Wendy Nelson, PhD

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Wendy joined Danforth in 2022 with 25 years of experience as a biotechnology researcher, entrepreneur and executive. She previously held business development roles for biotechnology companies and related service providers including Cytimmune Sciences, Frontage Laboratories, inVentiv Health Clinical and QPS. She additionally worked in project management and research for Alantos Pharmaceuticals and Alkermes, respectively. Apart from Danforth, Wendy is President and Founder of Boston Biotech Forum, which has grown to encompass gatherings in additional cities with vibrant life science ecosystems.

Wendy holds BSc and MS degrees in Engineering and a PhD in Medical Science from Brown University.

Select Achievements

  • Successfully founded and scaled an industry forum spanning multiple cities and convening hundreds of biotech professionals across scientific, operational, managerial and venture capital communities
  • Venture partner and key contributor to diligence review of potential biotech investments for Waterman Ventures, the Brown University alumni venture arm
  • Led the national team of business development directors, internal marketing team and strategic alliance efforts for a global Clinical Research Organization


Biotech entrepreneurship
Corporate and business development
Project management