Session Chair: David J. Whelan, MBA
Chief Executive Officer
David J. Whelan serves as Chief Executive Office of BioscienceLA, an independent not-for-profit catalyst for bio and life sciences innovation in the greater LA area. Dave is a seasoned strategy, business development, and general management executive building businesses and inspiring entrepreneurs at the intersection of technology, health, and wellness. Having spent 20 years in Los Angeles, he is passionate about leading the growth of a vibrant ecosystem that will create new opportunities for all stakeholders.
His experience spans genomics, wearables, digital health, consumer health services, wellness and nutrition, enterprise health services, and healthcare providers, among other areas. He was an integral part of the creation of New York Genome Center, a unique not-for-profit scientific research institute, where he served as Senior Vice President, Business Development & Chief Strategy Officer and collaborated on development of the business plan, fundraising of $115 million, and operational launch.
Recent engagements include incubating a digital health and media start-up (including serving as Chief Operating & Strategy Officer), steering a multi-year strategic and financial plan for a leading synthetic biology organization, launching a cancer diagnostic spinoff from a leading hospital, and developing a market assessment and strategic plan for an innovative integrative healthcare research institute, which was designed to bring together academic research and commercialization.
He holds an MBA with Honors from the UCLA Anderson School and a BS in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University. He also studied at London Business School and Carnegie Mellon University. He has held a Top Secret Security Clearance.