Manager of The Angels’ Forum
Elise Brownell, PhD. has spent the last 32 years in the bio/pharmaceutical arena where she has played key roles in Discovery, Development and Opportunity Assessment to drive innovation. After completing her doctorate, Elise’s career started at SUNY Stony Brook where she made discoveries relating to genetic evolution in the great apes. She continued her interest in comparative molecular biology during her tenure at Frederick Cancer Research Facility where she discovered a gene that is a human counterpart to a gene which, in some lower animal species, can become highly cancerous. Elise expanded her facility with molecular genetics while in various functions at Bayer Healthcare. She played a pivotal role in directing discovery research in the areas of asthma, allergy, and immunology and continued her dedication to innovation by managing extramural collaborations for Bayer’s Biotechnology unit. Her efforts were widely recognized by promotion to Director, Project Management, where she led global cross-functional teams to bring several of Bayer’s biopharmaceuticals from bench to clinic. Her award winning performance at Bayer was followed by becoming a member of the founding team of a venture-backed spin out (Aerovance, Inc), where she became head of project management. During her tenure as Senior Director, Aerovance garnered over $ 60 MUSD, completed six clinical trials in 3.5 years, and built a right-sized matrixed organization. In 2008, she co-founded ZephyrBiotech, LLC, a consulting practice that provides project leadership, management and planning to entrepreneurial life science companies, especially those that are early-stage, venture-backed entities. She is also the publisher of ZephyrScope, a weekly report that distills global investment activity in the life sciences into actionable information. Under her guidance, ZephyrBiotech has completed assignments both domestically and internationally. Elise serves as committee Chair for several organizations including VC Task Force, Women in Consulting and Women in Bio (San Francisco Chapter). She is a highly regarded mentor/advisor for entrepreneurial programs conducted through Astia, UC Berkeley BPlan and the NCI/SBIR Investor Forum. Elise received her MS, MPhil and PhD from Yale University, and her BS from Allegheny College. She is particularly proud of her Preparatory Diploma from Eastman School of Music in piano.
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About The Angels’ Forum: The Angels’ Forum is a hybrid venture/angel firm that invests in Software, Technology, and Life Sciences.