Thu, 27 May


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SYNBIO TALKS: Synbio Powerhouse meets Boston Synbio Ecosystem

An event for companies, researchers, and entrepreneurs interested in the synbio market in the USA and eager to learn about the Boston synbio ecosystem. You will have the unique opportunity to ask questions directly to our guest speakers!

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SYNBIO TALKS: Synbio Powerhouse meets Boston Synbio Ecosystem

Time & Location

27 May 2021, 14:00 – 15:30 EEST

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About the Event

You are warmly welcome to our Synbio Talk in May!

Synbio Talks are an event series taking place every month where we talk about different topics related to synthetic biology. Our aim with these events is to build a stronger synbio community in Finland and beyond as well as to strengthen collaboration networks in the field of synthetic biology.

For this event, we will have MassGlobal Partners joining us all the way from Boston! You will have the opportunity to obtain a general overview of the Massachusetts innovation ecosystem and learn about trends in cross-functional innovation sectors. They will also present some of their local synbio activities in more detail - starting with the research sector, followed by companies active in synbio and what is happening on the investment side for the sector. 

We strongly encourage companies to join as this is a perfect opportunity to ask questions and network with leading experts in the field of synthetic biology in the USA!


14:00 - 14:10 

Welcome and Synbio Powerhouse News

Manuel Arias, Project Manager at Synbio Powerhouse

14:10 - 15:00  

Synbio Powerhouse meets Boston Synbio Ecosystem

Christa Bleyleben, Founder and Managing Partner at MassGlobal Partners

Abigail A. Barrow, Senior Partner at MassGlobal Partners

Robert Gottlieb,  Senior Partner at MassGlobal Partners

15:00 - 15:20  Q&A

15:20 - 15:30  Wrap-up

We look forward to seeing you all!


Founded in 2009, MassGlobal Partners is a Boston, Massachusetts, based advisory firm offering fully customized programs that support US market exploration, business acceleration, senior-level partnering as well as US market entry for high potential, innovation-driven companies from around the world. All of their programs are hands-on and intended to deliver tangible results. The overall objectives are to improve participating executives’ business building skills; sharpen their focus and value proposition; strengthen their international networks; advance their ability to do business in the US and support efforts to find business partners, collaborators, customers, and investors. MassGlobal Partners provides tools, coaching and support to create winners in highly competitive markets.

Their programs are designed and executed in partnership with governments, economic development agencies, research organizations, universities, and international accelerator programs. Their offices are located in the heart of Kendall Square, in the center of one of the world’s leading innovation clusters, in close proximity to world-renowned institutions such as Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston University, and many others. They are surrounded by leading venture investment firms and startups, as well as some of the world’s leading multinational corporations whose scouting teams continuously look for innovative new technologies. 

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Christa Bleyleben, MBA

Christa is the Founder and Managing Partner of MassGlobal Partners, a firm that supports US market access and expansion as well as training and mentoring of innovative international companies. Her special focus is on value proposition, pitch practice, financing & finding key resources as well as facilitating partnering at senior levels. Christa also works with international governments and multinational organizations to employ open innovation strategies as part of broader economic development programs. Previously, Christa was Executive Director of the Massachusetts Office of International Trade & Investment and President of the Massachusetts International Trade Council, responsible to manage all international business relationships between Massachusetts and regions around the world with special focus on collaborations, partnerships and strengthening economic development through global expansions.

Abigail A. Barrow, Ph.D.

Abi brings thirty years of experience in supporting technology innovation and innovation ecosystems. Prior to joining MassGlobal Partners, Abi was the founding director of the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center, supporting commercialization activities of more than 30 research organizations and helping inventors take their ideas out of the lab and into the commercial world. Simultaneously, she served for several years as interim executive director of the Office of Technology Commercialization and Ventures at the University of Massachusetts. Previously, she was the founding managing director of the ‘von Liebig Center’ at the University of California, San Diego, and held several positions at CONNECT.

Robert Gottlieb

Robert has advised, coached and mentored US and international companies in life sciences and other leading innovation sectors for more than 30 years. Having worked with well over 150 companies and organizations, ranging from start-ups, to multi-nationals and academic institutions, he has particular expertise in company positioning, external and internal communications strategy as well as preparation for financing and partnering. In addition to his role with MassGlobal Partners, Robert is the Principal at the communications and strategy consulting firm RMG Associates.

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