AZBio Board of Directors
AZBio is Committed to Making Arizona a Top Tier Bioscience State
Chairwoman: Kristen Swingle
Chief Operating Officer, Critical Path Institute (C-Path)
"AZBio is the only organization solely focused on providing programs and advocacy to support the bioscience ecosystem in the state of Arizona. Regardless of a organization's size, area of focus or financial profile, the breadth of programs, events and networking opportunities provided by AZBio is something that every bioscience company, and their supporting partners, can benefit from."
Immediate Past Chair: Russ Yelton
President, Yelton and Associates
"The bioscience industry in Arizona continues to grow and thrive due to a continued focus on growing firms in this space by various groups. AZBio is leading the charge by providing support to life science firms across many areas and ensuring that they have the connections, training and workforce necessary to be successful."
Treasurer: Jeffrey Singleton
Executive Director, EY
“Building great communities and great businesses start with wise investments. Arizona’s bioscience industry is built on a foundation of great universities, leading life science institutes and innovative companies that work together to make life better for people in Arizona and around the world.”
President & CEO: Joan Koerber-Walker
"Arizona is one of the top emerging bioscience states as ranked by BIO and TEConomy Partners. AZBio Members work together to make LIFE better for people in Arizona and around the world. AZBio's role is to help our members to achieve their goals and to make Arizona a top-tier bioscience state."
Mara G. Aspinall
Founder, Health Catalysts; Co-founder and Managing Director, BlueStone Venture Partners LLC
"Arizona - from south to north - is like a hidden diamond in the desert. The strength of our bioscience economy is only just being recognized by the rest of the country and the world. We have unique companies and technologies as well as top universities whose stories need to be told more broadly.”
Jennifer K. Barton, Ph.D.
“Arizona’s bioscience institutions are strong individually, and even stronger together. The University of Arizona and the BIO5 Institute are proud to support AZBio, which helps us all reach our full potential.”
MaryAnn Guerra, MBA
CEO, and founder, Aesthetics Biomedical
"As Arizona works to grow its bioscience industry, AZBio leads the way. My organization and those we support have received benefit from what this organization provides each and every day. But more importantly, the community benefits through helping support and sustain new and thriving biotech companies."
Partner, Knobbe Martens
"Arizona is establishing itself as an up and coming leader in pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device and other life science industries and AZBio has been an important catalyst to help grow both technologies and companies to make this possible."
Daniel J. Kasprzyk
Co-founder, President & CEO, Symple Surgical
Co-founder, President & CEO, Poba Medical
“The challenges building out our bioscience infrastructure in Arizona are offset by the dedicated efforts of AZBio members and the relentless pursuit of life altering solutions in the biosciences. With over 3500+ medical device jobs in the Flagstaff community we are on the right path to compete with Boulder, CO and Minneapolis, MN in the area of workforce preparedness.”