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Chris Hopkins, Ph.D., Founder, Entrepreneur, Science Blogger (ClinPhen Journey), Consultant, and Chief Science Officer, InVivo Biosystems.

Dr. Hopkins, serial entrepreneur, will share his experience with starting a company, obtaining funding, including serving as principal investigator on nine SBIRs successfully landed from NSF and NIH, exiting a startup company, and more entrepreneurial wisdom.

Join us before and after the presentation to network with Mayo Clinic staff and professionals from the healthcare industry and startup ecosystem.

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Agenda:

  • 5 - 5:30 p.m.
    Reception
  • 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
    Presentation with Q&A
  • 6:30 - 7 p.m.
    Networking and Closing

Location:
Life Sciences Incubator at Mayo Clinic in Florida
Discovery and Innovation Building
14221 Kendall Hench Circle, Suite 300
Jacksonville, FL 32224

About Dr. Hopkins:
Dr. Chris Hopkins obtained his Ph.D. from Boston University and postdoctoral experience in model organism genetics in the laboratory of Erik Jorgensen at the University of Utah. Shortly after activating his first start-up company, Knudra Transgenics - the "Genomes-Built-to-Spec" service provider, he entered graduate school again and obtained an MBA from Westminster College.

The focus on entrepreneurialism and new set of business acumen drove him to start a second startup, Axumbio, which focused on drug development in the anti-parasite space. Growth (Knudra) and death (Axumbio) lead to acquisition of Knudra Transgenics by Nemametrix, Inc.

Working as Chief Science Officer at Nemametrix, now renamed "InVivo Biosystems," Hopkins has guided successful introduction of Clinical Avatars as highly personalized tools of disease and drug discovery. Along the way, Hopkins has gained multiple competencies. The experience with founding two startups has given him leadership skills needed to guide one of his companies to a successful exit.

He thrills in the vision quest - starting with just an idea, then putting together the plan, team, and steps that lead to the creation of a viable business. A component of his success is the collaborative energy he puts into assembling and enabling teams (both internal and external) to achieve highly productive outcomes. On the art of product communication, Dr. Hopkins has learned the skills of lead gen, KOL grooming, and the metrics of MQL and SQL segmentation.

In his few moments of spare time, he is actively involved in entrepreneurial groups and training. In striving for work-life balance, he finds time to join his wife in aiding the growth and development of their two adopted children, with the occasional mountain bike, hike or ski trip thrown in when possible.