April 2023

I am excited to announce that I’ve joined Badderloch Woad Inc. (BWI) as Executive Vice President. This new chapter unfolds alongside my continued commitment as President and CEO of Terregena Inc., where I remain dedicated to the growth of our business in the US and Canada. I look forward to bringing the breadth of my experiences to contribute to BWI’s mission of selling or licensing its compelling technology.

Badderloch Woad (BWI) has developed groundbreaking technology that revolutionizes the production of carminic acid and carmine, the natural red dye derived from cochineal insects.

Founded by Dr. Denise Lynn Merkle and Dr. Connie Hendrickson, our innovative process eliminates the need to harvest these insects from remote cactus areas, enabling controllable and scalable production anywhere in the world. Ownership of our patented technology presents a unique opportunity for companies seeking a secure, low-cost, high-profit natural red dye identical to what you may now be importing.

This transformative technology is available through sale or licensing.

For more detailed information, please contact me to discuss how BWI’s technology can benefit your organization.


July 28, 2022  2 pm ET

Join Jim Skinner, Organizer of the Starting a Company webinar series– This 8th session focuses on How to Set Up Essential Business Contracts, and is presented by Professional Corporate and Securities Attorney Jim Verdonik of Innovate Capital. Learn how to navigate the intricacies of various indispensable contracts and prepare yourself to carefully consider their implications for you and your new company.

Click on the link below to register –

July 13, 2022, 9-10 am ET, 2-3 pm England

Join Jim at University College London as he leads a seminar on Corporate Partnering.  He’ll discuss the different forms of corporate partnering including Research and development contracts; Manufacturing agreements; Sales, marketing, and/or distribution contracts; Equity (financial) investments by major corporations; And many more…

We will examine these various corporate partnering relationships including the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Via Zoom

Contact Ethne James-Souch at for joining information. 

June 1, 2022

Join Jim, Organizer of the 6th Starting a Company webinar – The Role of Technology Transfer, presented by Marc Sedam, Vice President, Technology Opportunities & Ventures, New York University, Langone Health, and the former Chair of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM). Click on the link below to register.

October 2021

Jim was invited to participate in the Session, “Best Practices for Entrepreneurs and Start-ups”, and presented a paper entitled “Raising Capital and Generating Revenue”. He was a member of a panel discussing new company formation for scientific entrepreneurs.

Jim was an invited speaker. at the International CCCE/IUPAC conference held in Canada in August 2021, featured a symposium on “Commercializing Chemical Technologies for a Sustainable Future”

Jim’s presentation was “Organizing for the Success of a Start-up Company”. In addition, he participated in a panel discussion for scientists contemplating starting a company based on their discoveries and inventions.

Jim Skinner and ACS President H.N. Cheng continue their webinar series on entrepreneurship in the chemical enterprise. Register now for our small business and entrepreneurship-themed mini-series to guide you through the complicated process of starting a company!

Jim presented a series of three, one-hour lectures at the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England in June of 2021

Three University of Cambridge Lectures by Jim Skinner

Starting a Company: Insights from Entrepreneurs and Investors

WHEN: April 6, 2021

PRESENTATION TIME: 1:05 PM to 3:00 PM (Pacific Time)

The Need for and Importance of a Board of Directors

WHEN: April 6, 2021

PRESENTATION TIME: 10:05 AM to 10:25 AM (Pacific Time)

Starting a Company: Insights from Entrepreneurs and Investors

WHEN: April 6, 2021

PRESENTATION TIME: 1:05 PM to 3:00 PM (Pacific Time)

Starting a Company: Organization Structure for Your New Company

WHEN: April 7, 2021

PRESENTATION TIME: 2:55 PM to 3:15 PM (Pacific Time)

Learning to Pivot – How and When

WHEN: April 9, 2021

PRESENTATION TIME: 2:45 PM to 3:10 PM (Pacific Time)

Join Jim, SCHB Chair, at his presentation on —

Your Board: What You Need When Starting a Company — a Funding February SCHB Discuss Business Happy Hour. A brief introduction will be followed by the presentation and facilitated discussion.

Social hour will immediately follow the business discussion.

WHEN: Friday February 26, 2021 @6pm ET

WHAT: SCHB Discuss Business Happy Hour
WHEN: Friday February 12, 2021 @6pm ET

Join Jim, SCHB Chair-Elect, at his presentation on —

Joint Ventures, Mergers, and Acquisitions-When to Choose What, a Funding February SCHB Discuss Business Happy Hour. Brief introductions by attendees will be followed by a short presentation and facilitated discussion.

Social hour will immediately follow the business discussion.


Jim’s webinar covered — How to value your business, how to go about finding and getting funding, how to prepare for presenting to venture capitalists, etc. Over 650 entrepreneurs from around the globe registered for the well-received webinar.

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”.