Deborah Dixon

Beehive Biotech Consulting, Owner

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R&D Professional with over 30 years experience:
- 20 + years in industry (Food Safety, Medical Device,Diagnostics, Consumer Products (Automotive, Personal Care and Cosmetic)
- 7 years in academia (Michigan State University, University of Utah)
-Product Development, Business Development, and Commercialization expertise in highly regulated industries (FDA, EPA)
- Expert grant/contract writer, grant manager, Principal Investigator - over $1M funding awards via SBIR Phase I, Phase II awards (NSF, USDA), National Dairy Board, and contracts with large Pharma companies. Grant awards for diagnostic development to detect sulfonamides based on PhD dissertation!
- Peer reviewed publications (journal articles,book chapters) - publications still cited as foundational publications in the field of immunoassay development for agricultural applications
- Microbiology expertise - (PhD in Microbiology); Enhancing microbial growth (vaccines, recombinant proteins); Killing microbes (antibacterial sanitizers for automotive interior surfaces); Detecting microbial products/metabolites/antimicrobials; Microbial ingress (medical devices). Microbial cell culture, biofermentation expertise.
- Antibody/Hybridoma Production Expert - nickname "The Monoclonal Mama"
-Immunoassay development/validation expert - especially with small molecules (immunochemistry)
- Strong writing skills - publications, web site content, SOPs, protocols, grants/contract applications, reports, etc

work Experience


Beehive Biotech Consulting

May 2015 - Present

Consulting Experience/Expertise
1984-1986 Technical "hands on" consultant - immunoassay development - food safety
2006 Market research and market opportunity assessment - agricultural diagnostic
2008 Executive summary, business plan,misc activities - medical device
2008- 2010 Served as temporary COO - development stage pharmaceutical co.
2013 - Assisted PI with study - medical device
2015 - Grant App., other Funding opportunities for small companies
2015 - Present Business Development and Product Development (In house Consultant) for numerous companies.

Most of my current consulting activities/projects are focused on Market Research, Business Development and also Product Development. I especially enjoy working as an in house consultant, providing hands on product development for start up and small companies.

Technical Director

American Covers dba Handstands

September 2011 - December 2015

Invented (sole inventor - patent pending) and developed Refresh Your Car Antibacterial wipes and sprays for auto interior surfaces that sanitize, clean, protect and condition surfaces.

Business Development Manager

University of Utah/ Technology Commercialization Office

October 2006 - September 2011

Facilitated partnering for commercial sponsored research between U of U researchers and companies; negotiated agreements. Served as Adjunct Faculty in Biomedical Engineering.

Staff Scientist

Becton Dickinson (BD)

August 2004 - February 2006

Technical lead for microbiological studies associated with medical device development, technology assessment

R&D Director, Infusion Therapy Products

BD Medical Systems

January 2003 - July 2006

R&D functional leader of 60+ scientists and engineers developing infusion therapy products (catheters, needleless valves, etc)

R&D Director, Injection Systems

Becton Dickinson

January 2000 - December 2002

Responsible for needle development and improvement for injection products, including lubrication system. Also collaborations with other business units that developed needle based products such as blood collection sets, catheters, anesthesia products.

Business Development Director, Industrial

Becton Dickinson Microbiology Systems

January 1999 - December 1999

Market research, technology seeking and sensing and competitive analysis of products to expand existing industrial microbiology product line

Director, Technology Management Practices

Becton Dickinson

January 1997 - December 1999

Fostered innovation through identification and implementation of best practices and processes globally in the R&D function.

Biotechnology Development Scientist

Becton Dickinson Microbiology Systems

January 1995 - December 1996

Key account technical representative and formulator of custom dehydrated media for vaccine and recombinant protein manufacturers (pharma/biotech). Microbial cell culture and fermentation expertise utilized in this role.

Group Leader, Reproductive Biology (R&D)

Becton Dickinson Advanced Diagnostics

May 1993 - December 1994

Managed R&D team focused on development of home pregnancy test and ovulation test using immuno-chromatographic format.

Manager, R&D

Neogen Corporation

July 1986 - April 1993

Managed team of R&D associated focused on development of rapid immunoassays for detection of agricultural residues (natural contaminants) in commodities (nuts, grains, corn, etc) called mycotoxins. Expert in hybridoma production and monoclonal antibody production.

stars Convetit Experience
03/2017 - 06/2017

Participated on an Advisory Board on

#Packaging #Smart Packaging #Microelectronic Packaging

12/2016 - 02/2017

Participated on an Advisory Board on

#Wellness #Gut Health #Immune System #Immune System Balancing/Strengthening #intestinal microbiology #Gut Microbiology #Gut Microbiota #Probiotics #Probiotics development #Nutrition #nutrition & health #Nutrient Management #Gluten Intolerance