Laura is the Manager of Entrepreneurship Programs for Life Science Washington Institute. She is the primary contact for all programs including Startup Assistance Consulting, WA Innovation Network Mentoring Program, the SBIR/STTR Assistance Program, and the Lunch and Learn series. Laura is also the Project Lead for LSW Institute’s partnership with the BARDA DRIVe Accelerator Network. In this role, she maintains knowledge of funding available to innovators, assists entrepreneurs with their applications, and collaborates with other DRIVe Network Partners to provide wrap-around services and develop programming to connect innovators with BARDA.
Laura holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Master of Communication Disorders and Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn University. Prior to joining the team at LSW Institute, Laura worked as a pediatric speech language pathologist at Children’s of Alabama in Birmingham, AL, where she specialized in research, education, and therapeutic intervention for children with craniofacial differences, cardiopulmonary disease and other complex medical conditions.