Past Events

Thursday, November 19, 2020, 1:30 – 4:30 ET — The Chemistry Entrepreneurs – and how you can become one!

Join Jim and a panel of leading experts explore entrepreneurship at an ACS Philadelphia and Princeton Local Sections afternoon workshop.

October 28, 2020 American Chemical Society (ACS) Webinar — Do You Need a Business Plan? 40-minute webinar

Jim’s webinar covered — Why it is critically important to have a business plan; the sections of a Business Plan and the goal of the Business Plan. Over 6oo people registered for the online event. The feedback was excellent!

October 21-23, 2019 American Chemical Society (ACS) Regional SERMACS Conference, Savannah, GA.

Jim presided over a session for the American Chemical Society (ACS) regional SERMACS conference in Savannah, GA. The session, designed to help scientific founders start new companies and gain a firm footing on the path to commercialization, is one of the objectives of the Small Chemical Businesses Division of ACS.

In addition, he presented a paper on Governance for Start-up and Early Stage Chemical Businesses.  The American Chemical Society is the world’s largest scientific society with more than 150,000 members.

June 3-7, 2019 102nd Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition in Quebec City

Jim participated in two different panel discussions at the 102nd Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition in Quebec City.

The “Challenges of Starting a Scientific Company” was the topic of both panels. Attended by scientific entrepreneurs, there was standing room only.

Post-conference, Jim met with and counseled several of these scientists about the strategies of forming their new companies and bringing their exciting technologies to commercialization.

March 31- April 4, 2019, American Chemical Society’s (ACS’) Spring 2019 National Meeting & Exposition in Orlando, Florida

Jim presented two papers to some of the 15,000 attendees at the American Chemical Society (ACS) Spring 2019 National Meeting in Orlando, FL.

The presentations, “How the Funding Process Works for Scientific-based Start-up Companies”, and “Board of Directors and Scientific Advisory Board: Know the Needs for Your Start-up”, were directed to new company scientists with a concentration on the key areas that a new founder needs to understand when forming their business.

June 3 – 7, 2018, BIO (Biotechnology Innovation Organization) 25th Anniversary, Boston

BIO Video

Jim is one of the Founding Members of the original Board of Directors and part of the inspiring community of scientists who have contributed so much to the health and welfare of people, animals, agriculture, and the environment throughout the world. Image of Jim Skinner, Founding Member of BIO

BIO was created by the merging of two biotechnology associations, the Industrial Biotechnology Association and the Association of Biotechnology Companies, of which Jim was the President at the time of the merger. He then joined the Board of BIO, its Executive Committee, and fulfilled the responsibilities of Chairman of the Emerging Company Section.

The Boston convention was attended by more than 18,000 biotechnology scientists and executives from 67 countries representing more than 7,000 companies – a far cry from the handful of companies and people filling a small conference room at our original annual meeting when we started this organization.” Jim Skinner

October 28 – 31, 2018 29th Interamerican Chemical  Congress, Toronto, CA

Jim presented the topic of “Strategy and Business Planning for Scientific Entrepreneurs”

The thrust of his presentation was: “A scientist makes a significant discovery. The technological benefits are critically important and much-needed. The task ahead is daunting – Where Do I Start?”

January 12, 2018 McMaster University, The Forge Incubator, Hamilton, ON

Jim presented two training seminars to faculty and students at “The Forge”, an incubator/accelerator at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. Attendees included founders of compelling start-up companies in the life sciences and tech sectors.

The first seminar focused on “Product Marketing Channels” for biotech companies. The second focused on “Organization Structure” and how to gain experience and build strategic strength by attracting marque Boards of Directors and Scientific Advisors.

These two seminars were part a continuing series that Jim has given with previous topics covering “Developing a Business Plan”, “Corporate Strategy”, and “Financing for New Companies”.