My entrepreneurial interests reside in the application of advanced biomedical technologies to address global health needs. Currently, I am the Founder and CEO of StiRx Inc, a Boston-based biotechnology company focused on developing best-in-class vaccines and therapeutics for treatment and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. Prior to founding StiRx, I was founder of Nucalix Bio, a startup that developed vaccines for COVID-19. During the pandemic, I also provide strategic consulting to Pharma, Biotech and private equity firms on technology, portfolio and investment opportunities. Previously, I was CEO at Hilleman Laboratories which is a first-of-its-kind equal joint-venture partnership between Merck & Co and Wellcome Trust. Prior to Hilleman Labs, I was Vice President and Head, Global Biotherapeutics at Pfizer. Before Pfizer, I was Head of Biologic Discovery at Wyeth in various roles starting as Director of Research to Vice President. I started my career at Millennium Pharmaceuticals where I was head of the Antibody Technologies group advancing Biologic discovery in Inflammation and Oncology. I hold a PhD in Chemical Engineering and served as Research Fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School.

Founders are everywhere, but resources aren’t.

That’s a shame, because the next big idea could come from anywhere.


The Massachusetts Founder Network aims to bridge the gap, giving startup founders equitable access to resources that will help their companies grow.


We support MA founders no matter where they come from, their company’s stage, or their business sector. We want to democratize access to the resources that will help them accelerate—and excel. All founders are welcome to find resources and community at MFN while creating connections, expanding their networks, and learning from one another.

About MFN

The Massachusetts Founders Network is a central hub for all things startups, fostering innovation and collaboration across the state. MFN offers valuable networking, resources, mentorship, and community for startup founders in Massachusetts. 


MFN is produced by Lever, a startup accelerator based in North Adams. Our work is supported by funding from and collaboration with the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, based in Westborough.


We’ve been advising and connecting with entrepreneurs for years, and we’re using that knowledge and network to launch something new, with the help of an advisory board of successful founders and major players in the startup ecosystem. 

We plan to launch the Massachusetts Founders Network in summer 2023. Sign up for our newsletter to get alerts about our launch, new features, and MFN events!