Mara Bryan is currently the Research Operations Manager at Calico Life Sciences in South San Francisco. Prior to that, she was the Research Operations Manager at the Energy Biosciences Institute at UC-Berkeley from 2008-2015. She has a B.A. in Biology from Rice University and a Ph.D. in Fisheries and Wildlife and Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior from Michigan State University.
Josh Yoburn is the VP of the Medical and Scientific Strategy department at Giant Creative Strategy, where he partners closely with clients, medical and regulatory
leaders, creative departments, and digital/interactive groups, helping to infuse scientific rigor, actionable insights, and strategic thinking into every initiative. He has worked at pharmaceutical companies both as a research scientist and a content strategist, and has also worked for a variety of medical content agencies. He holds a BA in chemistry from Washington University, a MA in Pharmacology from the Boston University School of Medicine, and a PhD in Organic Chemistry from UC Irvine.
Adena Svingos is a Senior Vice President and Medical Director at Giant Creative Strategy, where she has liaises with a diverse array of biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. Her varied academic and industry portfolios encompass numerous disease states, medical devices, and diagnostics. She is passionate about synthesizing the facets of a product’s environment — from molecule to brand strategy—to help sculpt and communicate unique stories for the companies she works with. She started her career as an assistant professor in Neurology and Neuroscience at Weill Medical College at Cornell University, but then transitioned and has worked at a number of creative agencies in both San Francisco and New York. She holds a BS in Biology from UC Santa Cruz and a PhD in Neurobiology from SUNY Stony Brook.