NMBIo Members Receiving State and National Honors
I’m delighted to report that several of our already distinguished board members are making headlines at the local, state and national levels. From a list of 350 nominees, Albuquerque Business First selected Rick VanNess, for its 40 Under Forty award. The business publication honors the state’s top young professionals each year. In addition to being NMBio’s Vice President and Chair of the Program Committee, Rick serves as Director of Project Management for TriCore Reference Labs.
Janeen Vilven-Doggett Ph.D., J.D., was named New Mexico’s Best Attorney in Biotechnology Law. Janeen has been featured in Best Lawyers in America every year beginning in 2010.
Janeen is a Registered Patent Attorney, shareholder and partner with Peacock Myers, P.C., practicing in the area of intellectual property, including U.S. and international patent protection of biotechnology, chemical, biomedical, nanotechnology and optics inventions.
Janeen’s research experience crosses several disciplines such as biochemistry, molecular biophysics, protein chemistry, nanotechnology and optics. Her research has appeared in science journals including: Journal of Signal Transduction and Receptor Research, Nature, Biochemistry and Biophysical Journal.
In addition to being the Secretary of the Board of Directors for NMBio, Janeen serves on the Board of Directors for A Child’s Garden, High Desert Discovery District, and the Anderson School of Management Foundation Board.
The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) honored Marie Longserre, President and CEO of the Santa Fe Business Incubator, for her exceptional leadership and SFBI’s many accomplishments since its founding 20 years ago.
In the summer of 2011, EDA invested $1.25 million in SFBI to build a new wet lab and make infrastructure improvements to the facility and to continue its support of new bio-science and tech companies in the area. In addition to increasing space for the incubator’s wet-lab, manufacturing bays and developing its IT infrastructure, the funding helped give the region’s innovation and commercialization efforts a significant boost.
The Santa Fe Business Incubator has had great success in establishing several bioscience startup companies thanks to the continuing support of the EDA, according to Marie. To date, the SFBI has helped to launch over 150 startup companies that have created over 1,000 direct jobs.