Jonathan G. Lasch, Ph.D., is the executive director of the Alfred E. Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering at the University of Southern California (AMI-USC), where he brings more than 25 years of experience in science and technology development and evaluation in the fields of biomedical instruments and systems, biotechnology, chemistry and materials science. He is a research professor of biomedical engineering in the Viterbi School of Engineering and holds a courtesy appointment as a professor of clinical entrepreneurship in the Greif Center of the Marshall School of Business at USC.
Prior to joining AMI-USC he served as a managing director of Convergent Ventures (CV), an early-stage life sciences venture investment and development company. He has served as chairman or member of the boards of directors and CEO of several CV portfolio companies. From 2002 to 2007, he was on the board of directors of Precision Dynamics Corporation, a privately held health care products company, and he currently serves on the board of directors of the Southern California Biomedical Council. Lasch has held leadership positions at Materia, a materials science company spun out of Caltech, where he served as founding president and CEO, and Cyrano Sciences, a Caltech spinout based on chemical sensor technology. Previously, he served as vice president of technology development for the Scripps Research Institute, the largest not-for-profit biomedical research institute in the United States, and was director of research, biotechnology, for PPG Industries.
He is a UCLA Anderson FEMBA GAP faculty advisor and he served two years as the director of Anderson's EMBA field study program.
B.S. Biological Sciences, University of Texas at El Paso
Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Texas at Austin