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I’m an ex-scientist, entrepreneur, storyteller, and author who loves simplifying the complex.

If you have a life sciences story that is complicated because the technology is new, you’re entering a crowded market or creating a new one – I want to help you.

Why? Because I get it and to me, science is the only news. I’ve helped dozens of life sciences entrepreneurs and big biopharmaceutical company executives tell their story to launch a company or product, to attract investors, or to sell more.

Here’s What I Do

I founded and am the president of messagingLAB, a strategy and marketing communications firm focused on the life sciences. Over the years, I have worked with ACM Global Laboratories, Agricen, Asimov, BMS, Dr Boyds, Gambro, Incomm/Medagate, Kendle/INC Research, PAREXEL, Pfizer, Novartis Vaccines & Diagnostics, Openwave, World Courier, among many others.

I also speak and train companies on the impact of synthetic biology on their business.

Moderating a panel on NYC Biotech at Columbia University, March 2018
Biofabricate 2017 Keynote

For more information, contact me here.

Here’s What I’ve Written

I am the co-author with John Cumbers, Ph.D., of What’s Your Bio Strategy? a book on the way biotechnology is changing all business.

You may know the last 50 years have been dominated by microprocessors and information technology. But did you know the next 50 years will be dominated by living systems engineered to function as biological machines?

Synthetic biology – the rapidly developing field that makes biology easier to engineer – is quickly transforming industries and changing the rules of business.

What’s Your Bio Strategy? is a collection of interviews with the innovators like George Church (Harvard University), Andras Forgacs (Modern Meadow), Jason Kelly (Ginkgo Bioworks), Andrew Hessel (Autodesk), Suzanne Lee (Biofabricate), Pamela Silver (Harvard University), J. Craig Venter, and many others describing the massive advances making biology easy and accessible.

What I’ve learned: If your business doesn’t include biotechnology, then you’re probably not innovating as hard as you can. Biotechnology already touches your life and it is quickly becoming even more ubiquitous.

Why do you need a bio strategy? Click here to find out.

It’s a great book and I’m really proud of it.

A Few More Things About Me

  • I grew up in Ventura, California and Panama (Central America) and live in Brooklyn with rockstar-of-an-art-teacher Kristen Adamczyk and our three sons, Alejandro, Tomás, and Felix.
  • I was a competing amateur skateboarding and was on a Swiss skateboard team. I bodyboard, hike in the Adirondacks, cross-country ski, and listen to music when I can.
  • I’ve written about bioentrepreneurship (What Does it Take to Succeed as a Bio-Entrepreneur?), synthetic biology (Four Perspectives on Business Model Evolution in Synthetic Biology), clinical supply chain (Can Improving Communications And Collaboration Secure Your Global Supply Chain?), and innovation in clinical research organizations.
  • Though I rarely do write any these days, my short fiction has been published by Bombay Gin, ilato Press, and The New Censorship, among others. I am also the author of a collection of short fiction called, Three Pool Rhumba. I have also written several unpublished novels and unproduced screenplays. The last one is about kids bio-engineering dragons and it kicks ass. Stay tuned.
  • Over the years, I have interviewed and published interviews of some of the most exciting pioneering musicians on the planet — Akufen, Alex Empire, Asmus Tietchens, Blixa Bargeld, Christoph Heemann, Cosey Fanni Tutti, F.M. Einheit, Les Paul, and Wolfgang Mueller; a few very interesting authors, Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, Kathy Acker, Keith Abbott; and, more than a few biotech/medtech entrepreneurs changing the world for the better, including Jamie Bacher, Jim Chinitz, Omri Amirav Drory, Tim Fell, Andrew Hessell, Rino Rappouli, Craig Shimasaki, Jim Wassil, Stan Yakatan, among many others.
  • I was lucky enough to make a guest appearance on a Frank Dommert/HNAS collaboration, which ended up as a bonus track on HNAS’ Melchior (Aufmarsch Der Schlampen).

Have a question or want to learn more?

Contact me at karl@messaginglab.com or 646.233.3188.