Bio Nest offers a rural biotech incubator for entrepreneurs that recognize the business and lifestyle advantages that a vibrant rural hub can offer.

Located just two hours from Boston, one hour from UNH Manchester and one hour from Dartmouth, Keene is centrally located to the region’s biotech hot spots.  Our rural location is more cost-effective for developing companies and technologies and grant funding will stretch further with lower costs.  It is also perfectly located for rural-biotech-specific projects.

Furthermore, the Keene area is rich with expertise — from an award-winning incubator and co-working space to Keene State College and its Life Sciences faculty and students to a diverse and robust manufacturing sector.  Many experts in the field have chosen to live in the region because of its vibrancy and quality of life and welcome the opportunity to support entrepreneurs that will help build up the biotech sector in the region.

Scientific development of biotechnology is expensive.   Locating a startup company in a major metropolitan center is even more expensive.  And entrepreneurs often overlook the competitive edge given them by considering manufacturing and business aspects early in the development process – science alone is not enough to compete.

Bio Nest pulls together resources from the community to create a unique opportunity for biotech startups to start in a rural community that offers the support team they need, a low-cost educated workforce (interns, entry-level staff) from local colleges and universities, expertise in streamlined product development that will result in superior products and get products quickly to market, local sources of investment capital, business expertise and more.

This biotech incubator is built on a successful existing platform of business support at Hannah Grimes that includes one-on-one coaching, workshops, mentors, access to capital, a successful Startup Lab, incubator program and extensive network.

BioTech Pro Bono Coaching:

Coaching is offered to biotech entrepreneurs who want to start or grow their company and would like the opportunity to connect with a professional coach or consultant at no cost up to 3 times per topic. To schedule a coaching session please email:

Julie Coleman

Topics: Biotech, Project Management, Commercialization, Strategy

Julie is a Project Manager at Celdara Medical; she is currently leading a regional Accelerator Hub to promote biomedical entrepreneurship in the Northeast. She received a BA in Biology and English from Bowdoin College, followed by a PhD in Neuroscience at Tufts University. Julie spent two years as a healthcare consultant for biotech and pharmaceutical companies at Putnam Associates where she led projects across diseases areas and varying stages of development.


Christina Ferrari

Topics:Outside general counsel to biotechnology, life sciences, medial device, pharmaceutical, and healthcare

Christina Ferrari is a shareholder of Bernstein Shur, P.A., where she is a member of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Business, and Healthcare Practice Groups.  Before entering law, Christina was a dedicated researcher in the fields of neurosurgery and neuropharmacology, and her work has been published in the Journal of Neuroscience. She now puts her industry-specific, technical knowledge to work as an advisor and outside general counsel to her biotechnology, life sciences, medical device, pharmaceutical, and healthcare clients, as they navigate the modern-day health care system’s legal and regulatory challenges.  As a skilled litigator, Christina advocates for her clients at all levels and assists them in resolving complex disputes, including in the areas of products liability, toxic torts, healthcare, and professional licensing.  She serves as Past President on the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association, as a member of the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Tech Alliance, where she also Chairs the Government Affairs Committee, and as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law.  Christina earned her J.D. from the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law, where she was a Daniel Webster Scholar and sworn into the New Hampshire Bar prior to graduation, and her M.A. in Medical Science, with Thesis Honors, from Boston University School of Medicine.

Wren Fournier

Topic: Science Writer, Editor, Grant Coordinator

Wren Fournier serves as editor, and science/technical writing consultant to scholars, scientists, and individuals preparing grants, project prospectuses, presentations, books, book chapters, articles, and annual funding reports. With a background and certification in research protocols, and research integrity, her work includes many years editing and writing for faculty at large universities in the fields of science, social science, and academic medicine –– both principal investigators and junior scholars. She holds a degree in English, with an emphasis in writing. Wren currently resides in the Monadnock region.


Gene Garcia:

Topics: Quality Management, Manufacturing Readiness, Experimental Design, Process Validation

Gene has over 25 years of experience in regulated industries including Aviation repair and biological sciences. He holds a PhD in Biological Sciences from the Johns Hopkins University and did postgraduate research at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ. He takes his experiences in these industries to develop a Quality Management system that incorporates employee engagement with regulatory compliance. Gene has experience with basic science research and development and the transfer of R&D projects to the manufacturing environment. His employee centered approach to Quality Management ensures compliance as well as team member engagement. He is ready to consult on material, process, and equipment validations to ensure regulatory compliance as well as early development of quality management systems for continued compliance.

Julie Garcia

Topics: Technology Transfer, Manufacturing Readiness, Biotech Culture, Research and Development, Design For Six Sigma

Julie has experience in technology transfer and design control with over 20 years of experience in clinical, pharmaceutical, and medical device. She has expertise in Design for Six Sigma (Green Belt), and Management of Product Development transfer to Manufacturing. Her technology transfer process emphasizes the early adoption of documentation and process validation to ensure readiness for release of regulated products. Julie is ready to consult on the systems and requirements to ensure that products and processes are ready to transfer to manufacturing and market release.  Julie holds a Masters of Biotechnology from The Johns Hopkins University.

Jason Pellettieri

Jason is professor and chair of the biology department at Keene State College is just down the street, providing an opportunity for recruitment of skilled interns/employees and the potential to develop collaborative projects with faculty in the natural sciences.  There are faculty currently doing NIH and NSF funded research.  There are multiple opportunities to explore connections with faculty, facility and students.

Emily Snyder

Topics: life sciences investment opportunities scout

Emily is part of the investment team at Borealis Ventures, a Hanover, NH based venture capital firm focused on healthcare, particularly life sciences and digital health. There she is responsible for sourcing new investment opportunities, executing due diligence before investment, and providing strategic support to portfolio companies. Emily previously spent time as an analyst for a Boston-based venture capital firm and in business development for a digital health company. She is ready to consult on early stage funding options and strategy. Emily holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and a degree in Biology from the University of Louisville.


Roy Wallen

Topics:  Leadership coaching, company branding, strategic planning, business development

Roy Wallen leads Directional Healthcare Advisors, a NH-based advisory services firm.  He has served in leadership roles for new product initiatives in medical technology companies ranging from pre-revenue start-up to multi-billion, global concerns.  Roy has spent his career managing existing businesses for sustainable profits and bringing new technologies out of the laboratory and into clinical use.  His focus is on market development based on research and a planning process that addresses market access needs.  Roy also serves as advisor to emerging companies who need access to capital markets, crafting the stories that demonstrate market needs, how technology matches those needs, and how these translate into a compelling business case.

Roy serves on the Board of a Colorado-based nonprofit and as a volunteer for the Youth CITIES Lifescience Learning Laboratory (L3) to teach middle school and high school students how to apply certain STEM interests in areas of innovation.

Advisory Board:

Gene Garcia, Julie Garcia, Sara Powell, Mary Ann Kristiansen and Roy Wallen.

Press for Bio Nest:

New Hampshire Business Review August 16, 2018

 Keene Sentinel November 18, 2017

NHBR August 18-31, 2017 Article

Keene Sentinel August 11, 2017