Dr. Andrea Small-Howard leverages broad bio-pharmaceutical industry knowledge and contacts in her current dual roles as the Chief Science Officer and member of the Board of Directors at GrowBlox Sciences, Inc.
She brings to GrowBlox Sciences a passion for advancing clinical research on medicinal applications of cannabinoid compounds in cannabis plants, clinical experience in conducting cannabinoid research, strategic vision for creating a vertically integrated biopharmaceutical pipeline based on the companies’ proprietary technology suite, and a track record of successes in the management of biopharmaceutical companies.
Dr. Small-Howard originally received her AB from Occidental College (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa), in addition to receiving both an MBA (Beta Gamma Sigma) and a PhD (USC AllUniversity Merit Fellow) in biological sciences from the University of Southern California. As a post-doctoral fellow at the Queens Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, Dr. Small-Howard led a project group dedicated to the study of cannabinoids in the immune system and published two peer-reviewed papers on the subject. At the John A. Bums School of Medicine – University of Hawaii, she led a productive research team as a Research Assistant Professor.
Dr. Small-Howard has held management positions at AMDL, Inc. (a small public biotech company), where she took the lead in every stage of product development from discovery through commercialization. As Vice President of Scientific Oversight at Radient Pharmaceuticals Corp. (RPC), she provided strategic technical and regulatory oversight for global product development in multiple international business divisions. At RPC, she also played an active role in creating collaboration agreements with development partners and research institutions, and she contributed to critical licensing and distribution agreements.
In 2011, Dr. Small-Howard founded International Biotechnology Solutions to provide management consulting with a focus on assisting US biotech companies with products that could be commercialized within the Asia-Pacific region. In her consulting, she has successfully completed projects within the areas of business development, corporate alliance building, product commercialization, corporate restructuring, and management of successful fundraising campaigns.
Currently, she also serves on the Board of Directors for the Center for Healthcare Innovation, a nonprofit, non-partisan, and independent organization based in Chicago that is committed to serving as a catalyst for stimulating ideas, people, companies, and institutions to collaborate and achieve excellence in healthcare innovation.