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Julia Brown

Chair, Board of Trustees, UC San Diego Foundation
Board Member, Biological Sciences Leadership Council

Not many people can boast the honor of being both a biotechnology industry pioneer and being named one of the "cool women" by the Imperial Council of Girl Scouts. But Julia Brown calls the latter honor one of her most humbling and unexpected. As one of San Diego's most successful women in biotechnology - having served in top leadership roles at one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies, Eli Lilly; San Diego's first life science firm, Hybritech among others. Brown started her career doing basic research on antimicrobials in the early 1970s, but moved to the business side of life sciences quickly, holding positions such as executive vice president at Amylin Pharmaceuticals and director of worldwide marketing at Hybritech. She also serves on the board of directors of the La Jolla Institute for Molecular Medicine, the Veterans Medical Research Foundation and the UC San Diego Foundation.