Neena Kadaba, PhD, GHS Fund

Neena is Director of Science at Quark Venture, which she joined in 2017. Previously, Neena was the director of strategic partnerships at QB3 at the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences. There she created the QB3 Collaborative Startups program, managing QB3’s multiyear, multimillion-dollar alliances with Calico and Pfizer and running its precommercial $1 million annual grant program. She was also a partner at QB3’s venture fund, Mission Bay Capital. Previously, Neena was an associate and Kaufman Fellow at the Japanese trading company Itochu Technology, Inc. Neena has been awarded the national P.E.O. Scholar Award, a Moore-Hufstedler Project Award, a DOW Career award, and a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award. She earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and her PhD in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California. She currently serves on MIT’s Educational Council.