The J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), a not-for-profit genomic research organization, announced that they have hired Nicole DeBerg as chief operating officer.
DeBerg is based in the JCVI La Jolla facility and reports to J. Craig Venter, founder, chairman and CEO of JCVI and to President Karen Nelson. DeBerg will be responsible for a variety of operational functions at JCVI including finance and sponsored projects.
DeBerg previously worked at the San Diego Housing Commission where she was chief financial officer and vice president of financial services. Prior to this role, she held senior financial leadership positions at several emerging biotechnology companies including Altair Therapeutics, Kalypsys and Depotech as well as the position of chief financial officer at the Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute.
“We are extremely pleased to welcome Nicole to JCVI,” said Venter. “Her breadth of experience in the academic and commercial scientific arena, coupled with her very strong financial background and leadership skills make her the ideal person to head our financial and operations areas. We look forward to having her as part of the leadership team where her knowledge in financial strategy and systems development, as well as her effective fundraising ideas will be invaluable to the continued growth and success of JCVI.”