Jim Baker

Principal, Optimal Bio

Author of “The Adventure Begins When The Plan Falls Apart” Converting a Crisis into Company Success, Jim is a husband and father of 4, Baker has spent the last 30 years in the business world as an entrepreneur, investor, and advisor. He had a successful exit in 2014 after owning and managing a CRO and functional services company, Ockham, specializing in Oncology. During that time prior to exit, Baker grew ASG and then Ockham both organically and through M&A.

Over time Baker has experience in acquiring and selling companies, working with investment bankers, private equity, and mezzanine debt funding. In addition, has vast experience in business branding and managing and leading people. After the sale to Chiltern International, Baker started Sumus Development Group, an advisory business focused on operational excellence, exit strategy and marketing. Baker has a BA in Economics from Villanova University.

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Cary, NC

115 Kildaire Park Dr Suite 309
Cary, NC 27518


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Southern Pines, NC 28387


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Wilmington, NC 28403


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Charlottesville, VA 22911


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