Jennifer Cygan, Ph.D.Jennifer Cygan, Ph.D.Head, Project Team Leaders

Jennifer Cygan is the head of Calico’s project team leader group, responsible for providing strategic and operational leadership to Calico’s drug discovery and development programs.

Jennifer brings over 17 years of experience establishing and managing partnerships to support drug discovery and development. She joined Calico in 2014 as a Senior Director, Business Development and managed many of Calico’s key collaborations in support of our R&D programs. As head of the project team leader group she continues to contribute to leadership of these collaborations and oversight of all program operations.

Prior to Calico, Jennifer worked for 8 years in business development at Genentech, most recently as the head of drug discovery and diagnostics technologies partnering. In this role she was responsible for identifying and accessing technologies to advance Genentech R&D programs. Before joining Genentech, Jennifer spent 3 years at Genencor International, as a member of the project teams for two therapeutic programs and responsible for related partnering activities. Earlier in her career she worked in university technology licensing at the University of California, San Francisco and Harvard Medical School.

Jennifer holds a Ph.D. in biology from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Sciences in microbiology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.