CBF Honors Scientific Leaders During Women’s History Month

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CBF Honors Scientific Leaders During Women’s History Month

March 2024

CBF Honors Scientific Leaders During Women’s History Month


In honor of Women’s History Month, CBF is celebrating some of the women in life sciences who are passionate about transforming the world around them. They are trailblazers, visionaries and scientific leaders who are improving the health and lives of patients worldwide. Join us as we celebrate these remarkable individuals.

Vasiliki Anest, Ph.D. is the Chief Innovation Officer for USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. She leads the development of innovation strategies and builds high‐value industry collaborations and strategic partnerships throughout USC and externally.

Grace E. Colón, Ph.D., is an advisor and former CEO of South Bay area InCarda Therapeutics, a biopharma company pioneering a novel inhalation approach of treating cardiovascular conditions. Dr. Colón brings over 25 years of experience in biopharma, genomics, healthcare and industrial biotechnology. Most recently, she was CEO and President of InCarda Therapeutics, where she led the company from a seed stage start-up to one with a best-in-class inhaled cardiovascular disease therapies.

Reshma Kewalramani, M.D., FASN is the Chief Executive Officer and President at Vertex, a Fortune 500, global biotechnology company. She trained in internal medicine and nephrology before entering the biopharmaceutical industry, where she has dedicated her career to discovering and developing new medicines.

Martha Lawrence is Co-founder and CEO of Torrance-based AccendoWave, a pain data company with machine learning pain measurement and management technology which benchmarks pain data (specialty, gender, age) with machine learning technology to eliminate bias, improve outcomes and reduce health care costs.

Nancy Stagliano, Ph.D. is CEO and chair of the board of South San Francisco-based, Neuron23, Inc., a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on developing precision medicines for genetically defined neurological and immunological diseases

Angie You, Ph.D., a life science leader in the industry was most recently CEO of immuno-oncology company Amunix, where she orchestrated the sale of the Company to Sanofi for over $1.2 billion.  She serves on various board of directors, including RayzeBio, a company developing a pipeline against validated solid tumor targets and ORIC Pharmaceuticals, Inc. developing therapies that address cancer resistance.


Life Science Industry Celebrates STEAM During San Diego Student Festival


Generation STEAM’s 16th annual San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering Expo Day gave thousands of kids and families an up close and personal look at all things STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math).

Hosted at Snapdragon Stadium in San Diego, more than 120 exhibitors participated including some of the region’s top life science companies like Illumina, Genentech, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Vertex Pharmaceuticals and Bristol Myers Squibb who offered games, free interactive demonstrations, and science experiments to inspire interest among young people through hands-on interactive displays and experiments.

The events expose students from neighborhoods all over the San Diego region to STEAM career paths, allow them to ask questions in-person, and open their eyes to future opportunities and what they can aspire to.

For more information visit: www.lovestemsd.org.

Stay informed on the latest news and trends on the economic and health benefits of this industry by visiting CABiotech.org

If you have any questions about hosting informational briefings for your colleagues serving in the legislature, contact California Biotechnology Foundation Executive Director Patty Cooper at (916)764-2434 or [email protected].