Apr 27 Business Breakfast: The State of Technology on the North Shore

Speakers: Marty Farmer, Tom Faulkner, Vin Barry and Mary Sarris participating in the panel and we have 6 students from Endicott.

Registration and Networking begin at 7 a.m.; Program at 7:45.



Too often lumped with the Boston-Cambridge science and innovation juggernaut, the North Shore has its own character and constituency, and has been an unsung haven for growing technology companies. The North Shore Technology Council in conjunction with a number of local businesses, colleges and governmental agencies, has undertaken a multi-year effort to better quantify these growth opportunities and determine potential impact on employment and infrastructure services.

Our panelists Martha Farmer, PhD, President, CEO and Founder, North Shore InnoVentures, Tom Faulkner, Managing Director of Operations for Applied Materials, Mary Sarris, Executive Director for the North Shore Workforce Investment Board as well as six students from Endicott College, will present several case studies focusing on research they have conducted in the areas of biotech, medical device manufacturing, advanced manufacturing and technology clustering – drawing on demographic, observational and projected data.

Student Bio’s

Matt Sweitzer is a graduating entrepreneurship student at Endicott College. He has dedicated his college career to helping entrepreneurs on their path to success and is determined to continue doing so for his life’s work. From analyzing business plans to valuating start-ups, strengthening small business is becoming his passion. Although he has little out of school experience, he believes his enthusiastic attitude will add value to the entrepreneurial culture of the North Shore.

Steven Ashley is a sophomore at Endicott majoring in biology/biotechnology. He is interested in pursuing a Master’s degree in chemistry and, long term, a position in research and development for a biopharmaceutical company. His spare time is occupied with practicing the piano and drums and working out. He is from Hopewell Junction, NY where he resides with his parents and sister.

Emily Wilgocki is currently a sophomore at Endicott College. She is majoring in Biotechnology/Biology and has a concentration in pre-medicine. She is native to Guilderland, NY. Emily aspires to be a pediatric physician in the hopes that she can change the lives of others.

Samantha Fossa is from Lynn, Massachusetts and a sophomore at Endicott College, majoring in Biotechnology. She is the recipient of the 2016 North Shore Technology Council Scholarship. In the future, she hopes to work at a Biotechnology company focusing on research.

Alex Torrance is a Sophmore Business Major with a concentration in business management and marketing from Danvers, MA. He is interested in either entering the
field of sales or marketing after graduating from Endicott in 2018.

Allison Daigle is a senior at Endicott College majoring in Marketing with a Spanish minor. During her undergraduate career, she has interned with Northeast Communications, GAP Promo, and Comcast SportsNet New England. After graduation, she is looking to pursue a career in management consulting with a focus in strategy and operations


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Begins: 04/27/2016 07:00 AM
Ends: 04/27/2016 09:00 AM

Martha Farmer

Martha C. Farmer, PhD is President, CEO and Founder, North Shore InnoVentures, a non-profit business incubator in Beverly, MA, that is dedicated to innovation, entrepreneurship and economic development through fostering life sciences and cleantech startups. Dr. Farmer serves on the Institutional Review Board and the Ethics Committee of Northeast Hospital Systems. She also serves on the Board of Advisors of Endicott College, the Board of Trustees of the North Shore Community College, and on the Boards of Directors of the North Shore Technology Council and the Life Sciences Consortium of the North Shore.

For her work to promote innovation, entrepreneurship and economic development on the North Shore, Endicott College recently awarded her an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. Formerly with Baxter Healthcare’s Hemoglobin Therapeutics Division, Dr. Farmer transitioned from managing the research laboratory to directing product development, communications and business development. Subsequently she consulted in clinical trial planning and analysis for two small public companies in the hemoglobin therapeutics field, Hemosol and Biopure. She co-founded the radiopharmaceutical startup, BetaGamma LLC, serving as Vice President of Marketing. She also served as bioethics adviser to StemCore, a stem cell research protocol review startup.

She earned a BS in zoology and a PhD in physiology and pharmacology from Duke University, did postdoctoral training at Johns Hopkins University and the Naval Research Laboratory and was a Medical Ethics Fellow at Harvard University. She is an author on more than 30 publications and three patents.

Tom Faulkner

Tom Faulkner is Managing Director of Operations for Applied Materials, a business unit of Applied Materials. Applied Materials is the world’s largest manufacturer of semiconductor capital equipment, serving a global market in delivering the next generation of semiconductor equipment required to drive electronic technology forward.

Tom has 40 years of experience in all phases of Operations, having held management and executive level positions in Planning, Procurement and Materials Management as well as Manufacturing. Tom is certified by the Association for Manufacturing Excellence and by the Toyota Way Academy in Lean methodologies, and is APICS CPIM.

Mary Sarris

Mary Sarris is the Executive Director for the North Shore Workforce Investment Board. The WIB, one of 16 across the state of Massachusetts, is charged with developing and supporting our workforce development system so that individuals and employers needing labor market services, (i.e., education, training, job placement, etc.) can access them quickly and successfully.

Previous to this, Mary has spent over 20 years in the workforce development and education reform arenas, managing various public and private initiatives including school to career, job training, professional and curriculum development projects, and public information campaigns. Before coming to the WIB, she was the executive director of the Lynn Business/Education Foundation, a private, non-profit local education fund designed to be a vehicle for business involvement in the Lynn schools.

Currently Mary is active with the Camp Fire Council of the North Shore, the North Shore Community College Foundation, the Essex National Heritage Commission, and the United Fund and Council of Greater Lynn.

Vin Barry

Vin Barry, Director of Mechanical Engineering, Abiomed, attended Boston University under a full academic scholarship and graduated in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering.

He then worked for General Electric’s Aircraft Engine Division and graduated from the Edison Engineering Development program. During his tenure at GE, Vin progressed through positions of increasing responsibility within the Aircraft Engines and Power Systems divisions, concentrating on technology demonstration engines in both commercial and military applications.

In 2001 Vin joined a 30 person start-up to commercialize energy storage flywheel systems where he designed high speed rotors and magnetic suspension systems.

In 2003 Vin joined Peregrine Consulting to perform systems and reliability analyses for aerospace and power generation clients. A highlight of this work was a reliability analysis of the Marine One (Presidential helicopter) propulsion system.

In 2005 Vin joined Abiomed as a Principal Engineer to increase the reliability of the AbioCor Artificial Heart. In 2007 Vin was promoted to the Director of Mechanical Engineering and has primarily focused on the Impella platform including all disposables and the Automated Impella Console.

Vin is a registered Professional Engineer and holds two international patents.

In his spare time, Vin enjoys the outdoors hiking, skiing, boating and fishing.

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