Grace E. Colón

Grace E. Colón, Ph.D.

President and CEO

Grace Colon

Dr. Colón brings over 25 years experience in biopharma, genomics, healthcare and industrial biotechnology. In addition to her role at InCarda, she is also a senior advisor at New Science Ventures (where she was a Partner from 2014-2016) and serves on the board of directors of ProterixBio (Executive Chairman; formerly CEO), Paradigm Diagnostics, PerceptiMed and Cocoon Biotech. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University.

Previously, she co-founded Pyranose Biotherapeutics, a biologics discovery platform company. She was also founding President of the Industrial Products Division at Intrexon Corporation, where she established a new division focused on leveraging synthetic biology for bioindustrial applications such as biofuels and renewable chemicals. Prior to Intrexon, she was head of Clinical Operations for Gilead Sciences, where she was responsible for global execution of clinical trials. She also created and led both the Alliance Management and Commercial Strategic Planning groups. Prior to Gilead, she was VP, Corporate Planning at Affymetrix, where she was responsible for strategic planning and project management and where she also served as COO for the International Genomics Consortium, a non-profit medical research organization focused on cancer genomics. Earlier in her career she was a consultant with McKinsey & Co., where she served clients in healthcare, biotech, high tech and venture capital. She was also an engineer with Merck & Co. in France and in Rahway, NJ.

Dr. Colón received her Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she was an NSF Fellow. She also holds a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a Benjamin Franklin Scholar.

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