Dr Kara Bortone | Head JLABS San Diego
Johnson & Johnson Innovation, California-JJDC, Inc

Dr Kara Bortone, Head JLABS San Diego, Johnson & Johnson Innovation, California-JJDC, Inc

As Director Venture Sourcing and Development for Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS, Kara leads the company recruitment and selection process for JLABS San Diego and JLABS @ LabCentral in Cambridge/Boston. In this role, Kara is actively building a pipeline of prospects and driving licensee companies through diligence, selection, and joining JLABS. Kara coordinates with the J&J Innovation Centers and Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation (JJDC), the 40+ yr. Biotech venture fund, to build opportunities and grow relationships between JLABS companies and potential strategic partners.
Previously, Kara worked at Prescience International, where she was Director of Corporate Ventures, primarily focusing on the JLABS project. She has over 10 years of experience in the European and the U.S. biotech sector. Prior to joining Prescience, Kara led the scientific communications and marketing for Belgian-based Galapagos NV at a period when the company grew from 60 to over 800 employees and completed its initial public offering on Euronext. She holds a BS in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Texas.
At the World Vaccine and Immunotherapy Congress West Coast, Kara will discuss J&J’s model for driving innovation, including the important role that Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS plays in helping external biotech entrepreneurs bring their ground-breaking ideas from concept to commercialization.  


Agenda Day 2 @ 10:00

Discussion: Driving innovation – Helping biotech’s to succeed from inception to expansion

  • What models can be used to support innovation?
  • What criteria do we look for in choosing biotech’s to work with?
  • How to be successful; programs and strategies to grow your company – how does this apply to vaccines and immunotherapy?

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