Senior Director, Corporate Collaborations & Strategic Alliances
Vasiliki Anest, Ph.D., is Senior Director of Corporate Collaborations and Strategic Alliances at the USC Stevens Center for Innovation, bringing over 15 years of experience in academic-industrial relations, corporate sponsored research, global alliance and innovation management. In her role, Anest leads a team that actively engages USC faculty and the private sector in forming corporate research collaborations to increase the pace of innovation and technology commercialization efforts.
Prior to joining USC Stevens, Anest held positions at Life Technologies Corporation as the Associate Director, Global Market Development, Cancer & Epigenetics and more recently, Associate Director, Global External Research & Development, Strategic Alliances where she forged numerous strategic relationships with university, government and industry partners. She has significant experience leading global coordination, execution and management of new and ongoing strategic alliances to accelerate growth efforts and to drive strategic partnerships.
Anest earned her Ph.D. in Genetics and Molecular Biology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from the University of California, San Diego. Anest was a Cancer Research and Training Award Fellow at the National Institutes of Health and a postdoctoral fellow at The Rockefeller University in New York City. She is an active member of the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership, the Association of University Technology Managers and the Licensing Executives Society.