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Simone Fishburn, Ph.D., Editor, BioCentury Innovations

Simone serves as Editor of Biocentury Innovations. Prior to joining BioCentury in 2013, Simone worked as a translational scientist in biotech, including nine years in preclinical drug development at Nektar Therapeutics. Before industry, Simone carried out research at the Weizmann Institute of Science, after completing a post-doc at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Simone also serves as an advisor on the translational SPARK program at Stanford University and the CTSI Catalyst program at UCSF. Simone is also active in programs to advance women's careers, and was president of Women In Bio from 2013-2014. She is a Fulbright scholar, and holds a Ph.D. in molecular pharmacology from the Weizmann, and an M.A. and B.A. in pharmacology from Cambridge University.

Susan Schaeffer, Editor, BioCentury
Susan serves as Editor of BioCentury. She was previously Senior Editor in charge of Product Discovery & Development coverage from 2010 through 2012. She was Managing Editor of BioCentury and BioCentury Extra from 2004 through 2010. She joined BioCentury in 2003 after 10 years as an editor in the consumer packaged goods sector, including work with international strategy consultants Kurt Salmon Associates.

› Senior Editors

Jeff Cranmer, Managing Editor, BioCentury
Jeff serves as Managing Editor of BioCentury. Since joining BioCentury in 2005, Jeff has also been Editor of BioCentury Extra and head of BioCentury's Research Group. Jeff has an A.B. from Princeton University and an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Erin McCallister, Senior Editor
Erin joined BioCentury in 2008. She previously was a program officer at The Great Lakes Protection Fund and a biologist at Dow AgroSciences LLC. She holds an M.Sc. in environmental science and policy from the University of Chicago and a B.S. in biology from Purdue University.
Steve Usdin, Senior Editor, Washington
Steve has been Washington Editor of BioCentury since 1993, and has spent the past 20 years in the nation's capital covering political and policy issues affecting the life sciences sector. He also is BioCentury Senior Editor responsible for coverage of social issues involving biotechnology, as well as the former host of BioCentury This Week, BioCentury's public affairs television program. Steve’s reporting about biotechnology and biomedical policy has been cited in The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, New Scientist and other publications. In 2012, the FDA Alumni Association named Steve the Harvey W. Wiley Lecturer, making him the first journalist to receive the Wiley Award. His book, “Engineering Communism: How Two Americans Spied for Stalin and Founded the Soviet Silicon Valley,” was published in 2005 by Yale University Press.
Walter Yang, Director of Research
Walter, who directs BioCentury's editorial research effort, has been a Staff Writer and Research Analyst since joining the company in 1999. Walter previously worked as a researcher at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. He holds a B.S. in molecular biology from the University of California, San Diego, and has a master's degree in accounting and finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

› Associate Editors

Michael J. Haas, Associate Editor
Mike joined BioCentury in 2007 after gaining nearly 14 years of experience as an analytical chemist and mass spectrometry group leader at DuPont, DuPont Merck, DuPont Pharma and Bristol-Myers Squibb. He holds an M.Sc. in chemistry from the University of Toronto and a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Delaware.
Stephen Hansen, Associate Editor
Stephen has been a writer and news editor for BioCentury since 2006. He holds B.A.s in biology and history from Bethel University and an M.Phil in history from Oxford University.
Selina Koch, Ph.D., Associate Editor
Selina joined BioCentury in 2014 after earning a Ph.D. in neuroscience and conducting postdoctoral research at the University of California San Francisco. Her experiments investigated the role of electrical and synaptic activity in forming organized and precisely tuned neural circuits during development. She also holds a B.S. in neurobiology and behavior from the University of Washington.

› Senior Writers

Emily Cukier-Meisner, Senior Writer
Emily joined BioCentury in 2013 after gaining over six years of experience in the analysis and classification of clinical-stage drug products at Brand Institute. Previously, she conducted studies of protein folding at the University of Chicago and University of Cincinnati. She holds a B.S. in chemistry from Harvey Mudd College and an M.S. from the University of Chicago in biochemistry and molecular biology.
Michael Leviten, Ph.D., Senior Writer
Michael joined BioCentury in April 2016 as a senior writer for BioCentury Innovations. He brings with him 18 years of experience as an R&D scientist at biotech companies Deltagen Inc., Bayhill Therapeutics Inc. and Annexon Inc., where he focused on the development of biologic therapies for autoimmune and neurodegenerative diseases.
Lauren Martz, Senior Writer
Lauren joined BioCentury in 2007 as a research analyst in its research group. Lauren became a staff writer in 2008 as a member of the founding team of the SciBX: Science-Business eXchange publication launched between BioCentury and Nature Publishing Group, and advanced to senior writer for BioCentury Innovations in 2015. Lauren holds a B.S.E. in bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Temple University.
Karen Tkach, Ph.D., Senior Writer
Karen joined the BioCentury Innovations team in 2015 after a postdoctoral research fellowship in the Department of Chemical and Systems Biology at Stanford University. She holds a Ph.D. in immunology from Weill Cornell Medical College and a B.A. in molecular and cell biology from the University of California Berkeley.

› Staff Writers

Hongjiang Li, Ph.D., Staff Writer
Before joining BioCentury in 2016, Hongjiang worked as a research scientist at the Institute of Science and Technology in Austria, Ghent University and the University of California Riverside. She holds a Ph.D. in Biotechnology from Peking University, a P.P.M. in Bioscience Management from Keck Graduate Institute and a B.S. in Biotechnology from Sichuan University.
Virginia Li, Staff Writer
Virginia serves as a staff writer for BioCentury. Since joining BioCentury in 2014, Virginia has also been a staff writer and news editor for BioCentury Extra. She holds a B.A. in biology from Cornell University.
Mary Romeo, Staff Writer
Prior to joining BioCentury in 2015, Mary worked at the consulting firm Exponent Inc. for 10 years as a research specialist and health scientist, where her duties included code and literature research and managing and editing work product. She holds a B.S. in marine biology from the University of California Santa Cruz.
Mark Zipkin, Staff Writer
Mark joined the BioCentury Innovations team in 2014 following 11 years of editorial administration at Nature Publishing Group, where his duties included supporting SciBX: Science-Business eXchange, a joint publication from BioCentury and NPG. He holds a B.A. in English from Rutgers University and is the author of several screenplays and teleplays.