Program Investment Officer, Venture Investing, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Charlotte recently joined the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as a Program Investment Officer, focusing on venture capital investments. She brings 15 years of life sciences experience to her new role, with proven performance in internationally recognized publications including Nature and Science.
Previously Charlotte was a Vice-President with H.I.G.BioVentures, focusing on investment opportunities in the life sciences, including therapeutics, diagnostics, and medical devices. Before that she was an Associate at Accelerator Corporation, an investment vehicle focused on identifying, evaluating, financing, and managing emerging therapeutic technologies.
Prior to joining Accelerator, Charlotte was a Ruth L. Kirschstein NIH post-doctoral fellow studying stem cell and regenerative medicine at the University Washington. She did her doctoral work at Duke University, as a fellow with the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Fund in acetylation biology.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Charlotte completed her post-doctoral training with Dr. Randall T. Moon at the University of Washington Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine and holds a PhD in Cancer Biology from Duke University. She received her BS degree in Microbiology from the University of Washington.
Prior to becoming a scientist, Charlotte trained as a classical pianist at the University of Southern California. She continued her pursuit of music during her graduate studies by founding and managing a successful independent rock band, Little Miss Messy. The band received national radio play and played on the MTV Rock the Vote Tour 2004.
Charlotte served her fellowship at Accelerator Corporation under the mentorship of Carl Weissman as a member of Fellows Class 14.