Cat Donaldson, PhD MBA
Dr. Cat Donaldson is Executive Director of Alexandria Real Estate’s flagship LaunchLabs incubator at the Alexandria Center for Life Sciences in NYC. In this role, Cat is focused on shepherding and supporting new company creation and growth, engaging with the NYC entrepreneurship ecosystem, and running NYC’s premier life sciences incubator. Previously, Cat was Chief Development & Biotechnology Program Officer at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL), developing scientific programs and leading resourcing strategy for the world-renowned life sciences research institute on Long Island, NY. Through Cat’s career, she has spearheaded and fostered many multimillion-dollar research initiatives, spanning academic research and educational programs and start-up companies. Cat is fundamentally motivated by facilitating and accelerating the real-world impact of innovation and discovery in the life sciences.
Cat received her PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Cambridge in the UK, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Stony Brook Medicine, NY. She has an MBA in Healthcare Management from Stony Brook University and is co-author on several peer-reviewed publications and patents. Cat is a member of the Advisory Council of the UK Research Integrity Office (UKRIO). She is a director of the Townwide Fund of Huntington and serves on the Syosset School District’s Business Advisory Board.