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Bates Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership

Lunch with a Leader: Jennifer Fox

Date: 11:30am - 1:00pm PST November 6, 2019 Location: J.R. Howard, Room 302

  • Jennifer Fox

J.R. Howard, Room 302


Learn from Portland’s leading expert about how to translate ideas and designs into products that improve lives. Jennifer is a director/chief of staff at Autodesk after being executive director of OTRADI and Oregon Biosciences Incubator (turning science research into commercial use).

Jennifer Fox, PhD is a Director and Chief of Staff for Autodesk. Autodesk makes software for people who make things. If you’ve ever driven a high-performance car, admired a towering skyscraper, used a smartphone, or watched a great film, chances are you’ve experienced what millions of Autodesk customers are doing with our software. Jennifer’s passion is translating ideas and designs into products that improve lives. Before joining Autodesk in mid-2019, Jennifer served as the Executive Director of the Oregon Bioscience Incubator (OBI), which is Oregon’s first, and only, startup incubator for bio and health and wellness companies. The OBI is home to more than thirty startup companies, developing new medical devices, diagnostics, therapeutics, digital health IT and wellness products. In her eleven years with the OBI, Dr. Fox leveraged $17 million in state funding for the OBI into more than $706 million in private, angel, venture capital and grant funding for Oregon startups. Dr. Fox is an active member of Oregon’s entrepreneurial community, having served on the board of directors for such organizations as the Portland Innovation Quadrant (Portland IQ), the Oregon Bioscience Association (Oregon Bio), the Oregon Entrepreneur Network (OEN) and the Portland Community College Biotech Program. Dr. Fox received her PhD in molecular and cellular biology and has more than 25 years of research experience at the University of Oregon, Northwestern University, Tulane University, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and University of Georgia. Jennifer now resides in Portland, Oregon, where she is an enjoys kayaking, biking and drumming.

Sponsored by the Bates Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership 

Lunch with a Leader is a series of opportunities to converse with industry leaders in a casual setting. Learn more about career paths and industry trends while you enjoy a FREE lunch!

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