Head of JLABS Bay Area
As Head of JLABS, San Francisco Bay Area, Jeff is responsible for setting the strategy and overseeing all operational activities of JLABS in the Bay Area—including JLABS @ SSF and JLABS @ MBC BioLabs. Jeff joined JLABS in June 2019 from Johnson & Johnson Innovation, California Innovation Center, which he helped to establish and where he led the New Ventures team since 2014. Having joined Johnson & Johnson in 2011, he has also served as a principal making biopharma investments for Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation.
Jeff began his business career as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. He later served as a healthcare research analyst at JP Morgan Hambrecht & Quist. As an entrepreneur, he ran corporate development and operations for WIDCOMM, a technology company. Later, he served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Business Officer for Vela Pharmaceuticals, a venture-backed neuroscience drug development company. From 2006 to 2010 he was a Principal & Kauffman Fellow at Scale Venture Partners, a venture fund with over $1B under management. He has served as a board director or board observer for over a dozen companies.
Jeff graduated Phi Beta Kappa in Biology from Harvard College and earned an M.D. from Harvard Medical School, where he was a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar. He completed his medical-psychiatric internship and psychiatry residency at UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Institute and served as program chief resident and clinical neuropharmacology fellow.