Health Sciences Entrepreneurs Board Members

Arnold Friedman
Co-Chair
Of Counsel, Synesis Law P.C

Arnold Friedman is a seasoned mentor and member of the Advisory Group for Health Sciences Entrepreneurs at Northeastern University’s Bouvé College of Health Sciences. He has over thirty years of legal experience, including service as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Textron Inc., a $13B multi-industry company. He is currently Senior Counsel at Synesis Law. His private practice experience includes Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Arnold serves on the Rhode Island Visiting Nurses Association Foundation Board of Trustees and the Advisory Board for Nurse Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Northeastern.

Christopher Ford, DMSB ’73
Chair
Chairman (Ret.) and Co-Founder, American Renal Associates, Inc.

American Renal Associates, Inc. (ARA) is one of the largest dialysis providers in the US and offers physicians an alternative to traditional large dialysis chain ownership.

Chris co-founded ARA in August 1999 with two colleagues from Fresenius Medical Care (FMC), the world’s largest dialysis company

Formerly Chris was the President of FMC’s International Services Division. He grew the Fresenius international division from a small presence in Spain and Portugal, to a worldwide organization providing care for 10,000 chronic dialysis patients in 14 countries

He has worked in the dialysis services industry since 1971, and during his 40+ year career he has contributed to the build out of the U.S. dialysis market from its infancy in the 1970’s to an $8 billion healthcare business today.

Chris received his BS degree in Business Administration from Northeastern University.

Kathleen Hagan
Founder and President, Hagan & Co.

Eugene Khazan
E ’01, Product Manager of Growth Strategies, Fresenius Kidney Care and Co-Founder, CleriCare

Bio

Kathleen Hagan is President of Hagan & Company, an international marketing and management consulting firm. Her current areas of industry focus include: healthcare technology, medical devices, life sciences, software, cyber-security, analytical instruments and robotics. She has thirty five years of leadership experience in international marketing and business development, entrepreneurship and technology commercialization, government and higher education. Ms. Hagan sits on several corporate, professional, and non-profit boards including Core Systems an Irish software company. She is an entrepreneur and passionate about helping entrepreneurs succeed.

Kathleen has held a number of leadership positions in entrepreneurial business management including: Founding Director of the Northern Ireland Technology and Development Center, a venture center for innovative high growth technology companies from Northern Ireland; Director of International Programs at Babson College which has been ranked #1 in entrepreneurship education in the U.S. for the past 15 years by U.S. News and World Report; and Executive Director of the MIT Enterprise Forum, an entrepreneurship education program of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology delivered in 25 cities in the U.S. and around the world.

She has a broad background in international business and government affairs. She was Director of Foreign Trade for the Massachusetts Port Authority responsible for the Authority’s overseas offices in London and Tokyo and programs to develop international business for New England companies in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa. She was also District Office Director for former U.S. Senator Edward W. Brooke in charge of the Senate Massachusetts office handling a full range of policy issues including economic development and federal regulation of business.

Kathleen holds an MBA cum laude from Boston University and a BA from Trinity College, Washington, D.C. where she received the McArdle Leadership Award. She has taught Global Marketing Strategy at Babson College and at Northeastern University. She is an author and speaker on international topics and has testified before Congress on small business and international trade issues. She is a robotics industry analyst and authored the first comprehensive industry report on the Massachusetts robotics sector.

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As a graduate of the HSE mentoring program, Eugene is honored to bring his unique prospective to the board. Eugene was selected for the HSE mentoring program back in 2010 to develop a business around an idea to solve his grandparents’ problem of remembering to take their medication on time. With the help of HSE that idea evolved into CleriCare, an electronic care management company focused on serving Assisted Living Communities. Subsequently, CleriCare attracted interest and funding from the Long Term care industry and has been re-branded as BraveLeaf. Prior to starting CleriCare Eugene worked on product development at Bose Corporation, and developed a portable molecular analyzer for point-of-care infectious disease testing at IQuum. Eugene has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University.

Danny Kim
Head of Corporate Development, Welt Corp. Pharmacist by training, Designer at heart, Investor in action.

Sarah Konstantino
DMBS ’16 Product Experience Manager – Fusion Agile Accelerator

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Danny is a PharmD student at Northeastern University, where he founded ViTAL, Northeastern’s healthcare innovation hub. He also currently serves as Head of Corporated Development for Welt Corp.  Danny invests in startups with Contrary Capital, a university-focused venture firm backed by founding members of Facebook, Tesla, Reddit, Airbnb, and more. In the past, Danny recently worked at Pear Therapeutics and prior to that with PillPack, a full-service pharmacy startup simplifying medication management; the company was acquired by Amazon for $1B during his stay. He’s an advisor to several early-stage startups and family offices pertaining to their healthcare tech investments and regularly writes on The Digital Apothecary and kimdanny.com. Danny’s a Forbes 30 Under 30 Fellow, Underscore VC’s Top Rising Star in Tech, a mentor at MIT Hacking Medicine, and a novice barista.

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Sarah is an experienced design-driven product and business strategist with a demonstrated history of working in health care technology and services. She is passionate about using empathy and industry-proven frameworks to solve big problems & drive meaningful innovation within the healthcare industry. She has helped new businesses cross the chasm of execution and launch in as little as 7 months.

She currently works as a Senior Product Experience Manager on the Fusion Team within Optum Technology, where she has spent the last 4 years working with teams to build and launch new products and services centered around those UnitedHealth Group is committed to serve, patients and providers.

Sarah is a graduate of the D’Amore-McKim School of Business, where she completed a dual concentration in Management & Marketing, in addition to a health science minor from Bouvé College of Health Sciences. During her time at Northeastern, Sarah was actively involved in Women in Business, The American Red Cross Club, Lead360 and volunteered as a fitness coach for FitNU. She completed 3 Co-ops during her 5-year tenure; including roles focused on healthcare delivery, improvement and consulting.

She loves gluten-free cooking and living an active lifestyle. In her free time, you can find her traveling across the globe exploring new cities and cultures.

Rupal Patel

Founder & CEO, VocaliDProfessor, Northeastern University

Carmen Sceppa

Dean of Bouvé College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University

Bio

Rupal is the Founder and CEO of VocaliD, a voice technology company that provides AI-generated voices with personality. VocaliD’s award-winning technology leverages the latest advances in machine learning, signal processing and voice analytics along with the company’s crowdsourced Voicebank to create inclusive, diverse and brand aligned voices for organizations and individuals with special needs. Rupal began her career as a speech clinician where she became fascinated with the potential of using speech technologies for assistive communication which then led to a doctorate in speech science. Her interdisciplinary research applies empirical evidence about speech motor control to develop novel communication technologies. She is currently on leave from Northeastern University where she is a tenured professor in the Bouve College of Health Sciences and Khoury College of Computer Science. Named one of The Top 11 Visionaries in Voice 2019 by Voicebot.ai and Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business, Rupal has been featured on TED, NPR, and in major international news and technology publications.

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Carmen Castañeda Sceppa, MD, PhD is the Dean of Bouvé College of Health Sciences and Professor at Northeastern University. She has taught at Northeastern since 2008 and served in a series of leadership roles culminating in her appointment as college dean in July 2018.

As a physician and nutrition scientist, Dr. Sceppa’s work centers around developing and testing lifestyle interventions to promote healthy aging. Her research examines health and wellness in settings that promote physical activity among underserved and vulnerable populations, specifically, older adults and the elderly, particularly Hispanics and African Americans.

Dr. Sceppa’s research provides evidence-based information to transform the way we think about healthy lifestyles. The Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine have used her research findings to revise the Dietary Recommended Intake for protein in older adults. Her pioneering work on resistance exercise in older adults with kidney disease and diabetes was translated into clinical practice by the American Diabetes Association and adopted as standard of care. Her research also contributed to the American College of Sports Medicine’s and Heart Association’s recommendations for physical activity in older adults.

Continued funding for Dr. Sceppa’s translational program of research includes funding from the Brookdale Foundation, the International Life Sciences Institute, the National Institutes of Health (NIA, NINR, NIDDK, NHLBI), the National Space and Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI), as well as corporations and foundations such as Novartis, Departments of Public Health, and Boston Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Sceppa has been an active and long-time member and contributor of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) since 1994 and a GSA Fellow for Health Sciences Section since 2019. She has also been an active member of the American Society for Nutrition (ASN) since 1994, chair-elect from 2012-14 and chair of ASN’s Aging & Chronic Disease Research Interest Section from 2014-16.

Dr. Sceppa received her medical degree from Francisco Marroquín University in Guatemala City, Guatemala and her PhD in Nutrition from The Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts. She is a native Spanish speaker and fluent in English.

Craig Sockol
MP ’79, PNT ’19
Life Science Entrepreneur

John Tremblay
E ’92, MBA ’98
Practice Lead, Health Context

Bio

Craig Sockol is a life science entrepreneur who is currently the president and founder of Massbiolytics, an analytical reference testing laboratory for the Massachusetts Adult Use and Medical Cannabis product market. From 2006 to 2016 he was the president and founder of United Esoterics, a healthcare company providing decentralized esoteric laboratory services and diagnostic instrument-reagent systems to physicians’ practices across the country. Previously, Sockol was the founder and CEO of Repromedix Corp, the leading reproductive esoteric test laboratory offering innovative diagnostic solutions to the infertility market. He established a track record of 42% annual revenue growth, and raised over $7 million. Before joining Repromedix, Sockol was the co-founder and senior vice president of Immunotech Corp, where he was responsible for the development and worldwide marketing of novel immunodiagnostic laboratory products. In the course of building Immunotech, he developed over 35 FDA approved in-vitro diagnostic medical products resulting in a market leadership position in the United States for physician laboratory Thyroid test kits. He was the manager of new products and regulatory affairs at Baxter Healthcare-Clinical Assays and held technical positions at Ciba-Corning. Sockol holds an M.S. in clinical biochemistry from Northeastern University and a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Massachusetts. He was awarded the Rho Chi academic excellence membership for life sciences.

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John currently leads the Digital Health strategy, technology and lean innovation consultancy at Healthy Context, helping define and guide the strategy, definition and commercialization of mHealth applications, IoT wireless enablement of medical devices, patient home therapies, clinician dashboards and big data analytics. John has worked with companies such as Fresenius Medical Care, Medtronic, Bayer Consumer Health, NxStage Medical, Outset Medical, AllState and Verizon Wireless.

The balance of John’s 25+ years of experience includes founder, executive and product innovation roles within 7 startup ventures involving mobile, web, big data and digital media technologies, including Azuki Systems (acquired by Ericsson), Tatara Systems, Intraplex (acquired by Harris Corporation), Sycamore Networks and Microwave Radio (acquired by Adaptive Broadband).

John has both a technology innovation MBA and a BS in electrical engineering from Northeastern University where he conducted research in the area of radar signal processing. John is also an active angel investor with LaunchPad Venture Group and board member, mentor and instructor with various Northeastern entrepreneurship programs including the NSF I-Corps and Health Sciences Entrepreneurs.

Rebecca Love
MSN Nurse, Innovator, Speaker, Author, Connector

Gene Tunik PhD PT
BS ’97, Associate Dean of Research and Innovation in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University

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Rebecca Love, RN, BS, MSN, FIEL, is a nurse entrepreneur, inventor, author, TedX Speaker and first nurse featured on Ted.com, and part of the inaugural nursing panel featured at SXSW 2018.  Rebecca, was the first Director of Nurse Innovation & Entrepreneurship in the United States at Northeastern University School of Nursing – the founding initiative in the Country designed to empower nurses as innovators and entrepreneurs, where she founded the Nurse Hackathon, the movement has led to transformational change in the Nursing Profession. Rebecca is an experienced Nurse Entrepreneur, founding HireNurses.com in 2013 which was acquired in 2018, and currently serves as Vice President of Customer Strategy, OptimizeRx. In early 2019, Rebecca, along with a group of leading nurses in the world, founded and is President of SONSIEL: The Society of Nurse Scientists, Innovators, Entrepreneurs & Leaders, a non-profit that quickly attained recognition by the United Nations as an Affiliate Member to the UN. Rebecca is passionate about empowering nurses and creating communities to help nurses innovate, create and collaborate to start businesses and inventions to transform healthcare.

Rebecca holds a M.S. in Nursing from Northeastern University, B.A. in International Relations/Spanish from Boston University, and is currently Faculty at Norwich University, sits on the board of NextGen Ventures &  the Host Committee for the Massachusetts ACLU. She currently lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts with her husband and 3 children.

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Dr. Tunik received his B.S. in Physical Therapy from Northeastern University, PhD in Neuroscience from Rutgers University, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Department of Psychological and Brain Science at Dartmouth College. Prior to coming to Northeastern in 2015, Dr. Tunik has held faculty appointments at NYU and Rutgers University. His primary research interest is in the study of brain mechanisms involved in human motor control, motor learning, and motor recovery from disease.

Joseph Fleming P ’70, MS’71
HSE Founder and Board Chair emeritus
Chairman, Infusion Ventures Inc.

Joseph Fleming has dedicated his career to excellence in the fields of pharmacy and healthcare services. He holds a B.S. in Pharmacy and an M.S. in Pharmacology from Northeastern University. In 2005, he founded the Health Science Entrepreneurs (HSE) at Northeastern. HSE is a volunteer organization of alumni and friends who have founded health science companies and who desire to give back to the university. Several times a year, alumni in the healthcare industry return to campus for discussion of healthcare issues and to mentor entrepreneurial students and alumni. He is chairman of HSE and currently involved in an active mentoring program for young health science companies. The program is funded through direct contributions from alumni and friends.