Meet Our Team

Patricia E. Abbott

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Phone: 508-341-7515

Ms. Abbott is a specialist in launching biotech operations and business infrastructure for new entities within the life science industry. As principal in Venture Forward Partners, she provides interim COO services such as site selection, new or rehabilitative construction management (Owners Representative role) , lab & facility management, human resources, purchasing, licenses & permits, health & safety, and corporate development. She has personally contributed to the success of more than 100 biotechnology companies and academic institutions. Pat was instrumental in launching, The Science Hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a joint venture between Alexandria Real Estate and Cambridge Laboratory Consultants. Pat was actively involved in the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council for over twenty years, and is the former Chairperson to the Northeast Regional Employment Board for the State of Massachusetts. She is also a former Commissioner to the Redevelopment Authority in Ashland, Massachusetts.

Pat holds a Bachelors of Science, in Health Science, from Northeastern University. 

Kyle W. Abbott

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Phone: 508-380-3915

Mr. Abbott has joined Venture Forward Partners, bringing expertise in laboratory management, health and safety as well as laboratory moves and changes. Kyle spent three years working as an intern for global company, Veolia Environmental Services where he earned certifications from OSHA and DOT and worked with over twenty companies to manage chemical inventory and waste streams. This "hands on" large company experience has brought depth to the laboratory management environment where he manages & trains scientists in Chemical Hygiene, and continues to gain momentum in Radiation & Biosafety management. Mr. Abbott has partnered with Mr. Nicholas Garafalo, to launch Venture Forward Partners Lab Recycling, specializing in developing and managing custom recycling programs for the biotech Industry.

Kyle holds a Bachelors of Arts, from Curry College, in Business Management.

Scott L. Harbeson Ph.D.

Dr. Harbeson brings 20+ years of management experience in both venture-backed start-up and major pharmaceutical companies, including Concert Pharmaceuticals, Ensemble Discovery, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Alkermes, Inc., Marion Merrell Dow and Abbott Laboratories.  He was a key scientist in the launch of combinatorial chemistry at Vertex and advanced to head of medicinal chemistry at the Cambridge site. 

Scott holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida, a Master’s and a Doctorate in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Certificate of Special Studies in Administration and Management from the Harvard Extension School.  Scott was also an NIH NRSA postdoctoral fellow with Professor Richard B. Silverman at Northwestern University. Subsequent to Vertex, he assumed leadership roles in the establishment and growth of Ensemble Discovery and Concert Pharmaceuticals.  Scott has excellent organizational and management experience ranging from the initial start-up phase of an organization (site evaluation, talent recruitment, IP portfolio establishment, and business development)