Lessons from a Serial Entrepreneur with Laura Shawver

Tuesday, January 29 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

This is a past event.

Broad CIRM Center (BCC), BCC 101
1425 San Pablo Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033

Dr. Laura K. Shawver, Ph.D. has been the Chief Executive Officer, President & Director at Synthorx Inc. since November 27, 2017. Dr. Shawver has over 25 years of drug discovery and development experience in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. She is an experienced biotech executive and has extensive operational, drug development and regulatory expertise. In addition, she has assisted a number of pharmaceutical companies with transition and integration activities following product licensing and acquisition transactions. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Microbiology at the University of Virginia. Dr. Shawver received a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and a B.S. degree in Microbiology, both from the University of Iowa.


Here are some of the positions she has held/still holds: 

  • Chief Executive Officer and Director, Cleave Biosciences Inc.
  • Founder and Director, the Clearity Foundation. 
  • Entrepreneur in Residence and Executive in Residence, 5AM Venture Management LLC
  • President, Chief Executive Officer, and Executive Director Phenomix Corporation
  • President and Vice President of Preclinical and Pharmaceutical Development, SUGEN, Inc. 
  • Director of Cell Biology and Immunology, Berlex Biosciences (formerly Triton Biosciences) 
  • Director, Chiesi USA, Inc. (Cornerstone Therapeutics Inc.) 
  • Director, Relay Therapeutics, Inc. 
  • Director, Cleave Biosciences, Inc. 
  • Independent Director, Bird Rock Bio, Inc. (Anaphore, Inc.) 
  • Director, Antipodean Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 
  • Research Associate in the Department of Hematology and Oncology, the Jewish Hospital at Washington University 
  • Member of Scientific Advisory Board, IDEAYA Biosciences, Inc.
  • Member of Scientific Advisory Board, Millendo Therapeutics, Inc. 
  • Member, American Society for Clinical Oncologists
  • Member, American Association for Cancer Research

*About the series:    An experienced serial entrepreneur in the biotech space will discuss examples of successes and failures, as well as the biggest challenges facing academic researchers interested in translation.




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Health Sciences Campus

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