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 | Managing Partner, CREO, Inc.

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Jahanara Ali | Founder & CEO, Octane LLC

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Letizia Amadini-Lane | VP of Strategic Alliances for the 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 | Health IT Lab Fellow, Columbia University

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Faz Bashi | Lead Venture Investor, Portfolia FemTech Fund

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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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Rachel Braun Scherl | Co-Founder & Managing Partners, SPARK Solutions for Growth



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Laura Brege | Managing Director, Cervantes Life Science Partners

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Corinne Bright | Founder & CEO, Reflex Medical, Tulavi Therapeutics

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Andrea Bruell | Former VP of New Product Commercialization and Specialty Products, Biogen Idec

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Jill Carroll | Principal, SR One

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Vita Cassese | CEO, Mardon Management Advisors

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

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Terry Chase | Sponsored Research Director, Celltex Therapeutics Corporation

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Pravin Chaturvedi | Co-founder & CEO, Oceanyx Pharmaceuticals

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Martha Connolly | Former Director of MTech Baltimore, University of Maryland

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Pamela Contag, PhD | CEO, BioEclipse Therapeutics

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Ellen Corenswet | Corporate Partner, Covington & Burling LLP

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Molly Coye | Executive in Residence, AVIA

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

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Leena Das-Young | General Manager & Chief Lunar Officer, Guardant Health

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Amy Davis | Senior Director Clinical Information and Process Automation, Eli Lilly & Company

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Teresa DeLuca | Managing Director, NY Life Science Venture Fund

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Rachel DeScenza | Vice President of Medicare Integration, AETNA

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Ann DeWitt | General Partner, the Engine

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Karen Drexler | CEO, Sandstone Diagnostics

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Suzette Dutch | Owner, Triathlon Medical Ventures

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Joan Fallon | Founder & CEO, Curemark

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Stacy Feld | Vice President of Consumer Venture Investments & External Innovation, Johnson and Johnson

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Kathe P. Fox, Ph.D. | Informatics Consultant

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Jennifer Friel Goldstein | Head of Business Development, Technology and Healthcare, Silicon Valley Bank

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Megan Gates | Partner, Mintz Levin

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Pamela Goldberg | President & CEO, Medical Device Innovation Consortium

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Cyndi Green | Lead Search & Evaluation, Worldwide Business Development, Pfizer

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Jill Griffiths | President, Griffiths Communications

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Adele Gulfo | Chief of Commercial Development, Roivant Sciences

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Joseph Gulfo | CEO, Breakthrough Medical Innovations

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Laurie Halloran | President & CEO, Halloran Consulting Group

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Elma Hawkins | President, CEO & Co-Founder, Redpin Therapeutics

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Jane Pritchett Henderson | CFO, Turnstone Biologics

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Linda Hogan | President & Founder, LLH Associates

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Mary Holland | Former Global Business Development Strategist for the Molecular Diagnostics Division, MRI Global

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Claire Houston | VP of Clinical Development, Pulsar Vascular; Principal, CSH Consulting Services

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Irene Hrusovsky | Managing Director, BELLE Capital USA

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Nan Hutchinson | Former Board Member, Cynapsus Therapeutics

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Eva Jack | Chief Business Officer, Mersana Therapeutics

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Elizabeth Jeffords | Chief Commercial & Strategy Officer, Alkahest, Inc.

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Annalisa Jenkins | CEO, PlaqueTech

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Chris Jones | Chief Ventures Investment Officer, University of Vermont Health Network

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Kristi Jones | Former VP, Head of Portfolio Strategy and Management, AstraZeneca/MedImmune

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Veronica Jordan | Managing Director, Golden Seeds

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Sofija Jovic | Life Science Executive & Board Member

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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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Jac Leonardi | Chairman & CEO, ActivCore

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Kate Liebelt | Life Sciences & Healthcare Manager, Deloitte

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Lucy Lu | Board Member, Life Science Angels

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Ellen Lubman | Founder, Bella Biotech Advisory

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Rebecca MacKinnon | Partner, 5th Dimension Strategies LLC

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Angèle Maki | Former Executive Director, Business Development & Licensing, Merck & Co.

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Stacie Mallen | Former VP of Human Resources, Ulthera

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Anna Maroney | VP of Alliance Management, AbbVie

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

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Sylvia McBrinn | CEO & Founder, McBrinn Management Consulting

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Irena Melnikova | Investment Banking, Leerink Partners LLC

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David S. Memel | Former Managing Director, Klaipeda Health

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Nancy Miller-Rich | Former SVP, Merck Global Human Health

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Leslie Molony | Principal, Biodeals, LLC

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Julie Murchinson | CEO, Health Evolution Summit

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Anahita Nakhjiri | Senior Associate, McKesson Ventures

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Nina Nashif | Founder & Former CEO, Healthbox

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Azin Nezami | Director of Innovation and External Research, Vertex Pharmaceuticals

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Sara Núñez-García | Senior Director, Roivant Sciences

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Catherine Oyler | Vice President, Global Public Health, Tuberculosis, Johnson & Johnson

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Valerie Palmieri | CEO, Vermillion

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Doris Peterkin | CEO, OncoPep

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Heather Preston | Managing Parter, Pivotal BioVentures

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Helen Quick | Managing Director, Locust Point Capital

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Laura Randa | VP, Market Access, Novartis

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Lee Rauch | Executive in Residence, Columbia Technology Ventures

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Eiry Roberts | Chief Medical Officer, Neurocrine Biosciences


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Susan Rohrer | Former Merck & Co., Inc.

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Mary Rozenman, PhD | SVP of Corporate Development and Strategy, Aimmune Therapeutics

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Barbara Ryan | Founder, Barbara Ryan Advisors


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Corsee Sanders, PhD | EVP, Strategic Advisor on Biometrics, Data Operations, and Clinical Operations

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Adriann Sax | CEO, Orsenix LLC

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Catherine Sazdanoff | Chief Business Officer, Strata Oncology

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

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Kay Schwichtenberg | President & CEO, Central Life Sciences

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Stacey Seltzer | Partner, Aisling Capital

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Debanti Sengupta | Senior Scientist, Medical Affairs at Varian Medical Systems

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Rachel Sha | Vice President of Digital Business Development & Licensing, Sanofi

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Nick Shah, PhD | Head of Assay Science, DiCE Molecules

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Amita Shukla | Founder & CEO, Vitamita

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Shweta Singh Maniar | Global Lead for Healthcare & Life Sciences, Google Cloud

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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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Diane Sullivan | Former VP of Market Research and Patient Strategies, AstraZeneca

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Alison Taunton-Rigby | Director & Trustee, Healthcare, Life Sciences and Financial Services

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Dr. Nick van Terheyden | Chief Medical Officer, BaseHealth, Inc.

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Murielle Thinard-McLane | CEO, 2PG


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Julia Varshavsky | Director of Biometrics, Corcept Therapeutics

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Alan Walker | VP of Marketing & Development, Kaneka Americas Inc.

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Nicole Walker | Healthcare Principal, Baird Capital


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Tracy Warren | CEO, Astarte Ventures

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Yael Weiss | VP Business Development, 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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Yvonne Yamanaka | Senior Associate, venBio Partners

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David Zhang | Vice President of Biometrics, MyoKardia

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

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