Audrey Erbes, Ph.D., is a global life-science business development and marketing consultant, industry educator, organization leader and public speaker who originated several bioscience business development and marketing courses at the UCB and UCSC Extensions in 2002. She has 25 years of managerial experience in the corporate biopharmaceutical industry including Executive Vice President and Cofounder of Kowa Research Institute, a biopharmaceutical licensing and investment subsidiary of Kowa Company Ltd., Japan. Previously, she held both U.S. and international management positions at Syntex Corporation in market research, product management, strategic marketing, and business development, with a special emphasis on Europe and Asia/Pacific/Canada. She holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Florida and B.A. from Valparaiso University.
Audrey is committed to nurturing a vibrant life science professional network needed to maintain a premier workforce that will keep the Bay Area Cluster’s preeminence in the world. Her personal mission is to provide working professionals relevant educational and networking opportunities through her teaching at UC Berkeley Extension, involvement in program development for the volunteer professional Bio2Device Group, and career coaching and mentoring of those in “Audrey’s Network.”
Publications and Public Speaking
Industry involvements include article “Face to Face with Investors,” Pharmaceutical Executive, (June 2003); chair for BIO 2004 panel “The Most Likely Successful Business Model for Personalized Medicine;” executive training sessions and industry talks; free-lance blogs for industry publications, such as, Pharm Exex blogs on JP Morgan annual meeting; regular “Audrey’s Picks of Life Science Events” industry meetings publication and “Jobs That Crossed My Desk” which include contact person. She writes weekly blogs where she shares insights and comments about industry issues and developments as well as career advice.
Current Board Vice President of the Bio2Device Group
Past Board member of the Syntex Syva Alumni Association
Biotech Entrepreneur to Entrepreneur (BioE2E)
FountainBlue Life Science Entrepreneur Forum
Audrey was named the NCC—Association for Women in Science, “2006 Distinguished Professional” and Professional Women’s Healthcare Alliance (PWHA), “2006 Innovator of the Year”. In 2007 she received a certificate of commendation for five years of teaching service at UCSC Extension in Silicon Valley.