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Prospanica NC, GSK, NCBIO, and NCBiotech discuss the opportunities in North Carolina's growing #LifeSciences Industry. Q&A Moderator and Presenters: Prospanica North Carolina VP Evelyn Johnson, NCBIO Director of Communications Brenda Summers, NCBiotech Associate Director of Life Science Economic Development Katie Stember, and Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability Lead for R&D GlaxoSmithKline Conchita Jiménez-González.

 Export to Your Calendar 8/5/2020
When: Wednesday, August 5, 2020
12:30pm - 1:30pm EDT
Where: Virtual - Everywhere!
United States
Contact: Evelyn Johnson

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Brenda Summers

NCBIO Director of Communications

Brenda Summers has worked with NCBIO as a staff member and consultant for more than 15 years on communications and workforce issues. She worked on the 2003, 2013 and 2018 Window on the Workplace surveys on the biomanufacturing industry in the state.  She previously worked as a nonprofit and not-for-profit consultant and executive director.  Dr. Summers was interim director of the Institute for Nonprofits at NC State University and has served as a consultant to the Institute. She has been an adjunct professor at NC State University, at the UNC-CH Master of Public Administration Program, and at the Pfeiffer University MBA program. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, from UNC-CH, a Master’s degree in Public Administration, and a Doctorate in Adult Education from NC State University. 



Katie Stember


Associate Director, Life Science Economic Development, The North Carolina Biotechnology Center


Katie joined NCBiotech in October 2018 as the associate director for Life Science Economic Development. She is responsible for supporting Director Laura Rowley in leading efforts to create, manage, and measure programs leveraging North Carolina’s technology-based assets to attract and retain life science jobs and investments. Katie previously completed an internship in the Office of Science, Technology, and Innovation in the North Carolina Department of Commerce, where she produced feature stories on local small businesses that received One North Carolina Small Business Program matching funds for federal innovation grant awards. She also founded a social media community called Scientists of North Carolina that shares scientists’ stories with the goal of showcasing diversity in science and breaking down stereotypes around what scientists look like and do for work. Katie earned her bachelor’s degree in behavioral neuroscience from Northeastern University in Boston, and completed her Ph.D. in pathology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Conchita Jimenez-Gonzalez

Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability Lead for R&D at GlaxoSmithKline

Dr. Concepción “Conchita” Jiménez-González is the Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability Lead for R&D at GlaxoSmithKline.  In this role, she leads the global team that enables R&D to develop medicines and consumer products safely and sustainably.  Prior to this, she has had a series of roles of increasing responsibility, including Graduate Program Lead, Director of New Product Development, Director of Operational Sustainability, Director of Analytics and Reporting; amongst others.  She has lived and worked in Mexico, UK and several areas in the US.  Prior to GSK she worked as an environmental engineer for GeoEnvironmental Consultants; as a program manager, researcher and project engineer at ITESM in Mexico; and as visiting researcher at Pfizer.


In addition to her job at GSK, she is an adjunct professor at North Carolina State University’s Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department, and serves in the Scientific Advisory Committee in Chemicals for the US EPA, and in the Editorial advisory Board for the Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology.  She holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and an MBA from North Carolina State University; an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from ITESM; México and a B.S. in Chemical and Industrial Engineering at the Chihuahua Institute of Technology, México.