February 28, 2019 – San Diego, CA

WHAT: The STEAM Leadership Series, sponsored by The San Diego Foundation and other local partners, will host an event, “Women in Biotech: New Frontiers in Medicine,” for 300 local female students from San Diego Unified School District to learn about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) experiences from San Diego’s leading female professionals and biotech executives. The event will teach young women how to build careers and jobs in San Diego’s innovation economy through linked learning pathways.

The event will feature a keynote speech from Dr. Catriona Jamieson, Chief for Regenerative Medicine at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center. Dr. Jamieson, who company Impact Biomedicines was sold to Celgene for $1.1 billion in 2018, will talk about what drives early detection of cancers and the new frontiers in precision medicine, as well as share her personal story through science, biotech and patient advocacy as a doctor. Following the keynote, executives from Salk Institute, ILLUMINA and other leading companies will host a panel discussion and Q&A focusing on the opportunities available across San Diego’s innovation, science and technology economies.

Thursday, March 7 at 9:15am

Salk Research Institute – Conrad T. Prebys Auditorium
10010 N Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA 92037


  • Dr. Catriona Jamieson Chief for Regenerative Medicine, UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center
  • Dr. Maryam Ahmadian, Staff Scientist, Salk Institute Gene Expression Laboratory
  • Fernanda Coelho – Founder of Match Your Need and former Chief Development Officer for Human Longevity, Inc
  • Dr. Nasun Hah, Next Generation Sequencing Core Director, Salk Institute
  • Pantea Khodami – Associate Director, Global Services Marketing at ILLUMINA

The STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) Leadership Series focuses on career opportunities within STEAM fields and connects business leaders to San Diego students. The concept is to bridge the science, education and high-tech business communities along Career Pathways that empower young people to live their dreams and explore their options.

About the STEAM Leadership Series

The STEAM Leadership Series is a program of Intellectual Capital and Kids Eco Club in partnership with the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) with support from lead sponsor The San Diego Foundation, the USS Midway Museum, the Samuel Lawrence Foundation, the Moxie Foundation and others.

About The San Diego Foundation

The San Diego Foundation maximizes the impact of your charitable giving. We mobilize philanthropic resources to advance quality of life, increase social impact and champion civic engagement. For more than 40 years, The Foundation and our donors have granted more than $1.1 billion to grow a vibrant San Diego region. Learn more on our website, and consider a donation to the Fund for the Future Endowment which supports San Diego community needs now and forever.


Steve Chapple, steve@stevechapple.com, 858-952-9547
Justin Nunez, The San Diego Foundation, justin@sdfoundation.org, 618-814-1365