Pathways with a Ph.D. - Entrepreneurship
The "Pathways with a Ph.D." series exposes graduate students to potential career options inside and outside the academy, and help them apply experience and strengths from current graduate work to future jobs or roles.
Please join us for our next Pathways with a Ph.D. event focused on entrepreneurship. The workshop will be led by our distinguished alumni Lisa Drakeman*88 and Don Drakeman*88 who have launched several successful companies and are interested in sharing their pathways from graduate school into business. The workshop will begin at 3:15 p.m. in Bowen Hall Auditorium. Reception to follow in Bowen Hall Atrium.
Don Drakeman, REL *88 is Distinguished Research Professor in the Program on Constitutional Studies at Notre Dame, a Fellow in Health Management at the University of Cambridge, and a partner in venture capital firm Advent Life Sciences. For many years, he was the CEO of a biotechnology company that launched the “checkpoint inhibitor” approach to cancer treatment. His most recent book is Why We Need the Humanities: Life Science, Law, and the Common Good. He graduated from Dartmouth in 1975 and Columbia Law School in 1979, and he received a Ph.D. in Religion from Princeton in 1988. For about 20 years, he was a Lecturer in the Princeton Politics department. He has been a trustee of Drew University, the University of Charleston, and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, and he chairs the Advisory Council of the James Madison Program for American Ideals and Institutions.
Lisa Drakeman, REL *88, h’35, is the Chair of Volunteers in Medicine, a pioneering clinic for the medically underserved in coastal South Carolina. She founded and served as CEO of an international biotech company that developed two new FDA-approved treatments for cancer. Under her leadership, the company raised over a billion dollars, set several industry records, and achieved a multi-billion dollar market value. Among her numerous awards are the Biotech Industry Organization's "Advocate of the Year,” and the Dr. Sol Barer Award for Vision, Innovation and Leadership from BioNJ. She received a Ph.D. in Religion from Princeton, and a B.A. in Religion and History from Mount Holyoke College. She is the Secretary of the Princeton Class of ’35, the co-chair of the Graduate Dean's Leadership Council, and a member of the Advisory Council for the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. She has also served as co-chair of the Religion Department Advisory Council. A Certified Specialist of Wine, she has been named a Certified Sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers.
Annarie Lyles, BIO *90 is bio-business executive for 3 decades, a common thread through Annarie's endeavors is the promotion of healthy living systems. She works via a portfolio of seed-stage investments, mentoring entrepreneurs (including a Princeton team through the NSF iCorps program in 2015), and serving on boards. Annarie's current leadership roles include President of Investors' Circle Philadelphia network, President of a private business' Family Council, Treasurer of Sustainable Princeton, and co-founder of a clean-tech start-up. During prior careers, she negotiated biotechnology deals, helped run zoos, advised endangered species breeding programs, and enjoyed ecology adventures in the tropics. She speaks frequently and has over thirty publications. Married to Princeton ecology professor Andy Dobson, they have a son at Princeton High and daughter at Princeton's University. Annarie relishes woodland rambles with friends and hounds, and has recently rediscovered the joy of SCUBA.
Pierre E. Mendelsohn, MAE *93 is the CEO & Founder, ALPIMA Ltd, London. ALPIMA is an advisory firm specialized in quantitative investment strategies. Pierre founded ALPIMA in October 2014 to give investors a new investment experience -- truly personalized, institutional-quality systematic investing at a reasonable cost. Before creating ALPIMA, Pierre was an MD with Morgan Stanley for four years, as head of pan-Asia equity derivatives distribution, financial engineering, and QDS (Quantitative & Derivatives Strategies) based in Hong Kong, and previously global head of retail structured products based in London. Previously he worked for eleven years with Merrill Lynch in London, where, amongst other things, he ran and scaled Merrill INVEST, Merrill’s securitized products platform in EMEA from 2005 to 2010. Previously he worked in global markets and risk analytics with Bankers Trust in London & New York, and as a management consultant with Oliver, Wyman & Company in New York. Pierre holds an M.S.E. in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering majoring in Applied Mathematics from Princeton University and a BS/MS in Engineering / Computational Fluid Dynamics from INPG, France. He lives in London with his wife and three children. Marathon runner, instrument-rated pilot and aviation fan.