M. Jaione Maiz
Jaione Maiz is a business development manager at Inception Sciences, a drug discovery engine co-founded with Versant Ventures. In this role, she supports Inception’s portfolio companies with operations, as well as new science evaluation with the Inception and Versant teams.
Jaione was most recently an associate at Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), a technology- and life science company-focused bank based in the San Francisco Bay Area. At the bank, she worked primarily with the Life Sciences group, performing valuations for private life science companies, in addition to industry trend analyses. Jaione also supported the bank’s strategic advisory and venture debt practices.
Prior to joining SVB Analytics, Jaione was an intern at venBio, a life science venture capital firm based in San Francisco. At venBio, Jaione supported the identification of and due diligence processes for new investment opportunities. Jaione is also a contributing author to NeuroInsights Newsletter, a monthly subscription-based newsletter that provides a comprehensive overview of the advances in the field of neurological therapies.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Jaione earned her PhD in neurobiology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a bachelor's degree in biology from Northwestern University. She also completed a certificate of business at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Jaione is currently involved as a mentor with several programs that support life science entrepreneurs, including Oxbridge Biotech Roundtable (OBR), Springboard Enterprises, and the National Institutes of Health Neuro Startup Challenge.
Jaione served her fellowship at Inception Sciences under the mentorship of Business Development Lead Alicia Levey and Chief Operating Officer Clare Ozawa. She is a member of Class 20.