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BBCetc’s consulting team brings together a depth and breadth of experience in all aspects of developing technology companies – from R&D and technology transfer, to marketing and senior management, in life sciences and engineering, with both start-ups and established companies.
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Lisa Kurek, M.S., Managing Partner

Lisa joined BBCetc as a Managing Partner in 1997. Her experience in biomedical technology is extensive, having spent 15 years in product and business development, and sales and product management in the industry with large, publicly-held corporations as well as small start-ups.

Lisa’s background includes work with Baxter (Chicago, IL) as a medical device product development engineer, and later in R&D, worldwide marketing, and product and sales management for Millipore Corp. (Bedford, MA). She was also Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Bio Image, where she assisted in reestablishing the company as an entrepreneurial player in the worldwide market.  A frequent speaker, trainer and panelist at events of all sizes, Lisa holds a B.S. degree from Brown University and a M.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Michigan.  She was an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist in 2001.

Native of: Detroit, MI
Favorite technology:
Glow-in-the-dark knitting needles (used by only the most devoted knitters!)
Little known fact:
Almost majored in music in college, but came to her senses by the end of freshman year and chose engineering instead
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Michael P. Kurek, Ph.D., M.B.A., Partner

Michael has held senior management positions in marketing, sales and business development for a number of life science companies—two of which completed successful initial public stock offerings on the NASDAQ exchange. He was also Vice President of Business Development for the Michigan Center for High Technology, where he was responsible for the business incubator program that served over 50 start-up technology companies. Over his 30-year career, Michael has demonstrated success on an international scale in defining new product opportunities, developing sales and marketing strategies, and recruiting and managing teams to deliver growth. He holds a Ph.D. in Genetics from Florida State University and an M.B.A. from Boston University. He joined BBCetc in 2001 as a Principal Consultant.

Native of: Cumbola, PA
Favorite technology:
Polaroid Instant Photos
Little known fact:
Awarded “Top Latin Scholar” prize in high school
One word self-description:

Andrea Johanson, Ph.D., Principal Consultant/SBIR Geek

Andrea is a BBCetc Principal Consultant with over 20 years of experience in leading international collaborative research projects. Prior to joining BBC in 2006, she was responsible for developing a portfolio of agricultural biotechnology projects at Michigan State University’s Institute of International Agriculture, and for reporting to federal funding agencies about the program. Andrea has also served as a consultant on a broad range of issues relating to international agricultural development, biotechnology, biosafety, intellectual property rights and technology transfer. She holds a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from Reading University, UK, a Masters in Plant Pathology from Cornell University, and a Master of Arts in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University, UK.

Native of: Bournemouth, England
Favorite technology: GPS (voted BBC employee most likely to get lost driving around the block)
Little known fact: While doing research in Nairobi, Kenya, was given a middle name by the Kikuyu tribe – Mumbinyawira (hard-working mother of the Kikuyu people)
One word self-description: Taskmaster

Becky Aistrup, M.B.A., Principal Consultant/SBIR Geek

Prior to joining BBCetc in 2012, Becky was the SBIR/STTR Program Director for the Minnesota Science and Technology Authority. Becky’s professional background includes over 20 years of experience working within the medical, defense, aerospace, biotech, advanced materials and electronics industries, and consulting with technology companies on SBIR/STTR funding. In the 1990’s, she served as Vice President, Business Development & Licensing for a successful SBIR firm, helping them strategically target proposals and develop Phase II commercialization plans. Becky holds a B.A. degree in Chemistry from the University of Kansas, an M.B.A. in Marketing Management from the University of Minnesota, and a Master’s Certification in Interactive Marketing from the University of San Francisco.

Native of: Kansas City, KS
Favorite technology:  Any “platform” technology that has many end-use applications
Little known fact: Lives in an 1891 Queen Anne Victorian “kit” home originally sold through a catalog
One word self-description: Resourceful

Kristin Burgard, Principal Consultant, FASTconnect

Kristin manages BBCetc’s FASTconnect Program and also assists with SBIR/STTR training and proposal review. Kristin has 13 years of experience in the areas of commercialization, life science consulting, sales and product management. Prior to joining BBCetc, she was a mental health advocate, having written extensively on the topic of mood and anxiety disorders affecting women during pregnancy and postpartum. She has also worked for Wayne State University as a technology research assistant and incubator liaison for the Michigan Universities Commercialization Initiative (MUCI).  Kristin’s early career also includes various positions with several science-based companies.  She has a B.S degree in molecular biology from Carnegie Mellon University and an M.B.A. from Michigan State University.

Native of: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Favorite Technology: Microwave oven
Little known fact: Ran cross country and track in college
One word self-description: Good listener

Kris Bergman, Consultant, Grants and Contracts Management

Since joining BBCetc in 2000, Kris has assisted clients in preparing to receive and manage federal grant and contract funds. This includes advice on financial policies and procedures, DCAA compliance, budget development, indirect cost negotiation, Just-in-Time response, using QuickBooks and preparing for government audits. Kris is also responsible for BBCetc’s financial and office management. She has 20 years of experience in managing schedules, finances and organizations, and was Global Sales Administrator for Comshare, Inc. in Ann Arbor, MI, prior to joining BBC.

Native of: Ann Arbor, MI
Favorite technology: Fabulous new sewing machines that do everything but draw the pattern (hmmm…)
Little known fact: Played the flute in the Chelsea, MI, high school band
One word self-description: Industrious

Jayne Berkaw, Director, Marketing and Outreach

Jayne joined BBCetc in 2012, bringing with her over 25 years of marketing and communications experience. She has managed public, media and investor relations programs for corporations and non-profit organizations in a variety of industries including banking, publishing, pharmaceutical and real estate. In addition to developing communications strategies for major announcements and crisis situations, Jayne has developed and managed employee communications, websites and social media programs, written numerous corporate annual reports and promotional materials, and coordinated many types of events. She has a B.A. from Michigan State University.

Native of: Birmingham, MI
Favorite technology: iPhone, hands down, then Words with Friends™
Little known fact: Ice skated competitively until college
One word self-description: Focused

Marilyn (Mickey) Katz-Pek, Partner Emerita, BBC Founder

Mickey founded BBCetc in 1990 after spending 17 years as an administrator at the University of Michigan Medical School, where she was involved in technology transfer, departmental management and the establishment of multidisciplinary centers. In 1985, Mickey became president of BioQuant, a medical diagnostics company spun off from the University. Although she retired from BBC in 2006, Mickey continues to provide her extensive expertise and guidance in her role as Partner Emerita and Board Member.

In addition to her many career achievements, Mickey co-founded the Michigan Biotechnology Association (now MichBio); was a Director of Biotechnology and Life Sciences at MERRA, a nonprofit economic development organization for high technology in Michigan; and Chairperson of the Michigan Center for High Technology. She also served as a member of the National Science Foundation’s advisory panel for review of SBIR applicants’ commercialization plans and an SBIR/STTR reviewer at the National Institutes of Health. She has been acknowledged as one of Michigan’s top 10 business women from the National Association of Women Business Owners, Greater Detroit Chapter; and has twice been listed as one of Detroit’s Most Influential Women (1997 and 2002). She remains on the Board of Directors of NSF International Holdings and Accumed Systems, Inc.

Native of: St. Louis, MO
Favorite technology: Excel spreadsheet
Little known fact: Writing a novel that “I’ll probably never finish!”
One word self-description: Tenacious

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