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Business of BioTech

Associate Companies located on the HudsonAlpha campus can take advantage of commercialization support provided by the Economic Development team.

  • Access to Capital – Investment and Strategic Growth Opportunities
  • Business Operations/Model – Strategy, Support and Mentoring
  • IP – Assessment and Protection of Intellectual Property
  • Regulatory / Compliance
  • Acquisition / Merger Preparation
  • Partnerships

Many life science companies will need to raise debt or equity capital in the business lifecycle. HudsonAlpha helps connect companies with seed, angel, venture capital and private equity investors to help accelerate technology growth.

Science on Tap is a quarterly casual meet-up between HudsonAlpha’s research labs and entrepreneurs in our ecosystem, featuring a rotating lineup of local craft beer, pizza and an opportunity to learn about new scientific findings and technologies.

HudsonAlpha Associate Company Lunch is a monthly meeting for company executives located on HudsonAlpha’s campus with opportunities to hear from commercialization experts to business strategy speakers.

Explore Partnership

Partnership opportunities with agencies and companies can support and propel your business growth. As an Associate Company leasing on the HudsonAlpha campus, you gain access to exploring these connections through capability briefings and face-to-face meetings.

Science Seminars

HudsonAlpha’s Research Seminars bring together experts in genetics, genomics, biotechnology, bioinformatics, agtech, medicine and immunology for free, public presentations and debate among the scientific community.

Business of BioTech

Biotech Mentoring at HudsonAlpha

HudsonAlpha Navigate is a business mentorship program for entrepreneurs at the Institute in North Alabama, and in the Wiregrass region who want to sharpen their business plan, management skills and receive confidential, unbiased advice on their business’ strategy. Modeled after MIT’s Venture Mentoring Service, Navigate is a team mentoring program with volunteer mentors from various organizations who are passionate about transferring knowledge to entrepreneurs in North Alabama.

The program is a product of an Appalachian Regional Commission grant through the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama. HudsonAlpha entrepreneurs and North Alabama LaunchPad winners are the beneficiaries of the program.

Entrepreneurs receive in-person team mentoring focused on the entrepreneur and their specific needs to start or grow their business. Navigate has a network of Mentors: CEOs, serial entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and subject matter experts.

  • Confidential and conflict-free environment for the entrepreneur
  • Practical, actionable advice for short term goals/challenges
  • Operations handled by HudsonAlpha staff
  • Mentors that are driven to support entrepreneurship & diversify the economy


Interested in taking your life sciences business to the next level with guidance from local business leaders? 

Apply to the HudsonAlpha campus and sign up for the mentorship program here!


Are you an experienced business professional in the North Alabama area interested in mentoring bioscience startups?

Apply now to provide mentoring to support the advancement of innovative technologies through real-world guidance and connectivity conducted in a confidential and conflict-free environment.


Mentor Profiles

Paul Gierow


GATR Technologies

Irma Tuder

Founder and CEO

Analytical Services, Inc.

Danny Windham


HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology

Matthew Parker, PhD


Maynard Cooper

Gary Bolton

President and CEO

Fiber Broadband Association

Brian Pollock

CEO and Founder

Kailos Genetics

Richard Marsden


Maynard Cooper

Kevin Gold

Operating Partner

Integrated Openings Solutions

Patrick Shields

Senior Vice President

Morgan Stanley

Peggy Sammon



Michelle Stark

Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Red Sage Communications

Steve Hettinger

Former engineer

Manager and public servant

Barry Derrick

Product Manager


Rex Vaughn


Madison County Farmers Federation