La Palma, Calif. – March 30, 2017– The Innovation Institute announced today that Dr. Christina Waters has joined the organization to serve as the Innovation Lab Executive in Residence, specializing in life science innovation.
Dr. Christina Waters has been responsible for leading medical research in a broad range of organizations ranging from academia and disease – focused non-profits to biotech and large pharmaceutical companies. Her broad range of experience in basic, translational and clinical research and business strategies converge to specialize in the development of new approaches to personalized medicine and health, creation of synergistic partnerships and implementation of new innovative research initiatives that can accelerate treatments to patients.
She is CEO and Founder of RARE Science, a non-profit research organization that enables the rare scientific research community to accelerate discovery of therapeutic solutions for kids with rare diseases. She serves as a Scientific Advisory Board Member for the Global Genes|Rare Project, which focuses on advocacy and education for the rare disease community. She formerly served as a life science strategic consultant and senior advisor for Personalized Medicine and Health Informatics for PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Personalized Medicine and Health Sciences Practices.
Dr. Waters received her Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of California, Davis as an NIH Biotechnology Fellow. She was a Postdoctoral Scholar and Associate of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in the Division of Biology, California Institute of Technology. Dr. Waters also completed an NIH Postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley, and received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from San Diego State University. Dr. Waters received her MBA from University of California, Los Angeles.
“We are pleased to have Dr. Waters on our team, and we anticipate that we will accomplish great things together at the Innovation Lab,” said Larry Stofko, executive vice president of The Innovation Institute and Innovation Lab.
Waters will speak at the BioData World Congress West 2017 on April 26-27 at Hotel Kabuki, San Francisco. She was recently nominated for the Athena Pinnacle Awards as an individual, and also for RARE Science. Athena’s Pinnacle Awards recognize the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) leaders of today and tomorrow who have shown dedication to promoting Athena’s mission of fostering the personal and professional growth of women through mentoring, education, recognition, and leadership training.
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As the true heart of The Innovation Institute, the Innovation Lab is dedicated to launching new products and services that improve the health of the people in our communities and around the globe. The Innovation Lab includes both a physical space to bring people together and programs that enable them to transform care. Here, we are building a vibrant community that includes the Members of The Innovation Institute, a spectrum of industry partners, and world-class research teams. We have unprecedented connectivity with a large base of consumers, healthcare professionals, and resources to achieve commercial success.