Attracting Life Science Companies and Talent to Arizona

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Date(s) - 16 Mar 2021
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


Attracting Life Science Companies and Talent to Arizona

Tuesday March 16th, 2021   08:00 – 09:00 AM

Featured speakers:

  • Cameron Robb, Vice President, Business Development, Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC)
  • David W. Welsh, Executive Vice President, SunCorridor Inc.

Session lead by: Steve Potts, PhD, MBA, Cofounder & CEO OncoMyx Therapeutics

Join us for a discussion about the formal programs in place to promote Arizona as a major bioscience center of excellence, as well as the benefit programs for recruiting companies, talent and their spouses.  

Hosted by AZBio



About Our Speakers:

Session Lead:  Steve Potts, PhD, MBA, Cofounder & CEO OncoMyx Therapeutics

Steve Potts, PhD, MBA (Cofounder & CEO) leads OncoMyx. Steve has worked in the biopharma industry since 1999 and has had experience in a wide range of areas, including product development, sales, marketing, and general management. He has a proven track record of success, with his last three companies all with significant shareholder returns. He was Vice President of Medical Affairs at Ignyta, which was acquired by Roche for $1.7B, and he led the global operation of the testing of 30,000 patients in an oncology basket trial for entrectinib in 15 countries. The molecule was the first in industry to receive breakthrough designation equivalents in USA, Europe, and Japan. Prior to Ignyta, he bootstrapped his first company as founding CEO, Flagship Biosciences, to 75 employees and an exit for his investors. He was General Manager Life Sciences at Aperio, which exited to Danaher for $180M. He also built the Bioinformatics Dept. for a Fortune 500 Company, Quest Diagnostics, which subsequently delivered $1B of annual revenue. He earned a BS in Physics from Wheaton College, Illinois and PhD in Biological Engineering and MBA from the University of California Davis.


Cameron Robb

Vice President, Business Development, Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC)

Cameron Robb currently serves as Vice President of Business Development. She is responsible for supporting new company relocation and expansion to the region. She is focused on being a connection point for healthcare and MedTech companies looking to establish their brand and scale in a robust healthcare & bioscience ecosystem. This includes supporting regional initiatives under the GPEC Healthcare Innovation Council. Cameron also specializes in providing market analysis and site-selection assistance for industrial clients evaluating the region to increase manufacturing and distribution operations.

Cameron served 17 years of her career in higher education and previously served as the associate director for Employer Relations at ASU. She connected Fortune 500 employers with student and graduate talent through Career Services. Additionally, she managed a high-performing team responsible for all recruitment and engagement events across 55+ majors and programs, as well as a comprehensive Alumni & Professional Mentorship program with over 1,500 members at the W. P. Carey School of Business. Cameron’s success was built on the enhancement of collaborative public and private partnerships in support of talent management across all levels of industry.


David W. Welsh

Executive Vice President, SunCorridor Inc.

As Executive Vice President David oversees of a wide range of economic development programs and projects including the recruitment, retention, and expansion of businesses as well as government relations and policy development.

David joined Sun Corridor Inc. in 2008 and has over 30 years of experience in economic development and business advocacy.  His previous positions include Director of Economic Development for the Town of Oro Valley, CEO/President of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson, and founding Executive Director of the Northwest Environmental Business Council (NEBC). In addition, David serves on the board of directors of the Arizona Business Development Finance Corporation and Visit Tucson.