Our first speaker of 2018 will be Susan Windham-Bannister, Ph.D., an internationally recognized expert with credentials in the fields of innovation strategy, market access, and healthcare policy analysis. Dr. Windham-Bannister is an author and frequent speaker at national and international life sciences conferences. She was named one of the “10 Most Influential Women in Biotech” by the Boston Globe in 2013 and is the first African American woman in the U.S. to lead a life sciences-focused innovation fund with a budget of over $1-billion.
When: Wednesday, January 17th
Arrival: 6:30 PM
Chat: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
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About Dr. Susan Windham-Bannister
Dr. Susan Windham-Bannister is a nationally and internationally recognized innovation strategy expert. She has been recognized by the Boston Globe as one of the “10 Most Influential Women in Biotech,” by Boston Magazine as one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Boston,” and is the incoming President of the National Board of Directors of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS).
Dr. Windham-Bannister currently serves as Managing Partner of Biomedical Innovation Advisors LLC as well as the President and CEO of Biomedical Growth Strategies, LLC. These advisory firms leverage Dr. Windham-Bannister’s experience as a business strategist and the immediate past President and CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC), a state-funded investment organization charged with administering a $1-billion Life Sciences investment fund to accelerate the pace of growth in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices, medical diagnostics and bioinformatics. She is the first African American in the U.S. to lead a life sciences-focused innovation fund of this scale.
During Dr. Windham-Bannister’s tenure, the MLSC invested over $700 million of the fund, leveraged another $2.7 billion in matching investment capital, established Massachusetts as the global leader in life sciences, and made the life sciences the fastest job-producing sectors of the Massachusetts economy. Her initiatives included promoting entrepreneurship and start-up activity in Massachusetts, and building an innovation ecosystem that was a major draw for industry leaders.