Una S. Ryan, Ph.D., O.B.E. has served as one of our directors since October 2006. Dr. Ryan is Chair of The Bay Area BioEconomy Initiative (BA-BI), a non-profit organization committed to fostering an atmosphere of innovation and collaboration to enhance a vibrant bioeconomy in the San Francisco Bay Area and is Managing Director Golden Seeds (Silicon Valley), an angel investment firm that seeks above market returns through the empowerment of women entrepreneurs. She is also a partner in Astia Angel, investing in women-led ventures.
Previously, Dr. Ryan was President and CEO of Diagnostics for All, Inc. (DFA), developing inexpensive diagnostics for global health and agriculture and President and CEO of Waltham Technologies, Inc., a cleantech/energy start-up. She was also formerly President and CEO of AVANT Immunotherapeutics, Inc., (now Celldex) a company developing vaccines and immunotherapeutics.
Dr. Ryan’s board positions also include RenovoRx, Bioarry Therapeutics and Bell Biosystems. She is on the board of BayBio and was Chair of MassBio, as well as the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), New England Healthcare Institute, Board of Associates of the Whitehead Institute, Strategy & Policy Council of the MIT Center for Biomedical Innovation, the Massachusetts Life Sciences Collaborative Leadership Council and Management Sciences for Health (MSH).
Dr. Ryan holds a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from Cambridge University and BS degrees in Zoology, Microbiology and Chemistry from Bristol University. She received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from Bristol University in 2009. In 2007, Dr. Ryan received the Albert Einstein Award for outstanding achievement in the life sciences. In 2002, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II awarded Dr. Ryan the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to biotechnology.