Dr. Olson has more than 18 years of experience in building life science companies, product development, intellectual property management, business development and venture financing. He has co-founded 6 biotech start-ups, managed other early-stage businesses, and authored business plans backed by more than $61M in capital. Most recently he was co-founder and CEO of Swift Biosciences Inc. where he led the creation, funding and development of the company for six years. During that time Swift invented and brought to market multiple new technologies for genetic analysis and Next Generation Sequencing. Prior to Swift, Dr. Olson was a founding member of Accuri Cytometers Inc. (acquired by Becton Dickinson in 2011), where he was responsible for creating Accuri’s product vision and played a central role in all aspects of corporate strategy. Dr. Olson received his doctorate in Molecular Biology from Princeton University, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco.
Kate Remus has 15+ years of strategy, general management and operating experience in medical device and life sciences businesses.
Most recently, Kate launched Halley Orthopedics, a medical device startup disrupting the $7B knee replacement market with patented technology that dramatically reduces cost while transforming the patient experience and improving treatment outcomes. The company was Automation Alley’s 2015 Startup of the Year.
Previously, Kate was a Principal at Monitor Group, a global corporate-strategy consulting firm, where she helped clients find and unlock new sources of growth. Kate has worked extensively in the retail, biotech and pharma, with a focus on new business development.
Kate earned a Bachelor of Science with honors from Georgetown University (International Business & Computer Science) and was a Dean’s Fellow and Falls Prize recipient at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (MBA, Healthcare Entrepreneurship & Finance). A native of Southeast, Michigan, Kate has traveled and worked extensively across Europe, South America and Asia and is excited to be anchored closer to home. Kate lives in Brighton, MI and has a retreat in Harbor Springs where she enjoys golfing, kayaking and skiing.
Title: Licensing Specialist, Medical Devices
Janani Ramaswamy just joined us from the Henry Ford Health System where she was a Licensing Associate and managed a portfolio of medical devices, biotechnology and digital healthcare inventions. Janani has a PhD in biomedical engineering from U-M and a B.S. in Biotechnology from Vellore Institute of Technology in India. Janani also worked as a Tech Transfer Fellow in our office in 2013-2014. Janani is one of our new Licensing Specialists with a focus in medical devices and other technologies.