Executive Leadership Group

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Rodney J.Y. Ho, PhD

Executive Director of WE-REACH

Dr. Rodney Ho brings over 30 years’ experience as a researcher on cancer and HIV, a founder of multiple successful startups, and a fundraiser of over $150MM in private funds to the leadership of WE-REACH. In addition to WE-REACH, Dr. Ho is the PI of the TLC-ART Program and a professor of pharmaceutics at the University of Washington.

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Terri Butler, PhD

Associate Director of Technology Outreach & Partnerships

Dr. Butler has co-invented more than a dozen patents,managed nonprofits, and has held director-level positions at Soluxra, ITHS, and the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship–where she ran the Holloman Health Innovation Challenge. In addition to organizing outreach and communications, Dr. Butler runs the WE-REACH Biomedical Innovation Bootcamp.

Scott Ransom, PhD

Associate Director of Technology Development

Dr. Ransom is the Associate Director of Technology Development at WE-REACH and the Director of the Innovation program at the Center for Neurotechnology. As faculty in the Bioengineering department of the University of Washington he teaches Neural Engineering Tech Studio. He has co-founded three start-up companies and his work has been featured in the Seattle Times, GeekWire, and on King5’s “New Day Northwest.” Prior to joining the WE-REACH, Dr. Ransom spent nearly 20 years at Medtronic, the world’s largest medical device manufacturer. Dr. Ransom resides in the Seattle, WA area with his wife and children.

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Fiona Wills, PhD

Assistant Vice President, Innovation Development at CoMotion

Dr. Wills serves as assistant VP of CoMotion (the UW Tech transfer office). She brings her expertise in IP, project funding, and technology management to the governance of WE-REACH.

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Andy Stergachis, PhD

Associate Dean of the University of Washington School of Pharmacy

Dr. Stergachis is the associate dean of the UW School of Pharmacy, a professor of pharmacy, and a global health & adjunct professor of epidemiology and health services. He is an author of over 160 peer-reviewed publications and served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association.

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Tong Sun, MS, MBA

Executive Director of the Institute of Translational Health Sciences

Mr. Sun serves as the Executive Director of ITHS. Prior to his appointment at ITHS, he served as Vice President of Central Operations for Houston Methodist Research Institute (HMRI), where he was responsible for the development, oversight, and operational implementation of the HMRI Translational Research Initiative (TRI).


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Teddy Johnson, PE, MBA

ITHS Director of Technology Development

Teddy joined the healthcare community over 25 years ago and has served start-up and Fortune 500 companies in research, design, clinical, marketing, and sales leadership roles; developing imaging, interventional, surgical, and pharmaceutical products. Along the way, Teddy has celebrated 2 IPO’s and 3 acquisitions, while earning numerous patents and commercializing dozens of new products worldwide. As a way of fostering innovation, Teddy is a UW STEM lecturer and advises startup CEOs in Seattle and the Silicon Valley on clinical and commercialization strategies.

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Lance Stewart, PhD, MBA

Chief Strategy and Operations Officer of the Institute for Protein Design

Dr. Stewart is the Chief Strategy and Operations Officer of IPD. He brings more than 23 years of experience in protein and drug discovery research, life sciences partnering and entrepreneurial start-up activities to WE-REACH.

JB Ingram

WE-REACH Technology Project Manager

J.B. Ingram serves as Technology Project Manager for the WE-REACH team. Within the healthcare field, he brings over 12 years of Operations experience in both people and project management.


Yuichi FukudaYuichi Fukuda, PMP, MPA

WE-REACH Program Operations Manager

Yuichi serves as the Program Operations Manager for the WE-REACH team.

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Matthew Hartman, PhD

WE-REACH Administrator

Dr. Hartman is the project administrator for WE-REACH. He has organized, managed, and coordinated the center since its founding under the leadership of Dr. Ho. He also works with the TLC-ART Program and has published work on political science, history, and philosophy.