Regional Head | JLABS @ Washington, DC Johnson & Johnson Innovation
As Regional Head of JLABS @ Washington, DC, Sally sets the strategic direction and oversees all operational activities for JLABS in the greater Washington metro region, including Maryland and Virginia. In this role, Sally is responsible for the process of evaluating and selecting a strong portfolio of innovators for JLABS @ Washington, DC, and building strategic partnerships with corporate, academic, government and industry organizations that aim to strengthen the region’s life sciences innovation network.
Co-Founder & Managing Director | MEDA Angels, LLC
Elizabeth Cho-Fertikh, PhD is a cancer biologist-turned-angel investor with 25+ years of cross-functional experience in drug development, regulatory, clinical trials & commercial marketing in academia, pharma & startups. She has been investing in healthcare startups for a decade, currently running MEDA Angels, a healthcare angel investor group that she cofounded with a few physician investor colleagues.
She serves on the Investment Committee for the VA-based Health Innovation Consortium which provides funding recommendations to VCU Medical Center & Riverflow Growth Fund; she additional serves as an External Scientific Advisor to the National Cancer Institute's Tech Transfer Office and as an Advisor to various healthcare startup companies.
Elizabeth can frequently be seen around the DMV area coaching healthcare startups and throughout the US, judging pitch competitions all to support innovations in healthcare.
Biotech lead, Boston Chapter | Golden Seeds
Laura Davis is an early stage investor interested in helping entrepreneurial life scientists translate their work from the bench to the marketplace. She currently leads the Boston chapter of Golden Seeds, a nationwide angel investor group that provides early stage and growth capital across all sectors to women entrepreneurs. She also co-leads the Golden Seeds National Health Care Group. Trained at Rockefeller University and the Whitehead Institute, she was a faculty member at Duke University Medical School and later at the Rosenstiel Center at Brandeis University, overseeing an active laboratory using molecular genetics to study cellular function and. She has authored numerous publications, has taught graduate and medical students, and was also involved in teaching molecular biology to the Knight science journalism Fellows at MIT. She served on the board of directors of Day Zero Diagnostics and at nonprofit Community Rowing Inc.
Former CEO, and ongoing Advisor to Premier Inc.
"Susan DeVore is the Former CEO, and ongoing Advisor to Premier with approximately 40 years of experience. DeVore’s tenure with Premier has centered on driving innovation in healthcare and leading the industry through profound change by engaging stakeholders to co-develop solutions that support high-quality, efficient and sustainable care delivery models.
DeVore is an industry-leading thinker who has consistently been named multiple times to Modern Healthcare's 100 Most Influential People and Top 25 Women in Healthcare lists. She is the recipient of the Charlotte Business Journal’s 2018 Women in Business Lifetime Achievement Award, was named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s 2017 100 Great Healthcare Leaders to Know and was recognized as a 2016 UNC Charlotte Distinguished Alumnus.
DeVore serves on the board of directors of Advent Health, Unum Group and Anthem, Inc. board of directors. In addition, DeVore also serves as the chair of the UNC Charlotte Board of Trustees."
Founding Board Member & Advancement Committee Chair | Citrine Angels AND Business Development Manager
Lisa Friedlander is an attorney, entrepreneur, and angel investor. After practicing corporate and telecommunications law for 15+ years, she co-founded Activity Rocket in 2013. Activity Rocket was an aggregated marketplace for kids’ activities and summer camps. Lisa led the company as CEO. Thrively, a west coast edtech company, acquired Activity Rocket in 2017. Lisa joined Shulman Rogers to help launch and grow the NEXT Platform as well as to support the Business Services Group. Lisa is a mentor and speaker for a variety of entrepreneurship and investment groups, and sits on the advisory board for several startups. Lisa is also a founding member and on the Board of Directors for Citrine Angels, a women investing in women angel group in the DC Metro Area, and Main Street, an inclusive living community in Rockville, MD. Lisa also founded 2 organizations that raise money for Children’s National Medical Center – The Heartsongs Luncheon Fund (2001) and Teens with Heartsongs (2020) – together these organizations have raised over $2 million for Children’s Hospital.
Associate Fellow, Regulatory Sciences | Altria Client Services
Dr. K. Monica Lee, a board-certified toxicologist, is an Associate Fellow and Manager of Biological Sciences Insights group at Altria, in charge of regulatory and foundational toxicology testing supporting reduced-risk product development, regulatory compliance and scientific engagement. Dr. Lee has extensive experiences in nonclinical in in vitro and in vivo models and published numerous peer-reviewed articles and presented diverse toxicological subjects including animal disease models, comparative and mechanistic toxicology, and pharmacokinetic modeling. Prior to joining ALCS, she served as the BioScience Director at the JT International, Sr. Toxicologist at Battelle Toxicology Northwest, and Postdoctoral fellow at Pacific Northwest National Laboratories. Her PhD is in Pharmacology/Toxicology from the University of Georgia. Dr. Lee builds and promotes the use of in silico and in vitro-based predictive toxicological tools, currently organizing the first New Alternative Methods symposium at CORESTA SSPT 2021 conference as a starting point for education, engagements and future collaborations.
Sr. Director, Patient Advocacy | Pfizer, Inc.
"Mia Masten, Sr. Director Patient Advocacy on Pfizer’s Global Health and Social Impact team, is dedicated to health and well-being, eliminating disparities, encouraging personal empowerment and who believes equity is a mindset, not a project. She brings more than 20 years of communication and government relations experience to building, maintaining and leveraging traditional and nontraditional partner relationships on public policy issues of mutual concern.
Mia’s career has reflected her commitment and vision in various capacities including the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging, The White House office of Domestic Policy and Walmart’s Director of Community Affairs."
Vice President, External Affairs; Executive Director, Council of State Bioscience Associations | Biotechnology Innovation Organization
Michele M. Oshman is Vice President for External Affairs at the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) and serves as the Executive Director for the Council of State Bioscience Associations (CSBA). BIO is the world's largest trade association representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers, and related organizations across the United States and over 30 countries worldwide. As the leader of CSBA, a confederation of independent state and territory-based, non-profit trade associations, she works to advance their mission to promote public understanding of, and advocate for public policies that support the responsible development of the bioscience industry. After starting her career as a clinical neuroscience researcher, Ms. Oshman had a successful 18-year career at Eli Lilly and Company, leading federal advocacy outreach before joining BIO in January 2020. Ms. Oshman holds a dual degree in Political Science and Communications from American University.
Senior Associate | OCA Ventures
"Dana Sun is a Senior Associate at OCA Ventures, a Chicago-based venture capital firm that invests in innovative core tech, fintech, and healthcare companies across the nation. At OCA, Dana focuses on investments in digital health and technology, and was a member of the deal team for eBlu, OssoVR, and BioROSA.
Previously, Dana was a strategic finance associate at Genentech where she developed commercial strategy for global affiliates. Before that, she was a management consultant at Accenture and primarily advised Fortune 500 healthcare clients including providers, payers, and biopharma companies on business and technology transformations.
Dana earned her MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and BSE in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University. Outside of work, she enjoys exploring the city with friends & family, playing tennis, and doing improv acting."