Open to the Public, Talks & Lectures
18 Oct 2017
Bissinger Room, Howe Building (4th fl)

Accelerators and Incubators: What Are They and Will They Help Me?

Stevens Venture Center Speaker Series

Photo of Caroline Hoedmaker, P.E., M.B.A., founder and executive lead for the tech TEAM Acceleration Platform (tTAp).

The Stevens Venture Center Speaker Series presents Caroline Hoedmaker, P.E., M.B.A., founder and executive lead for the tech TEAM Acceleration Platform (tTAp), an innovative life science accelerator that focuses on scientifically founded medical innovation. She is also a consultant at VALUEDsolutions.

Caroline Hoedemaker has spent her career moving novel technologies into the commercial space –predominantly for the medical industry, working with companies in the device, pharmaceutical and biologic arenas. Her specialty is understanding how to translate complex technical solutions into commercially viable entities using the resources at hand. Typically she works where there is not only innovation in the technology, but innovation in the marketplace: laparoscopic surgery, point of care blood analysis, companion diagnostics and drug/device products. Using market driven financial projections to match investment and cash flow requirements, she assists her clients in implementing strategies to reach both the customer and the investor.

Caroline founded VALUEDsolutions in 2002 after stints managing marketing for LifeCell, a small bio-technology-device firm where she launched their large sheet products which doubled their sales in the first year ($30 M) and aided their portfolio prioritization. They since have been acquired by KCI. Prior to that she worked for J&J in mergers, acquisitions and licensing and was involved with sourcing, managing, financial preparation and due diligence of deals that were funded by JJDC –the venture arm of Johnson and Johnson.

From the start of her career, as a mechanical engineer, she has worked with innovative technology: initially installing a new product for International Paper –to enable a coated board to be used both in the conventional and microwave oven, designing laparoscopic instrumentation and diagnostic test cartridges and instruments for point of care testing, taking both of these products from research stages through to manufacturing.

Caroline has a B.S. in biology with physics minor from Wells College, a B.S.E. in mechanical engineering from Tulane University and an M.B.A. focused on finance from Rutgers University. She has a professional engineering license in the state of New Jersey.

Pizza will be served.

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