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Personal Profile

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Susan Hershenson, Ph.D

Dr. Hershenson has over 30 years of experience in drug development. She joined the Foundation in 2013 as Deputy Director, Chemistry, Manufacturing and Controls, where she works closely with the Foundation’s strategy teams and partners to provide technical expertise and strategic guidance for the therapeutics projects. Prior to joining the Foundation she founded Pharmaceutical Transformations LLC, a consulting service for the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, drug delivery and related industries. Her clients included a wide range of biotechnology, pharmaceutical and drug delivery companies, VC’s, university labs and non-profit organizations. Before starting her own practice she served in a variety of roles in the biopharmaceutical industry, including most recently Vice President of Pharmaceutical and Device Development at Genentech and Vice President of Pharmaceutics at Amgen.

During her career, Dr. Hershenson has made significant contributions to the development and commercialization of numerous therapeutic products. Dr. Hershenson earned a B.A. in Chemistry from University of Chicago; received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Yale University; and held a postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Robert Stroud at UCSF. Dr. Hershenson publishes and speaks actively and serves on Scientific Advisory Boards.

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