Lynne Zydowsky, PhD

Lynne Zydowsky, PhD is the President and Co-Founder of the Alexandria Summit and Chief Science Officer of Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc./Alexandria Venture Investments, and President of Zydowsky Consultants. She is an experienced executive in the life science industry who has launched and built several successful companies. With over 20 years of experience, she has played key roles in corporate development, operations, and finance. She is a long-standing advocate for biomedical research and the advancement of global health.

In 2003, Dr. Zydowsky founded Zydowsky Consultants, offering services to life science companies. Prior to that, Dr. Zydowsky was Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Renovis, Inc. (now Evotec) and served as Vice President of Pharmaceutical Business Development at Exelixis, Inc. As part of their executive management team, she contributed to the growth and development of both companies, which led to their initial public offerings.

Dr. Zydowsky co-founded the renowned Alexandria Summit® in 2011, an invitation-only gathering that convenes the world’s foremost visionaries and key stakeholders — from the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and technology industries; medical, academic, financial, and philanthropic institutions; advocacy groups; and government — to exchange ideas and help shape future decisions about life science research, development and policy. To date, the Alexandria Summit community has driven groundbreaking advances around some of the most important topics impacting human health, including healthcare economics, infectious diseases, oncology, neuroscience, medical philanthropy, and agricultural innovation.

Dr. Zydowsky currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Butler University and on the Discovery Council for Harvard Medical School. Dr. Zydowsky is also personally engaged in critical philanthropic efforts as a member of the West Coast Board for the international non-profit buildOn, an organization focused on breaking the cycle of poverty and illiteracy, through its after-school programs for urban teens.

Dr. Zydowsky earned her PhD in Chemistry from The Ohio State University and was a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at Harvard Medical School. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from Butler University.