Our network encompasses an elite group of professionals carefully selected based on their expertise in business formation and operations, as well as for their desire and ability to effectively share hard-earned lessons with our program participants.
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Sarah Kishinevsky, PhD, is the founding Director and Head of the BioVenture eLab at Weill Cornell Medicine. Sarah is the founder of the Bench to Bedside Initiative (BBI). BBI is a 12-week life sciences entrepreneurship course that builds teams around patented technologies at Weill Cornell Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Rockefeller University. The Bench to Bedside Initiative has produced numerous startup incorporations, successful fundraises, and has been attended by 300+ participants while leveraging a network of 100+ professional mentors. Sarah is a member of the 1st Pitch Life Sciences Steering Committee for the MidAtlantic BioAngels and served on the Entrepreneurial Startup Advisory Panel for NY Tech Connect. Sarah received her undergraduate degree from Columbia College, Columbia University, where she majored in Economics-Mathematics. She began her career as an investment banker in the Financial Institutions Group at Bear, Stearns & Co. prior to embarking on her graduate studies at the Weill Cornell Neuroscience graduate program. During her graduate studies, she was a recipient of the NIH F31 pre-doctoral fellowship and co-authored publications in journals including Nature and Cell Stem Cell.
Connor Dowling is currently the Business and Operations Associate in the BioVenture eLab and joined the eLab at inception in 2016. Prior to joining Weill Cornell Medicine, Connor helped start a logistics technology platform in the trucking space. Serving as Manager of Product and Operations, he focused on product management, business development in the freight broker/shipper space, and operations. The company won Carnegie Mellon University’s McGinnis Venture Competition and was selected to participate in the Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator (ERA). Connor previously co-founded the Miss Kate Foundation, a non-profit focused on fundraising for brain cancer research; the foundation's events have been attended by 800+ people in New York City. He began his career at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world's largest business federation, in the Capital Markets Division in Washington D.C. Connor graduated with a degree in Business and Management from Skidmore College where he was an All-Conference lacrosse player and is also currently pursuing a certificate in Biology from MIT.