As Vice President of External Innovation & New Ventures, Shobha is responsible for identifying commercialization opportunities for Xontogeny. She also supports diligence, works closely with scientific founders and entrepreneurs, and develops key relationships with the external innovation ecosystem.
Before joining Xontogeny, Shobha was Vice President, Strategic Alliances and Business Development at Harrington Discovery Institute, a unique international initiative created to translate scientific discoveries from academia to development of therapeutics. In that role, she helped advance a large number of drug discovery programs, managed an investment portfolio of startups, developed alliances with foundations and pharma, and mentored numerous scientific innovators and entrepreneurs.
Shobha completed her Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology from Rutgers/University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She was Chapter Chair, Women in Bio, Research Triangle Park, serves on the External Advisory Board of University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Bridge Fund and is a mentor at The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership at Babson College.