ROWAN CHAPMAN, PHD
Chief Business Officer
Dr. Chapman is an executive business development leader from start up to Fortune 50, company founder, equity investor and director. She currently serves as an independent director at Evidation Health and Natera, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTRA). She has led the execution of more than 80 partnerships and investments across healthcare verticals including life sciences tools, therapeutics, diagnostics, medical devices, vaccines and digital health. Dr. Chapman served as head of Johnson & Johnson Innovation (NYSE: JNJ), Western North America. Australia and New Zealand, from January 2017 to August 2019. Prior to that, she held various roles with General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) from 2012 to 2016, including as Head of Healthcare Investing at GE Ventures where she led the team responsible for the investment portfolio with a particular focus on digital health, data analytics and precision medicine. During that time, she led the creation of three healthcare startups including Evidation Health and Vineti. Dr. Chapman also served as Head of Precision Diagnostics at GE Healthcare, where she was responsible for strategy development to integrate lab services, products, data, informatics and software. Prior to that, she held operational roles in early and growth-stage startups and was a partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures for over 11 years, from 2001 to 2012, gaining extensive experience as an investor, board member or board advisor for a wide variety of technology and data-enabled companies including Adamas (IPO: ADMS), HealthTap, Pacific Biosciences (IPO: PACB), ParAllele Biosciences (acquired: AFFX), Personalis (IPO: PSNL), Sequenta (acquired: ADPT) and Verinata (acquired: ILMN). She was also an early employee at Rosetta Inpharmatics (went public and then acquired by Merck) and Incyte Genomics (Nasdaq: INCY). She is also a co-founder of Initiate Studios, a life sciences incubator founded in 2020, where she partners with entrepreneurs to launch new healthcare companies. Dr. Chapman holds a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and BA in Biochemistry from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, and carried out post-doctoral research at UCSF.