Leslie Alexandre, Dr.PH
President & CEO
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Dr. Alexandre is an established business leader and 30-year veteran of the life science and health care industries. Her background includes leadership roles in companies ranging in size from startup to Fortune 500, the National Institutes of Health and prominent research institutions. At the Georgia Cancer Center, Dr. Alexandre led teams of scientists, clinicians and administrators to secure millions of dollars in funding for research, infrastructure and community outreach from biopharmaceutical companies, foundations and government agencies.
Patricia Beckmann, PhD
Vice President, Commercialization
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Dr. Beckmann's career spans biomedical research, operations, law and venture capital. She spent most of her research career at Immunex (co-inventor of Enbrel, Mobista and Nuvance) as well as several years in the Immunex and Amgen Law Departments performing technology assessment for licensing, intellectual property and litigation support. She was part of the bioscience investment team at Vulcan Capital and the original strategy team establishing the Allen Institute for Brain Sciences. She was founding Chief Scientific Officer at the Accelerator-backed diagnostics company Homestead (now Integrated Diagnostics) and a Kauffman Fellow at Accelerator.
Subsequently she was President and Executive Director of the non-profit Oregon Translational Research and Development Institute (OTRADI) where she established a small fund and incubator model for Oregon start-ups. More recently Patricia has been Managing Director of BioStrategy, LLC where she has advised early-stage biotechnology, medical device, digital health and agriculturally-related companies.
Commercialization Program Coordinator
Ms. Cantillo first joined the Life Science Washington team in April 2016 as the Interim Executive Assistant to the President & CEO.
In July 2016, she became Life Science Washington’s Commercialization Program Coordinator. She has more than seven years of experience in administration as well as with event coordination & client services.
Vice President of Public Policy & External Affairs
Mr. Cummings is a seasoned policy veteran with experience representing high-tech industries in both Washington, DC and Olympia.
While at the PNNL, Mr. Cummings was actively involved in creating and advocating for several statewide bioscience initiatives including the Life Sciences Discovery Fund and a new State-Federal bioproducts and biofuels research center at WSU Tri-cities. Due to Battelle’s philanthropic focus on math & science education, he was also deeply involved a range of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education partnerships and science education initiatives.
Mr. Cummings has over 20 years of policy experience at both the federal and state level supporting the growth of high-tech industries and creating innovative, public-private partnerships. He holds a MS degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and a B.S. degree from the University of Puget Sound.
Business Development Manager
Mr. Dershowitz joined Life Science Washington in March 2017 as Business Development Manager.
Prior to this role, Mr. Dershowitz spent over five years with New York Road Runners responsible for revenue generation, including securing and renewing corporate sponsors and oversight of the Expo business unit.
He helped secure Tata Consultancy Services as the first ever Premier Partner of New York Road Runners, representing the largest revenue deal in endurance sports. Prior to New York Road Runners, Mr. Dershowitz worked for Argyle Executive Forum, overseeing the content of one day peer-to-peer business conferences.
He holds MS degrees from Purdue University in Movement & Sport Science and New York University in Sports Management. He completed his Bachelor of Arts at Rutgers University-Camden where he majored in Psychology.
Ms. Kunz joined Life Science Washington in October of 2016 as Controller. She has more than fifteen years of experience in the accounting industry. Prior to joining Life Science Washington, she served as interim Controller for a local non-profit and before that was Controller at the Seattle Aquarium for five years. She graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in Accounting.
Vice President of Finance & Administration
Ms. Poston joined Life Science Washington in 2004 as Director, Administration. She has more than 15 years of non-profit experience and expertise in database administration, event planning and organizational management.
Ms. Poston previously worked at Melby, Cameron & Hull, an association management company where she was Assistant Director for the Washington Society of Association Executives, Northwest Florists Association and Office Manager.
Jessica Roberto, PhD
Associate Director, Entrepreneurship & Innovation
(206) 829-2394 | jessica@LifeScienceWA.org
Dr. Roberto joined Life Science Washington in August 2016 as a Commercialization Program Manager. She is responsible for the development of educational resources and tools to support life science entrepreneurs.
Ingrid Ruf, PhD
Grant Support Program Manager
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Dr. Ruf joined Life Science Washington in February 2016 as a Commercialization Associate. In July 2016 she became the Program Manager for the Grant Support Program.
Before joining Life Science Washington, she was an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Irvine pursuing research in viral oncology and a Staff Scientist at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center working on microRNAs as biomarkers.
She received her PhD in Genetics and Molecular Biology from Emory University and completed postdoctoral studies at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis Tennessee.
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Ms. Tollefson joined Life Science Washington in December of 2016 as Events Manager. She is responsible for the planning and execution of Life Science Washington events including educational programming, membership networking events, and signature events such as Life Science Innovation Northwest.
Prior to Life Science Washington, she worked for the Seattle-based nonprofit organization the Technology Alliance in an events and project management role. She holds a BA in English from Western Washington University, and a Certificate in Project Management from University of Washington.
Vice President, Membership Services
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Ms. Tran joined Life Science Washington in October of 2016 as Vice President, Membership Services. She has twenty years of nonprofit experience in membership and events management. Ms. Tran previously worked at the Washington State Dental Association. She earned her BA in Hotel & Restaurant Management from Washington State University.
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Ms.Toomey joined Life Science Washington in February 2017 as Communications Director. She supports strategic communications and branding across the organization.
Prior to this role, she worked in communications at the University of Washington for five years where she oversaw marketing and public relations efforts for nine academic units and several research groups within the Natural Sciences division. She also supported major philanthropic communications and gift stewardship for university donors.
Ms. Toomey holds a Master of Public Administration and Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Washington. She completed her Bachelor of Arts at Western Washington University where she majored in Journalism and Public Relations.
Wendy Yang, PhD
Commercialization Program Associate
(206) 829-2390 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Yang joined Life Science Washington in August 2016 as a Commercialization Program Associate.
She received her PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Washington.
Kayla Young, PhD
Commercialization Program Manager
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Dr. Young joined Life Science Washington in August of 2016 as a Commercialization Program Associate.
Before starting at Life Science Washington, she received her PhD in Molecular Physiology and Biophysics from Vanderbilt University, where her research focused on the mechanisms of insulin secretion during stress.
She is originally from Denver, CO and attended the University of Puget Sound for her undergraduate degree in Biology.