Managing Partner of Biotechnology Business Consultants (BBC) in Ann Arbor. BBC works with universities, economic developers, and businesses to create and grow new life science companies. In addition to overseeing all aspects of client relations at BBC, Kurek is nationally recognized as a trainer in grant-writing and commercialization for entrepreneurs. She has spent her entire career in the life sciences. Her experience includes R&D and product development, sales and marketing, and business development and executive management. Kurek began her career at Baxter developing medical devices. During 12 years at Millipore Corp., she moved from the laboratory into several positions, including marketing, product management and sales management. Kurek has been involved with several early-stage entrepreneurial companies. She was vice president of sales and marketing at BioImage, a biotechnology tools company, and held interim management positions at Accumed Systems, a medical device company, and Thromgen, a developer of biopharmaceuticals. Kurek earned her bachelor's degree from Brown University and her master's degree from the University of Michigan, both in biomedical engineering.