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February 28, 2024 | Tom Ballard

St. Jude names its first-ever Senior Vice President of Technology Commercialization

Lisa Jordan comes to the position from the University of Utah PIVOT Center where she was an Executive-in-Residence.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has appointed Lisa Jordan as the institution’s first-ever Senior Vice President of Technology Commercialization to lead industry partnerships and the commercialization of innovations.

In her new role, Jordan will work with researchers to bring a greater number of new technologies, innovations, and scientific breakthroughs to the clinic, enabling breakthroughs from St. Jude laboratories to benefit more patients. The move, part of the institution’s 2022-2027 Strategic Plan, represents a new commitment to help St. Jude researchers patent, license and commercialize their work, whether through collaboration with industry partners, launching start-up companies, or expanding licensing efforts to established companies.

Lisa Jordan

Jordan plans to recruit a team of seasoned life science entrepreneurs with expertise in commercializing innovations to engage investors and industry advisors as they work alongside the existing team of scientists, clinicians and technology transfer professionals. In addition, she intends to build accelerator capabilities to further advance and de-risk innovations from St. Jude, increasing the likelihood of those technologies being successfully approved by regulatory authorities so they become available commercially.

As a former venture capitalist, Jordan has managed a portfolio of life science investments, served on the boards of numerous start-ups, and founded startup companies, successfully raising and managing millions in capital investment.

Before joining St. Jude, Jordan was an Executive-in-Residence at the University of Utah PIVOT Center. In that position, she advised decision-makers at the university about follow-on investment opportunities and mentored entrepreneurs in fundraising and startup operations. She earned her MBA in Healthcare Management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and her Master of Science in Engineering from Florida International University.


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