Elise Brownell, PhD. has spent the last 35 years in the bio/pharmaceutical arena where she has played key roles in discovery, development and opportunity assessment to drive innovation. After completing her doctorate at Yale University, Elise’s career started at SUNY Stony Brook. She continued her interest in comparative molecular biology during her tenure at Frederick Cancer Research Facility and expanded her facility with molecular genetics while in various functions at Bayer Healthcare. Her efforts were widely recognized by promotion to Director, Project Management, where she led global cross-functional teams. Elise also became a member of the founding team of a venture-backed spin out (Aerovance, Inc), where she became head of project management. Dr. Brownell serves in Interim Executive capacities for a number of emergent and highly innovative companies in the Life Science sector and is the EVP of Operations and Project Management at Amarantus Bioscience Holdings, Inc. Elise received her MS, MPhil and PhD from Yale University, and her BS from Allegheny College.