Jason Hickok is an ill-disciplined cell biologist who has wandered from topics as disparate as circadian regulation of the mammalian reproductive system to the symbiotic relationship of dinoflagellates with mangrove jellyfish. After spending years performing pure cell biology research, Jason realized he needed to focus on developing therapeutics if he wanted to have a tangible impact on human health. Jason decided to leave the tenure track and help found the Drug Discovery Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). This initiative created a very exciting time at UIC where he worked with the leading researchers in the Chicagoland area and helped them develop small molecule tools targeting their therapeutic area of interest. Eventually, this naturally led to his transition to business development in the CRO world. Jason is currently working for IRBM with Biopharma clients in the Pacific Northwest to help accelerate their discovery process.