Providing Early-Stage Funding, Business Development Services and Clarity of Vision to Entrepreneurs in the Life Sciences
LSGPA’s team brings decades of industry experience to the process of growing biotech companies. Our staff consists of professionals from industry and academia with deep expertise in varying aspects of life sciences commercialization, including entrepreneurship, technology transfer, pharmacology, pharmaceutical marketing, biologics manufacturing and engineering. We know how to get things out of the lab and into the early stages of commercialization.
President & CEO
Contact Michele Washko
|Ms. Washko brings to LSGPA nearly 25 years’ experience in healthcare commercialization, finance and innovation. She served as V.P., Strategic Services, for the Life Sciences Greenhouse from 2005 until 2015, when she departed for Geisinger Health System’s Institute for Advanced Application. Ms. Washko went on to found Life Science Innovations, a boutique consulting firm, in 2017 and to serve as COO, then CEO, of Respana Therapeutics, Inc. Ms. Washko holds a BA from Emory University, an MBA from Penn State University, and a certificate in Executive Leadership from M.I.T. @lifesciinvestor.com|
Ron Thiboutot, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President
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|Ronald P. Thiboutot, Ph.D., is Executive Vice President of the Life Sciences Greenhouse of Central Pennsylvania. His responsibilities include identifying promising new areas of technology, reviewing science and business opportunities, and investing in early stage opportunities. Dr. Thiboutot oversees technical due diligence of the funded companies and provides technical and business mentoring to funded applicants. Dr. Thiboutot sits on four corporate and one university board and provides interim CEO services for selected start-ups as required.
Prior to joining the Life Sciences Greenhouse, Dr. Thiboutot was president of RT Consultants, Inc. which provided technical, equipment procurement, and facility design consulting services to the US and EU pharmaceutical industry. Among his other employers were Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, where he was the plant director of the vaccine manufacturing facility located in Marietta, PA; Bristol-Myers Squibb, where he worked in the international technology transfer division; and Baxter Travenol. He currently serves as CEO of Pharmateck, Inc.
Dr. Thiboutot holds a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Ph.D. from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and has been active in numerous U.S. and international pharmaceutical trade organizations during his 25 years in the pharmaceutical industry.
Steve Carpenter, M.B.A.
Senior Vice President
|Steve Carpenter is Senior Vice President of the Life Sciences Greenhouse of Central Pennsylvania. His principal responsibilities include serving as director or board observer for portfolio companies, evaluating prospective companies and performing due diligence for investment. He provides companies with strategic, financial, and operational guidance and has provided project management support for a regional company’s acquisition of a $15 million life sciences business. Prior to joining the LSGPA, Mr. Carpenter led a State College start-up company to profitability while completing his MBA. He has over 20 years’ experience in a variety of management and engineering positions leading operation start-ups and new product launches at DuPont, Berg Electronics, and FCI USA.
Mr. Carpenter also serves as an adjunct instructor at Penn State University’s Smeal College of Business teaching entrepreneurial finance to MBA students and guiding student teams evaluating commercial potential of new Penn State technologies.
Mr. Carpenter has a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Lehigh University and an MBA from Penn State University focusing on venture capital, entrepreneurship, and finance.
|Melissa A. Carroll is our Office Administrator. A lifelong resident of Central Pennsylvania, Ms. Carroll is a graduate of Halifax Area High School and holds a certificate of Paralegal Studies. She brings more than 30 years' experience to LSGPA, where she is responsible for scheduling, management of IT infrastructure, and board communications.|