Stephanie Marrus has over 25 years of business experience in management, as a business advisor and entrepreneurship expert.  She is Director of the Entrepreneurship Center at UCSF and CEO of SV Global Consulting.

She is a seasoned senior executive bridging the private sector and academe with expertise  in entrepreneurship and innovation as it is practiced in Silicon Valley.  Her focus is on starting and nurturing high potential, scalable science and technology- based ventures.   She is an accomplished and passionate instructor and mentor of technology entrepreneurship, an entrepreneurial leader who has effectively managed ventures.  She has held C-Suite roles in private, venture-backed companies.  Her network among investors and entrepreeurs in Silicon Valley is extensive.

In business, her areas of expertise are business development and partnering transactions, mergers and acquisitions, fundraising, business models , operations, restructuring, strategy, market opportunity identification, market research, corporate communications, positioning for investment or partnering, investor relations and public relations.

She has served as CEO, COO and VP Business Development for public and private companies, led business development and M&A transactions, headed corporate development, corporate communications, investor relations and worked for venture boards.  She has held management positions in strategy, marketing and business planning; trained as a strategy consultant with a Boston Consulting Group spinoff and was a marketing consultant with a major international consultancy. Her corporate  positions have included CEO of a polymer technology company based on MIT technology,  VP Corporate Development for a tissue regeneration company, President of a medical research foundation, Director of Corporate Communications for Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Director of Business Development for Hewlett-Packard/Apollo Computer and ten years as a marketer and strategist for various IT companies.  She served as Deputy Secretary for Policy in Economic Affairs under Massachusetts Governor William Weld and was Executive Director of the Commonwealth’s petroleum cleanup fund.

She is an active participant in the entrepreneurial world in Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area.  She is a Senior Lecturer at UCSF, where she mentors numberous new ventures and has been instrumental in their ability to raise funds or get accepted into a competitive accelerator.  She has been Entrepreneur-in-Residence,  Global Entrepreneurial Marketing in Stanford University’s Technology Ventures Program.  She has been faculty at UC Berkeley and an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Haas School of Business.

She has taught, mentored and addressed conferences in Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.  In 2016, she was invited to join the US State Department’s US Speaker Program.  She travelled to Russia 12 times between 2007-12 to teach entrepreneurship and was named Adjunct Professor at St. Petersburg State University Graduate School of Management.  She taught MBAs at Moscow Skolkovo University.   During that period, she worked with various Russian organizations and US based organizations focused on Russia:  the US Russia Center for Entrepreneurship in Moscow, CRDF Global,  Skolkovo Foundation and the American Business Association of Russian Professionals (AMBAR).  She has lectured on Russian entrepreneurship at Oxford University. She was an invited guest at the US-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission on Innovation in Moscow.

She was named Entrepreneur-in-Residence at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia.  While in Jeddah, she addressed the business community in a session on Silicon Valley entrepreneurship sponsored by Princess Sita bint-Abdullah, daughter of King Abdullah, the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and the US Consulate.

She has been an Endeavor conference presenter and guest lecturer in Argentina and Chile, visiting IAE Business School in Argentina and Universidad del Desarrollo in Santiago, Chile.

She has been Guest Lecturer in the Executive MBA program at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, taught in the Bioentrepreneurship program at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, one of Europe’s largest medical universities, at Vienna University of Business and Economics, in Innovation Norway’s UC Berkeley program sponsored by the University of Oslo and the Norwegian government.

She served on the Program Committee for the Biotechnology Industry Organization’s (BIO) 2016 conference and was a panel presenter.  She spoke at the State Department’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Silicon Valley, June 2016.  She served on the Advisory Board of a social impact entrepreneurship accelerator and on Baybio’s (CLSA) Entrepreneurship Committee.  She was Head of the Life Science Working Group for StartupAmerica Partnership and is connected to the White House through the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

She has provided business counsel to companies that have been funded by grants through the National Science Foundation and has been a grant reviewer.  She is  NSF I-Corps

National Faculty.

Ms. Marrus holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an MA from Columbia University and an AB from Cornell University.  She is the author of Building the Strategic Plan, a management text published by John Wiley that was sold worldwide.  An accomplished writer, she has been published in the Wall Street Journal, Marketwatch and in The Scientist magazine.

Contact:, 415 297 3878


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