Barbara Leyman, Ph.DBarbara Leyman, Ph.D Director, Business Development

My Focus and Background

As Director, Business Development, I am responsible for identifying and evaluating promising new opportunities supporting Calico’s internal areas of interest and negotiating agreements for Calico’s partnerships and collaboration activities.

Prior to joining Calico, I held various roles in business development and as an investor in the biotech industry, including heading the life sciences team at LRM, a venture capital fund based in Belgium. In this position, I was responsible for assessing and implementing investment opportunities in biotech companies primarily with a focus on therapeutic innovations and served on the board of directors of three biotech therapeutic companies. Before this, I worked for nine years as Licensing and New Ventures Manager at VIB, the biotech translational research institute in Belgium. In this role, I focused on the therapeutic translation of new research inventions and established over 50 licensing and research collaborations with the pharmaceutical and biotech industry.