About Me

I have had an interest in science since I can remember – perhaps it was watching all that Star Trek with my father? I went the University of Richmond for undergrad where I got a B.S. in Chemistry and went on to get a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. My thesis research focused on using ring opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) to study multivalent interactions in Laura Kiessling’s lab.

Currently I run the operations at Quintessence Biosciences, a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on development of proprietary cancer therapies. I started with the company as the first employee and have been fortunate to watch the organization grow and the technology develop. I am often thinking about the science of cancer, oncology clinical trials and nuances of working in a highly regulated industry. I also travel to scientific and business conferences to discuss our programs.

Outside of Quintessence, I have been active in the small business community in Wisconsin. I am part of the MERLIN mentors program, helping to develop an even stronger pool of entrepreneurs in Madison . I’m also fortunate to talk shop with the Capital Entrepreneurs from time to time. In 2011, I helped develop the program for the National SBIR conference in Madison. Previously, I was on the board of the biotech trade association, BioForward.

(The opinions shared here are my own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions held by the board or shareholders at Quintessence Biosciences. As you read this blog, please consider the date of each post as opinions develop and change over time. You can also find me on Twitter and Tumblr. My Tumblr posts are generally scenes from some of my runs or shorter posts. I am also over on Google +. The social media images on the right are courtesy of sargsyan.)

One comment on “About Me

  1. Pete Bonk
    July 16, 2012 at 4:58 am #

    Hello Laura,

    I saw your post concerning the WaPo article and the “too many/too few” scientist debate. I know serveral of the more vocal commentators there. We have met- on a flight- several years ago, after an article in one of the UW alumni magizines- and have talked on the phone too. UW PhD Trost 1985. I too was at BIO last month; i now live and work (for the moment!) in the Northeast. Best of luck with QB! Pete

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