Davis Auditorium at Columbia University
530 W 120th Street
New York, NY 10027
6:00 PM Doors open
6:15-7:00 Presentations and Q&A
7:00-8:00 Networking reception with free food and drinks
Speaker 1: Noel Goddard, Principal at Accelerate NY Seed Fund
Noel Goddard is a Principal for the Accelerate NY Seed Fund where she evaluates and performs diligence on applicant companies and their technologies. Prior to her role with Accelerate NY, Noel directed the formulation R&D for Symbiotic Health, a NYC startup company focused on oral drug delivery of cellular and biologic therapeutics for diseases in lower GI tract. She also founded a food safety diagnostics company in Calverton, NY, and worked with Sapling Learning, a STEM educational software startup acquired by Macmillan Learning. Noel obtained her PhD from Rockefeller University, postdoc-ed at Harvard Medical School as a fellow in the Society of Fellows, and served as an Assistant Professor of Physics at Hunter College, CUNY, before joining the NY entrepreneurial community.
Speaker 2: Kate Merton, Head of JLABS @ NYC, Johnson and Johnson Innovation
Kate Merton is Head of Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS @ NYC. Kate has over 15 years of experience working across the Healthcare industry starting in R&D before moving onto roles in in Marketing, Business Development, External Alliances, Medical Affairs, Health Outcomes and most recently Disruptive Innovation. During her career Kate has been part of teams that have discovered new drugs, worked to develop and gain approval for blockbuster diabetes products and is passionate about being part of the future of healthcare where science intersects with the rapid advancements in health care technology. Kate received her undergraduate degree in Pharmacology & Toxicology from King’s College London, holds a PhD in Pharmacology & Toxicology from University of California, Irvine Medical School and received her MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.