforts to invest in and partner with private companies. He and his team forged relationships and co-investments with premier venture capitalists and corporations. Eastman invested with a top-quartile IRR track record in 25 ventures and 5 venture funds spanning Information Technology, Life Sciences, Advanced Materials and Clean Technology. Mark developed extensive operating experience in international business management, sales and marketing while with Eastman. Previous assignments included: Assistant to the CEO and Chairman; Regional Business Manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa and several Marketing and Sales executive positions. Mark earned a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Tech and an MBA from Roosevelt University

Gregory Theyel, Ph.D.
Firm Strategy and Manufacturing Engineering
Gregory Theyel, Ph.D.
Firm Strategy and Manufacturing Engineering

Gregory Theyel is a biomedical manufacturing engineer with over 20 years of experience helping companies with strategy, product and process design, production planning, and supply chain management. He has assisted over 500 companies as well as started and run his own companies. He has a doctorate from Clark University, has published more than 50 peer-reviewed academic articles, and has taught industrial engineering and management courses. Gregory is currently the director of the Biomedical Manufacturing Network, which maintains biomedical company databases and maps, helps biomedical companies with business and engineering planning, and conducts research on manufacturing location decision-making and supply chain traceability. Gregory was formerly a Senior Research Fellow, at the Institute for Manufacturing at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom where he was Program Director for the High Value Production Program.

Pat Riley
Intellectual Property
Pat Riley
Intellectual Property

Patrick Reilly, B.S.E.E., B.S. Soc., J.D. is the Founder of the Intellectual Property Society (www.ipsociety.net) and a practicing intellectual property/patent attorney. Patrick’s law practice encompasses patent prosecution, trademark prosecution, copyright protection and trade secret policy. His industry and technology experience includes medical devices, pharmaceutical formulations, and start-up formation issues. Patrick has a special commitment to encourage civic engagement in the evolution of intellectual property law, privacy rights, personal data rights protection and internet identity rights. Patrick is a graduate of the Defense Language Institute in Russian Language Studies and has earned a BS in Sociology from the State University of New York, a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toledo, and a JD from Concord University. He is a member of the U.S. Patent Bar and the California State Bar.

Jeff Smith
Go-to-Market and Investment
Jeff Smith
Go-to-Market and Investment

Jeff Smith has 30 years of high technology sales, marketing, strategic alliance, business development, and corporate venture capital experience. Jeff was most recently with RBM Technologies, a leading cloud-based retail software company responsible for business development and strategic partnerships. Prior to RBM, Jeff was the Founding and Managing Partner of XcelR8 Partners that provided business development consulting services to accelerate revenue traction for early-stage companies. Jeff held executive positions at other software companies including Commerce One, BlueCurve (acquired by Red Hat), Sybase, Technology Concepts (acquired by Bell Atlantic) and Unisys. Jeff has angel investment, advisory and board of directors’ experience at for profit and non-profit organizations. Jeff has advised companies in a number of different sectors including digital healthcare and medical devices. Jeff is an honors graduate of Boston College School of Management, received his MBA from Southern New Hampshire University, his Masters in International Management/Finance from Thunderbird, is APICS Certified and has taken several executive education programs at both Stanford and UC Berkeley.