Lada Rasochova is executive director of the California Institute for Innovation and Development, managing director of the Rady Venture Fund, and founding director of the Triton Innovation Challenge at UC San Diego’s Rady School of Management. She also is founding director of the student accelerators StartR and mystartupXX. She joined the business school at UC San Diego in 2008, after spending more than 15 years in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, where she held various management and leadership positions. She was most recently the R&D leader and director of new business development in the Dowpharma unit of the Dow Chemical Company. Rasochova teaches graduate-level courses in venture capital management and technology commercialization at the Rady School. She also is an executive committee member of the UCSD Center for Drug Discovery Innovation, and advisor to the UCSD Center for Aerosol Impacts on Climate and the Environment, the Basement incubator, and several startup companies. In addition, she is the co-founder and CEO of Dermala, a biotech startup developing novel treatments for skin diseases. She received her doctorate in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology from Iowa State University and MBA from the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego. She is an inventor of issued and pending patents, author of several scientific publications, and a recipient of numerous awards, including the Most Innovative Thinker Award in 2015.