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Name and Educational Degree(s) Vitez, Laura, MS

Master's in Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology; Northwestern University

Bachelor's in Mathematics and Chemistry with minors in French and Psychology; Indiana University

Extension coursework in finance, ecnomics, accounting, negotiations, public speaking, more; Berkeley Extension

Business Address 5620 La Salle Avenue
Oakland, CA 94611
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Business development strategy and implementation for small to mid-size life science companies.


I work with life science firms to identify and execute an optimized business development strategy. Since 2003 I have been serving as a consultant to the senior teams of top-tier small and mid-sized biotech companies in San Francisco, San Diego, and Cambridge UK.

I have participated in alliances generating more than $2 billion in value for my clients and companies. These include the acquisitions of Intellikine by Takeda/Millennium, and of Rinat by Pfizer; profit sharing agreements including Intellikine with Infinity/Purdue, KaloBios with Sanofi-Pasteur, and Rinat with Genentech; and multiple other arrangements including Maxygen with Codexis, Signature with MDS Sciex, Schwarz with Aryx, and various licenses and partnerships for Cell Genesys.

Prior to launching my consulting practice I led the early business development efforts of Signature Biosciences, a technology firm developing microwave spectroscopy-based instrumentation; ran west coast business development operations for Schwarz Pharma, a mid-size German pharmaceutical company; held a managing director role at the merchant banking arm of Burrill & Company; and was the twelfth employee at Cell Genesys, working on business development of their cell and gene therapy programs.

I began her career at the bench, working in labs at Somatogen Inc., National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine, Northwestern University, and Indiana University.

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