Life Science Council


Life Science Council

Springboard’s Life Science Council is a well connected, highly respected group of experts across the world of biotech, pharma, medical devices and health IT who invest their “human capital” in Springboard and our pipeline of high-growth, women-led companies.

Members advise and support our annual life science industry initiatives by actively advocating on behalf of Springboard among peers and within the business community and by leveraging their expertise and network to provide connections, perspective, prestige and strategic input.

Susan Acker-Walsh | CEO, CREO, Inc.

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Jahanara Ali | Founder and CEO, Octane LLC

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Letizia Amadini-Lane | VP, Strategic Alliances - Office of the CEO, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

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Debra Apruzzese | President, Axia11G Consulting Group, LLC

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Carol Ashe | Chief Business Officer, New York Genome Center

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Sheila Babnis | Innovator in Residence, Board Member, Future State, Inc.

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Faz Bashi | Chair, Digital Health and Sciences Screening Committee, Life Science Angels

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Kian Beyzavi | President, Kbeyzavi & Associates

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Janice Bourque | Managing Director, Life Sciences at Hercules Technology Growth Capital

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Laura Brege | Independent Counsel

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Corinne Bright | Founder and CEO, Reflex Medical

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Andrea Bruell | Former Biogen Idec

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Jill Carroll | Senior Associate, SR One

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Vita Cassese | Partner at Exigen Capital

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Faith Charles | Partner, Chair of Life Sciences at Thompson Hine LLP

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Terry Chase | President & CEO, Research Valley Innovation Center

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Pravin Chaturvedi | Co-founder & CEO, Oceanyx Pharmaceuticals

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Martha Connolly | Director, MTech Baltimore at the University of Maryland

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Pamela Contag, PhD | CEO, ConcentRx, Inc.

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Ellen Corenswet | Corporate Partner, Covington & Burling LLP

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Molly Coye | Social Entrepreneur in Residence, Network for Excellence in Healthcare innovation

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Suzanne Cross | Global Head of Consumer Business Development Operation and Alliance Management, Johnson & Johnson

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Leena Das-Young | Vice President, Late Phase Oncology Strategy, Development, Submissions & Lifecycle Management Group, Pfizer

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Teresa DeLuca | Physician Executive

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Rachel DeScenza | Vice President, Medicare Integration, AETNA

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Ann DeWitt | Senior Director of Investments, Sanofi-Genzyme Bioventures

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Karen Drexler | Director, diaDexus

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Suzette Dutch | Owner, Triathlon Medical Ventures

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Joan Fallon | CEO, Curemark LLC

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Stacy Feld | Senior Director, Consumer Scientific Innovation, Johnson & Johnson

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Kathe P. Fox, Ph.D. | Head of Informatics, Aetna

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Megan Gates | Partner, Mintz Levin

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Jennifer Friel Goldstein | Managing Director, Silicon Valley Bank

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Cyndi Green | Senior Director, Worldwide Business Development, Pfizer

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Jill Griffiths | Consultant

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Adele Gulfo | EVP and Chief Strategy Officer at Mylan

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Joseph Gulfo | Executive Director, Rothman Institute of Innovation & Entrepreneurship of Fairleigh Dickinson University

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Laurie Halloran | President and CEO, Halloran Consulting Group

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Elma Hawkins | President and Chief Operating Officer, Lion Biotechnologies

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Jane Pritchett Henderson | Senior Vice President, Chief Financial and Business Officer, Kolltan

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Linda Hogan | President and Founder, LLH Associates

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Mary Holland | Global Business Development Strategist - Molecular Diagnostics Division, MRI Global

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Claire Houston | Vice President, Clinical Development, Pulsar Vascular and Principal, CSH Consulting Services

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Irene Hrusovsky | Managing Director, BELLE Capital USA

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Eva Jack | Chief Business Officer, Mersana Therapeutics

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Annalisa Jenkins | CEO, Dimension Therapeutics

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Kristi Jones | VP, Head of Portfolio Strategy and Management at Astra Zeneca/MedImmune

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Veronica Jordan | Managing Director, Golden Seeds

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Anjali Kataria | CEO, Mytonomy, Inc.

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Nina Kjellson | General Partner, Canaan Partners

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Thomas Kluz | Senior Venture Capital Associate, Providence Ventures

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Summer Knight | Managing Partner, Firecracker International

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Kate Liebelt | Chief of Staff, Deloitte

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Ellen Lubman | Vice President, External Science & Innovation, Allergan

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Rebecca Mackinnon | Partner, 5th Dimension Strategies LLC

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Stacie Mallen | Vice President of Human Resources, Ulthera

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Sharon Mates | Chairman & CEO, Intra-Cellular Therapies Inc.

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Sylvia McBrinn | CEO and Founder, McBrinn Management Consulting

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Irena Melnikova | Investment Banking, Leerink Partners LLC

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David S. Memel | Chief Medical Officer, Metabolon, Inc.

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Nancy Miller-Rich | Senior Vice-President, Global Human Health Business Development & Licensing and Commercial Support Merck, Global Human Health

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Leslie Molony | Senior Director, Business Development, Sanford Burnham Prebys

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Julie Vaughan Murchinson | Chief Executive Officer, Health Evolution Summit

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Anahita Nakhjiri | Strategy & Portfolio Development, McKesson Ventures

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Nina Nashif | Founder & CEO, Healthbox

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Azin Nezami | Senior Scientist, Vertex Pharmaceuticals

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Sara Núñez-García | Senior Associate, Sofinnova Partners

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Catherine Oyler | VP, Strategy and External Innovation, Janssen Research and Development, Johnson & Johnson

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Heather Preston | Partner & Managing Director, TPG Biotech

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Helen Quick | Partner, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

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Dina Rey | Global Head Digital Group (Pharma), Hoffmann La Roche

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Eiry Roberts | VP Research and Development, Eli Lilly and Company


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Susan Rohrer | Former Merck & Co., Inc.

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Barbara Ryan | Partner, Clermont Partners


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Adriann Sax | Entrepreneur in Residence, Fortress Biotech

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Catherine Sazdanoff | CEO and President, Sazdanoff Consulting LLC

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Rachel Braun Scherl | Co-Founder and Principal, SPARK Solutions for Growth

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Anya Schiess | General Partner, Co-Founder, Healthy Ventures

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Kay Schwichtenberg | President & CEO of Central Life Sciences

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Stacey Seltzer | Principal, Aisling Capital

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Amita Shukla | Founder & CEO, Vitamita

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Shweta Singh | Business, Healthcare Innovation & Venture Development, Genentech

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Catherine Sohn | President, Sohn Health Strategies, LLC

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Karen Spilizewski | Vice President, RiverVest Venture Partners

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Lilian Stern | Principal, Stern Investor Relations

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Alison Taunton Rigby | Director, Healthways

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Murielle Thinard-McLane | Executive Council Member, Hebridean


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Nicole Walker | Principal, Baird Capital


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Tracy Warren | General Partner, Astarte Ventures

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Yael Weiss | Business Development at Ultragenyx

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Phyllis Whiteley | Venture Partner, Wildcat Venture Partners

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Donna Williamson | Managing Director, Ceres Venture Fund

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Susan Windham-Bannister | President & CEO, Biomedical Growth Strategies

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Alex Zisson | Managing Director, H.I.G. Capital

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