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, Elise’s career started at SUNY Stony Brook where she made discoveries relating to genetic evolution in the great apes. 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. She played a pivotal role in directing discovery research in the areas of asthma, allergy, and immunology and continued her dedication to innovation by managing extramural collaborations for Bayer’s Biotechnology unit. Her efforts were widely recognized by promotion to Director, Project Management, where she led global cross-functional teams to bring several of Bayer’s biopharmaceuticals from bench to clinic. Her award winning performance at Bayer was followed by becoming a member of the founding team of a venture-backed spin out (Aerovance, Inc), where she became head of project management. During her tenure as Senior Director, Aerovance garnered over $ 60 MUSD, completed six clinical trials in 3.5 years, and built a right-sized matrixed organization. In 2008, she co-founded ZephyrBiotech, LLC, a consulting practice that provides project leadership, management and planning to entrepreneurial life science companies, especially those that are early-stage, venture-backed entities. Her experience within the investment community has been strengthened by her tenure with The Angels’ Forum (2012-2014), where she was responsible for managing all incoming deal flow and presentation preparation. Currently, Dr. Brownell serves as Senior Vice President of Operations and Project Management at Amarantus Bioscience Holdings, Inc. where she oversees all development programs across a diverse therapeutics and diagnostics portfolio. Most importantly, she is a highly regarded mentor/advisor for entrepreneurial programs conducted through Astia, UC Berkeley BPlan and the NCI/SBIR Investor Forum. Elise received her MS, MPhil and PhD from Yale University, and her BS from Allegheny College. She is particularly proud of her Preparatory Diploma from Eastman School of Music in piano.