About the Speaker
Derrick has spent the last 30 years working in medical devices and drug development as a technical subject matter expert, project manager, independent consultant, and functional leader. He has worked in FTE and consultant roles at Stryker Corporation, Johnson & Johnson, AbbVie, Genentech, Bristol Myers Squibb, and multiple start-up companies. He currently serves as Vice President, Program and Portfolio Management with Alumis Inc, a clinical-stage VC-funded biotech developing oral therapies for autoimmune diseases through the application of a precision medicine approach. At Alumis he leads a talented team responsible for complex
cross-functional program management, portfolio governance and decision-making, and alliance management. He believes that people, relationships, and emotional intelligence are central to excellence in project management. Derrick is dedicated to doing the difficult work required to combat limiting stereotypes and institutional bias. His lived experience and lessons learned from many mistakes and failures serve as a renewable source of fuel and passion for forging company environments ripe with opportunities for representation, inclusion, and growth for people from historically marginalized and overlooked groups. Derrick is a native of Brooklyn, NYC. He earned his BS in Product Design from Stanford University and a Master of Engineering in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering from Cornell University. He also holds the Project Management Professional (PMP©) certification from the Project Management Institute.