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A pitch competition & symposium to empower academic women entrepreneurs

Judges

Our judges are industry experts who will review pitches and ideas from the cohorts each year during our virtual pitch competition.

Please see the lists below for our past judges. 

2024

Brittany de Kouchkovsky
Orange Grove Bio

Mitzi Krockover
Golden Seeds/SSB Solutions

Karen Spilizewski
RiverVest

Steve McPhilliamy
Nemera

Camella Wilson
North Pond Ventures

Melissa Fensterstock
Material Impact

Nhi Le
Alpha Intelligence Capital

Narmeen Azad
Altopax

Anne DeGheest
Health Tech Capital

Hamdi Cavusoglu
Merck Digital Services

Jay Lichter
Avalon Ventures

Annette Bak
AstraZeneca

Dana Watt
Breakout Ventures

2023

Gladys Nunez
Amgen Ventures

Chris Garabedian
Xontogeny

Tari Suprapto
Novo Nordisk

Lauren Mifflin
82VS / Alloy Therapeutics Venture Studio

Andrew Foxley
Astra Zeneca

Karen Spilizewski
RiverVest

Tiffany Le
NEA

Ruben Flores
General Inception

Guy Friedman
SteadyMD

Hamdi Cavusoglu
Merck Digital Services

David Dorsey
11.2 Capital

Akin Kazakci
Caltech

Jessica Freyer
Rhapsody Ventures

2022

Jeff Hersh
Chief Medical Officer, GE Healthcare

Mitzi Krockover
Principal, Golden Seeds

Gladys Nunez
Director, Amgen Ventures

Christine Brennan
Partner, MRL Ventures Fund
Merck

Chris Garabedian
CEO, Xontogeny

Meghana Rao
Senior Manager of New Venture Transactions, Johnson & Johnson

2021

Chris Boerner
Executive VP and Chief Commercialization Officer, Bristol-Myers Squibb

Chris Garabedian
CEO, Xontogeny

Jeff Hersh
CMO, GE Healthcare

Gladys Nunez
Director, Amgen Ventures

Mitzi Krockover
Partner, SSB Solutions

Meghana Rao
Senior Manager of New Venture Transactions, J&J

2020

Keith Chun
New Venture Transactions, Johnson & Johnson

Chris Garabedian
CEO, Xontogeny

Jeff Hersh
Chief Medical Officer, GE Healthcare

Elizabeth Iorns
CEO, Science Exchange

Mitzi Krockover
Principal & Senior Consultant, SSB Solutions
Golden Seeds

Sharon Semones
Advisor, Eli Lilly & Company