Neil Herring has more than 40 years working in life sciences and clinical diagnostics, both in the not for profit sector and as an executive for several Boston based companies. Neil is the business development manager for the Massachusetts Host Microbiome Center, an organization he has been affiliated with both as a Partners Healthcare Corporate Manager and as consultant, since its inception more than 5 years ago. Prior to his 15 years working with with Partners Healthcare, Neil held founder and executive positions at several healthcare companies, ranging from private equity funded start-ups to a publicly held company where he was VP Business Development. Neil has also consulted to a number of companies – principally in business development activities. He has also worked on more than 35 M&A and equity funding transactions.