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 | Chair of 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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Rachel Braun Scherl | Co-Founder & Principal, 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 | VP, Head of Late Phase Stage Strategy and Development Group, Oncology Global Product Development, Pfizer

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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 | Senior Director & COO, the Engine

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Karen Drexler | CEO, Sandstone Diagnostics, Inc.

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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. | Head of Informatics, Aetna

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Pamela Goldberg | President & CEO, Medical Device Innovation Consortium

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Jennifer Friel Goldstein | Market Manager, Silicon Valley Bank

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Megan Gates | Partner, Mintz Levin

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Cyndi Green | Senior Director of 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 | Executive Director & Professor of Health Sciences, Lewis Center for Healthcare Innovation and Technology

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Laurie Halloran | President & CEO, Halloran Consulting Group

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Elma Hawkins | Former President & CEO, Lion Biotechnologies, Cerulean BioVentures, Viridian Pharmaceuticals

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Jane Pritchett Henderson | CFO & SVP of Corporate Development, Voyager Therapeutics, Inc.

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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 | Former VP Ophthalmology, Genentech

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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 | CEO, ProPhase

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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 | CEO, Firecracker Health

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Jac Leonardi | Chairman & CEO, ActivCore

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Kate Liebelt | Chief of Staff, 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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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 | Managing Director, Klaipeda Health

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

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Leslie Molony | Executive Director of Business Development, Ology Bioservices, Inc., and Nanotherapeutics, Inc.

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Julie Murchinson | CEO, Health Evolution

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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 | Former Principal, Sofinnova Partners

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Catherine Oyler | Global Head of Strategy and Operations, Johnson & Johnson Global External Innovation

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Valerie Palmieri | CEO, Vermillion

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Heather Preston | Partner & Managing Director, TPG Biotech

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Helen Quick | Managing Director, Locust Point Capital

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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 | Executive Vice President, Development Operations, Juno Therapeutics, Inc.

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Adriann Sax | Entrepreneur in Residence, Fortress Biotech

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Catherine Sazdanoff | Chief Business Officer, Strata Oncology

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

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Nick Shah | Senior Scientist, DiCE Molecules

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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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Amita Shukla | Founder & CEO, Vitamita

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Shweta Singh | Principal, Marketing, Cross BioOncology Account Management, and Biomarker Testing, 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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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 | COO, Genome Medical, Inc.


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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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