Ms. Diaz, who has more than 25 years of life science industry leadership experience, is chief executive officer and founder of Vida Strategic Partners, Inc. an advisory firm supporting the financial, operational and communications goals of life science and healthcare companies. Prior to founding Vida in 2002, she served as senior vice president and director, West Coast operations for Burns McClellan, a national healthcare communications agency. With responsibility for heading Burns McClellan´s West Coast operations, Ms. Diaz directly managed public and investor relations programs for all West Coast clients. Prior to joining Burns McClellan, she held a number of senior financial positions with several life science companies, serving as vice president and chief financial officer of Shaman Pharmaceuticals, Inc., director of finance of Hyseq, Inc. (renamed Nuvelo, Inc.), and director of finance of Martek Biosciences Corporation. During her career, Ms. Diaz has managed finance and accounting functions, directed public and private financings, managed business development efforts, worked with manufacturing and marketing teams to initiate production and commercialization of new products, and supervised public and investor relations programs.
Ms. Diaz currently serves as an advisor for the California Life Sciences Institute. She completed an MBA in finance at Georgetown University and earned a bachelor of arts degree in international relations from Stanford University.