Kara Bortone

Kara Bortone

Kara Bortone

Head, Jlabs San Diego

SDBJ 500 recap: As head of JLabs San Diego, Kara Bortone helps translate science and technology findings into marketable consumer goods, from pharmaceuticals to medical devices. She is specifically responsible for external engagement, innovation sourcing, company onboarding, portfolio management, operational excellence, educational programming, and profit and loss. JLabs was established in San Diego in 2012 and has grown to 10 sites across three continents with more than 420 companies. JLabs is a division of Johnson & Johnson Innovation. Bortone has been nominated for an Athena Award and San Diego Magazine Women of the Year.


University of North Carolina,

University of Texas


She speaks Flemish.