BS Honors, Biochemistry, BGSU
MPH, Public Health Administration, UTOLEDO
MBA, Healthcare Management, UCONN
PhD, Medicinal Chemistry, UCONN
Advanced Business Certificate, Healthcare Finance, UCONN
Predoctoral Fellow, Pharmaceutical Science, AFPE
Postdoctoral Fellow, Medical Oncology, YALE
9 peer-reviewed publications PUBMED
10+ publications in influential media outlets
Patent on epigenetic agents (WO2013192554A1)
Pending trademark for Amplifying Scientific Innovation (Serial Number 90193891)
Creator, Host and Producer, Amplifying Scientific Innovation
Member, EY Entrepreneurs Access Network (EAN)
President, Healthcare Businesswomen Association (HBA), NY Chapter Board of Directors
Advisory Council, Dell Women's Entrepreneur Network (DWEN)
Mentor, Cartier Women's Initiative (CWI)
Women in Business Advisor, UCONN
Invited Guest Speaker, UCONN
Scientific Advisory Board Member, BioSortia Pharmaceuticals
Expert Advisory Board (EAB) Member, Catalant Technologies
Member, Entrepreneur Leadership Network
Member, Female Founders Collective
Woman of the Week, Dell Women's Entrepreneur Network (DWEN)
Member, Massachusetts Biotechnology Council (MASSBIO)
Contributing Writer, Inc. Magazine
Woman of The Week (WoW) Podcast Guest, PharmaVoice
Guest Contributor & Host, Pharmacy Podcast Network
Venture Partner, FundRx
Advisor, Harvard Biomedical Careers Science Program
Editorial Advisory Board Member, Cell & Gene
Panelist, MIT Technology Review
Contributor, Life Science Leader
Member, NYC Health Business Leaders
HBA Mentor Recognition
Spark Awardee, HBA (2 awards)
Certificate of Congressional Recognition, 30 Black Stars Award
Tradition of Excellence Award, UConn School of Pharmacy
Dr. Sophia Nnenna Ononye-Onyia is a Nigerian-American entrepreneur and scientific strategist who utilizes her multidisciplinary background (PhD, MPH, MBA), scientific background as a Pfizer scientist and Yale-trained molecular oncologist and diverse therapeutic area experience to advise clients in the life science industry on traditional and digital marketing strategies and impact-driven communications tactics across traditional, online and social media.
Dr. Ononye-Onyia is the Founder and CEO of The Sophia Consulting Firm, a life science marketing and communications consultancy that was established in New York City with the goal of amplifying scientific innovation. She is also the Creator, Host and Producer of her firm’s Amplifying Scientific Innovation (trademark pending) Video Podcast, which has received over 400,000 views on YouTube since its 2020 launch and featured over 40 CEOs and senior executives in biotech and Big Pharma companies who share perspectives on their unique leadership journey, corporate vision and industry outlook.
Dr. Ononye-Onyia is a Yale Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Scientific Advisory Board Member for Biosortia, Editorial Advisory Board Member for Cell & Gene, Entrepreneur Leadership Network Member and Contributor for leading outlets such as Inc. and MIT Technology Review. Her commitment to scientific advocacy and health equity is further showcased by frequent external speaking engagements as a moderator, guest speaker and panelist.
Most recently, Dr. Ononye-Onyia was selected to join the inaugural class of the EY Entrepreneurs Access Network (EAN) and serves as a Mentor for the Cartier Women's Initiative (CWI). She is on the Advisory Council of the Dell Women's Entrepreneur Network (DWEN) and is the President of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) New York Chapter Board of Directors.
Dr. Ononye-Onyia is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Tradition of Excellence Award from the UConn School of Pharmacy (2021), two consecutive HBA Spark Awards (2019, 2020); a 2020 Dell Women's Entrepreneurial Network (DWEN) Woman of the Week recognition; and a 2019 Congressional Letter of Recognition for the Face2Face Africa 30 Black Stars Transformational Business Leader award. Most recently, Commetric recognized her as the Top Digital Health Influencer on Twitter in the FemTech/Women's Health space.
Ms. Ellen Wingard is an early innovator in the field of leadership development and has for 30 years coached and advised CEOs and emerging leaders in health care, financial services, consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, technology and higher education. She is co-author of Enlightened Leadership: How Women are Transformin
Ms. Ellen Wingard is an early innovator in the field of leadership development and has for 30 years coached and advised CEOs and emerging leaders in health care, financial services, consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, technology and higher education. She is co-author of Enlightened Leadership: How Women are Transforming the Practice of Leadership. She is past Board Chair of World Pulse Media, an media channel linking 50,000 grassroots leaders across 190 countries, and a member of the Women’s Leadership Board at Harvard Kennedy School, where she engages with 150 top global corporate leaders on the latest practices in global talent development, gender inclusion and socially responsible business. She is part of the Executive Coaching pool of the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program and has been a commentator on career navigation and intergenerational mentoring to the Committee of 200, the Fletcher School International Business Program, Harvard Kennedy School, and NPR Marketplace. She has also served as a Mentor for the Impact Center a program affiliated with the Federal Leadership Program for distinguished public sector women leaders.
ALLIANCE MANAGEMENT STRATEGIST
Dr. James (Jim) Boyle is a co-founder and the Managing Director of the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute (YEI), a business/educational unit within Yale University that was formed with the mission of mentoring students with new venture ideas and that has expanded to include the development of faculty ventures. Pr
ALLIANCE MANAGEMENT STRATEGIST
Dr. James (Jim) Boyle is a co-founder and the Managing Director of the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute (YEI), a business/educational unit within Yale University that was formed with the mission of mentoring students with new venture ideas and that has expanded to include the development of faculty ventures. Prior to forming YEI, Jim was responsible within the Office of Cooperative Research (OCR) for the licensing and venture startup of a number of engineering-based technologies. Before joining OCR, he developed and actively managed the University’s largest corporate research alliance, managing a large array of both Yale and external scientists in bioimaging-based collaborations. Earlier, Jim co-founded and grew a predictive analytics consulting practice, providing both technical and pricing guidance on new product development to a wide array of Fortune 1000 companies in the scientific equipment industry. Jim began his entrepreneurial career while still a Yale graduate student, developing novel instruments for characterizing trace biomolecules with the support of the National Institutes of Health, and later commercializing these devices through a wide array of OEM partnerships as part of a Yale startup.
BIOTECH COMMERCIAL STRATEGIST
Ms. Loraine Upham's 30-year career in biotechnology and business ranges from basic research in the Molecular Genetics Research Laboratories at Eli Lilly and Company, to design and marketing of nuclear and fluorescence detection instrumentation at Packard BioScience (now Perkin Elmer), to process and business
BIOTECH COMMERCIAL STRATEGIST
Ms. Loraine Upham's 30-year career in biotechnology and business ranges from basic research in the Molecular Genetics Research Laboratories at Eli Lilly and Company, to design and marketing of nuclear and fluorescence detection instrumentation at Packard BioScience (now Perkin Elmer), to process and business development at a proteomic start up, Prolexys. In 2005, she co-founded CureDM, Inc. together with two endocrinologists, to develop a novel diabetes treatment which she co-invented; as founding CEO of CureDM, she successfully obtained over $5M in financing and engineered partnerships to conduct basic research and establish the proof of concept for the diabetes drug which is now Phase II ready. Lori received a B.A. in Biology from University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A from Arizona State University. She is a board member of numerous biotech companies and participates on the Investment Committee of the ABQid/CNM Ingenuity venture fund.
In January 2021, Dr. Sophia Ononye-Onyia was featured as the Most Influential Digital Health Influencer in FemTech on Twitter by Commetric, a media analytics solution company.
Dr. Sophia Ononye-Onyia was recently honored with a Tradition of Excellence Award by the UConn School of Pharmacy. She also served as a Guest Speaker on "Healthcare Innovations" for the UConn Executive MBA program and was featured as the Alumna of the Month by the UConn School of Business Alumni.
Dr. Sophia Ononye-Onyia joined the the Advisory Council of the Dell Women's Entrepreneur Network (DWEN) and is the current President of the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association (HBA), New York Chapter Board of Directors.
Dr. Sophia Ononye-Onyia was recently selected to join the inaugural class of EY Entrepreneurs Access Network (EAN). The EAN is part of an elite community of Black and Latinx business leaders with tailored programs designed to transcend barriers and scale businesses.
Dr. Sophia Ononye-Onyia recently launched Amplifying Scientific Innovation: Virtual College Seminars to engage with students and faculty. She will be sharing her experiences as an African-born Scientist, Entrepreneur, Biotech Advisor and Podcaster.
In Fall 2020, Dr. Sophia Ononye-Onyia launched Amplifying Scientific Innovation: Virtual Professional Conferences to amplify the firm's service offerings while building relationships with key industry leaders and professionals in the life science industry.
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