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Emerging Leaders Network - Georgia BioEd Institute

Emerging Leaders Network

PrintThe Emerging Leaders Network (ELN), a division of Georgia Bio (GaBio), is devoted to promoting networking between emerging and established professionals within the Georgia life sciences community. The ELN programs are designed to facilitate the growth and development of Georgia based biotechnology academic institutions, industries and service providers. The ultimate goal of ELN is to provide programming which will help to retain and cultivate locally educated talent, as well as to welcome and integrate new members to the Georgia biotechnology community. In pursuit of these goals, ELN provides opportunities for developing industry contacts, mentoring, and career enhancement through a variety of programs.  ELN operates as a division of Georgia Bio falling under the efforts of the Georgia BioEd Institute (GaBioEd).

ELN Vision: To be the Leading Source of Information and Networking for Emerging Life Sciences Leaders in Georgia.
Strategic Focus: Educating and empowering tomorrow’s life sciences leaders in Georgia
ELN Mission:  The Emerging Leaders Network’s mission is to foster the growth of tomorrow’s life sciences leaders by providing opportunities for developing industry contacts, mentoring and career enhancement through networking and educational programs.
Goal:  To retain and cultivate locally educated talent, as well as to welcome and integrate new members to the Georgia Biotechnology Community.

The Emerging Leaders Network (ELN) offers young professionals and graduate students who are interested in life sciences the opportunity to:

  • Connect with each other, as well as with established professionals
  • Engage in learning opportunities that provide exposure to both leading scientists and business experts
  • Emerge into the leaders of tomorrow

As part of Georgia Bio, ELN provides exciting and informative programs and networking opportunities that bring together a wide range of students and professionals.

Programs include:

  • Industry events and tours
  • Small group dinners with experts
  • The ELN First Contact Program
  • Social networking events
  • Professional Development Seminars
  • Georgia BioEd Newsletter

ELN was created to serve all life sciences professionals – current and future – who seek to develop professional networks and contacts in Georgia. Many of these people are new to Georgia, or new to the field, and ELN facilitates connecting people with similar interests and goals.

Sign Up Today!

Become a member of ELN today and begin building lasting relationships with your peers and Georgia’s life sciences professionals.

Remember: Joining ELN is easy, and it doesn’t cost a thing. Just send an email to admin@gabio.org with your first and last name, affiliation and email address. We’ll add you to our contact list and notify you of future ELN events and activities.

ELN Programs

Small Group Dinner Series

The ELN Small Group Dinner Series is bi-monthly series where we invite a Life Science Industry professional to dinner.  As our invited guest they explain his/her career path, trends in the industry, and best practices for career searches.  The dinner series is a great chance to network with industry professionals in a small setting.

Industry Tours

The ELN Industry tours offer a chance for ELN members to learn about Georiga biotechnology companies.  The ELN Industry Tours program provides an opportunity for members to gain a greater understanding of Georgia based life science and biotech companies.  Participating in a tour is a great way to explore various career opportunities, both on the research side and the business side of the life sciences industry.  Tours are typically 1-2 hours and consist of a company presentation and facility visit. Tours are offered approximately every other month.

First Contact

The First Contact Program assists students and young professionals in their networking by providing the first point of contact with experienced industry professionals in order to obtain their insight and knowledge into that facet of the diverse life sciences industry.  By providing students and young professionals with introductions to experienced, knowledgeable professionals, they will gain necessary insight through exposure to one or more areas of the life sciences industry.  Industry professionals will be provided with the opportunity to impart their advice and experiences to aid in the development of a student or young professional.  First Contact participants are not expected to develop a mentor/mentee relationship, nor will the match be monitored as in a mentoring program.  The program is intended only to provide an introduction between the participants.

ELN Leadership 2016

Peter Borden, Georgia Institute of Technology

Program Director
Open Position

Membership & Communications Director
Blake Rogers, Merrill Lynch


Industry Tours Co-Managers
Open Position
Open Position

First Contact Co-Managers
Chris Cornelison Ph.D., Georgia State University
Liane Elizabeth Tellier, Georgia Tech

Small Group Dinner Series Co-Managers
Peter Borden, Georgia Institute of Technology
Beatrice Wan, C.R. Bard Medical Division

Career Development Programming Manager
Open Position

Commercialization Series Manager
Imoh Okon, Georgia State University


Newsletter Editor
JoAnna Perry, wikiHow

Industry Liaison
Ishaneka  Williams

Service Liaison
David Shore, Pabst Patent Group 

Emory Campus Liaison
Taran Lundgren, Emory University

Georgia Tech Campus Liaison
open position

University of Georgia Campus Liaison
Chris Cooper, Ph.D., Glycosensors & Diagnostics

Georgia State Campus Liaison
John Neville, Georgia State University

Kennesaw State Campus Liaison
Open Position

Morehouse School of Medicine Campus Liaison
Open Position

Augusta University Liaison
Open Position

Mercer University Liaison
Open Position

Georgia Bio Liaison
Maria Thacker Goethe

ELN Advisors

Russell Allen, Georgia Bio

Kenneth Gayron, Osmotica Pharmaceutical Corp.

Brian Giles, Meunier Carlin & Curfman, LLC

Kevin Murane, Ph.D., Mercer University

Grace Powers, Bard Medical

Leslie B. Zacks, Arbor Pharmaceuticals, Inc.


Newsletter Guest Writer

The ELN Newsletter offers opportunities to young writers to have their work featured in the quarterly newsletter. Writers are encouraged to submit articles on popular and even controversial industry topics.

Submit your 250-400 word article for our quarterly newsletter below.

Submit An Article