Engagement and inclusion of physicians with diverse specialties is critical for the success and progression of life science start-ups. Rhode Island’s healthcare institutions are replete with clinicians and researchers that can provide R&D guidance, clinical expertise, and valuable relationships. The Rhode Island Clinician-Entrepreneur Network is intended to connect entrepreneurially-minded clinicians with innovative RI start-ups seeking to raise financing and develop technologies in the medical device, pharmaceutical, and biotech industries. Clinicians with an interest in serving in various capacities, such as critic, advisor, board member, or clinical trial runner, are invited to apply for membership and will be introduced to innovative companies operating in a relevant field of medicine. RICE is organized by RI Bio and supported by a grant from the US Economic Development Administration, and dedicated to strengthening life science innovation and commercial translation in the state.
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Jay Round is an experienced MBA/MS in business and research program development with a successful track record in the biotechnology, medical device, agtech and pharmaceutical industries. Jay’s professional skills include venture capital, market valuation modeling, partnering, intellectual property, search and evaluation, strategy, cell therapy, microbiome, drug delivery, P&L, market valuation and entrepreneurship.
Early in his career, Jay was a founding member of Indigo, an agricultural microbiome startup
in Cambridge, MA. He also served as Director on the Founding Team of Rubius Therapeutics and was a VentureLabs Associate for Flagship Ventures. Additionally, Jay was the Director of Science Operations at Codiak Biosciences and Vice President at Aleo BME. He also held positions at Biogen Idec, the office of Technology Management at the University of Pittsburgh and was a Fulbright Fellow in India for the U.S. Department of State.
Jay holds a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, International Studies from Northwestern University and an M.S. in Bioengineering and MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.
As Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) for RI Bio, Jay Round provides Rhode Island life sciences entrepreneurs with access to hands-on experience in how to launch and grow their businesses. Jay helps business owners better understand regulatory issues, technology transfer and funding streams as well as how to connect and collaborate with academic partners. He offers free consulting and advisory services through office hours in both our Providence and Innovate Newport offices.