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Intro to Biotech is a course that explores the business considerations in biotech as well as basic biological processes that are foundational to the biopharma and life sciences industry. The course is divided into two parts: Intro to Business and Intro to Science. Intro to Business provides an overview of regulation through instruction, storytelling, and small group sessions. Topics such as market share, phases of development, patient population, and safety profile will be reviewed. Intro to Science focuses on the basics of cells and molecular biology that help students’ overall understanding of how a life science company operates. Lab work will also be implemented during in-person sessions.


Intro to Business

  1. Monday, Dec 5th, 2022, 12:00 PM-2:30 PM EST
  2. Wednesday, Dec 7th, 2022, 12:00 PM-2:30 PM EST
  3. Friday, Dec 9th, 2022, 12:00 PM-2:30 PM EST

Intro to Science

  1. Monday, Dec 12th, 2022, 9:00 AM-11:30 AM EST
  2. Tuesday, Dec 13th, 2022, 9:00 AM-11:30 AM EST
  3. Thursday, Dec 15th, 2022, 9:00 AM-11:30 AM EST


John Tagliamonte
Chief Executive Officer, Mellitus
Intro to Business

John Tagliamonte has more than 30 years of experience in executive leadership with responsibility for business development, finance, commercial and business operations, strategic planning, finance and legal functions with established and emerging public and private life sciences companies.  As the first Entrepreneur-in-Residence with MassBio, he was responsible for forward-looking program content across the organization, while helping to develop the next generation of biotech entrepreneurs. He currently serves on the business advisory boards of therapeutic startups WntRx, Fractal, MarkTx, PhagePro and Tantu.  Previously he led business development at Juniper, was Chief Business Officer of Oxyrane and held various executive business leadership roles at Anchor Therapeutics, ImmunoGen and Johnson & Johnson, as well as venture investing with Safeguard.  He began his career as a scientist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute followed by global business unit management at Bio-Rad.  Mr. Tagliamonte received his M.B.A. from Boston College and his B.S. in molecular biology from Tufts University.

Atul Deshpande, Ph.D., MBA
Chief Executive Officer, IMMEDIATE Therapeutics
Intro to Business

Atul is the CEO of IMMEDIATE Therapeutics, a clinical stage biotech company dedicated to developing safe and effective therapeutic solutions to reduce heart muscle damage and prevent cardiac arrest in Acute Coronary Syndromes (ACS), the most common cause of death and morbidity across the world.

Before joining IMMEDIATE Therapeutics, Atul was the Chief Strategy Officer and Head, US Operations of Harbour BioMed (HBM). Atul was primarily responsible for building the company’s short- and long-term strategy and portfolio along with a robust execution plan. In addition, he is also accountable for the HBM’s operations in both the US and EU to maintain HBM’s footprint across these 2 very important markets, along with managing key alliances in these regions. In 2020, he contributed to raising 2 VC funding rounds and taking the company public in the HK stock exchange raising a total of $400M.

Before HBM, Atul served as the Global Operations Head for the Dupixent Franchise with Sanofi. He led the operations, including marketing, market access, supply chain, to launch Dupixent in 52 markets across the world for Atopic Dermatitis and in major markets for Asthma. Prior to this, he led the operations for Sanofi’s Immunology R&D portfolio and was also responsible for new product planning and in-licensing evaluations. He spent 3 years in China as the Head of Asia Pacific R&D strategy to bring the global portfolio to China with minimal drug lag. Before Sanofi, Atul worked as a management consultant for 9 years on projects across the value chain of pharma. 

Atul holds a Ph.D. from UC Irvine in Neuroscience and a post-doc from UCLA.

Sowmya Chary, MD, MMSc
Associate Medical Director, Global Medical Safety and R&D, Biogen
Intro to Science

Sowmya is an Associate Medical Director in Global Medical Safety at Biogen, focusing in the Neuromuscular and Movement Disorders Therapeutic Area. A Massachusetts native, she completed her medical training at Sri Ramachandra University in India and received her Master of Medical Sciences in Clinical Investigation from Harvard Medical School. She completed her thesis work at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital on sex-specific differences in metabolomic profiles and responses to intervention in the critically ill. Sowmya is a 2021-2022 Fellow at the Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics and serves on the Boston Board of Peer Health Exchange, an organization improving health equity and outcomes for young people in under-resourced communities. She is a passionate educator and mentor and has given numerous talks on navigating career paths and roles in the biotechnology/pharmaceutical industry. She brings her medical, research, and industry expertise to the classroom to create an engaging and collaborative learning environment.