Laura Johnson Douglass
Laura Johnson Douglass has over 30 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry across multiple disciplines including research & development and operations. Ms. Douglass founded and serves as President and CEO of both Eufaeria Biosciences, a specialty biotech company that identifies and develops technologies for emergency and military medicine applications, and Next Generation Clinical Research, a specialized contract research organization focusing on rare diseases and critical care therapeutics. Next Generation celebrates 20 years in business this year. As a serial entrepreneur pursuing her love of animals, Ms. Douglass recently founded Harmony Hill Farm Sanctuary, a non-profit farm sanctuary in Illinois, providing a forever home to neglected, abandoned or homeless farm animals.
Ms. Douglass is a Founding Director of SbBancorp, Inc. and Settlers bank. She is also involved as a board member at Odonate Therapeutics, La Jolla Pharmaceutical Company, and several other biotech companies as a business advisory board member. Previously, Ms. Douglass has held roles as Director of Clinical Operations at Hazleton Laboratories (now Covance) and Director of Clinical Affairs & Research at Bone Care International (now Sanofi Genzyme). In 2008 and 2010, she was honored as a biotech entrepreneur by the national organization, Women in Bio, and in 2008 received the Rising Star Award by the Wisconsin Biotech and Medical Device Association. Her company, Next Generation Clinical Research, was the recipient of the 2009 Dane County Small Business Award.
Ms. Douglass earned a Nursing degree from the University of New York and has additional training in Pharmacology and Business from the University of Wisconsin. She also obtained certification in Adult Education from University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and is a licensed education provider of the California Board of Registered Nursing.