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035 Improving Your Leadership Skills as a Science-Based Entrepreneur with Praetego Co-Founder & CEO, Pepper Landson

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Podcast Show Notes

Joan joins me today to share how tech-based entrepreneurs and science-based entrepreneurs differ in the position of founding a startup. I also spoke with Pepper to learn her perspective on the importance of science-based entrepreneurs shifting their mindset from “leadership” to “service-ship.” She shares the common misconceptions surrounding entrepreneurship and being a “good leader” and the mistakes and mishaps many science-based entrepreneurs make throughout their journey. She also shares her perspective on work-life balance, self-care, ‘faking it ‘til you make it,’ and imposter syndrome.



“I would like to see those partnerships between science and business form earlier.” – Joan Rose


This week on the Supportedly Podcast:


  • The differences between a science-based entrepreneur and tech-based entrepreneur.
  • The common mistakes that new entrepreneurs make when building a company.
  • The differences in working within a big company and founding a startup.
  • The importance of humility and mentorship as a founder.
  • Recognizing that you don’t have to do it all yourself.
  • Identifying the true meaning of work-life balance for entrepreneurs and startups.
  • Pepper’s perspective on “faking it ‘til you make it.”
  • Why you need to be willing to learn and have a curiosity mindset.



“You have to accept that you are not going to have all the answers. It doesn’t work that way. All you need to know is where to go next.” – Pepper Landson

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Podcast Guests

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Pepper Landson

Pepper Landson is the CEO and Co-Founder of Praetego, a business that develops drug candidates for protecting patients with diabetes, patients who receive critical care, and patients who are undergoing surgery. She has held the position of Co-Founder and Principal for Cheval Noir, Vice President of Clinical Operations for NephroGenex, and CEO of Linked Urology Research Network. Pepper has amassed almost 30-years experience within the life sciences and medical research industries. She believes in being a lifelong learner and promotes the benefits of having a mentor and support group when founding a new business.

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Joan Siefert Rose

Joan Siefert Rose is the CEO of LaunchBio, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support to life science and biotech companies. LaunchBio helps science-based entrepreneurs through mentorship and coworking spaces. Joan is a sought-after conference speaker and has worked as a columnist for Forbeson the topic of entrepreneurial ecosystems. She was responsible for creating the early-stage investor relation and mentorship program for the Council for Entrepreneurial Development in Research, where she held the position of CEO.

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Steph Kissel

I utilize my background and expertise in project leadership to find creative operational solutions every day. I’m passionate about great ideas and inspired by the entrepreneurs who bring them to life (ever seen someone cry happy tears over your prototype?). I'm fortunate to work with people who share my passions and inspire me every day. Together, we're working non-stop to create cool things that empower entrepreneurs and business owners, like, the place to find entrepreneurial support programs, events, and actionable content like The Supportedly Podcast. To all the providers and entrepreneurs they support, thanks for letting me tell your stories, and if you’re reading this, I hope we’ve helped make your entrepreneurial journey just a little be easier and maybe even more exciting!

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