As director of research commercialization, Ms. Simoncini seeks out research projects with commercial potential, primarily those at the University of Washington (UW). She also manages WRF's $350,000 annual fund to support potentially valuable commercial research at the UW.
Prior to joining WRF, she was a partner at Integra Ventures, a life science investment organization that provides capital to early-stage companies, and a scientist and business development manager at ZymoGenetics, a Seattle-based biotechnology company.
Ms. Simoncini received her doctorate degree in pharmacology from the University of Pavia, Italy, and her master's in business administration from Seattle University. She did postdoctoral work at the University of Washington and the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Goettingen, Germany.