Resources for Incubator Tenants

The PBC recognizes that its role assisting biotechnology start-up companies achieve success extends beyond the lab. To that end, the PBC has arranged for its incubator companies to have access to experts in a diverse range of fields to help ensure the future viability of these important business ventures.

Bioinformatics, Data Management

Richard Johnston, M.S. Computer Science, Biomathematics (UCLA)

Mr. Johnston conducts workshops in data analysis, bioinformatics, and data management. He also provides consulting services for biotech companies.

Business and Marketing Plan Development

Carolyn Siegal, MS, Public Health (UCLA) - Consultant
CEO, Siegal Consulting

Carolyn Siegal is a business development and new product marketing consultant for the biotechnology industry. She currently serves as a principal advisor to the NIH Commercialization Access Program for SBIR grant recipients. Ms. Siegal has worked with numerous biotechnology companies in evaluating new products, crafting business plans and establishing strategic alliances. She has over two decades of industry experience including executive positions at Xencor, Cell-Matrix and Alpha Therapeutic Corporation.

Cell Culture, Stem Cell/Molecular Biology

Pam Eversole-Cire, Ph.D. (USC) - Consultant

Dr. Eversole-Cire completed her postdoctoral studies at Caltech in Dr. Mel Simon’s Laboratory Group. She currently directs the Biological Technology Program at Pasadena City College and is P.I. on a CIRM stem celll grant at P.C.C.

Engineering Prototypes

Warren Haussler
Keck-Craig Engineering

Full service product development and engineering, industrial design and/or prototyping.


James Schaefer, CPA, MBA - CPA Assistance
Managing Partner, Mark Schaefer Associates LLP

James Schaefer has primary responsibility for consulting on financial issues including business plans, financial projections, business valuations, mergers and acquisitions and management information systems. Mr. Schaefer’s special emphasis is in business strategies for revenue enhancement, cost control and financial management.

Grant and Contracts Assistance, SBIR

Kirstin Torguson  626-780-5317
Kirstin Torguson of Torguson & Associates provides customized research administration services to small businesses, non-profits and educational and research institutions. They are well versed in all phases of the grants lifecycle from pre-award tasks to post-award compliance. They specialize in federal grant proposal submissions and grant management.

Grant, technical and manuscript writing and editing

Laura Cobb, PhD
LCS Executive Consulting 818-533-8486
LCS offers complete writing and editing services, including but not limited to grant writing, manuscript drafting, data preparation. copy editing, substantive editing, scientific review, journal formatting, and more. No job is too small, and PBC tenants will receive a 20% discount.


Bill Lewis
Bolton & Company

Insurance and risk management consulting for small and start up tech and life science firms to cover liabilities as they develop their technology and product. Special coverage and pricing through SoCalBio’s Program for liability, property, worker’s comp, director’s & officer’s liability, employee benefits.


Richard Jones - Corporate Attorney
Nixon Peabody LLP
Rick has extensive experience in tax-exempt and taxable government financings, as bond counsel for many California agencies and as underwriter’s counsel, borrower’s counsel, and liquidity/credit provider’s counsel, Mr. Jones has experience in mergers and acquisitions and in corporate equity financings. Rick is the founding partner of the Los Angeles office of Nixon Peabody LLP, a global law firm specializing in business transactions and litigation.

Bill Thomson - Intellectual Property Attorney
Brooks Kushman

With an exceptional background in Intellectual Property law, Bill represents clients in jury and court trials; before the International Trade Commission; and in complex patent and other IP cases, particularly pharmaceutical, biotechnology, chemical, and computer technology matters. He is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office gives counsel on patent, licensing and other IP issues. Bill has a distinguished record of civic service as Mayor of Pasadena, member of the Pasadena City Council, and currently, a member of the Pasadena City College Board of Trustees.

Jeff Sheldon - Patent Attorney
Sheldon Mak Rose & Anderson PC

Jeff Sheldon practices a full range of intellectual property: prosecution, litigation, international and domestic licensing with a background in biomedical and chemical engineering. He was previously employed as a chemical engineer for Exxon and Shell Chemical, as a scientific coordinator by Lee Pharmaceutical and as a medical device development engineer by American Hospital Supply Corporation.

Recruiters/Talent Management

Rosemarie Christopher

MEIRxRS offers a wide-range of talent management services for pre-clinical and clinical-stage companies. Services include executive search, full-time placements, auditors (cGXP, Pharmacovigilance), apprentices, consultants and temporary staff. Their areas of expertise include clinical research, medical affairs, regulatory affairs and quality assurance.