“Founders Keepers”

  • Tuesday, January 29, 2013
  • 3:30 -5:30 PM
  • CNSI Auditorium
  • 570 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles 90095

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The Advancing Women in Science and Engineering (AWiSE) program will host its first seminar January 29th, entitled “Founders Keepers.” Three female company founders and CEOs will discuss their experiences in launching successful biotech businesses. We invite you to listen to a discussion on how our speakers rose to key leadership positions, overcame challenges, and are now shaping the industries in which they are involved. Please join us for this valuable seminar on innovative strategies for success and sources of inspiration from some incredible female leaders in the fields of science and bioengineering.


Betsy Knapp Founder & CEO, BigPictures Investors LLC; Board Member of the UCLA Foundation

Betsy has extensive management experience in creating strategic direction for business growth. She is an entrepreneur who has been investing and supporting early stage growth companies for 39 years. She serves as a repeat guest lecturer in the MBA program of Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA and founded the Entrepreneur’s Hall of Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA.


Jennifer Neff Founder & CEO, Allvivo Vascular, Inc.

Jennifer is an accomplished scientist, inventor, and entrepreneur. Dr. Neff drove her research discoveries toward commercialization and has successfully raised several rounds of funding. Jennifer has held the position of Chief Technology Officer until recently, when she was named CEO of the company.

France Helfer President, CEO & Board, Halo Healthcare, Inc.

France brings 30 years of experience and has been entrepreneur, investor, executive, and leader. She also serves on several boards and acts as advisor. France has mentored venture teams to winning business plan competitions and serves on several leadership initiatives to advance women in science.

Stephanie Hsieh CEO, Meditope Biosciences, Inc.

Stephanie earned a BA in Biochemistry and Mathematics from Wellesley, a JD from Columbia, and an MBA from Stanford. She brings together tremendous enthusiasm and knowledge to the life science industry, where she has succeeded in many roles, including entrepreneur, intellectual property director, and CEO.

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