It’s a path several Rady School of Management students have embarked on – entering as a scientist and graduating an entrepreneur. This journey will be the topic of the annual Dr. Michael Kriegler Memorial Lecture, featuring Dr. Magda Marquet. Dr. Marquet will share her journey detailing her evolution into a scientifically-minded entrepreneur, as well as her view of San Diego as a major hub for biotech innovation.
The lecture will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15 in the Beyster Auditorium at the Rady School of Management. Guests are invited to the courtyard for tacos and ice cream after the event to discuss the lecture topic.
About Dr. Magda Marquet
Magda Marquet, Ph.D., is a life sciences entrepreneur, investor and community leader. She is the co-founder and co-CEO of ALMA Life Sciences LLC, an investment and consulting firm with a portfolio of 20 private investments. She is also the chairman and co-founder of Althea, and served as co-president and CEO for 10 years before the company’s acquisition by Ajinomoto.
Marquet co-founded Althea Dx, a spin-off of Althea Technologies focusing in precision medicine. She previously held management positions at numerous biotechnology companies including Vical Inc., Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Protein Polymer Technologies, Syntro Corporation and Transgene. She currently serves as a board member for Sente, Independa and Portable Genomics, as well as an advisor for many other companies.
As a business leader passionate about entrepreneurship, Marquet plays an important role in building a strong innovation economy. For example, she is currently on the Executive Committee of the Board of Visitors of the UCSD Moores Cancer Center. Marquet holds a Ph.D. in Biochemical Engineering from INSA/University of Toulouse, France, and has received numerous awards throughout her career including the 2005 Regional Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Life Sciences category, the Athena Pinnacle Award, the Exemplary Service Award from the San Diego Business Journal and the Director of the Year award from the Corporate Directors Forum. She was also the first woman inducted into the CONNECT Hall of Fame.
About the lecture series
The Michael Kriegler Memorial Lecture Series was created to perpetuate Dr. Michael Kriegler’s spirit and enthusiasm for science by establishing programs that educate and motivate students and scientists — just as Dr. Kriegler did throughout this life. To accomplish this, his wife, Jan Tuttleman, established this lecture series to bring together the San Diego biotech community with the University, the faculty and students to build relationships and to share ideas.