Join the Zucker Institute on April 17th for a special event celebrating innovation, sponsored by Riverside Law. We’ll announce various innovation award winners, recognize the prestigious National Academy of Inventors fellow & inductees, and present patent plaques. Refreshments will be provided.

Drug Discovery Building Lobby, 70 President St, Charleston, SC 29425 — 3:30PM

Drug Discovery Building Lobby- 70 President St, Charleston, SC 2942



Our Board of Directors

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Lisa Drakeman, PhD

Dr. Lisa Drakeman is a wine writer and educator living in Hilton Head Island. Before moving to South Carolina, she was the founding CEO of Genmab S/A, an international biotechnology company based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Under her leadership, the company completed a record setting IPO, raised over a billion dollars, and created FDA-approved medicines for cancer and Multiple Sclerosis. The company was named Scrip’s Biotech Company of the Year, and received the James D. Watson Helix Award for leadership in scientific innovation, company growth and corporate citizenship. Dr. Drakeman is a member of the New Jersey Technology Hall of Fame, and received the Dr. Sol Barer Award for Vision, Innovation and Leadership from BioNJ. Dr. Drakeman’s goal has always been to ensure that medicines would be available to all who need them. Following that aim, she served as Chair of the Board of Trustees of Volunteers in Medicine of Hilton Head (VIM), a free and charitable clinic that treats thousands of the most medically underserved patients in America. During her tenure, she pioneered a successful 2 Walking and Weight Loss Wellness program for the over 90% of VIM’s women patients over 35 who either have risk factors for, or a diagnosis of, cardiovascular disease. This program combined healthy living education, downloadable pedometers, modest incentives, peer support, and a focus on patient accomplishments to build self-esteem. Dr. Drakeman is currently President of Convivio, a wine education and consulting firm in Hilton Head. She is especially interested in how wine pairs with food, and also how it pairs with business. She has led wine education events for current and future executives at Oxford, Cambridge, Princeton and other universities. Named a Certified Sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers, she has completed the rigorous Diploma in Wines (with Merit) from the world’s leading wine education organization, the Wine and Spirits Education Trust in London, England. Dr. Drakeman holds dual U.S./Italian citizenship, and has lived in Scandinavia and the U.S. She graduated with honors from Mount Holyoke College, and received a Ph.D. from Princeton University, where she has served as a member of the faculty, and has co-chaired the Graduate Dean’s Leadership Council.

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