Christopher (Chris) Porter – Life Sciences Commercialization Consultant | 206.456.9560

Chris Porter joined the WBBA in March 2011 as Commercialization Consultant, and has had a successful 35-year career in the medical-device and biotechnology industry. He has been influential in introducing over 30 medical products and is the holder of 42 US patents. He has served in a variety of positions (CEO, General Manager, top technical and top manufacturing positions) in both major corporations (3M, Johnson & Johnson, and Pfizer) and early stage medical companies. These experiences have given him an excellent overview on how to start, value, finance, organize and lead a successful medical products business. He has been an important part of creating in excess of $2.0-billion dollars in shareholder value. Dr. Porter is and has been a CEO and/or board member of numerous public and private companies. He has founded, invented products for, and/or contributed heavily to the success of numerous medical-device companies and started three divisions within major corporations. He is an experienced and successful fundraiser including: venture financing, corporate partnerships, out-licensing, acquisitions (both buyer and seller) and IPOs. He has conducted “due diligence” for several venture firms and has made a number of investments in early stage companies.

At present, Dr. Porter runs Medical Genesis, a consulting firm and medical device incubator. He is also devoting most of his efforts towards assisting early-stage companies by mentoring and participating in entrepreneurial education and technology transfer at Seattle U and UW. He serves on multiple boards and screening committees and is also very active in several non-profits. Dr. Porter recevied his Ph.D. in Chemical and Material Engineering from the University of Utah.

Christiana DelloRusso – Vice President, Commercialization | 206.456.9560

Christiana DelloRusso joined the WBBA in January 2011, and assists early stage companies and scientist-entrepreneurs with strategy and fundraising to successfully commercialize their research and discoveries.  She is also the Managing Director of WINGS, the Washington Medical Technology Angel Network.

Dr. DelloRusso spent 15 years at the research bench, studying human physiology, gene therapy of muscular dystrophy, tumor cell biology and cancer angiogenesis.  Prior to joining the WBBA, she was an independent grants consultant in Cambridge, MA, working with local biotechnology companies on federal funding programs, and was Project Manager at the non-profit organization Women Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology (WEST).  Additionally, she started, ran and sold her own small business between 2007 and 2009.   

Dr. DelloRusso received her PhD from the University of Michigan, and completed postdoctoral studies at the University of Washington and at Harvard Medical School/Children's Hospital Boston.

Brady Ryan – Commercialization Associate | 206.456.9571

Brady joined the WBBA this summer as a Commercialization Associate for the WBBA and Project Manager for WINGS, the Washington Medical Technology Angel Network.  Brady works with the Commercialization Team to support life science innovators realize successful product launches and funding endeavors. 

Brady graduated from Willamette University in Salem, OR in May, 2012, with a degree in biology. He is very excited to contribute to the success of the life sciences in the Pacific Northwest. 


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