David J. Whelan serves as Chief Executive Officer of BioscienceLA, where he leads a team dedicated to being the innovation catalyst for life sciences and health innovation. Prior to BioscienceLA, Dave was an integral part of the creation of New York Genome Center, where he served as SVP Business Development & Chief Strategy Officer. Other recent engagements include incubating a digital health and media start-up, steering a multi-year strategic and financial plan for a leading synthetic biology organization, launching a cancer diagnostic spinoff from a leading hospital, and developing a market assessment and strategic plan for an innovative integrative healthcare research concept. His experience also includes product management and channel strategy for a 24-Hour Fitness division, where he helped to launch one of the first fitness wearables. Earlier in his career, he served as a retained executive search consultant. Dave began his career with a biotechnology incubator in San Francisco.
Dave is committed to building businesses and inspiring entrepreneurs at the intersections of technology, health and wellness and has spent many years as a start-up advisor, mentor, and judge with organizations like Larta Institute, Cedars-Sinai Accelerator, and Women Founders Network.
He holds an MBA with Honors from UCLA Anderson School and a BS in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University.