WE-REACH

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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Chris Jonsson, HeMBA

WE-REACH Administrator

Chris Jonsson has been working in the field of HIV clinical trials for over 21 years. In addition to her work at WE-REACH, she is also the Program Operations Manager at the TLC-ART Program and at the AIDS Clinical Trial Unit (ACTU).


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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.


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Teddy Johnson, PE, MBA

Associate 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.

With a joint appointment at WE-REACH and ITHS, Teddy artfully guides innovators from bench to beside.


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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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Jeanette Ennis, PhD

Associate Director of Innovation Investments at CoMotion

Dr. Ennis is an associate director at CoMotion. Her areas of expertise include pharmacology, biochemistry, molecular biology, tissue engineering, and medical devices. She has worked with a variety of start-up companies as project manager, grant writer, and intellectual property manager, and held senior research positions at Cornell University and the UW Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery.


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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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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.


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Matthew Hartman, PhD

WE-REACH Project 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.