Yale-New Haven Biotechnology Enterprise Forum Lecture Series Will Feature New York Academy of Sciences Program Director

Susan U. Raymond, policy programs director at the New York Academy of Sciences, will be the next speaker in the Yale-New Haven Biotechnology Enterprise Forum series. Her talk, titled “The Role of Universities in Economic Growth,” will be presented Tuesday, Dec. 2, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in Bass Hall at the Bass Center for Molecular and Structural Biology, 266 Whitney Ave. A panel discussion will follow her presentation. Refreshments will be served in the foyer outside Bass Hall from 4-4:30 p.m.

Sponsored by The Biotech Committee of Greater New Haven and the Yale University Office of Cooperative Research, the lecture series focuses on commercial development of biotechnology and is geared toward entrepreneurs and university scientists. All talks in the series are open to the public free of charge.

Dr. Raymond is a former vice president of program operations at the New York Center for Public Resources and the author of numerous articles on health care reform and international economic development. She earned a Ph.D. degree in economics, political science and public health from Johns Hopkins University.

An expert in science-based economic growth in the greater New York Metropolitan region, she also specializes in international scientific collaboration, national health care reform policy, telecommunications, transportation and innovation management. Prior to joining the Academy in 1993, Dr. Raymond served as an independent consultant to the U.S. government on numerous foreign affairs programs concerned with economic assistance throughout Eastern Europe and in the former Soviet Union. She also advised on health care markets, privatization and finance projects in North Africa, the Middle East and Central America.

From 1978 to 1980, Dr. Raymond worked in the department of population, health and nutrition at the World Bank, where she designed and managed health lending activities in Africa and the Middle East. In 1993, she co-organized an Academy conference on national health care reform, “Beyond the Crisis: Preserving the Capacity for Excellence in Health Care and Medical Science,” the proceedings of which she co-edited and published in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. Dr. Raymond also is the editor of the recently released Annals volume of the proceedings from an international conference on priorities for science-based development, which she organized in April 1996.

Scheduled for future talks in the Yale-New Haven Biotechnology Enterprise Forum series are:

* Jan. 27, 1998 – Mark Edwards, managing partner at Recombinant Capital, a San Francisco-based consulting firm specializing in biotechnology alliances and capitalization since 1988, will speak on “Trends in Biotechnology Financing” at Horchow Hall, School of Management, 135 Prospect St. Mr. Edwards plays a leading role in the dissemination of pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry information through his firm’s publicly accessible web site: http://www.recap.com. He is former director of business development at Chiron Corp. and received a B.A. degree in economics and an M.B.A. degree from Stanford University.

* March 3, 1998 – Jonathan Gorham, managing partner of Gorham Associates, will speak on “University Based Technology Incubators and Venture Funds” in Bass Hall, Bass Center for Molecular and Structural Biology, 266 Whitney Ave. He founded Gorham Associates in 1997, where he specializes in economic development consulting and management of innovation centers. He received his B.A. and M.A.T. degrees from Harvard University, and a master’s degree in public and private management from Yale University.

* April 7, 1998 – Gualberto Ruano, co-founder and chief executive officer of Genaissance, a New Haven-based biotechnology company focused on pharmacogenomics, will speak on “Genomic Strategies and Drug Discovery” in the Hope Conference Room, Sterling Hall of Medicine, 333 Cedar St. Dr. Ruano received a B.S. degree from Johns Hopkins University, a Ph.D. degree in human genetics from Yale, and his M.D. degree from the Yale University School of Medicine.

For more information, please call the Yale Office of Cooperative Research at 203/432-5446.

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