Stephanie Marrus is Director of the Entrepreneurship Center at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), the leading graduate life science/healthcare academic institution in the US. Her mission is to start companies from UCSF inventions and to build the entrepreneurial ecosystem at the University. Since joining in 2012, she has built a robust series of courses and programs that create a vibrant entrepreneurial community on Campus representative of Silicon Valley. She has helped start almost 40 ventures that raised an aggregate $300MM in five years.
During a 30-year plus business career as a management team member and consultant, she has worked with over 1000 companies in science- and technology-based industries, many with their technological roots at MIT, Harvard, Berkeley, Stanford and UCSF. In addition to her business career, she served as Deputy Secretary of Economic Affairs for a Massachusetts governor where she led economic development, business policy and chaired an environmental fund board.
She has lectured about entrepreneurship on five continents — North and South America, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia, and enjoys giving workshops in diverse geographies. She is a frequent speaker and moderator at entrepreneurship conferences in Silicon Valley and globally and is a member of the US State Department International Speaker Program.
She holds an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, MA from Columbia University and AB from Cornell University.