Thane Kreiner, Ph.D.

THANE KREINER, Ph.D.

Executive Director
2010 - Present

Thane leads Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, the largest and most successful social enterprise accelerator in the world. Founded in 1997, Miller Center is one of three Centers of Distinction at Santa Clara University. We leverage the world's most innovative and entrepreneurial ecosystem and the Jesuit heritage of service to the poor and protection of the planet. 

 

EXPERIENCE

Board Member
BioBricks Foundation
Oct 2011 - Dec 2017

Founder & CEO
Thane Kreiner, Ph.D. Consulting
Dec 2008 - Jun 2015
Board-level consulting services for life sciences firms and new ventures include strategy development and assessment, organizational design, C-level coaching, and corporate affairs, among others.

Board Member
Didimi, Inc.
Nov 2012 - June 2014

Founder, President & CEO
Second Genome, Inc.
May 2009 - Oct 2010
Microbiome analysis company focused on improving environmental and human health.

Founder, President & CEO
Presage Biosciences, Inc.
Nov 2008 - Apr 2010
Founder and start-up CEO for new venture based on drug array technology invented at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Founded company, secured $3.1M Series A financing, licensed IP, formed core team, closed first pharmaceutical partnership deal, and hired Seattle-based CEO to lead company. www.presagebio.com

President & CEO
iZumi Bio, Inc (now iPierian)
Dec 2007 - Nov 2008
Start-up CEO for new venture focused on using iPS cell technology to transform drug discovery and regenerative medicine. Initiated R&D operations < 2 months after securing seed financing. Closed $20M Series A with KPCB and HCP. Secured core IP, formulated and executed innovative partnership with The Gladstone Institutes, and led public launch at ISSCR. Built a strong core team with shared vision, mission and values.

Senior Vice President
Affymetrix
Dec 2002 - Jul 2007
Senior Vice President, Marketing and Sales, 4/06-4/07. 
Led global commercial team of 280 staff with >$300M revenue and $68M budget. Formulated and implemented life sciences strategic business plan. Transformed technology-centric organization to global customer facing business teams.

Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, 12/02-4/06
Managed Government Relations, Regulatory Affairs, Corporate Communications, Quality, Public Affairs, Corporate Branding. Built high-performance corporate initiatives team to explore new market opportunities. Spearheaded corporate entry into Chinese market. Formulated and implemented long term regulatory and reimbursement strategy. Represented Affymetrix interests at governmental bodies including OECD, FDA, NCI. Led the development of corporate policy and positioning.

Vice President
Affymetrix
Aug 1998 - Dec 2002
Positions: Corporate Affairs, Corporate Operations and Communications, Sales and Marketing, Marketing and Strategic Planning
Managed various functions including: Sales, Marketing, PR, IR, Government Affairs, Quality, CIS, HR and Project Management. Built commercial (Sales, Marketing, etc.) organization to ~100 staff. Exceeded sales targets to achieve nearly 86% YOY revenue growth. Developed, implemented and led internal and external communications/PR strategy. Formulated public policy positions and managed Ethics Advisory Committee. Pioneered creation of sustainable and scaleable infrastructure in HR, CIS and Quality. Aggressively expanded product portfolio in partnership with R&D. Created and implemented access program for academic segment, now >60% of revenue.

Director/ Program Manager
Affymetrix
Dec 1995 - Aug 1998
Director, Marketing and Project Management, 3/97-8/98. Led commercial strategy and R&D portfolio analysis processes. Developed goals and strategies for GeneChip® product lines. Managed pricing, channels, forecasting and manufacturing planning.

Program Manager, Strategic Marketing and Project Management, 12/95-3/97. Directed market and product planning activities, including market research. Drafted S-1 for $85 MM IPO (net) and played a major role in road show. Managed multiple cross-functional development and research teams simultaneously.

Project Manager/ Associate
Affymetrix
Jun 1993 - Dec 1995
Project Manager, 4/94-12/95. Led cross-functional team that developed and first commercialized GeneChip system. Performed market research and strategic analyses for potential products. Leveraged R&D discoveries into development programs.

Associate, Business Development, 6/93-4/94. Prepared offering document for successful $21 million first-round private placement. Formulated pricing strategy and economic models for products. Initiated strategic planning and market research programs.


Postdoctoral Fellow
University of California, Berkeley
Feb 1988 - Feb 1991
Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology. Awarded Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Cancer Fund Fellowship. Designed and implemented molecular analyses of secretory pathways.

 

EDUCATION

Stanford University Graduate School of Business
MBA

1992 - 1994
Activities and Societies: Biotech/ Healthcare Club, Out4Biz

Stanford University School of Medicine
Ph.D., Neurosciences

1983 - 1988
Dissertation title: Peptidergic Secretory Vesicles in Aplysia californica.
Thesis Advisor: Richard H. Scheller, Ph.D.
Awarded National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship.
Instructor for upper-division Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology course

The University of Texas as Austin
B.S., Chemistry

1979 - 1983

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Cassandra Staff

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CASSANDRA STAFF

Chief Operations Officer

Cassandra has been with the Miller Center since 2010, when she first learned about social entrepreneurship through Santa Clara University's MBA program. Through her work with Miller Center, she has had the honor of working with over 100 social entrepreneurs directly through GSBI programs.

 

EXPERIENCE

Program Director, Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI)
Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Santa Clara University
Mar 2010 - Oct 2016

Senior Program Manager, GSBI Accelerator
Santa Clara University
Dec 2012 - Jun 2013

Program Manager, Global Social Benefit Incubator, Center for Science, Technology, and Society
Santa Clara University
Apr 2011 - Dec 2012

Program Intern (Volunteer position while pursuing her MBA)
Special Olympics Northern California & Nevada
May 2009 - Aug 2009

 

EDUCATION

Santa Clara University Leavey School of Business
MBA, Entrepreneurship, Leading People & Organizations
2009 - 2011

Menlo College
BA, Business Management
2003 - 2005

San Jose City College
AA, General Education
2001 - 2003

 

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

Buddy
Best Buddies California
Sep 2007 - Dec 2012
Human Rights

Advisory Board, Mobile Cafe
Downtown Streets Team
Mar 2015 - Mar 2016
Civil Rights and Social Action

Fellowship Application Evaluator
Echoing Green
Jan 2015 - Present
Civil Rights and Social Action