Lisa Manna is Astrocyte’s Vice-President of Clinical Development Operations and brings over 25 years of experience in clinical and development operations. She has leadership experience that spans across academic, CRO, pharma and biotech domains. Most recently, she was the Vice-President of Clinical Operations for SQZ Biotech where she worked within a complex environment building a clinical operations team responsible for the planning and execution of the company’s clinical trials. Entrepreneurial by nature, for the past 18 years she led her company as President of Manna Clinical Consulting, working most recently with Deciphera Pharmaceuticals for the planning and execution of the company’s Phase 1 normal healthy volunteer program.
Her extensive research experience has included work in the Central Nervous System, Immunotherapy, Oncology, and Cardiovascular realms. A clinician by training, Lisa has worked in Critical Care at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and coordinated clinical research trials in sepsis, septic shock, and ARDS within the Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care at the University of Colorado Health Science Center. Lisa received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Boston College and an MBA from Suffolk University in Boston.