Biocom’s top priority is the safety of our members and the well-being of our employees. After careful consideration, Biocom has decided to transform our 2021 Global Life Science Partnering Conference to a fully virtual event. We know that many lives are being impacted and disrupted by COVID-19 and we are grateful to be able to continue offering our members valuable content in a safe manner.
Vice President and Head of the West Coast Innovation Center, Bayer
Dr. Chris Haskell leads Bayer’s West Coast Innovation Center, located in the Mission Bay neighborhood of San Francisco, Calif. The West Coast Innovation Center supports Bayer’s Drug Discovery activities by developing and managing partnerships with U.S. academic research institutions and life science companies. Haskell is also responsible for cultivating life science startups within the CoLaborator, a biotech incubator space adjacent to the West Coast Innovation Center. The CoLaborator, which houses a number of startup life science firms, fosters collaboration between Bayer and emerging innovators.
Haskell is also board chair emeritus and current board member of the California Life Science Institute, the San Francisco Bay Area industry trade organization dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship, science education and workforce development in the region.
After his graduate work at the University of California, Davis and a postdoctoral fellowship at The Gladstone Institute in San Francisco, Haskell joined the Immunology group at Berlex Biosciences. Since joining Bayer in 2007, Haskell has served in various scientific leadership roles, including the Acting Head of Applied Research, the unit responsible for hemostasis research and drug development. In late 2009, Haskell was named head of Bayer’s Science Hub. In 2017, he assumed oversight for the West Coast Innovation Center.