ARTIS Ventures Pioneer Spotlight: Ann Lee-Karlon

Ann is the first to say she’s taken many detours in her career. She started with a Bioengineering major at UC Berkeley and spent time as an engineering intern at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) before discovering a passion for biology and technology that led her to UCSD for her PhD. From there she focused on tissue modeling and regeneration which led to an invitation from the National Science Foundation to conduct research in London and to a senior scientist role at a growing biotech company. It was here that Ann became interested in how to build teams and companies and decided to go to Stanford for an MBA. She completed two internships, one in marketing and one at an investment bank, before graduating from Stanford to join Eli Lilly. Ann spent the next 18 years at Genentech before becoming Chief Operating Officer and employee #2 at Altos Labs, a new company focused on restoring cell health and reversing disease. She continues to serve on the board of ARTIS portfolio company, Eko. ​ Here, Ann shares what all her experience taught her about decision-making, the importance of self-awareness, and how to prevent burnout.

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