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Jefferson Business & Biotech Group

Who We Are

Founded in 2012, BizBio is a diverse group of Jeffersonians thinking and working outside the academic box. We are faculty looking to translate our research to patients. We are graduate students looking to use our degrees in unique and impactful ways. We are medical and nursing students looking to approach the healthcare system from a different angle. Regardless of background or position, we are united by a shared interest in the business of science. Sound interesting? Read on and join our email list to see what we’re about.

Mission Statement

The Jefferson Business and Biotechnology Group (BizBio) is a student-run organization dedicated to:

  • Exposing all members of the Jefferson community to careers at the interface of science, healthcare, and business
  • Helping members understand and develop the skill set required to succeed in such careers
  • Cultivating a network of innovative, dynamic individuals within the Jefferson community and the greater Philadelphia area


2017-2018 Officers

Christine Rettew

Christine Fisher

Christine earned her BS in Biology from Drexel University, concentrating in Cellular, Molecular, Genetics and Biochemistry. During her undergraduate studies, she gained research experience working at two biotechnology companies and abroad at the National Institute of Applied Sciences in Toulouse, France. After graduation, she worked on antibody development at Integral Molecular, Inc. in Philadelphia for two years. Christine is currently in her fourth year of the Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis PhD program. Her research in the Schnell lab focuses on Lyssavirus vaccine development.

James Nellen

James Nellen
VP, External Network Development

James earned a BA in Mathematics from Dartmouth College. Following graduation he performed cardiovascular research at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. James then fulfilled his pre-medical requirements through the Bryn Mawr College post-baccalaureate pre-medical program before working on the lung transplant team at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently a third year medical student at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College. He is thankful for the BizBio society and looking forward to pursuing medicine and entrepreneurship opportunities in the field of medicine.

Bart Maracewicz

Bart Maracewicz     
VP Internal Network Development

Bart completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto, specializing in Neuroscience and majoring in Psychology. During this time, he also worked in educational accessibility and conducted research on he neurobiology of alcoholism. After graduating, he spent three years in a variety of roles. From working as a media analyst/consultant to performing as a guitarist, he gained a diverse set of experiences before starting medical school at Sidney Kimmel Medical College. He is currently a second-year medical student with an interest in anything neuro-related. He is also fascinated by the interplay between business, healthcare, and design and is a member of Jefferson's Jeff/DESIGN program. Outisde of medicine, he enjoys playing music, outdoor recreation and cycling.   

Lebaron Agostini

Lebaron Agostini
VP Strategic Development

Lebaron is a 2nd year PhD student in the Genetics, Genomics and Cancer Biology PhD program (GGCB). He is currently researching Myc regulation in B cell Lymphomas in the Eischen Lab. Lebaron received his BS degree in Molecular and Cell Biology at Florida Atlantic University, followed by a year of research at the University of Miami Diabetes Research Institute, before coming to Thomas Jefferson University. Lebaron's long term career goals are focused on Biotech Startups, Biotech and Pharmaceutical Consulting and Science Communication. 


Stephanie Renna

Stephanie Renna

Stephanie obtained her BS in Biological Sciences with a minor in Journalism from Rowan University in 2014, where her research focused on understanding the role of the transcription factor Hap1 in the yeast cell cycle. She is now a third year PhD student in the Genetics, Genomics and Cancer Biology program and is doing her thesis research in Dr. Steven McKenzie's lab in the Hematology department. She is currently studying the effects that genetic variation has on platelet and immune cell production of extracellular vesicles in immune-mediated thrombocytopenia.

David Deming

David Deming

David Deming received his BS degree in Biological Anthropology and minor in Biology from Temple University. Between undergraduate and graduate school he worked as a fitness trainer, and began to explore careers threw shadowing opportunities in the biomedical sciences fields. He made the jump into the biomedical field by achieving his MS degree in Cell and Developmental Biology at Thomas Jefferson University. Currently, he is a second year PhD student in the Genetics, Genomics and Cancer Biology program at Thomas Jefferson University. His thesis project includes the examination of the chromatin landscape in tumor initiating cells in glioblastoma.


Mai Nguyen

Mai Nguyen
Vice-President Programming

Mai is a second year PhD student in the Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology program. She is working in Dr. Andrew Aplin's lab studying the mechanisms of resistance to targeted therapies in melanoma. Born in Vietnam, she went to high school in Singapore under a full scholarship by the Singaporean government. She obtained her B.S. in Biochemistry with Honors in Chemistry from Lafayette College, where her research work focused on analytical techniques to detect fake and substandard pharmaceutical products. Besides lab and Bizbio, Mai is also actively involved in the American Cancer Society's fundraising initiatives and Jefferson gym's fitness classes.

BizBio Initiatives


Networking is critical to every career path. We help members make meaningful connections by hosting regular networking events with distinguished alumni and visiting professionals.

Career Spotlights

You have more options than you think. Attend our Career Spotlight Seminars to get informed by professionals about their careers in:

  • Biotechnology/pharmaceutical industry
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Management consulting
  • Healthcare/life sciences finance and investing
  • Business development
  • Intellectual property and patent law
  • Medical/scientific communications
  • … and more!

Business Plan Competitions & Hackathons

There is no better way to learn about entrepreneurship and the business of science than to dive in and practice running a startup. Our members have participated in the Neuro Startup Challenge, the Nano Startup Challenge, the JAZ Tank, and the Independence/Jefferson Health Hack.


We think differently and we’re not alone. BizBio collaborates with the Career Development Center, the Innovation Pillar, the JCBS Alumni Association, and others to achieve our shared goals.

Management Consulting

Coming soon!

Student Organization of the Year

Congratulations to BizBio on being awarded Student Organization of the Year by the Office of Student Life and Engagement!  Click here for more.




Calendar of Events


Jeff Joseph

Jeffrey I. Joseph, DO

Dr. Joseph is a Jefferson University Physician, Professor of Anesthesiology, and serial entrepreneur. His esteemed research career has focused on the development and commercialization of implantable medical devices for the management of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. 

Dr. Joseph earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed residencies in general surgery, anesthesiology, and cardiac anesthesiology. His entrepreneurship began in 1994 when he co-invented an implantable device for glucose measurement using near-infrared light and optical sensors. With this technology, Dr. Joseph co-founded Animas Corporation to further develop and commercialize the device, as well as a complementary insulin infusion pump and catheter system. The company successfully completed an initial public offering on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange in 2004, and was subsequently acquired by Johnson & Johnson in 2006.

Recently, Dr. Joseph co-founded two more companies, Capillary Biomedical, Inc. and RTM Vital Signs, LLC. He currently serves as Chairman of the Scientific and Clinical Advisory Boards for both companies. Dr. Joseph has also served on advisory boards for seven other companies, as well as on numerous advisory committees for the federal government and private foundations.

Other current positions that Dr. Joseph holds include Vice-Chairman & Director of Research of the Department of Anesthesiology at Thomas Jefferson University & Hospital and Adjunct Professor in the School of Biomedical Engineering at Drexel University. He also founded the Jefferson Artificial Pancreas Center in 1998 and has served as its Director since. Dr. Joseph continues to lead a laboratory at TJU, improving upon novel insulin delivery systems.

Chad E. Beyer

Chad E. Beyer, PhD, MBA

Dr. Beyer has been the President & CEO of Promentis since early 2013. He is a pharmaceutical professional with nearly 20 years of experience in the research, discovery and business development of medications aimed to treat CNS and neurological disorders. For more than a decade, Dr. Beyer worked in the Discovery Neuroscience group at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals in Princeton, NJ, holding positions of increasing responsibility including serving as the Head of Neurochemistry and leading the Psychiatry Task Force. During his career at Wyeth, Dr. Beyer led several early-stage drug discovery teams, managed a group responsible for contributing to the submission of more than 30 INDs and provided supporting data for the commercialization and life-cycle management of two blockbuster medications: Effexor® and Pristiq®. Dr. Beyer holds a PhD in Neuropharmacology from LSU Medical Center and an MBA from the Rutgers Business School. Notably, Dr. Beyer has authored more than 70 manuscripts, obtained 3 patents, co-edited "Next Generation Antidepressants" and is co-founder of the journal Technology Transfer & Entrepreneurship. Dr. Beyer is also an adjunct faculty member at Thomas Jefferson University, where he teaches "Bioventure Management" and the business of doing science.

Dennis M. Gross

Dennis M. Gross, MS, PhD

Dr. Gross is currently the CEO and Treasurer of the Pennsylvania Drug Discovery Institute at the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center.  He is also Adjunct Faculty in the Jefferson College of Biomedical Sciences and Professor of Experimental Therapeutics and Medicinal Chemistry at the Baruch S. Blumberg Institute of the Hepatitis B Foundation.  He recently retired in 2014 from Thomas Jefferson University, where he was the Associate Dean of the Jefferson College of Biomedical Sciences and Associate Professor of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics in the Sidney Kimmel Medical College. Prior to this, he was at the Merck Research Labs (MRL) for 29 years, retiring in 2006 as Senior Director and Head of West Point Business Operations with overall responsibilities for facilities in Pennsylvania, California and Massachusetts.  He was also responsible for capital laboratory projects and operations oversight at MRL sites in the U.S., Canada, Japan, Italy and the UK.  In his career at MRL he held a number of positions ranging from bench scientist to head of computer resources, manager of international strategic planning, M&A activities and liaison for basic research and clinical drug development in Japan.

During his tenure at MRL, he also served as Adjunct Professor of Global Logistics in the School of Business and Industry of Florida A&M University. He has worked with the Center for Strategic & International Studies in Washington, DC on policy issues relating to biological weapons of mass destruction.  He received his BA (1969) and MS (1970) from California State University Northridge and his PhD (1974) from UCLA pursuing a postdoctoral fellowship at Tulane University School of Medicine.

Lisa Kozlowski

Lisa Kozlowski, PhD

Dr. Kozlowski is the Associate Dean for Student and Postdoctoral Affairs at Thomas Jefferson University.  She received her PhD in Immunology from the University of Pennsylvania and did a postdoctorate at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where she was an officer in their postdoctoral association.  She then worked as Program Director at Science's Next Wave, which is now part of  She moved on to become a consultant, helping disciplinary societies and universities provide career workshops to their trainees.

Since October 2003, she has directed the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at Thomas Jefferson University.  Her administrative accomplishments include implementing a required minimum salary and revising the annual performance evaluation.  Her enhancements for postdoctoral fellows include providing professional development workshops, establishing English as a Second Language (ESL) classes and co-organizing the annual Postdoctoral Research Symposium.

On the regional level, Lisa is a past president of the Philadelphia chapter of the Association for Women in Science.  On the national level, she has been on the planning committee of the NPA annual meeting.  She is also a past chair of the Postdoctorate Leaders Section Committee of the AAMC GREAT Group.

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