Virtual Executive-In-Residence Program:
Navigating Your Next Move

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Co-Chairs:
Keith Safian, CEO - Safian & Company
Daniel PotockiFounder/CEO - Finis Ventures

To get started send a note to info@westchesterbiotechproject.org

Our cohort of scientists, entrepreneurs, and business experts has agreed to share their experiences as you navigate your next move.  These executives volunteered to provide advice, at no cost, to biotech researchers and entrepreneurs to help them advance their work/businesses.

We welcome your requests for guidance while preparing for launch, investor pitches, and strategic planning. To address ad-hoc queries we will connect you with experts from our community. These professionals will be able to impart lessons learned to assist in identifying roadblocks and overcoming various challenges common in the field.

Often, a fresh pair of eyes looking at an organization can see improvement opportunities those accustomed to current methodology cannot. Unique insights will be accessible to participants based on real-world perspective and wisdom acquired from endeavors similar to their own.

*Include details on your current endeavor and your question. We will follow up within a few days for an initial conversation.

Do people bet on the jockey, or do people bet on the horse? Each year you see a few technologies so compelling that they are pulled into the market regardless of management, but for the other 95% it is the people that make the difference.
— Russell Thomas, CEO, NIRvana Science

Experts are available to help you address:

  • Becoming a Biotechnology Executive/Entrepreneur

  • Strategic Acceleration/Business Growth/Human Resources

  • Leveraging FDA Regulatory, Corporate, and Compliance Counsel

  • Analyzing Market Size and Access

  • Understanding Hospital Business and Healthcare Administration

  • Overcoming Scientific Hurdles

  • Identifying Opportunities and Partners for Tech Transfer

  • Optimizing Laboratory Design and Contracts

  • Outsourced and Collaborative Research/Process Engineering

  • Working with Life Science Investors

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Keith Safian is a Wharton MBA with two engineering degrees who is highly analytical, entrepreneurial, and hands-on. Keith is uniquely qualified to provide senior advisor services to CEO’s of private and public organizations, with a focus on strategic growth and, at the same time, operational and financial performance improvement. He brings 25 years of hands-on experience as the CEO of Phelps Memorial Hospital, Westchester County’s 7th-largest private employer and a member of 20 boards of directors.

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Prior to founding Finis, Daniel Potocki led the Strategic Initiatives Group at Praescient Analytics, working with tech firms backed by In-Q-Tel and VCs to deploy solutions on six continents in 40+ countries and enabling teams from the Pentagon to the White House to Wall Street to solve high-impact problems across diverse industries. Recognized by Fortune 100 executives, global decision makers, and industry thought leaders as an energetic leader, Dan holds a master’s degree from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree from Iona College.