AWIS-SD Leadership Network Directory 2014 (last update May 2014)
Buckman, Dana    
  Current position

CEO, Flow Paradigm LLC

AWIS role

Member

Previous Employers

Pfizer, Arena Pharmaceuticals, CancerVax

Professional Skills Flow cytometry for drug development, education of scientific community, and assay development in oncology
Education   University of Colorado at Boulder
Camacho, Stephanie    
  Current position

VP of Sales and Marketing, ESI BIO

AWIS role

Member

Previous Employers

Stemgent, Life Technologies, Invitrogen

Professional Skills Life Science  Strategic Marketing, Manufacturing, and Logistics
Education Free University, Berlin, Germany
Chaplin, Jenny    
  Current position

Pfizer, Development Director

AWIS role Secretary (2006-2007), President (2008-2009), Past President (2010-2011), WIST cochair (2009, 2011)
Previous Employers

Vical, Diversa, Albany Molecular Research

Professional Skills

Certified project manager, alliance management, drug development

Education University of the Witwatersrand
Corpora, Julie    
  Current position Executive Director, Vista Village Business Association; Julie Corpora Marketing & Design
AWIS role Member
Previous Employers Sanford Rose Associates - Toft Group, The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe
Professional Skills  
Education San Diego State Univ-California State Univeristy
Duncan, Amy    
  Current position

Founder, Chief Marketing Consultant - Goldfish Consulting, Inc.

AWIS role

Board Member - Member at Large

Previous Employers Sally Ride Science, Stemgent, Thermo-Fisher Scientific
Professional Skills

Life Science Marketing Consultant - specializing in Messaging and Postioning

Education  UC Davis, San Diego State Univ-California State Univeristy 
Ferrari, Marilyn    
  Current position

President, Cesira, Inc.

AWIS role

Member

Previous Employers

Vical Incorporated

Professional Skills

R&D, Business Development, Alliance Management

Education  University of Minnesota - Twin Cities 
Glaser, Diana    
  Current position Sr. Director of Clinical Research, Aurora Spine, Center for Peace and Commerce, UCSD, Institutue of Engineering in Medicine
AWIS role

Member

Previous Employers Rady's Children's Hospital, PMI San Diego chapter, Exegen IP Alliances
Professional Skills Medical devices, Clinical Research, Biomedical Engineering, Project Management, R&D, Team Leadership
Education  Univeristy of Tennessee-Knoxville
Holley, Beth    
  Current position

Director, GMP Quality Assurance, Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc.

AWIS role

Member

Previous Employers

Gen-Probe, Compliance Achieved, Amylin Pharmaceuticals

Professional Skills

Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance - GXP quality system consulting

Education Texas A&M University 
Levin, Nancy    
  Current position

VP R&D, GIRxMetabolics; Consultant, Nancy Levin, Ph.D.

AWIS role

Member

Previous Employers

Intrexon Corporation, CovX Research/Pfizer WRD, Genentech, Amgen

Professional Skills

Pharmacology, preclinical & early clinical development, translational pharmacology

Education  UC San Francisco 
Lucas, Karin    
  Current position

Associate Director, Scientific Communications, Sarepta Therapeutics

AWIS role

WIB Conference Committee Chair 2003, 2005 & 2009, Marketing & Public Relations Director, Vice President

Previous Employers

Biotech Primer Inc., Biogen Idec, Cardinal Health

Professional Skills

Scientific communication & training, protein formulation and analytical development

 Education B.S. Cal Poly SLO, Ph.D. University of California, San Diego
Manza, Linda    
  Current position

LL Manza Consulting, LLC

AWIS role

Member AWIS San Diego Board, National AWIS Chapters Committee Member

Previous Employers

Arena Pharmaceuticals, The Univeristy of Arizona, Siera Biomedical, US Army

Professional Skills Toxicologist, Quality Assurance Professional, Technical Writer
Education University of Arizona
Marino, Margaret (Peggy)    
  Current position

Director, Project Management, AnaptysBio; MHM Biopharmaceutical Consulting

AWIS role

Member

Previous Employers

Pfizer, Pharmacia, Searle, Monsanto

Professional Skills

Preclinical drug discovery, Alliance & Project Management

Education  Penn State Univeristy, Bowling Green State University 
Moreno, Tanya    
  Current position

VP, Research and Development, Pathway Genomics

AWIS role

Member

Previous Employers

TorreyPines Therapeutics, Salk Institue for Biological Studies

Professional Skills  
Education  California Institute of Technology 
Nakayama, Grace    
  Current position

Life Sciences Consultant

AWIS role

President

Previous Employers

Abide Therapeutics, Biogen Idec, Pfizer

Professional Skills

Pharmaceutical Research and Development -- Drug Discovery through Phase 3, Project and Alliance management consulting

Education Harvey Mudd College, UC Berkeley
Niemeyer, Christina    
  Current position

i2 Grants Associates

AWIS role

AWIS-SD Treasurer

Previous Employers

Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, Salmedix, Structural Bioinformatics, Inc.

Professional Skills

Grant Writing, Laboratory Director, Research Scientist

Education   Baylor College of Medicine
Ogilvie, Kathy Current position

Director, Physiology aTyr Pharma

  AWIS role

Co-chair Corporate Sponsorship Committee

Previous Employers

CovX, Pfizer Biotherapeutics and Bioinnovation Center, Exelixis, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Ligand Pharmaceuticals

Professional Skills

Pharmacology, Project Leader, Drug Discovery Leader, Metabolic Disease, Diabetes & Obesity, Inflammation, Immunity

Education

Salk Institute for Biological Studies, University of Delaware, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

   
Park, Frances    
  Current position

Director, Project Management, AltheaDx

AWIS role

Member

Previous Employers

SGX Pharmaceuticals

Professional Skills Operations management; domestic and international project management; genomics based assay development; CLIA assay validation; sample testing (RUO, GLP, CLIA); CLIA lab management; high throughput x-ray crystallographic structure determination; structure based oncology drug discovery and early development; certified Project Manager Professional (PMP)
 Education

Univeristy of California, San Diego

Payne, Lori    
  Current position

Director, Business Development, Intertek

AWIS role

Member

Previous Employers

BASi, Merial (a Merck-Aventis Company), Merck

Professional Skills

Leadership, Operations, Lean/Six Sigma, Business Development, Drug Development, Bioanalytical Chemistry, Immunochemistry

 Education

Louisiana State University (PhD), UC Davis (BS) 

Perdue, Donna    
  Current position Of Counsel at Duckor Spradling Metzger & Wynne; Principal at Perdue IP Law APC
AWIS role

20+ year member of AWIS

Previous Employers

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

Professional Skills Intellectual property legal services for the life science, including patent and trademark prosecution, patent and trademark portfolio management, technology licensing, opinion work, IP management and procedure development, and client counseling in IP related matters.
Education

University of Washington School of Law; Cornell University

Retallack, Diane    

   
Current position

Director, Molecular Biology, Pfenex Inc.

AWIS role Member, outreach committee member (2002-present), Board Member at Large (2009-2013), WIST 2013 committee member, Open House co-chair (2009-2013), former Outreach Committee co-chair (2005-2009)
Previous Employers

The Dow Chemical Company, Univeristy of Wisconsin

Professional Skills Molecular biology and microbial genetics, microbial strain engineering and protein production, product development
  Education

University of Michigan (Ph.D. Microbiology and Immunology)

Sears, Dorothy (Dody)    
  Current position UCSD Associate Professor of Medicine, President American Diabetes Assoc San Diego Community Leadership Board
AWIS role AWIS-SD Executive Board Past-President (2014-present), President (2010-2013), Member (2010); Chair 2014 Scholars Celebration Planning Committee, Co-Chair 2014 WIST Conference Planning Committee, Co-Founder Leadership Network (2012), Strategy Sessions Committee (2009-present, Chair 2009-2010)
Previous Employers I have always been employed at UCSD since getting my PhD.  I have collaborated and consulted with several industry partners including Metabolex, Merck, Pfizer, Regulus, and ClinMet.
Professional Skills Preclinical, clinical, and systems biology research in obesity, metabolism, type 2 diabetes
Education The John Hopkins Univeristy School of Medicine (PhD), The University of Southern California (BS)
Soloff, Rachel    
  Current position

Director, Research Division, Kyowa Hakko Kirin California, Inc.

AWIS role

AWIS-SD Board Member (2008-2011); Coffee Club liaison (2012-2013)

Previous Employers

Univerisity of California, San Diego
Professional Skills

Immunology, Drug Discovery

Education  Univerisity of California, San Diego 
Tam, Tobey    
  Current position

University of Phoenix, Campus College Chair - College of Natural Sciences

AWIS role

AWIS Board Member (2002-2004)

Previous Employers

Grant Anderson LLP, T. Tam Consulting, Quidel Corporation

Professional Skills

Scientist, Educator, and Communicator

Education  University of California, San Diego and Emory University 
Theofan, Georgia    
  Current position

Theofan Consulting

AWIS role

Member

Previous Employers

Argos Therapeutics, Inc., Ceregene, Inc., The Immune Response Corporation

Professional Skills

Clinical Development Consultant and Medical Writer

 Education University of Notre Dame 
Weisser, Tammy    
  Current position

Intellectual Property Partner at Jones Day

AWIS role

AWIS-SD Board of Directors (2012-2013)

Previous Employers

Hale and Dorr LLP; Emory University, Vaccine Research Center; Univ. of Massachusetts Medical School; Agracetus, Inc.

Professional Skills International patent portfolio development, management and enforcement in all areas of biotechnology; patent validity, freedom-to-operate and non-infringement analyses; IP due diligence and strategic advice related to life science M&A, financings, partnerships, joint ventures and other collaborations
Education Georgetown Univ. Law Center (J.D., Law), Univ. of Massachusetts Medical School (Ph.D., Immunology & Virology); Univ of Wisconsin-Madison (B.S. Molecular Biology) 
Weston, Claire    
  Current position

Founder & CEO Reveal Biosciences

AWIS role

Member

Previous Employers Vala Sciences, PharmaScouts, Inc., Univ. Massachusetts Medical School, GlaxoSmithKline
Professional Skills Oncology, Cell Biology, Molecular Diagnostics, Biomarkers, Signal Transduction, Immunohistochemistry, In Situ Hybridization, Digital Pathology
Education  Univeristy of Cambridge
White, Janet    
  Current position

Development Director, Pfizer

AWIS role Former AWIS national board member and former AWIS-SD Chair
Previous Employers Kyowa Hakko Kirin California Inc., SGX Pharmaceuticals
Professional Skills

Strategy, Business Development, Project Management

Education  Cambridge University, UK and Open Business School, UK 

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