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June 19-20, 2014
Washington State
Convention Center
Seattle, WA

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Announcing the LSINW 2013 Women to Watch in Life Science:

The LSINW Women to Watch In Life Science award has been established to recognize women who are thought-leaders in their fields and shaping the future of their industries. Join us in congratulating our six extraordinary inagural recipients:

Heather L. Franklin, MS, MBA
President and Chief Executive Officer of Blaze Bioscience
Ms. Franklin is the co-founder of Blaze Bioscience, a company founded to develop the Tumor Paint technology, which has the potential to fundamentally transform the practice of surgical oncology. She has over 20 years of broad biotechnology expertise. Prior to joining Blaze Bioscience, Ms. Franklin was Senior Vice President of Business Development and Alliance Management at ZymoGenetics. Her areas of responsibility included business development, alliance management, strategic planning, portfolio management and pipeline marketing. Ms. Franklin has designed and negotiated deals across the product development spectrum; from research through commercialization including the $1.1 billion deal with BMS that led to ZymoGenetics’ acquisition by BMS. Ms. Franklin holds a BS degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, an MS from the University of Washington and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Kristen Lloyd Helton, PhD
Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of PROFUSA
Dr. Kristen Lloyd Helton is a biotechnology professional with more than 15 years of experience in R&D, product development, business development and commercialization of diagnostics and medical devices.  She is a co-founder, board member and the Chief Product Officer of a startup company, PROFUSA.  Through her work at PROFUSA, she is shaping the future of chronic disease and personal wellness management using mobile technologies. In her current role, Dr. Helton is leading the commercialization of PROFUSA’s novel sensing technology. Her focus is identifying and securing early revenue streams in non-regulated markets, exploring innovative sensor applications, and developing new market opportunities.  Dr. Helton is also leading the development of PROFUSA’s custom instrumentation and she remains active in the cutting-edge research efforts with university collaborators.  She is a thought leader in biosensors and biocompatibility, and she is passionate about taking transformative technologies from bench to bedside.  Kristen was a 4 year Division 1 IIA basketball player and captain at Bucknell University, where she studied mechanical engineering. She received her PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Washington and during her graduate work was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.  She received a commercialization award from the Washington Research foundation in 2009 and was recognized as a UW Center for Commercialization (C4C) Fellow in 2010. Kristen lives with her husband, Bret and two children, Claire and Luke, in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. She continues her love of basketball through coaching and playing.

Adina Mangubat
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Spiral Genetics
Adina Mangubat is the CEO and co-founder of the rapidly growing Spiral Genetics, a Seattle-based bioinformatics company that makes big data software for analyzing DNA for medical and agricultural research. In her current role, Adina was featured in Forbes 2012 30 under 30 for Science and Healthcare and was a keynote panelist at the 2013 BIO conference in Chicago. Prior to starting Spiral Genetics, she worked with two other high technology start-up companies in smart grid and home automation technology.  As a passionate mentor for young innovators, Adina co-founded DragonCurve, which is an organization dedicated to supporting young entrepreneurship. Adina holds a B.S. in Psychology with a focus on Biopsychology, Psychopharmacology and Entrepreneurship from the University of Washington.

Katrina L. Mealey, PhD
Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology Laboratory, Washington State University
Dr. Katrina Mealey obtained a degree in Pharmacy from the University of New Mexico.  She earned her DVM from Colorado State University and then completed a small animal internship at the University of Minnesota.  She continued her training at Texas A&M University where she completed two residencies, one in internal medicine and the other in veterinary clinical pharmacology.  She also received a PhD in pharmacology from Texas A&M University. Dr. Mealey is currently a Professor and Endowed Chair at Washington State University and is the Director of the Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology Laboratory.  She is a leader in the field of veterinary pharmacogenetics holding several patents in that field.  Her discoveries have dramatically improved drug safety in veterinary patients.  She has authored over 100 publications including research articles and book chapters.  Because of her expertise in veterinary pharmacology, Dr. Mealey serves as a consultant for the FDA and several pharmaceutical companies. Dr. Mealey provides leadership and mentoring for high school students, undergraduate and graduate students, and junior faculty.  She serves on and has chaired numerous committees at WSU, and has served on the editorial board of several scientific journals. Outside of her professional duties, she is an avid runner having completed numerous marathons including the 2013 Boston Marathon.

Lisa G. Shaffer, PhD
Founder and Chief Executive Officer of
Paw Print Genetics
Dr. Lisa G Shaffer received her BS in Biology from WSU and her PhD in Human Genetics in 1990 at the Medical College of Virginia. In 1991, Dr. Shaffer joined the faculty at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston where she rose through the ranks until 2002, when she relocated her laboratory to Washington State University Spokane, where she was a tenured professor in Molecular Biosciences until 2008. Dr. Shaffer co-founded Signature Genomic Laboratories in 2003 in partnership with Sacred Heart Medical Center and PAML. As CEO, she sold that company in 2010.  In September 2012, Dr. Shaffer founded Genetic Veterinary Sciences. The clinical laboratory, Paw Print Genetics, is focused on genetic diagnostic testing for affected dogs and carrier screening prior to breeding or buying for over 100 inherited disorders. She currently holds an adjunct appointment at Washington State University’s School of Molecular Biosciences, located in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Shaffer has authored over 300 scholarly articles, almost two dozen book chapters and four books in various aspects of clinical genetics. Dr. Shaffer is currently on the Board of the American College of Medical Genetics Foundation, the Board of the Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association (WBBA), the Board of Trustees of Greater Spokane Incorporated (GSI), the WSU Spokane Advisory Council and the Advisory Council for the Riverpoint Academy in the Mead school district.

Elaine P. Scott, PhD
Dean of the
STEM School at the University of Washington, Bothell
Dr. Elaine Scott came to the University of Washington Bothell in August 2012 and is now Dean of the newly formed School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The School brings together the biological, computer, and physical sciences along with engineering and mathematics to provide excellence in education in a collaborative environment with ties to local industries. Prior to joining UW Bothell, she was professor and director of engineering programs at Seattle Pacific University, where she worked to expand their engineering programs with a focus on project based learning. Before joining Seattle Pacific in 2006, Dr. Scott served as a professor in the department of mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech. There, she was responsible for the successful planning, development and initial leadership of a new interdisciplinary, multi-institutional school, the Virginia Tech – Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences. Dr. Scott holds bachelor and master degrees in agricultural engineering from the University of California, Davis, and doctoral degrees in agricultural engineering and in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University. Her research focuses on the characterization of heat transfer in complex materials with a focus on biological materials, including food products and biomedical applications, and she has authored over 100 journal and conference papers. She was a recipient of Virginia Tech’s Philip & Sadie Sporn Award for Excellence in Teaching of Engineering Subjects and is a Fellow of the American Society for Mechanical Engineers.



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