Session 207
The Power of Partnerships: Driving Innovation for Patients

Melinda Richter is the champion for entrepreneurs and startups, who drive potential breakthrough ideas and approaches to combat the public health threats and unmet medical needs of today, and those imagined and unimagined of tomorrow. She founded JLABS, the global incubator network of Johnson & Johnson Innovation, to connect budding startups in the life sciences to the critical resources, mentorship and community to support their success.

As a "founder of founders," Melinda aims to make the critical connections needed to unlock the collective potential of the global innovation community. She will share her personal experiences and insights on how partnering drives innovation for patients and can accelerate the development of solutions to address some of the most critical health challenges of our time.


Melinda Richter
Global Head of JLABS
Johnson & Johnson Innovation

As Global Head of Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS (JLABS), Melinda Richter fosters the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies external R&D engine and supports the innovation community by creating capital-efficient commercialization models that give early stage companies a big company advantage. By providing infrastructure, services, educational programs and networks in global hotspots, JLABS is the best place to start a company working in healthcare, with a specific emphasis on Johnson & Johnson's sectors: consumer, medical device and pharmaceuticals.

Prior to joining JLABS, Melinda was Founder and CEO of Prescience International, an award-winning firm dedicated to accelerating research to the patient. Melinda founded Prescience after she had a medical emergency that left her questioning the efficiency and efficacy of the healthcare system. With the tenacity and resolve of a patient looking for a better solution, she set out to create a better model, which now forms the basis for JLABS' operational infrastructure. Prior to starting Prescience, Melinda held posts across a variety of functional areas with a global corporation, Nortel Networks, in locations such as Research Triangle Park, New York, Toronto, London, Hong Kong and Beijing before arriving in San Francisco. She also initiated, raised capital and secured large corporate deals for several companies in both the life science and technology space. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan in Canada and a MBA from INSEAD in France. Melinda is an active board member and Treasurer of the California Life Sciences Association (CLSA).