Rick Berenson Managing Director
Rick is Managing Director of Venzyme Catalyst, LLC, a consultancy that provides executive services and strategic guidance to early-stage companies. He has raised or helped raise more than $93M in private and non-dilutive capital. A former McKinsey & Company consultant who started his post-graduate career as a member of technical staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Rick received a J.D.-M.B.A. from Harvard Business and Law Schools in 1984 and is a magna cum laude graduate in Economics from Harvard College.
Rick also currently serves as CEO of HeartLander Surgical, Inc. (robot for minimally invasive beating heart surgery) and as strategic CFO of SimulConsult Inc. (diagnostic decision support software for rare diseases). He is a member of the boards of Capillary Biomedical, Inc. (novel insulin infusion set), Massachusetts Medical Angels (premier early life sciences stage investment group in Boston), and the Freedom Trail Foundation (history tourism). Rick also served as the CEO and co-Founder of Thermalin Inc., a biotechnology company developing novel, insulin-based therapies for diabetes. Over 10 years at Thermalin, Rick assembled a world-class team of scientists that created clinical-candidate novel insulin molecules and invented disruptive insulin delivery devices. To support this effort, he consummated industry partnerships with Sanofi and Eli Lilly and raised $63M in equity and non-dilutive support. A serial entrepreneur, Rick has also served as CEO or COO of ten other companies in consumer products manufacturing, knowledge management, new media, entertainment industry technology, manufacturing software, healthcare information and services, healthcare market research, anti-infectives drug discovery, diagnostic reference laboratory services, and cancer immunotherapeutics.
Get in touch: Rick@venzyme.com
Susan Andreottola Business Manager
Susan brings over 30 years of experience in helping clients to manage all aspects of administration.
Susan has set up and managed business operations for multiple clients. Most recently she has managed businenss operation sfor Thermalin Inc.. Prior to joining Venzyme in 2014, Susan has worked for Pangea Tools, Scientific Learning, Soliloquy Learning, Davox Corporation, and Applicon.
Get in touch: Susan@venzyme.com
Fran Rubin Executive Recruiter
Fran brings over 20 years of experience in helping clients to develop and implement innovative recruitment, retention, downsizing and outplacement strategies. She brings extensive cross-industry knowledge from serving both Fortune 500 and startup companies within the consulting, technology, healthcare, biotechnology, financial services, and retail sectors.
Fran's client roster features Thermalin Inc., Navigant Consulting, Simplayer Sports, AltiComm, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Morepace Pharma Group, Arthur D. Little, Accenture, Delta Dental, Life Plans, Inceptor, Timberland, and Comp USA.
Fran's special talent is sourcing, recruiting and hiring key players cost effectively. She has filled a wide variety of positions with quality candidates, ranging from junior to senior consulting staff, Chief Financial Officer, General Counsel, VP Marketing, VP Sales, Chief Technology Officer, as well as sales, marketing, product development. software development, web design, quality assurance, database administration and information technology jobs. Fran holds a Bachelor of Arts from Queens College in New York and has completed extensive graduate work in Human Resource Management at Lesley College. She is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management, and the Human Resource Council.
Get in touch: Fran@venzyme.com