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.

WHERE BORN: "Detroit."

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: "The two most influential people are my business partner Mickey Katz-Pek and my husband, Michael Kurek, who is also my business partner. Our careers have tracked each other over the years. The two have been influential and supportive in my career. And both have made me better."

LAST BOOK READ: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling."

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: "Passionate, strong-willed, spontaneous."

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: "It's headed into the unknown. There are very exciting challenges in science, business, and public policy that will be revolutionary. We're helping to guide people through that process and really keep the momentum to forge ahead. This field is filled with change. We can't predict what will happen because science will change things."

FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: "BlackBerry. I hate tech gadgets. My knitting needles are my favorite gadget but for a tech gadget, I'd say my BlackBerry. It's useful but I don't prefer it."

FAVORITE PLACE: "I have three: Istanbul, Rome, and right here in Ann Arbor."


FAVORITE FOOD: "Potato chips, unequivocally."

MY HIDDEN TALENT: "Playing the piano."

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: "I donít know, but if I make each day count, however Iím remembered will be a good thing."