David OlsonTitle: Mentor-in-Residence
Assistant: Debbie Watkins
Assistant Phone: 734.764.4290
Dr. Olson has more than 18 years of experience in building life science companies, product development, intellectual property management, business development and venture financing. He has co-founded 6 biotech start-ups, managed other early-stage businesses, and authored business plans backed by more than $61M in capital. Most recently he was co-founder and CEO of Swift Biosciences Inc. where he led the creation, funding and development of the company for six years. During that time Swift invented and brought to market multiple new technologies for genetic analysis and Next Generation Sequencing. Prior to Swift, Dr. Olson was a founding member of Accuri Cytometers Inc. (acquired by Becton Dickinson in 2011), where he was responsible for creating Accuri’s product vision and played a central role in all aspects of corporate strategy. Dr. Olson received his doctorate in Molecular Biology from Princeton University, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco.