Tia Lyles-Williams, D.Sc. is a Two-Time Life Science Start-Up Founder – Founder & CEO of LucasPye BIO, a Contract Development Manufacturing Organization (CDMO); and Founder & CEO of HelaPlex, the 1st Commercial Life Science Accelerator for Seed-Level Life Science Start-Ups and Virtual Biotechnology Companies. In fact, LucasPye BIO is a strategic partner of Thomas Jefferson University’s Jefferson Institute for Bioprocessing (JIB). Dr. Lyles-Williams is the 1st African American Queer Woman to own and lead a biopharmaceutical manufacturing company – 68 years after the 1st African American Man, Dr. Percy Lavon Julian with his company, Julian Laboratories, Inc. in Chicago, IL.
She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Howard University, Master of Science in Entertainment Business from Full Sail University, and a Master of Science in Regulatory Science from University Southern California. On May 12, 2022, Dr. Lyles-Williams was conferred as an Honorary Doctorate in The Sciences from the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. Most recently, Dr. Lyles-Williams participated as a panelist at The White House discussion Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy in the U.S. via the U.S. White House Summit on Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing.
Dr. Lyles-Williams has been working in the biotechnology / biopharmaceutical industry for 22+ years – including formerly interning at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as well as a former contractor at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR in Silver Spring, MD). Her former employers include Human Genome Sciences, Inc. (now GSK) – Rockville, MD; Amgen, Inc. – Thousand Oaks, CA; Baxter BioScience (now Takeda) – Thousand Oaks, CA; Avid Bioservices – Tustin, CA; Lonza Pharma & Biotech – Portsmouth, NH; and Jazz Pharmaceuticals, PLC – Philadelphia, PA.
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