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ASPIRE Advisory Committee

The ASPIRE Program Advisory Committee consists of external advisors from various industries, as well as Vanderbilt faculty and trainees. The annual meeting serves as an opportunity to seek input, celebrate milestones, and learn from our partners.

Advisory Committee

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Robert Carnahan, PhD

Assistant Professor
Cancer Biology
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN


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    Dale Edgar, PhD

    Independent Consultant and Entrepreneur
    Retired
    Lilly Distinguished Research Fellow
    Global Head, Science and Technology Partnerships
    Lilly Research Laboratories
    Eli Lilly and Company
    Indianapolis, IN


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      Efrain Garcia, PhD

      Chief, International Partnerships Branch
      Division of International Health Security
      Department of Health and Human Services
      Washington, D.C.


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        Kenneth Holroyd, MD, MBA

        Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research
        Vanderbilt University Medical Center
        Medical Director
        Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization
        Nashville, TN


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          Brian Laden, PhD

          Partner
          TriStar Technology Ventures
          Nashville, TN


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            Lorena Infante Lara

            Graduate Student
            Department of Biochemistry
            Vanderbilt University
            Nashville, TN


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              Kevin Lee, PhD

              Executive Director
              The Lawrence Ellison Foundation
              New York, NY


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                Ines Macias-Perez, PhD

                Senior Scientist of Product Development
                Cumberland Pharmaceuticals
                Nashville, TN


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                  Alan Marnett, PhD

                  CEO
                  Benchfly, Inc
                  Nashville, TN


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                    Richard O'Brien, PhD

                    Professor
                    Director of Graduate Studies
                    Department of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics
                    Director, Molecular Endocrinology Training Program
                    Vanderbilt University
                    Nashville, TN


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                      Michael R. Otto, PhD

                      Senior Research Scientist
                      Quidel


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                      Margaret Read, PhD

                      General Manager, Corporate Alliances
                      Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization
                      Vanderbilt University


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                      Steven Roberds, PhD

                      Chief Scientific Officer
                      Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance
                      Silver Spring, MD


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                        Abby Trotter

                        Executive Director
                        Life Science Tennessee


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                        Laurie VanderVeen, PhD

                        Senior Scientist
                        Nektar Therapeutics
                        San Francisco, CA


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                          Chris Wright, D.Phil.

                          Director, Vanderbilt University Program in Developmental Biology
                          Louise B. McGavock Chair
                          Professor and Vice-Chair for Faculty Affairs
                          Department of Cell & Developmental Biology
                          Vanderbilt University
                          Nashville, TN