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Alice Chen, PhD

Vice President

Accelerator Life Science Partners

Dr. Alice Chen has been a vice president at Accelerator since 2017. She initially joined Accelerator in 2013 as a principal to support portfolio company operations and to provide executive oversight of preclinical development activities across the portfolio. She is actively involved in sourcing and scientifically evaluating emerging biotechnology investment opportunities, and has played an instrumental role in the formation and oversight of several Accelerator portfolio companies.

Dr. Chen has more than 15 years of research and drug development experience, principally in small molecule therapeutics. Before joining Accelerator, she served as a scientific consultant and drug development project leader for several venture-backed biotechnology companies. Prior to that, she served as Director of Technologies at Qwell Pharmaceuticals, a venture-backed biotechnology company developing novel, small-molecule drugs focused on cancer and inflammation. She also contributed to partnership and M&A initiatives.

Dr. Chen completed her doctoral training in the laboratory of Dr. Chaitan Khosla at Stanford University where she focused on protein engineering and protein characterization. She holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University and a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from U.C. Berkeley. She served as an Engineering Fellow at Merck & Company and is a graduate of the Kauffman Fellows Program. Dr. Chen currently serves on the Evergreen Fund Advisory Committee for the Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center and the board of Life Science Washington, the state’s life science trade association.

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