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BIO-Europe Spring

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March 18–20, 2024 | Barcelona, SpainMarch 26–27, 2024 | Digital Partnering

Stephanie Marrus
Managing Director at University of California San Francisco


Stephanie Marrus is Managing Director of Entrepreneurship. She facilitates the start of companies from UCSF science and technology and has built the entrepreneurial ecosystem at the University. Her current focus is on bringing Silicon Valley entrepreneurship expertise to a global audience through an online course, Entrepreneurship for Life Science Healthcare Startups: A Master Class Direct from Silicon Valley.

During a 30 year business career, she has worked with over 1000 companies in science and technology based industries as member of the management team, business consultant or mentor. Many of these companies have their technological roots at Berkeley, Stanford, UCSF, MIT and Harvard. She has had roles as CEO, COO and VP Business Development for public and private venture capital backed companies, led partnering and M&A transactions, headed corporate development, strategy, marketing, communications and investor relations. Her sector experience is in information technology and life sciences/healthcare.

She teaches and mentors entrepreneurs globally through the US State Department, foreign government and other programs.

She has translated her business experience to the classroom and teaches experiential courses in entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley and globally. She has been affiliated with entrepreneurship programs at the University of California, Berkeley and Stanford University’s Technology Ventures Program. She has taught and presented at conferences in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Her academic titles have included Senior Lecturer at UCSF, Adjunct Professor at UC Berkeley’s Center for Entrepreneurship in Technology, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and Entrepreneur–in-Residence for the Global Entrepreneurial Marketing Course at Stanford, She is National Science Foundation Certified National Faculty for Innovation Corps (I-Corps), its highly successful training for entrepreneurs. She led the creation of Lean LaunchPad for life science/healthcare under an NSF grant, now taught nationally by the NIH. She has been a guest lecturer at Singularity University. She is an SBIR grant reviewer for NSF and NIH.

She participates in the State Department’s International Speaker Program and the White House's Global Entrepreneurship Summit.

Her views on entrepreneurship in emerging markets have been published in the Wall Street Journal, the Moscow News and AmericaEconomia. She has been interviewed by Russian television, the BBC and Argentine radio.

Agenda Sessions

  • Company creation in the current biotech market

  • Startup spotlight pitch competition