CEO of Marine Bio-Technologies Center of Innovation, North Carolina, USA
Focus Multi-disciplinary project team leader focused on facilitating collaborations between and among universities, scientific researchers, industry, and funding organizations to translate marine science into new products and services
Education Biology and genetics, B.S. Cornell University, Ph.D. New York, and State University of New York, Buffalo, USA
Background Held a series of positions with increasing responsibilities in biotech (PaxVax, Nereus, Elitra, IntraBiotics), non-profit research (The Scripps Research Institute) and large Pharma (Amercian Cyanamid/Lederle Labs)
Notable accomplishments During her career, she has executed critical roles in securing funding totaling more than $33M in contracts and $100M in venture funding as well as served as Program Manager/Leader for numerous inter-institutional/international collaborations in drug discovery and development
Why aquaculture?With an estimated population of 9 billion by 2050, the world faces a global shortage of protein. Since aquaculture has already demonstrated a more efficient feed conversion and lower carbon footprint than that of livestock, it is important that we prioritize efforts to invest in expansion of aquaculture research, development and commercialization today to meet the nutritional needs of the future.