Dr. Ciara Kennedy is Vice-President of Operations at Cypress Bioscience Inc., based in San Diego California. Cypress Bioscience provides therapeutics and personalized medicine services to facilitate improved and individualized patient care. In this role Kennedy is responsible for the strategic direction and operation performance of the company's personalized medicine business unit. Other roles she has held at Cypress include program and alliance management, business development and investor relations. Prior to joining Cypress Bioscience Dr. Kennedy held several positions in the Program and Alliance department of Biogen Idec, managing multiple projects spanning the drug discovery and development continuum. A Ph. D scientist by training, Kennedy received her doctorate at the Queen's University of Belfast, Northern Ireland. She located to the Burnham Institute, La Jolla, California, to continue her research in the field of apoptotic proteases. In 2004 Dr. Kennedy became a member of the inaugural class of the Rady School of Management at UCSD, and graduated with a Masters of Business Administration in 2006. Dr. Kennedy's is actively involved with several associations including Athena and the Rady School Alumni Association, of which she was president from 2006 -2008. Kennedy was born in Cork, and lives with her husband and son in San Diego, California.
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