Leading Women: Biotech and Beyond

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Date(s) - 25 Sep 2023
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

850 PBC

Join us to kick off Arizona Bioscience Week in style!

Leading Women: Biotech and Beyond

Join us for cocktails connections and stimulating conversation with some of biotech’s leading women.     

Date:  Monday, September 25, 202  

Time:  5:30PM – 7:30 PM

Location: 850 PBC 

850 N 5th Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85004


5:30 – Cocktails

6:30 – Leading Women Panel 

  • Moderator – Michelle Rousseau, Gilbane Building Company
  • Caron Davis, TGen/City of Hope
  • Barbara Marusiak, DHsc, Arizona State University Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation
  • Claudia Whitehead, City of Phoenix

7:30  – Event Concludes 


Registration is complimentary for AZBio Members, Elected Leaders, and credentialed Media.

Non Members:  $50

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Introducing our Leading Women Panelists

Caron Davis, Vice President of Business Development, City of Hope Phoenix & Vice President of Business Development, Strategic initiatives, TGen (Translational Genomics Research Institute)

In her current role, Caron oversees business development transaction management, hospital partnerships, strategic initiatives at TGen, employer partnerships and physician relations.

With over 20 years in development and more than half of her experience in the healthcare sector, Caron is a key member of the executive leadership team and works closely with the City of Hope Phoenix market president and the TGen Chief Operating Officer on key business operations and strategy.  


Barbara Marusiak, DHsc, Interim Senior Director, Clinical Research & Regulatory Science at Arizona State University Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation and Director, Clinical Research & Student Engagement for the Mayo ASU Medtech Accelerator. 

Barbara received  her BSN from the University of Phoenix, a MS in Clinical Research Management from ASU, and her Doctorate in Helth Science, Global Health,  from AT Still University.  She will be honored in September as the 2023 Michael. A Cusanovich Bioscience Educator of the Year.  


Claudia Whitehead, Bioscience Healthcare Program Manager, City of Phoenix

Claudia’s responsibilities at the City of Phoenix includes the city’s bioscience strategic plan that includes ongoing development across the bioscience sector,  the expansion of  Phoenix Biomedical Campus and the CEI Incubator.  Through Claudia’s efforts, the City of Phoenix now hosts Arizona’s presence at the BIO International Convention.

Claudia brings more than 16 years as an economic development professional with diverse array of domestic and international experience with successful track record to attract and retain quality jobs and millions of dollars in business investment in the Phoenix region.

Michelle Rousseau, Business Development Manager, Gilbane Building Company

As an Arizona native, Michelle is passionate about supporting the growth and development of our communities. After attending the University of Arizona’s College of Architecture, Michelle began her professional career with Gilbane Building Company as a VDC Engineer. Building upon that skill set and using her unique knowledge, she transitioned to business development seven years ago. Her mission is to create meaningful partnerships with clients, architects, engineers and trade partners to deliver on building environments that are sustainable and resilient for our future generations. She focuses on Gilbane’s core markets of higher education, healthcare, corporate commercial, and life sciences. FUN FACT: When presented a challenge, Michelle only knows to say “yes”. That’s what put her on a live bull in small Tucson rodeo, completed a half marathon without training, and actively taking her Architect Registration Exams to become an official licensed architect.

Sponsorships are available.  For more information, contact AZBio.

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