Janet White has spent more than thirty years driving profitable growth in mid- to large-sized life science companies, including contract manufacturing and development organizations (CDMO). Her experience spans product development, commercialization, operations, and business management, with profit and loss responsibility for global business units. She is known for her ability to build and manage high performing commercial and R&D teams in a variety of company cultures and sizes, ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies.
More recently, Janet has shifted her focus to advising and mentoring, leveraging her business experiences and ability to quickly assess market, customer, and team dynamics to offer practical advice. She is actively advising entrepreneurs and early-stage companies, serving as a mentor with the Madison Entrepreneur Resource, Learning and Innovation Network (MERLIN), the Madworks and gener8tor accelerators, and as an independent advisor. She is passionate about the importance of product-market fit and brings practical customer discovery techniques to these startups.
Janet is currently on the Industry Advisory Board for the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Recently, Janet served as a Board member for BioForward, Wisconsin’s industry association for the biohealth community, promoting the growth of the biotech industry in Wisconsin.
Janet has an engineering background with a Masters in Medical Engineering from George Washington University, and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering from Duke University. She is a guest lecturer on commercialization topics in Washington University’s Bioentrepreneurship program as well as in various accelerator programs for early-stage companies.